- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2009


The editorial “Good riddance, Mr. Specter” (Editorial, Wednesday) indicates that former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey is the candidate most likely to win the Republican Senate seat now held by Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat.

Unfortunately, Mr. Toomey’s chances will plummet as long as Republican leaders continue to split the party. One notable example is Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who believes Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor and former Homeland Security secretary, would be a better candidate than Mr. Toomey. Incredibly, former Sen. Rick Santorum, a strong pro-life advocate, prefers the pro-choice Mr. Ridge. At least Mr. Santorum is consistent. In 2004, he and President Bush supported Mr. Specter over Mr. Toomey in the Republican primary for Senate.

Party leaders who believe that the Republican Party would be in better shape if it abandoned President Reagan’s pro-life platform and became a more progressive party a la the Democrats are the reason why the Republican Party may never again regain the majority. Principle should not be sacrificed to expediency.


Camp Hill, Pa.

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