The defection of Pennsylvania's pseudo-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter and Maine's weak-kneed Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Romney backs Laura Bush on border: 'We need a more compassionate answer' Amnesty International rips family separation policy: 'This is nothing short of torture' MORE totally destroys the ability of the Senate Republicans to legislate, bargain or have an impact on public policy. Selling out for a few billion dollars, they caved in, giving President Obama the votes he needs to pass his spending, aka stimulus, package through the Senate.

Had the Republicans negotiated as a unit, they would have been able to achieve important changes that might have spared this nation a crippling round of inflation. Instead, the two dissident Republicans declared that it was every man (or woman) for himself and negotiated a fig leaf of a deal, covering their retreat from a once-principled position.

Specter will, hopefully, pay for his apostasy in the Pennsylvania primaries of 2010. Had Pat Toomey won in 2004, we would have been spared the demeaning spectacle of his caving in. Collins, not up until 2014, was reelected due to a massive outpouring of Republican money from all over America. She has now repaid her donors by abandoning the party and accepting a token deal to approve the most massive spending bill in America's history.

Remember Specter and Collins right alongside Benedict Arnold, their role model.