Republican leaders “shocked” over Specter switch

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The news shocked Senate Republicans, who had been hanging on to their ability to block legislation by a thread. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, called an emergency meeting of party leaders who had no forewarning of Mr. Specter’s plans.

The Republican party has become a party that caters to right wing extremists. They force away moderates and even occasional moderates like Arlen Specter. Remember how RNC Chair Michael Steele threatened retribution against Specter, Snowe and Collins? GOP strategist Alex Castellanos mocked those three on CNN, too.

The Republicans forced Specter out.

UPDATE: CNN’s Dana Bash said Republicans are “shell-shocked.”

NOTE FROM JOHN: Funny, Joe mentioned Specter switching parties
“>four days ago

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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