Specter’s Change of Heart on EFCA Fortunate, but Disconcerting

PA senator to vote against ‘card check’ legislation

It says something for the state of freedom in this country when I find myself cheering on the result of a complete and total lack of principled leadership.

Breaking now, according to Americans for Tax Reform, is the news that turncoat Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter will vote against the Employee Free Choice Act, otherwise known as “card check,” a sharp departure from his position in 2007 when he voted with Democrats on the issue. Keeping that in mind, it was only two weeks ago that Specter was quoted in The Wall Street Journal as saying he was being “lobbied on it very, very heavily” and that he was still up in the air on the business-stifling legislation.

Of course, I owe a hearty “thank you” to my senator from here in the Keystone State, as his vote will be instrumental in the defeat of the bill. That being said, however, I cannot help but find it disconcerting that the decision-making process for a lawmaker such as Specter so closely resembles a game of musical chairs — in this case, when the lobbying stopped, the senator luckily sat down in the right chair.

About ten days ago, Pennsylvania senatorial candidate and America’s Right contributor Devon Generally asked, in a piece entitled No Choice With the Employee Free Choice Act, where the principles were in Washington, D.C. I cannot help but wonder the same thing. Yes, it’s nice that Specter’s crucial vote will come down on the right side of this horrible proposal, but seeing that it will come only two years after he supported this issue and barely a month after he turned the tide as one of three vital turncoats on the so-called “stimulus” bill, Specter’s change of heart serves as an obvious example of the embarrassing and frightening dearth of core principles and values among our nation’s elected leaders.

Generally reiterated his comments today, saying that while he applauds Specter for apparently going in the right direction with regard to EFCA, the senator’s change of heart was a sign of the “same old erratic Arlen Specter.”

“I’m happy for the people of Pennsylvania and for the American people as a whole that Sen. Specter’s important vote will likely be against this unfortunate and counterproductive idea,” said Generally in a brief conversation this afternoon. “But at the end of the day, it shouldn’t take an earful of lobbyists for an American senator to do the right thing for America. That’s not the kind of leadership that drives a successful America, and that’s not the kind of leadership the people deserve.”

This isn’t an issue that you waver on. This isn’t legislation placing regulations on salt in ketchup, or deciding whether to acknowledge the brown-toed tree frog as the official critter for some county in Florida. This is death to small business, and victory for unions and the Democratic Party. So, while he may very well have ended up falling on the right side of this particular vote, the wishy-washy approach to how he reached this conclusion says all we need to know about the Pennsylvania senator — to Arlen Specter, it’s not about right or wrong, but rather about gain or loss in a purely political sense.



  1. ICE ICE BABY says:

    Now maybe they can get down to the business of GREEN-card check.

  2. Gail B says:

    It that Specter has ears and has heard the outrage.

    That said, I think you are dead right, Jeff, because one either has values or one doesn’t. A Congressman is either representing the people or he is behind the downfall of America (with this administration, anyway).


    Specter having a lucid moment, let us all pray for more of those.

  4. sharon says:

    I agree, let us pray for more lucid moments.

  5. Gail B says:

    ICE ICE BABY said,

    “Now maybe they can get down to the business of GREEN-card check.”

    Good point. Well said!

  6. tm says:

    John Warner from Virginia knew when it was time (last year) to retire with “dignity” – why doesn’t specter do the same. A little late and trillions of dollars short.

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