By Bruce Bialosky…”The reason we are probably more aggravated [at Specter, Snowe and Collins for voting for the “Stimulus Package”] is two-fold. First, you tarnished the good name of moderate Republicans by signing on to that turkey. Second, we understand that politics is a team sport. Do we like everything about our most conservative Republican friends? Absolutely we do not. But when the team says we are going one way, we don’t appoint ourselves as special arbitrators and undercut everyone else in the party….”
“Senator Snowe, we want to keep you and Senator Collins in the Republican Party and any other moderate. We believe there is plenty of room for us moderates under the big Republican tent. But if you continue to act like Arlen Specter — being a cowboy and more concerned about your political hide than political principles — then we will also have a big fiesta for your departure.”
“Big Tent” works both ways. If you want to come in under the “big tent” then you have certain obligations to the others within the tent. Sometimes that means substituting the will of the majority for your will, especially when you are in such a minority position. Only three Republicans out of the entire House and Senate voted for that bill.
All too often–hell, (dare I say it?) every fucking time–the moderates stab the conservatives in the back. Just for the hell of it. There was not a damn reason in the world that Specter, Collins and Snowe could not have sided with the Republicans, and forced the Democrats to act in a bi-partisan manner rather than jamming the bill down the throats of the Republicans. In that case, Specter would not have faced such overwhelming opposition from Republicans, he would not have had to switch parties, Olympia Snowe wouldn’t have her panties/Depends all twisted into knots, and moderate Republicans everywhere wouldn’t be crying about how picked upon they are.