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Arrogance

Never have I been happier to see a RINO leave the conservative movement then when Arlen Specter switched sides. Arrogance on parade. This is a series of bites from the Pennsylvania Senator’s town hall on health care, because I couldn’t just pick one.

The first get’s a H/T from HotAir. I couldn’t link to the video so I compressed my own. But you must link to Ed Morrissey’s take on this. His work is amazing. The best line is when he says “I don’t have to be here.” Well no. Choice!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MykyrkWOko

This second clip is a two fer and my favorite. It starts with a man who tells Specter to just scrap a lousy plan … and then followed by a young woman who charges Specter to follow the constitution and health care ain’t in it. Let me just draw your attention to two key parts.

Two money lines in this one. At the 2 minute mark he’s asked about future input on any bill and he says … I’ll be back in a year. Then at 2:34 when he’s asked about HR 3400 (The Republican plan) he says he doesn’t know about it. It’s followed by a young woman who speaks for all of us.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_3bdU2zTH8

It took a while but Specter seemed to be getting the message. But his off hand and unconscious response in those parts …combined with the first bite spell arrogance.

Finally let me say to anyone cruising this post …. these people came armed an ready. They have read the bill. No one was hired. It wasn’t necessary. The Democrats saw to that.

Decisions, Pennsylvania style…

It became official — Arlen Specter will face an opponent in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania.

“Rep. Joe Sestak made it official today — he’s challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in next year’s Pennsylvania Senate race.

The Democrat, who is now in his second term in the House, announced his candidacy at a VFW post in Folsom, Pa., promising that he would be the most “honest” and “hardest-working” senator if he is elected.
“In Pennsylvania, where I was born and bred, we find ourselves in pretty downtrodden times,” Sestak said. “But this nation, especially we as Pennsylvanians, with adversity comes opportunity. And there is opportunity if we act now.””
While not the favorite, candidate Sestak does have a few things going for him — half of Pennsylvanians don’t believe Specter deserves another term in the Senate.  He’s also found his first campaign hook:
“U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak made his candidacy for the Senate official Tuesday, saying he wants to put ”principles over politics” in his quest to unseat Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter next year.”

This is a fertile field for Sestak to plow — Specter’s opportunistic jump to the Democratic party (forty four years after he opportunistically jumped *to* the GOP) is the very definition of politics trumping principle.

If nothing else, a good, old-fashioned Democratic primary, complete with flying mud, bodes well for Republican challenger Pat Toomey.  Let the games begin.

What’s not to like about socialized medicine? Update: Video

A lot, apparently.

While some go on about what’s wrong with the American system, no one seems to recognize that, while the US expends a greater portion of GDP on health-care, sometimes you get what you pay for… (Hat Tip: Jonah Goldberg @ the Corner) Read more

The value of Harry Reid’s word.

After much fan-fare (and bridge burning), Arlen Specter received a rude awakening after being feted by the media for his change of party.  Roll Call reports:

“Despite promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) would retain his seniority after switching parties, Specter will be put at the end of the seniority line on all his committees but one under a resolution approved on the floor late Tuesday.

Under the modified organizing resolution, Specter will not keep his committee seniority on any of the five committees that he serves on and will be the junior Democrat on all but one — the chamber’s Special Committee on Aging. On that committee, he will be next to last in seniority.

As a result, Specter — who as a Republican was ranking member on the Judiciary Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, as well as ranking member of the panel’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education — will now rank behind all the other Democrats, at least until the end of this Congress.”

You’d think a lawyer like Specter would have thought to get Reid’s promises in writing…

This shabby treatment reminds me of fate of any number of individuals whose front-running habits brought them to an unfortunate end.   Likewise, those who cross the political aisle are rarely rewarded for their “bravery,” especially when their epiphany occurs while down 15% in the primary polls.

On the other side of the coin, Specter looks primed to cause at least some of the same aggravation to his new friends as he did the Republicans, offering his support to Norm Coleman in the currently disputed election in Minnesota.

The WAPO’s The Fix has a good time-line of events.  As Democratic party insiders put it:

“His actions over this past week have done nothing to curry favors with either party,” said Penny Lee, a former senior adviser to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and now a Democratic consultant. “He needs to show some willingness to be a Democrat.”

Another Democratic strategist who follows Senate races closely was more blunt about the damage Specter has done to himself over the last week. “Do you think that any right-minded local Democratic elected official is going to stick his neck out for Arlen?” the source asked rhetorically. “Or any member of the Democratic Senate caucus?”

An excellent question…  I wonder if it crossed Arlen’s mind?

