Arlen Specter Party Switch Becomes Money-Maker for Republicans

The Republicans are raising money against their "Benedict Arnold."

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Arlen Specter may be gone from the GOP, but he is definitely not forgotten. In fact, he's quickly developed a new role in the party: fundraiser.

That's fundraiser in the same way that Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton have been longtime GOP rain-makers and Sarah Palin has been for the Democrats.

The Republican National Committee's Michael Steele sent out an E-mail last night comparing Specter to Benedict Arnold and asking the party faithful for money.

P.S. ... we need to respond to Senator Specter's decision to join President Obama's efforts to change America into a European Welfare State. Please help our Party move forward by making a secure online contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to give our Republican leaders & candidates the political muscle they need to resist the Obama-Pelosi-Specter agenda. Thank you.

Obama-Pelosi-Specter agenda? I wonder how Harry Reid feels about being snubbed like that.

Steele and the RNC were not alone. The Club for Growth, whose former chief, Pat Toomey, had challenged Specter in the Republican primary, also sent out a fundraising appeal. "We always knew that Senator Arlen Specter could not be trusted. Today, he made it official," it starts, concluding, "Please make your contribution immediately. The future of our country and our freedom is at stake."

I suspect these are not the only such appeals. Can someone forward me the DNC's?

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