Officially Extinct

Arlen Specter, the last moderate Republican in American history, announced today he’s changing parties.  This will make the Senate a a 60-vote filibuster-proof Democratic institution.

“His leaving the Republicans elevates the intellectual level of both parties,” sneered one ‘Pub operative.  “Unfortunately, it also screws us to the wall.”

Full story.

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24 Responses to Officially Extinct

  1. Frank of Oregon says:

    Wow! You mean, Arlen Specter is still alive?

    Actually, that’s irrelevant, particularly for big-city Democrats, where dead people have cast votes for entire generations.

  2. Ray Ed Gneck says:

    Now he and Judas have something else in common besides their religion.

  3. ya'gotta'guessit says:

    Not unsurprising.

    Specter has a loooong history of dupilicity, betrayal, and disingenuousness.

    Running for Philly DA, he strongly supported enforcement of the death penalty, and once elected, quickly reversed direction.

    His work on the Warren Commission Report is infamous, and *should* have been a career-stopper, but his chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee has been equally *productive*.

    Having campaigned mightily against Philly Democratic (they weren’t “Progressives”, then) corruption, Arlen has come full circle – lie a snake, swallowing its tail.

    Ray Ed Gneck: Not sure the comparison’s apt – does Specter actually embrace Judaism as a religion? From everything I’ve read, Judas most certainly did.

  4. Piles says:

    ya’gotta’guessit: that duplicity, betrayal, and disingenuousness is what makes him successful in an environment where those traits are not only admired, but essential for survival.

    He was a fine Republican. He’ll make a fine Democrat. As well as a fine flake of firewood in the blazes of hell where they all belong sooner, not later.

  5. The Magic Bullet says:

    I’m so proud and happy for him!

  6. anonymous says:

    Magic Bullet,
    Glad you are happy. You can have the scumbag. With Repubs like this one we did not need leftist enemies. Good riddance.
    The likes of this type of snake belong in the Democartic Party.

  7. Claud Eustace Teal says:

    Nice to see anonymous is in complete agreement with Specter himself about where he belongs. Funny, though, I can’t remember seeing any efforts by Repubs prior to have him leave. I guess a snake is okay so long as he’s YOUR snake, is that right Anonymousssssssssssssssssss?

  8. anonymous says:

    Claud,
    Specter was always snake in my opinion, even if he was wearing Repub clothing. He consistently voted against his party in many issues. We are glad he finally decided to leave the party and join those he was in agreement usually.
    I am glad he is a Democrat now, and I hope you make good use of him. Is that good enough for you? Are you happy now? Good. Now go and worship at the Obama picture in your bedroom.

  9. Borkon says:

    Specter said he wasn’t going to let his political legacy be determined by the Republicans remaining in the PA party, after all the moderates (like 200,000) switched registration last election. This is code for, “I don’t want to be beholden to the gun waving, abortion clinic bombing, gay-bashing, bible thumping cretins outside the two metropolitan ends of the state.”

    That’s who’s left in the party all over the country. You can meet them at tea parties.

  10. Manual Override says:

    anonymous — Specter voted with the Republican party 65% of the time. Only two Rs with a worse record are the two women from Maine, Snowe (54%) and Collins (59%). So he didn’t “consistently” or “usually” vote against his party. His streak of independence is the one consistent factor in his voting career.

    As a Democrat myself, I’m glad to have him, and will invite him to my daily worship service at the shrine of Obama in my bedroom.

  11. ya'gotta'guessit says:

    Ah, yes, representative democracy at its best.

    Claude Eustace knows that Specter has been a Republican snake in name only, for years, and feelings against Specter have taken the form of a plummeting approval rating amongst registered Republicans – he was going to be out of a job – how’s THAT for an effort “to have him leave”?

    And the son-of-a-bitch was for years OK with PA’s closed primary voting process, but now cuts and runs when it becomes clear that he would “lose his legacy” because of the “gun waving, abortion clinic bombing, gay-bashing, bible thumping cretins outside the two metropolitan ends of the state.”

    Specter has done true conservatives a real favor – and the continued under-estimation of the Republican Party’s ability to re-define itself into an effective relevancy will someday bewilder many “Progressives”; but by all means, please keep believing that we’re all just a bunch of stupid fux.

  12. Ortho Stice says:

    It always puzzles me when people get upset with politicians for behaving like politicians.

    Specter did what every pol does all the time, no more and no less. His one principle, like everybody else in Washington, is to do whatever he has to win. He ran the numbers, made his calculation, and acted accordingly. What else do you expect him to do?

    Snake, sonofabitch, turncoat, vermin, sure! He was before and he will be forever. As opposed to who out there that isn’t?

  13. Anita Hill says:

    I say Bork him.

  14. Beardsley says:

    Two days later this story continues to dominate headlines.

    One factor I wonder about concerns the 200,000 Republicans who re-registered as Democrats. I wonder how many of these did so to enact Rush Limbaugh’s strategy to get Hilary Clinton nominated, and simply haven’t bothered to register back R as yet. That in turn suggests that polls reflecting a landslide loss by Specter to a conservative opponent in a Republican primary might be skewed.

  15. anonymous says:

    “Sen. Arlen Specter has visited Cuba and met with Fidel Castro three times in the past 9 years, and seems quite proud of the record. His second visit was shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attack, where Specter made a big show of presenting Fidel Castro with a FDNY cap. (Incredible!)