Specter blames Kemp’s death on Republicans

This is just a despicable statement on the part of a politically expedient Congressional relic. If only the Republicans had spent more money on research, Jack Kemp would be alive. Read more

The Party Of Southern White Men Update:Never mind!

Update: Leave it to Jim Geraghty to blow this one up. Not only does he point out that Williams was doing nothing mnore than parroting the Democrat talking point … their attempt at defining Republicans as “Rush Southerners” but uses numbers to back it up. Read more

Rollins to Specter: Game On

He better bring a lot of cash … cause if Ed Rollins, Reagan’s former campaign chief is right the Republicans will make Arlen Specter political public enemy number one. Donna Brazile kicks this clip off answering Wolf’s question “Will Specter get the Democrat nomination in Pennsylvania?” Pay back … on two fronts.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtvp91s2hXw

Think this is principle? Watch the glee on his face when he’s asked about his seniority. Principle? Nope. That’s his seat people … voting is just a formality.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_XEfDxw9jo

Obligatory Specter goes Democrat post – GOP did NOT move right UPDATE: Video

Sen. Arlen Specter (R/D/Who Cares-Pa.) will announce(d) that he’s going to run on the Democrat ticket in 2010 which leaves the Republican nomination open to Pat Toomey. You must give credit to Specter for one thing and one thing only. He’s not pulling this crap right after he is elected.

That said, this is decision based on his continued quest for power. He must have seen the polls or something. The last time Specter went up against Toomey, Specter got the nomination by a narrow 2 percent, and recent polls did not look good for the incumbent. From Jake Tapper at ABC News…

In a Quinnipiac poll last month among registered Pennsylvania Republicans, Specter trailed Toomey 27-41 percent. That poll showed that Specter had a 29 percent favorability rating among Republicans, compared with 60 percent among Democrats.

Uhh, yeah. What would you do?

UPDATE VIDEO (Jim): Here’s Specter in his own words. But allow me to sum it up. Who do the people of Pennsylvania think they are? How dare they? This has nothing to do with a principled stance. He was getting clobbered by the good Republican people of Pennsylvania. This is all about saving a job that he, like all other Senators, believe is theirs.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=345ErwNrzHs

We now return you back to Steve. The article continues…

The precariousness of Specter’s political position — a Republican in a Democratic-leaning state — was on display earlier this year when he was one of three GOP senators to back President Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus plan. That vote was strongly condemned by conservative Republicans and Toomey used that vote as the launching pad for his candidacy.

The GOP moved to the right? Are you kidding? To invoke Reagan just ticks me off since Reagan left the Democrat party because the party left him. Nice try senator, I’m not buying. That stimulus porkapoluza that you voted for has nothing in common with conservative principles.

Standing question that Specter better step up and answer. Sen. Specter, can you provide specific examples where the GOP moved to the right?

specter-wikiMore at Michelle Malkin’s place, Volokh Conspiracy (noting future Obama judicial nominations), Campaign Spot, and Hot Air (no change on card check).

Damn, Wikipedia trolls are fast – but they got it wrong of course. They list him as a Democrat starting in 2009, but it will not be official until he runs in 2010 (in office 2011), at least that is how I read it.

Update: I did remember hearing that Specter ruled out switching parties earlier this year.

He [Specter] said in an interview with The Hill that the role of the Republican Party in Washington is too vital for him to switch to the Democratic side.

“I’m staying a Republican because I think I have a more important role to play there,” he said. “I think the United States very desperately needs a two-party system. … And I’m afraid that we’re becoming a one-party system, with Republicans becoming just a regional party.”

At the same time, Specter said he is open to the possibility of running as an Independent with the understanding that he would caucus with Republicans, just as Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) did with Democrats in 2006.

Though he left that option on the table, he suggested it would be a last resort.

Last resort huh? What a liar. “I’m staying a Republican because I think I have a more important role to play there”?

It’s all about him and the power. No convictions at all.

Depression … Specter Caves

You either believe in this kind of spending on every government program conceivable (schools, union roads, blada blada blada, plus pork) or you don’t. You either believe that money is best spent by the people who earn it or not. Specter, Collins, Snowe? What is it exactly that they believe in? What gets me is how the Democrats are calling this bi-partisan.

So 11 Dems join Republicans on the House version and its called voting along party lines, or as the NY Times put it “all but 11 Democrats voted for the House package.” 3 Republicans join the Democrats and its bi-partisan. Don’t go to the bank with these numbers but this is what MSNBC is reporting.

Links: Fox News, National Review, Powerlineblog, Michelle Malkin

Here’s Specter … “The President says gotta do it … so here I am.” Oh brother.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv5qBtFBp8A