Earlier today, Alren Specter said that the Democratic Party is being taken over by extremists
But we find, I think regrettably, that the extremes of both parties are taking over.
A senator like Joe Lieberman can't win a primary in Connecticut. I had a 1 percent primary for 2004. And, to repeat, the word that I use is "bleak."
Yep, it's "bleak" that Joe Lieberman and Arlen Specter have to face difficult primary challenges from the extremes. Arlen Specter is excellent at repudiating extremes, which is why only four weeks ago he introduced flat tax legislation in the Senate:
Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today introduced legislation that would scrap the 17,000 pages of current IRS code in favor of a 20 percent flat tax for all individuals and businesses. The revenue-neutral legislation would allow tax-payers to file returns on a postcard that could be completed in 15 minutes.
"My flat tax legislation would make filing a tax return a manageable chore, not a seemingly endless nightmare, for most taxpayers," Senator Specter said. "This legislation will fundamentally revise the present tax code, with its myriad rates, deductions, and instructions."
He also ran this campaign ad with Rick Santorum back in 2004:
''I'm here to say it as plainly as I can: Arlen Specter is the right man for the United States Senate,'' Mr. Bush said at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburg speaking to a crowd of cheering Republicans who raised $400,000 for Mr. Specter's campaign.(...)
Mr. Specter, the president said, is ''a firm ally when it matters most.''
Mr. Specter in turn piled accolades on Mr. Bush.
It is worth noting that this, pro-Bush version of Arlen Specter actually supported the Employee Free Choice Act.