Liberals actually did what conservatives have done for the past decade or so – they ousted an incumbent because he or she wasn’t liberal enough. Arlen Specter lost yesterday because he did not meet the litmus test of liberal Democratic voters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Republicans are used to inter-party squabbles over whether a particular candidate (or elected official) is not conservative enough. Case in point, the Republican Congressional primary in MD-1 in 2008 when moderate Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest was ousted by conservative Andy Harris.
Last year, I wrote that Specter was a DINO (Democrat in Name Only). it seems that Pennsylvania liberal voters agreed with that assessment. DINO’s may be on the endangered list this season. Unfortunately, for the Democratic Congressional and Senatorial Committees, there are about 38 states that have primaries between now and September 18th.
Faculty, Department of Political Science, Towson University. Graduate from Liberty University Seminary.