If there as been gnashing of teeth or rending of cloth over Arlen Specter leaving the Republican party it hasn’t been from the hundreds of thousands of conservatives who attended Tea Parties. To last man, everyone I spoke with echoed Michelle Malkin's words, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
Despite the overwhelming consensus by grass roots conservatives that Specter is as RS McCain described him, a venomous crapweasel, the Republican leadership doesn’t seem to be getting the message. We learned today that the National Republican Senatorial Committee may not back Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania. Hello, is there anybody home? Do they realize that there is a reason that Toomey was leading Specter in the polls?
It appears that some among the party “elite” have lost their footing. I would suggest that they read up on the subject. First, a quote from Ronald Reagan that I found at REDSTATE:
“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It cannot compromise its fundamental beliefs for political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers. It is not a social club or fraternity engaged in intramural contests to accumulate trophies on the mantel over the fireplace…No one can quarrel with the idea that a political party hopes it can attract a wide following, but does it do this by forsaking its basic beliefs? By blurring its own image so as to be indistinguishable from the opposition party?”
Second, read the conservative blogs, both posts and comments. There is a lot of anger out there, and it isn’t all aimed at the left.
h/t Michelle Malkin, The Other McCain, REDSTATE