Meghan: Specter Bailed on Us

Party needs progressive voices, she says
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 30, 2009 8:28 AM CDT
Cindy McCain, center, is joined by daughter Meghan, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-N.C., before the start of a presidential debate between McCain and Obama last year.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Arlen Specter has let the GOP down, but only because Republicans did the same, Meghan McCain writes for the Daily Beast. “He’s been made to feel like an outcast by a small, vocal group,” says McCain, herself familiar with the “tired rhetoric” now being hurled at the “progressive-minded” senator. “We need courageous Republicans more than ever. Specter turned his back.”

With less than 25% of Americans willing to be called Republicans, party chair Michael Steele should not be applauding Specter’s exodus as a challenge, McCain notes: “Both Specter and Steele failed this week: One didn’t stand up and fight for the soul of this party, and the other shrank to appeal to one of its most destructive characteristics.”