Breaking: Specter commits to opposing Card Check

posted at 2:10 pm on March 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

According to Americans for Tax Reform, Senator Arlen Specter has committed to voting against cloture and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, better known as Card Check.  In a message to a conservative listserv, ATR announced Specter’s opposition, a switch from his declared position in previous sessions of Congress:

Senator Specter has confirmed to ATR that he will vote against both cloture and passage on the Employee Free Choice Act (also known as “card check” or the employee NO choice act).  His vote is critical and this a major victory for freedom, as well as a stunning defeat for the other side.

Thank you Senator Specter!

I’d guess that Specter understands the dilemma in which he finds himself after his vote on Porkulus.  He’s rumored to be thinking about a Joe Lieberman-like run as an independent, because his polling among Pennsylvania Republicans has plummeted ever since.  He wants to convince the state GOP to run an open primary, because Pat Toomey will clobber him if the primaries remain closed and independents and Democrats don’t get an opportunity to support him.

Without Specter, Card Check is toast.  They need at least two Republicans to get cloture, and that’s supposing that they can get all the Democrats to stick with them.  They’ve already lost a few, though, and Specter’s opposition won’t bring them back.

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heh Is it a cold day in hell?

becki51758 on March 24, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Nice vote, but it still isn’t gonna save his ass.

GarandFan on March 24, 2009 at 6:15 PM

The biggest news from this, is Spectre’s poll numbers. now that he is toast, we need to focus on those two Maine ditzs, and the liberal RINO jerk in South Carolina.
Remember if you meet a republican from Maine who voted in their senate race, punch ’em in the nose!

paulsur on March 24, 2009 at 6:30 PM

I think it’s time Specter cleaned out his desk. Open primary? Hell no. I think they should close the primary even further, not allowing RINOs to run or vote in Republican primaries.

Spiritk9 on March 24, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Robert Bork belonged on the Supreme Court. Specter is dumb about all things except power. Bring out the full laundry list and never underestimate the struggle to get him out.

Feedie on March 24, 2009 at 9:22 PM

A barely-audible “thank you” to him, but he’s still off my Christmas list.

SKYFOX on March 25, 2009 at 5:06 AM

paulsur on March 24, 2009 at 6:30 PM

If they didn’t vote punch ‘em twice.

darktood on March 25, 2009 at 11:00 AM