(CNN) – After Arlen Specter bolted the GOP Tuesday, Republicans like party chair Michael Steele attacked him as a "leftist" with a history of "left-wing" stands.
That was yesterday.
Twenty-four hours later, his former colleagues in the Senate GOP are rushing to embrace Specter's past in a new campaign designed to highlight the consistency of his Republican record.
"In light of Senator Specter's changing political party, we felt it was our civic duty to adequately inform Pennsylvania Democrat primary voters about their new Senator's record and his close relationship with our former President George W. Bush," National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson said in a Wednesday announcement.
The effort includes a Web page featuring YouTube clips of Specter's positive comments about conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum, and criticism of Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. It also involves robocalls to Pennsylvania voters to "help you welcome your newest Democrat senator" that use audio from Specter's old campaign ads - audio featuring what the NRSC describes as "glowing support" from former President George W. Bush.
"I'm here to say it as plainly as I can, Arlen Specter is the right man for the United States Senate," says Bush in comments included in the new call. "I can count on this man - see, that's important. He's a firm ally when it matters most. I'm proud to tell you I think he's earned another term as the United States senator."
The remarks were made back in 2004, when the Bush's endorsement was widely credited with helping Specter eke out a narrow primary win over challenger Pat Toomey.
Stupid is as spupid does. Eat there own.I support you.
how old is he? How bad is his cancer?
What value does he have?
HA! This is great! Use the two-faced weasel's own words against him. :-)
You just have to laugh at the hypocrisy of the repukes.
When President Obama used the ties to the shrub it was "blame game" now it is the "praise game"?
i think it is his decision and the fact that they would bad mouth jom shows no loyalty or respect
The republicans are a vindictive group of people that will do anything below the belt to justify their means!!
GOP…you are under ARREST.
You have the right to remain ignorant.
Anything you say can and will be used against you in a "voting booth."
You have the right to have former Att. Gen. Gonzales present during questioning.
If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you,
On your way OUT of the White House!!!
You're in denial...Goodbye and Good Riddance! :(
You can be sure Republicans will throw everything, including the kitchen sink at him. But he knows first hand how they operate, so he can withstand their assaults.
Specter is acting just like all the rest of the poloticians in DC; make all kind of promises to get elected and the jump ship from those that supported him. Talk about a turn coat, he sure is one!
Ghee! This oughta get conservatives to vote for Specter again!
Geez.... what a surprise that the GOP tried to use Dem voting against him and now try to use GOP voting against him.... Get real Rep's.
A -although I live in PA and support many issues the Senator supports, he prides himself on his honesty. His "honesty" should be seen in this new light. It's fair to use his words.
Come on and get serious with this story CNN. His switching parties is good for all. He votes left and pretends to be right. Nothing lost at all by the GOP. NO SPIN CNN.
I truly think he has done his best,so far so good.And please lets not forget this is just the BEGINNING OF A BRAND NEW START.
GOP still playing dirty dirty politics.....that's how mccain lost.....sad for america to have immature leaders in the house & the senate for all the bickerings.....to the nonsense-talking members of the house & senate, pls. grow up & work fFOR THE PEOPLE !! that's why you're there, for US !!
The Repubicans Party is known to eat their own so what new.
I think it is quite telling how the Republican party is reacting to Senator Spector's decision to switch parties. They are touting the close relationship back in 2004 with former president GWBush. That closeness alone should be enough for the people of Pennsylvania to realize that Senator Spector is right in understanding full well how far the Republican party has gone down the wrong road. More power to the Senator for having the guts to remove himself from such a downspiral.
Republican leaders are like the "Borg" on Star Trek keeping all their people in lock step. If one has an "Independent thought" and attempts to
re-indoctrinate them are unsuccessful, they are DESTROYED by their
Same nasty tactics that label the old dog republicans as nothing more than a hindress to the american people. Mean spirited has-bens.
It's in his favor for the GOP to be doing things like this. Most people can see the GOP is desperate and what they say only makes themselves look bad
There has always been disagreements within the DNC, and that is why I like them. You are FREE to have an opinion! If you have a differing opinion and you are in the GOP, you are called a 'traitor to your party.' I think Specter will get re-elected just from the sheer spitefulness being demonstrated by the Republicans.
Michael Steele attacked him as a "leftist" with a history of "left-wing" stands.***Did you get permission from Rush to open your Ghetto TRAP***BUTT KISSER
Smart tactic. Also smart on Specter to vote against the spending bill today. It makes no sense for a person who was supportive of the bailout to vote against the spending bill. Instead, since it was a guaranteed pass, he voted a symbolic vote to help show that he votes on his own terms. This man is a sellout. Obama better watch out.
What do you expect from the current Republican party? Honestly, they act like bullified children. It's embarassing and no wonder most of us have jumped ship.