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Good riddance, Arlen

December 21, 2010 Leave a comment

As he ends his political career, Senator Arlen Specter’s parting shot to the Republican party takes real cajones:

Mr. Specter, who lost his state’s Democratic primary after switching from the Republican side of the aisle in 2009, did not mince words as he assailed unnamed colleagues (read Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina) for violating Senate tradition and politically undermining members of their own party.

“Senators have gone into other states to campaign against incumbents of the other party,” Mr. Specter said. “Senators have even opposed their own party colleagues in primary challenges.

“That conduct was beyond contemplation in the Senate I joined 30 years ago,” said Mr. Specter in a speech that the onetime prosecutor billed not as a farewell, but as a closing argument. “Collegiality can obviously not be maintained when negotiating with someone simultaneously out to defeat you, especially within your own party.”


“The spectacular re-election of Senator Lisa Murkowski on a write-in vote in the Alaskan general election and the defeat of other Tea Party candidates in 2010 in general elections may show the way to counter right-wing extremists,” he said.

Shorter Arlen Specter: We had it so good for thirty years, with nobody paying any mind to what we did in the Senate, and just accepting everything we told them, the dumb rubes.

This kind of rhetoric gets me steamed, typical of the decrepit, old and bitter career politician that so infuriates most Americans when they look at Congress. 

Here you have a man, who after spending decades as a Republican, refused to acknowledge the shifting political winds, and rather than fight for whatever he considered his principles, jumped ship and became a Democrat.  The irony is that he failed to see the extremists on the left which have hijacked the Democratic party, where moderates are becoming extinct.   But I’m sure Specter won’t be lamenting those extremists.

In the end, Specter only reinforced the image of himself that I always saw–a petty and bitter man.

PA-Sen: Sestak says WH offered him “high ranking” position to bow out of primary

February 19, 2010 2 comments

You can take Obama out of Chicago, but you can’t take Chicago out of Obama:

Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) said yesterday that the White House offered him a federal job in an effort to dissuade him from challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the state’s Democratic primary.

The disclosure came during an afternoon taping of Larry Kane: Voice of Reason, a Sunday news-analysis show on the Comcast Network. Sestak would not elaborate on the circumstances and seemed chagrined after blurting out “yes” to veteran news anchor Kane’s direct question.

“Was it secretary of the Navy?” Kane asked.

“No comment,” Sestak said.

“Was it [the job] high-ranking?” Kane asked. Sestak said yes, but added that he would “never leave” the Senate race for a deal.

A White House spokesman this morning strongly denied Sestak had been offered yesterday. Before the spokesman issued the denial a senior Pennsylvania Democrat yesterday said Whitye House officials there were angered by Sestak’s account.

This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention to the Obama White House over the last thirteen months, and it certainly isn’t surprising to me.

Obama is all about his own legacy and using the power of the office to screw with a state election is definitely not below his pay grade.  Definitely not looking good for the White House if this allegation is true.  What’s that about transparency and changing the way Washington works again?

And is this a Hail Mary for Joe Sestak’s campaign?  It sure looks like it as he hasn’t exactly been polling well going into this summer’s primary.

UPDATE. Allahpundit makes the case that it’s Specter who comes out as the biggest loser in this story:

[F]or Specter the optics are horrible. First he switches parties for no grander reason than to save his own ass by avoiding a primary against Toomey, now he’s got Captain B+ — whose approval rating in Pennsylvania is 44/55 — trying to save his ass for him a second time by buying off, of all things, a retired admiral. Good luck in November, chump.