"I believe in the traditional tenets of the Republican Party: strong national defense, fiscal responsibility, individual opportunity. I haven't abandoned those principles that have been the essence of the Republican Party. I think the Republican Party has abandoned those principles."
She does have a point that Republicans have abondoned fiscal responsiblility over the past few years. That's why they got voted out of the majority. The GOP have been trying to return to that basic tenet since they got their wake-up call last election.
Unfortunately, Sen. Snowe, one of the reasons why so many are furious at the Turncoat Caucus, including you, is that they didn't live up to the tenet of fiscal responsibility when they voted for the porkulus and overspending bills.
Specter lost Republican support because of his fiscal irresponsibility not for any other reason.