Inhofe: Specter Switch Is ‘Evidence’ America Is Rebelling Against ‘Far-Left Agenda’

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Amid a par-for-the-course Sunday screed against the idea of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) veered haphazardly into delusional territory:

There is no evidence more visible that the American people are already rebelling against the far-left agenda than Senator Arlen Specter switching parties to become a Democrat [sic]. He did this for one reason, and that is his advisers told him he couldn’t retain his Senate seat as a Republican. In other words, the same people who supported Senator Specter six years ago have soundly rejected him today.

Ah yes. Additionally, the Democratic sweeps of 2006 and 2008 are clear signs that the country doesn’t want gays serving in the military. And this public opinion poll showing that a clear majority of Americans favor repealing DADT is a strong warning to Democrats that they repeal the policy at their peril. Of course, some Republican leaders claim that Americans are fleeing “far-left” corners of the country for fear of forced unionization (a trend that caused Specter to become a Democrat by magic), so by that standard, Inhofe’s remarks are borderline reasonable.

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