PA-Sen: Arlen Hoping Norm Wins
by Todd Beeton, Tue May 05, 2009 at 12:57:22 PM EDT
Hey, who said Arlen Specter wasn't consistent and principled? Here it's been two days since he declared that he had no intention of being a loyal Democrat and sure enough, according to Mark Halperin, the following will appear in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday:
The new Democrat says the Minnesota Republican should return to the Senate.
"There's still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner."
Wow, really? So, the question must be asked: DSCC, Ed Rendell, Joe Biden and Barack Obama, is he still your guy? Really?
I guess I gotta give Specter credit, with each passing day, he keeps making a stronger and stronger case for a primary challenge against him.
Update [2009-5-5 17:8:20 by Todd Beeton]:Deep thought: can we send Specter back?
Update [2009-5-5 17:25:22 by Todd Beeton]:In the comments the quote is being met with some skepticism, understandable considering the source. I would like to see a New York Times source give the full context of the quote but here's Byron York in the meantime:
In next Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter sits for the "Questions For" feature. In the not-yet-released article, Specter becomes the only member of the Senate Democratic caucus to pull for Republican Norm Coleman to win the disputed Senate race in Minnesota, although the way the question is phrased, it's not solely a matter of party loyalty or disloyalty:Question: With your departure from the Republican Party, there are no more Jewish Republicans in the Senate. Do you care about that?
Specter: I sure do. Theres still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner.
What do you think?
Update [2009-5-5 17:25:22 by Todd Beeton]:Per TPM, Harry Reid's office responds to what appears to be an unambiguous statement of support for Norm Coleman by our latest "Democrat":
"Well, on that one we are just going to have to disagree," Manley writes, "because as far as Senator Reid and the people of Minnesota are concerned, Al Franken is going to be the next Senator from Minnesota."
I'd say Reid is being rather restrained. Regretting your support for Specter yet, Harry?
Update [2009-5-5 18:33:15 by Todd Beeton]:NYT link is up. Here's more context:
With your departure from the Republican Party, there are no more Jewish Republicans in the Senate. Do you care about that?
I sure do. Theres still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner.
Which seems about as likely at this point as Jerry Seinfelds joining the Senate.
Well, it was about as likely as my becoming a Democrat.
I don't really see how he could just be kidding as some have suggested, and clearly neither does the NYT since their headline is "Specter Backs Coleman For Senate."