    The Stalinist dictator and pioneering terrorist responsible for the Hemisphere’s first plane hijackings in 1958, who two months later kidnapped 40 U.S. citizens from Guantanamo to use as human shields, and who twice came a hair from incinerating New York City itself, smilingly donned the New York Fire Dept. cap. Sen. Specter smiled with delight as a throng of camera men snapped pictures of the western hemisphere’s godfather of terrorism, and the Philadelphia Senator mugging for the cameras”.

    And this is the same guy who now has changed parties and has become a Democrat. It figures, if he such a good friend of Castro he belongs in the Democratic party along with the Obama adviser Craig, Castro’s lawyer in the US and A.G. Eric Holder who kidnapped Elian Gonzalez and sent him back to Castro’s paradise.
    Birds of the same feather, flock together.

    Anonymous: Hope you don’t mind, but I added the citation for this excerpt. — Squathole

  16. Hose B says:

    I’d like to see those photos of Castro and Specter for two reasons. First, they’d be pretty funny to look at. Second, it would prove it really happened. I’m willing to believe it did, but I doubt it, and I can’t find it anywhere on line.

    It sounds to me like the usual Cuban over-kill propaganda that for 50 years has done nothing for the community but divide it, and keep Castro in power.

  17. Ba-da-Boom says:

    I had the same thought, Hose B. Here’s what I found: http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/196/6196/. This Philadelphia-based news guy who I never heard of says in an interview on the Glen Beck show that he and Specter visited Cuba in 2008. He doesn’t say Specter gave him the hat — actually, Beck says the news guy is the one who gave him the hat — and says there were “tons” of photos. But I can’t find one on-line either.

    Suspicious.

    Besides, what’s the difference? I sure don’t have a problem with Specter talking to Castro or anybody else. NOT talking to your enemies isn’t productive. We have half a century of not talking to prove it. These hard liners are a pack of dinosaurs working toward their own destruction.

  18. anonymous says:

    Badaboom,
    “NOT talking to your enemies isn’t productive.”
    I think Neville Chamberlain had the same thoughts as you when he came back from Munich, and look how great that turned out for Great Britain. The logic of the American Left is amazing.

  19. anonymous says:

    Squathole,
    this little piece of news about Specter (what a gerat name for that scumbag) did not come from FOX news or Glenn Beck. It is the Washington Post.

    Meeting Fidel: Close but No Cigar?

    By Dana Milbank and Brian Faler

    Wednesday, August 17, 2005; Page A03

    You’d think Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter has enough going on with upcoming Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Now comes word that he’s been busy trying to wangle face time with Fidel Castro.

    Specter’s spokesman, William H. Reynolds, confirms that Specter was in Havana on Sunday in hopes of meeting with the aging Cuban dictator — although it was a bit uncertain whether he succeeded. The excursion to the Cuban capital was a side trip on a visit to the region that also took him to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, where suspected terrorists are held. He returned to Havana on Monday night and yesterday was in Venezuela, home to another American nemesis, President Hugo Chavez.

    Read the whole thing here:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/16/AR2005081601747.html

  20. Squathole says:

    Anonymous: Likening Arlen Sphincter to Neville Chamberlain because they both held discussions makes about as much sense as likening Churchill to Castro because they both smoke cigars. That’s just silly. I agree with ba-da-boom (great name): you need to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. How do you know what they’re doing if you don’t talk to them now and then? The US policy of isolating Castro has failed for 50 years.

    It amuses me endlessly the way ‘Pubs and other wingnuts are climbing over one another to slam Uncle Arlen, who after all voted with his party about 70% of the time, and about whom they said almost nothing bad for 30 years. All of a sudden he’s a flaming asshole, is that it? It just started? How come we’re just hearing about it now?

    Pure hypocrisy. Fact is, if he hadn’t switched you’d be as happy to keep him a member of the team as the ‘Crats are to have him join them. It’s just numbers, after all.

  21. Manual Override says:

    I’m so tired of the stupid argument (I’m talking to you, anonymous) that the only way to overcome adversaries is to ignore them. It never works, in fact, it just magnifies the problem. So what if Specter or anybody else talked to Castro. What’s the harm? What’s the down side? Because the real down side is no talk, no action, no progress, just more suffering for the Cuban people he’s crushed for half a century.

    But to people like anonymous, and Miami is crammed with them, anything like this makes Specter a commie, a socialist, an appeaser, a traitor, and Castro agent, blahblahblah.

    Won’t you ever learn? How’s your policy working so far?

    You want to effect change, you need to engage. You can’t do it without getting your hands dirty.

  22. anonymous says:

    Manual Override,
    I love the way you engage discussion by calling everyone who disagrees with you stupid.
    Well from this anti-communist and Castro hater Cuban you can get a nice engament: How about this one. Why don’t you go fuck yourself?. How is that for engaging?

  23. Manual Override says:

    anonymous: I didn’t say you were stupid. (You might be, but I don’t know for sure.) I said that argument was stupid. Because it is, and because I hear it so much, and because my family in Cuba suffers from people who make it.

    Talking to the country’s adversaries isn’t the problem. The problem is what is said, not the saying. If the right things were said, maybe things would be better for Cubans who have endured all these years of suffering.

    But that’s not important to you, is it. You just want your property back.

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