I got the news via Stacy McCain, who is not exactly broken up over Specter’s demise at 82
One should never speak ill of the dead, and therefore I will merely note that there is one less RINO in the world.
By contrast, Charlie Crist is still alive, so there’s probably no harm in saying that if Charlie got hit by a bus tomorrow, I’d be doing cartwheels.
Ah yes Charlie Crist, RINO, bottom-feeding scumbag, all around lousy excuse for a human being.
Lindsey Graham, Republican Senator from South Carolina, continues to illustrate why he is nothing but a bimbo, and should not be taken seriously, ever!
So Senator Lindsey Graham is now trying to educate the Tea Party that their choices in candidates are not up to par with what he considers appropriate choices.
“The House had a dramatic election. We picked up seats in the Senate. Some of us thought, maybe we could pick up two or three more, but we made some pretty poor choices when it came to candidates.”
C-Span has the video.
Oh of course, those darned Tea Party people screwed up the eletions for the GOP! I suppose they should have listened to the likes of Sen. Graham? I mean, it certainly was not the shenanigans of lily livered RIBNOs like Graham that hurt the GOP in 2006 and 2008 was it?
Stacy McCain flays the morons running the Republican Party.
Over and over, we have seen recently that Republican “leadership” in Washington is a joke, their cowardice exceeded only by their incompetence. Pete Sessions and the National Republican Congressional Committee squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Dede Scozzafava campaign, and the NRCC’s candidate-recruitment efforts consist mainly of trying to find “self-funders” — e.g., Ben Quayle types with lots of Daddy’s money to throw around — rather than identifying real leaders with solid values, like Vernon Parker.
The recent foibles of the Republican National Committee are too numerous to mention, but the bondage-nightclub fund-raiser is the tip of a very large iceberg of RNC staff blunders. The RNC also backed Scozzafava and there was that moronic Powerpoint presentation. Now Michelle Malkin calls our attention to the latest outrage:
Mr. Steele agreed to meet with the immigration groups after they staged a brief but noisy sit-in at the R.N.C. offices on March 22.
Several advocates emerged from the closed-door session to say Mr. Steele had pledged to help find at least one more Republican sponsor for a bill being crafted by Senator Lindsey O. Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, a Democrat.
The advocates “walked away with a commitment from Steele to work with Sen. Lindsey Graham and the party’s leadership to enlist another Republican senator’s support for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration reform,” the leaders of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement said in a statement. The movement is a coalition of groups that support a path to legal status for illegal immigrants.
This kind of sellout — the GOP elite betraying the party’s conservative grassroots — occurs routinely. While I was in Arizona, I heard rumors that if John McCain’s big money isn’t enough to buy re-election, the NRSC will spend money to help McCain destroy J.D. Hayworth. It’s typical of the kind of clueless Republican “leadership” that spent $320,000 to help Arlen Specter defeat Pat Toomey in 2004 — and was prepared to do the same this year, until Specter decided he was a Democrat:
The one thing you see over and again in America, in politics, business, and in many other areas is the complete lack of competent leadership! No one seems to be able to think their way out of a wet paper bag! The only way the GOP can possibly blow big gains in November is, well, to let our “leaders” keep screwing up!
Well, that party-switiching honeymoon was a short one!
The Senate dealt a blow tonight to Sen. Arlen Specter’s hold on seniority in several key committees, a week after the Pennsylvanian’s party switch placed Democrats on the precipice of a 60-seat majority.
In a unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved a resolution that added Specter to the Democratic side of the dais on the five committees on which he serves, an expected move that gives Democrats larger margins on key panels such as Judiciary and Appropriations.
But Democrats placed Specter in one of the two most junior slots on each of the five committees for the remainder of this Congress, which goes through December 2010. Democrats have suggested that they will consider revisiting Specter’s seniority claim at the committee level only after the midterm elections next year.
Ah, they might “revisit” this next year, after they see how far in line Specter falls I would guess. I think that Specter’s recent votes against some pet Obama projects kind of took the bloom off the rose so to speak. So if you behave Arlen, maybe, just maybe your new masters will throw you a bone.
H/T Tiger Hawk who opines that Specter should have taken the honorable route and retired. Retiring? Hmmm, what a great option Arlen, especially considering how you might lose next election anyway.
We know he PO’d the Right by jumping ship, and now, he has started to PO the Left too!
Maybe we have our first DINO?
It’s quite a start for Specter’s career in Democratic politics, isn’t it? In the four whole days he’s been a Democrat, Specter has voted against the Democratic budget, rejected a Democratic measure to help prevent mortgage foreclosures and preserve home values, announced his opposition to the president’s OLC nominee, and this morning rejected a key centerpiece of the Democratic health care plan.
For years, Republicans criticized Specter as a RINO — Republican In Name Only. As is turns out, at this point, Specter appears intent on literally being nothing more than a DINO — Democrat In Name Only. Specter doesn’t want to do any of the actual work involved in being a valuable member of his new team, preferring to vote exactly as he used to, only now with a different letter after his name in parentheses.
Odd, Specter has become a better Republican since leaving the party! Maybe more RINOS ought to switch?
You stay classy Arlen, and oh yeah, pucker up!
Oh, thaty lovely and talented SisterToldjah! Bragging today about how her words ring true
Oh, and is Senator DeMint reading Sister Toldjah? From a post last week:
If conservatives abandoned their principles on those [core] issues, our party as we know it would cease to exist. In fact, we saw what happened when conservatives in Congress started acting like moderate liberals on spending, for example – it didn’t do us any good. Certainly there are issues that we can find common ground on with the left on, like on card check, supporting our returning veterans, and on regulation/deregulation. At this point, we don’t have a choice, but in the end there are core principles that should never be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Even if it means in the end the party would die out.
You go girl!
Well, politically speaking it looks like he has jumped ship and gone over to the Democrats. Apparently, Specter was seduced by Obamagasms after the president whispered in his ear “Hey, Arlen, I will campaign for you if you switch” No word yet on whether or not Specter will get to use knee pads or will have to tough it out.
You know what Arlen, good freaking riddance to you! Do us a favor and take Meghan McCain with you. You do belong in the Democratic Party frankly.
Here is what others are saying about Specter
Texas Rainmaker makes a great point about Specter disenfranchising the voters of his state.
SisterToldjah points out that this must be a real kick in the nuts for the GOP establishment.
Michelle Malkin echoes my feelings about Arlen’s departure
The Other McCain also seems as broken up over this as I am. 😉
Dan Riehl reminds us that Specter has switched before
This Ain’t Hell seems pretty depressed over Specter’s exit