It seems that Arlen Specter’s potential primary opponent Pat Toomey is indeed on the march. He pens a column today (ostensibly in his capacity as President of Club for Growth) that reads, in part:
The three Republican senators who struck a deal with the Democrats are touting the Senate’s stimulus bill as a bipartisan compromise. In yesterday’s Washington Post, Sen. Arlen Specter even labeled the $838 billion package cobbled together late last week the “moderates’ compromise.”
But the surrender of three liberal Republicans does not make a bill a compromise. Dig into the details of the Senate bill, and it’s obvious that this isn’t a compromise but a capitulation.
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Thanks to Specter, Collins, and Snowe, the Republican party lost the opportunity to pass a true compromise bill that would have encouraged economic growth. By unanimously voting against the stimulus bill, House Republicans empowered Senate Republicans to demand substantive, pro-growth amendments. After all, without 60 votes in the Senate, President Obama would not have been able to pass any bill, good or bad.
Quite plainly it is a manifesto against Specter who has bungled the chance, in Toomey’s eyes, to promote a more responsible stimulus bill.
Meanwhile, Specter is doing himself no good. Fresh off his rather lame op-ed, he went on talk radio to defend his decision to support the $838B senate stimulus bill. But whoever is suggesting Arlen Specter go on talk radio and write op-eds in defense of his support for the stimulus plan should stop it. He lacks any substantive support for his position (citing an economist who actually opposes the bill or screaming “emergency!” doesn’t count) and is only embarrassing himself.