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August 7, 2009


538 - In the first month or so after becoming a Democrat, [Arlen] Specter was voting with his new party about two-thirds of the time on contentious votes. While there are some less loyal Democrats -- say, Ben Nelson of Nebraska -- who only vote with their party about half the time, this was certainly less than what most Democratic observers were hoping for.

But since then, indeed, something has changed. Well, a couple of things have changed. On May 27th, Congressman Joe Sestak announced that he intended to challenge Specter for the Democratic nomination. And since that time, Specter has voted with his party on 28 out of 29 contentious votes, or 97 percent of the time.

Specter's overall party loyalty score since becoming a Democrat -- counting votes both before and after the primary challenge -- is 87 percent. This contrasts with the 44 percent of the time that he broke ranks to side with the Democratic on contentious votes while still a member of the Republican Party. He's basically been behaving like a mainline, liberal Democrat.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would you like to see my imitatiOn of Arlen?

I think you cited some interesting data, there TPR. Now, you must remember, based on a limited polling sample from an admittedly abbreviated time span, not entirely representative or consistent with my 29 career serving my fellow Pennsylvanians through several armed conflicts, a severe energy crises, the leadership I gave during the horrible tragedy of 9/11, and securing our borders, fighting terrorism around the globe while clearly demanding our detainees rights are fully protected under our constitution, striving for universal health care, all at great political risk, protecting consumers by blocking TORT reform, and no it has nothing to do with keeping the cash flowing from my biggest contributors, I was once a consumer, too, you know. I haven't forgotten what it's like. I once owned a Ford that broke down, by God............ Can I have your money?

August 9, 2009 9:57 PM  

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