I didn’t do much posting while at CPAC, but did attend several of the sessions, particularly if they were for bloggers. Friday morning Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell had a question and answer session with bloggers. My friend Brian Faughnan posted about it later that day,
To me, the most notable answer from McConnell came in response to a question from Fausta – when she asked his thoughts on Michael Steele’s suggestion that the RNC might not support the re-election of Senators Snowe, Collins and Specter, given their votes for the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Debt Spending Plan. McConnell first threw cold water on the idea – saying that he would support the re-election of his Senate GOP colleagues. Then he predicted that Arlen Specter would be a more dependable vote in the future, saying:
On most issues going forward, I expect that among those three, we’ll have the support of the Senator seeking re-election in 2010. I think you’ll see that in particular on votes on the president’s budget.
There was no follow-up, so make of it what you will. It’s unclear to me whether this is an indication that Specter has given some private assurance(s), or just a statement that Senate Democrats are moving too far Left for even Arlen Specter. Time will tell.
I was puzzled by the answer, too, but my initial thought was on what kind of conversations had taken place between McConnell and Specter.
As Brian said, we’ll find out soon enough.