The defection of Pennsylvania's pseudo-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter and Maine's weak-kneed Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Overnight Tech: States sue FCC over net neutrality repeal | Senate Dems reach 50 votes on measure to override repeal | Dems press Apple on phone slowdowns, kids' health | New Android malware found Overnight Regulation: Dems claim 50 votes in Senate to block net neutrality repeal | Consumer bureau takes first step to revising payday lending rule | Trump wants to loosen rules on bank loans | Pentagon, FDA to speed up military drug approvals 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.