Arlen Specter

Why Would Democrats Want Arlen Specter?
March 12, 2009

A couple days ago I wrote an item doubting that Arlen Specter would have much success if he pulled a Lieberman by bolting the GOP and becoming an Independent. My rationale was that, unlike Connecticut Republicans in 2006, Pennsylvania Democrats would nominate a solid candidate in 2010 for the U.S. Senate. It never occurred to me that Specter might leave the GOP to become a Democrat--because, frankly, I just assumed the Pennsylvania Democratic Party wouldn't want him.

Can Specter Pull A Lieberman?
March 09, 2009

Mickey asks whether Arlen Specter, who's facing a challenge from the right in the GOP primary, can pull a Lieberman and run as an independent? Mickey gets an answer that Pennsylvania election law prohibits Specter from doing the full Lieberman--i.e. lose his primary and then run as an independent--but that he could do a modified Lieberman by dropping out of the GOP primary and running as an independent.  But would that even work?

Today's Gop: Set Up To Self-immolate
February 14, 2009

I missed this yesterday: Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), who broke with his party to support President Obama's stimulus package last week, said before the final vote Friday that more of his colleagues would have joined were they not afraid of the political consequences.

Today's Gop: Set Up To Self-immolate
February 14, 2009

I missed this yesterday: Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), who broke with his party to support President Obama's stimulus package last week, said before the final vote Friday that more of his colleagues would have joined were they not afraid of the political consequences.

The Center Cannot Think
February 09, 2009

This post by Ross Douthat (as opposed to this atypically silly one) picking apart the centrists logic makes a great deal of sense: if the GOP wants, say, $500 billion in tax cuts, the country clearly needs $400 billion in tax cuts - but not a penny more! And if the Democrats want $900 billion in stimulus, then the best possible policy outcome must be ... $800 billion in stimulus!

The Killer Question
January 30, 2008

The last time I saw Benazir Bhutto was over dinner at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., three weeks before her October return to Pakistan. She was in enormously good spirits, almost effervescent. The years in the political wilderness looked like they were coming to an end. But, at one point, the conversation took a more serious turn as she began discussing the mysterious death of General Zia, the dictator who had hanged her father in 1979.Zia died in a plane accident in Pakistan nine years later.

Senate Judiciary Committee 1, Nfl 0
December 26, 2007

Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter have succeeded in their battle to get the NFL to show Saturday night's potentially historic (ugh, let's hope not) matchup between the Giants and the 15-0 Patriots on regular broadcast channels. The game was originally scheduled to be shown only on the much-derided NFL Network, which isn't included in most standard cable packages, but will now air on NBC and CBS. How did Congress manage this, while all the nation's big bad cable companies have huffed and puffed for two years and still haven't blown the NFL's house down?

Fearless Flyer
July 26, 2007

Earlier today Arlen Specter gave the AP some harsh--but hardly surprising--quotes about Alberto Gonzales and the Bush administration in general. A quick sampling: The senator Thursday that Bush was sticking by Gonzales out of personal loyalty, despite the attorney general's deteriorating support on Capitol Hill. "The hearing two days ago was devastating (for Gonzales). But so was the hearing before that and so was the hearing before that," Specter said. [snip] Specter said he was incredulous that the administration would not allow the U.S.

Congressional Culpability & The U.s. Attorneys
March 20, 2007

by Stanley I. Kutler Congress is on the verge of rare bi-partisanship: the administration's calculated decision to rid its ranks of "disloyal" U.S. attorneys, who did their duty to enforce the law without political fear or favor, has roiled the blood of Democrats and Republicans alike. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez's days appear numbered; at the very least, his authority is severely diminished. Karl Rove, the architect of many Democratic defeats and Harriet Miers (alas!

Gullible's Travels
December 28, 2006

And now Senator Arlen Specter, sort of Republican from Pennsylvania, has made his visit to Damascus. I don't know whether he had an epiphany on the road to Damascus. But, in the Syrian capitol, he met Bashar Assad, and he believed what the tyrant told him. Just like Senator Nelson of Florida, Senator Dodd of Connecticut and Senator Kerry of well, dreamland.

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