Shorter Arlen Specter On His Support For Norm Coleman: My Bad

Forget all that other stuff Arlen Specter said. He was just confused, you see.

"In the swirl of moving from one caucus to another, I have to get used to my new teammates," he said. "I'm ordinarily pretty correct in what I say. I've made a career of being precise. I conclusively misspoke."

Asked who he's backing now in elections, Specter said, "I'm looking for more Democratic members. Nothing personal."

A different day, a different party, what's a guy to do?

What Markos said:

He's so devoid of any conviction that one day, justice requires Coleman to be declared the winner, and the next day, it doesn't?

He's an empty, hollow, shell of a man. There is just one value that drives him -- political self-preservation.

But we have one thing in common. We both are looking for more Democratic members. That's why I hope Sestak primaries his ass.

Tags: Arlen Specter, MN-Sen, norm coleman, PA-Sen (all tags)

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Re: Shorter Arlen Specter

We need Democrats to the left of Obama.  Not... whatever the hell Specter is.

by Jess81 2009-05-05 06:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Shorter Arlen Specter

He's to the right, and, therefore is someone that someone can be triangulate against, but still seem progressive. If we had a primary in PA where the Dems were competing against each other, what would have been the result? Probably something to the left of Sestak. But, now we are competing from the center right. The same with NY (when compared to the politics of the state). But hey, I am a conspiracy theorist pointing out what seems like  a gaming of the system.

by bruh3 2009-05-05 06:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Shorter Arlen Specter

It does seem odd to be pulling for Sestak.

by Jess81 2009-05-05 06:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Shorter Arlen Specter

It is odd if you frame it as more Democrats rather than better. The slight of hand going on now is that the establishment has caught on to the fact that the netroots  focused on more Democrats at the exclusion of better. Having caught on to that, plus the fact that Democrats are in ascendancy of power, the natural response is to try to move from the partisan scale (Dem v GOP) to intraparty scales (stack the deck in favor of conservative Democrats and centrists who will support the status quo without regard to partisan breakdown).  It's a form of hedging, which reduces the chance of any real progressive shift regardless of what voters in any individual state may want.

by bruh3 2009-05-05 07:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Shorter Arlen Specter

I think you're looking too deep into one persons political desperation.  The simple fact is that Specter knew almost certainly that he wouldn't have survived a Republican primary, so he went with his only other really viable option which was to switch parties and hope for the best.

Is it possible that there is some nefarious "establishment" that is trying to maintain the status quo by subverting the Democratic party?  Sure.  Is it much more likely that Specter was just desperately trying to hold on to his Senate seat?  Sure.

by thatrangeofshadesbetweenredandbluestuff 2009-05-05 07:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Shorter Arlen Specter

I like how you think that this requires something deeper than people who know each other wanting to make sure they each keep their jobs. I also love how you think Specter really made this decision in isolation never discussing it with anyone or the repercussion were not understood by those to whom he discussed it.

by bruh3 2009-05-05 08:18PM | 0 recs
by atdleft 2009-05-05 07:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Why?

Because he's being set up as the progressive choice. I am sure he's a great guy. He may even represent the state of PA better than a more progressive candidate would. I would even be fine with him. The question is how he is perceived in relationship now to Specter rather than other candidates who maybe more progressive such that we could find out what the electorate of PA thinks. This is just now factually less likely given the money it takes to run, the press and the infrastructural support. I may not have mattered anyway toward someone more progressive catching fire, but we will probably never know because of the dynamic.

by bruh3 2009-05-05 08:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Shorter Arlen Specter On His Support For

Isn't it great?  We've got our own Jim Bunning now!

I guess the good news is that once someone tells him what Democrats stand for, maybe he'll start supporting them once in awhile...

by LordMike 2009-05-05 06:46PM | 0 recs
Draft Joe Sestak!

OK, I'm serious. For his own good, Snarlin' Arlen needs to go. I can't tell now whether Specter is simply flip-flopping or actually forgetting which party he's supposed to be a part of now. Is Specter really so devoid of moral judgment that he can't remember his new political flavor of the week?

by atdleft 2009-05-05 07:32PM | 0 recs
Specter=Car Bomb

The funny thing is that before Specter switched, we were set to win the seat against Toomey.  Admiral Sestak was set to announce within the next two months and has an impressive bankroll.  He would have been the nominee and would have crushed Toomey.

Now, the establishment is lining up behind a man who is not a Democrat.  His switch has caused immense anger within the Republican establishment and it is increasingly likely they will get Tom Ridge to run.

He just needs to fucking retire.

by Vox Populi 2009-05-05 08:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Specter=Car Bomb

The establishment has buyers remorse...  they just took away Specter's seniority... he can regain it after 2010... if he falls in line.

Major smackdown reported by the Washington Post...

by LordMike 2009-05-05 08:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Specter=Car Bomb

1. Sestak may yet run.

2. The 'establishment' appears to be hedging:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitol -briefing/2009/05/senate_democrats_deny_ specter.html?hpid=topnews

Senate Democrats Deny Specter Committee Seniority

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.

"This is all going to be negotiated next Congress," Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), said tonight.

Specter's office declined to comment.

Without any assurance of seniority, Specter loses a major weapon in his campaign to win reelection in 2010: the ability to claim that his nearly 30 years of Senate service places him in key positions to benefit his constituents.

Tonight's committee resolution, quickly read on the Senate floor by Reid himself, contradicts Specter's assertion last Tuesday when he publicly announced his move from the Republican side of the aisle. He told reporters that he retained his seniority both in the overall chamber and in the committees on which he serves. Specter said that becoming chairman of the Appropriations Committee was a personal goal of his, one that would be within reach if he were granted his seniority on the panel and placed as the third-most senior Democrat there.

Junior position for now, and perhaps for his remaining years in the Senate. A far cry from the previous assertion that Specter would keep his seniority and would immediately vault to plum chairmanships, obviously for now a Specter pipedream.

3. Tom Ridge would replace Toomey as the GOP candidate only after a very long, public and nasty outcry from conservatives, who look at Toomey as THEIR Ned Lamont (a roots candidate) and at Ridge as just another RINO who should go the way of Specter, for all they care.  

by devilrays 2009-05-05 08:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Specter=Car Bomb

Yep!  There is no way that the former president of the club for growth is going to sit idly by while a RINO takes his place.  These guys eat RINO's for lunch!  They will fight like no tomorrow, and his CFG connections mean that he will be well funded.  At the very least, they will bloody up Ridge well...  They are already preparing for the primary fight, and they are MAD!  Toomey was asked by the GOP to primary Specter, and now, they want to primary him?  Forget it!  Toomey's going to go for blood!

by LordMike 2009-05-05 09:35PM | 0 recs
Damn F-ing Straight!

Attila the Hun is a far lefty to Toomey, no way he steps aside for a mushy centerist like Ridge.

Oh, Joy, Oh Happy Day!

Nothing I can think better then a virtually destroyed Republican party ripping itself apart in a nasty primary!

Please, pretty please with sugar on it?

by WashStateBlue 2009-05-05 10:32PM | 0 recs

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