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Monday, May 4, 2009

I Thought That This Only Happened With Israeli Politicians


First Joe Lieberman went from Liberal Democrat to Republican, and now Arlen Spector went from Republican to Democrat.


In Israel, politicians play these games all the time. Of course, in Israel, you have so many more political parties, with new ones starting at a rather frequent rate, that a hyperactive politician can never really run out of options. And if he's bored, he can always start his own like Ariel Sharon did, more than once.
Arik, never known to do things by "halves," first established Shlomtzion and then Kadima.
Chanan Porat was torn between Mafdal (National Religious Party,) National Union and T'chiya. Finally, he left politics.
Of course, American politicians have only two and a "half" parties to choose from, which makes American politics more boring.

5 comments:

Michael W. said...

I always said Specter is the only Republican I'll vote for.

Batya said...

OK, Michael, and now he's a democrat... did you have anything to do with it?

Michael W. said...

Not individually. I do go to college and vote in Pennsylvania and only recently gained the right to vote, so I guess I won't be able to vote for him as a Republican.

The main reason Specter gave for switching parties was because many Pennsylvanians switched registration to Democrat, and only the hard conservatives stayed Republican, which he is not so he won't be able to win a Republican primary. So with all the new Democrat registered voters,either from former Republicans or from the new voting generation such as myself, he has a better chance winning as a moderate Democrat than as a moderate Republican. It doesn't necessarily mean a change of position on issues for Specter. That's why he used to be the only Republican I would vote for. Him and McCain 3 years ago.

A Living Nadneyda said...

Politicians have their own motivations for switching over... but I know plenty of adult, non-politicians who switch their political affiliations as they change. It's an interesting phenomenon.

PS you've been tagged...

Batya said...

Michael, that's an interesting point, primaries, very pragmatic and technical. Thanks!

aln, true, I guess the politicians can change, too. I felt that Chanan Porat was really troubled trying to find the best match.

Now, I'll check out the "tag."