Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Penn.

U.S. Senate Democrats get the coveted 60th seat from…a defection. So Norm Coleman’s odious delaying tactics against Al Franken don’t amount to squat could continue forever and ever and ever.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. The Rumpublican Party continues its shrinkage.

UPDATE [Goldy]:
As a native Pennsylvanian, who proudly voted against Specter way back in 1986, all I can say is “wow.”  Wow. I’m as speechless as the Club for Growth.

UPDATE, UPDATE [Goldy]:
As N in Seattle points out in the comment thread, you have to understand Philadelphia politics to understand Specter’s politics.  Specter was a registered Democrat when he first ran for District Attorney as a Republican, and he built his reputation fighting the corrupt Democratic machine of Mayors Jim Tate and Frank Rizzo.  Specter was a bit of a reformer, more in line with the socially liberal, economically conservative “Rockefeller Republicans” who dominated suburban politics at the time.  Thus as the GOP moved further and further to the right, it was always disappointing to see him toe the party line again and again, out of political expediency.

No doubt this final party switch was driven by political expediency too.  But while he may be the newest member of the Senate Democratic Caucus, he is certainly far from the most conservative.

UPDATE THREE [Jon]: Updated the original post to reflect that some are pointing out Specter’s switch may actually increase the pressure on Republicans to not allow Al Franken to be seated. Whatever. It’s still funny as hell.

UPDATE 4 [Darryl]: Shrinkage, indeed. But Sen. Specter is destroying my narrative of being an independent-turned-Republican. As I explained in my statement of support for Mike Huckabee, in 1998 I voted for Republican Sen. Specter over his “pro-life” Democratic opponent Bill Lloyd.

Comments

  1. 1

    proud leftist spews:

    Remarkable. Way to go, Arlen. Would the last reasonable Republican to leave the party please shut the light off on your way out?

  2. 2

    YellowPup spews:

    Would be wonderful if now Norm Coleman finally comes to terms with the inevitable. But, then again, it is all about him.

  3. 3

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    LOL the right wing Publicans are essentially getting rope-a-doped on a daily basis. Only 20% of Americans identify themselves as republicans and now we have a long-standing and well-respected Senator bailing on the GOP.

    Why don’t the rest of you right wing traitors just shoot yourselves and get it over with. Nobody cares about the GOP. Get used to being in the extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeme minority.

  4. 4

    ArtFart spews:

    If this might be viewed as a swap for Joe Leibermann, I’d say the Democrats got the better part of the deal.

  5. 5

    spews:

    Specter started his political life as a Democrat.

    He switched because of the outright corruption and self-evident antisemitism of the Philadelphia machine. This was a period when the slimy likes of Jim Tate and Frank Rizzo typified the Dems, while upstanding (and liberal in comparison to Rizzo) Thatcher Longstreth led the GOP in Philly.

  6. 6

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    YellowPup,

    You’re absolutely correct: politicians’ main goal is to stay in office. That’s why Specter is switching to the Dems. A few years ago a Congressman from Colorado switched from Dems to Reps. The goal of these politicians is to get elected and stay elected.

    If the Dems get the “Magic 60″ in the Senate, then they’ll have to take responsibility for things. There will not be much room to blame the Reps for how things turn out in the future.

    Be careful what you wish for because you may get it!

  7. 7

    Crusader spews:

    Most Americans are parasites – that’s why they vote for Democrats. Enjoy your parasitic existence.

  8. 8

    Crusader spews:

    Why don’t the rest of you right wing traitors just shoot yourselves and get it over with. Nobody cares about the GOP. Get used to being in the extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeme minority.

    04/28/2009 AT 10:08 AM

    You libs are so compassioniate!

  9. 9

    proud leftist spews:

    7: “Most Americans are parasites”

    Such love of your fellow citizen. I would suggest that with an attitude like that, you might find happiness elsewhere.

  10. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Yeeee-haaaaah!!!! Economic recovery, here we come!!! Universal health care, here we come!!! Alternative energy, here we come!!! Cap and trade, here we come!!! YEEEE-HAAAAAH!!!!

  11. 11

    proud leftist spews:

    What beverage would others recommend for celebrating the death of the Republican Party? I was thinking a nice single malt scotch would pay tribute to the New England patrician wing of the party, which, of course, no longer exists. Tequila, on the other hand, would aid in raucous dancing on the party’s grave. Beer would promote plenty of pissing on the grave. Such a difficult decision . . .

  12. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 “… then they’ll have to take responsibility for things.”

    We have absolutely no problem with this concept. Watch and learn, we’ll show you Repubs how it’s done.

  13. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @7 As a conservative, of course you believe the vast majority of Americans who do all the work and produce everything in this country (while their Republican bosses jet off to Ireland to play golf) are “parasites.” That’s why you conservatives get no respect from 80% of the American public — and deserve none.

  14. 17

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Speaking of parasites, here’s what Crusader posted on Sucky Politics about Stefan’s raid on the county treasury:

    “Congrats Stefan! Just goes to show our side(see Tim Eyman) gets things done) while Klowns like Goldy just bitch & moan all day. Posted by Crusader at April 24, 2009 03:20 PM”

    (P.S., for those of you who haven’t been following this story, Stefan is a public records entrepreneur who mines public records for gold by pouring toxic rhetoric on piles of ballots and vacuums up whatever comes trickling out at the bottom of the pile. This is called “heap leaching” and creates an environmental mess that taxpayers have to clean up after the miner goes prancing off into the sunset with his pockets stuffed with gold.)

  15. 18

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    The Daily KOS is always an unbiased source of propaganda.
    Specter made it clear he will not be a certain 60th vote for Dems. Specter has certain issues I expect he will stand firm on. I was disappointed in his porkulous and budget votes. Fiscally liberal…like Bush.

  16. 20

    Gaffe Biden spews:

    Specter switched to the Dems!!!! I’m shocked!!!!

    That fuckwit has been a Rhino for a loooong time.

  17. 21

    YLB spews:

    O MY GAAWD!!!

    Well, to get real, Specter is hardly a progressive and that 60 seat super majority is mostly a myth with the likes of Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln but..

    I wonder about the enmity between Specter and other winners like McConnell, Coburn, Vitter and De Mint.

    The right wing has so screwed themselves!!! I love it!

  18. 22

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Specter left because he was going to lose the Republican Primary….he may actually have a better chance to win the Dem Primary.


    Specter said he is acting now because he needs to prepare for the state primary that is less than 13 months away.

    “Upon request, I will return campaign contributions contributed during this cycle,” he said.

    Political experts in Pennsylvania note that Specter has alienated the Republican base over the years with his support for abortion rights and gay rights, and other more hard-core conservative issues. His approval rating percentage among Republicans hovered in the 30s, according to a handful of polls conducted this year.

    This 2010 election cycle is going to be mighty wild. For political hacks like ALL OF US here at HA, there will be plenty of fodder to keep us well-fed. It’s actually a good thing for this country…to have many hotly contested political seats.

  19. 23

    worf spews:

    While this switch will occasionally come in handy for a small number of procedural votes, I fear it is more likely to push the Democratic caucus further to the right, and hence farther from enacting a progressive agenda. Atrios at Eschaton has this to say:

    I’m obviously not very optimistic that this will lead to good. I’ve lived under the wanktitude of Specter long enough to know that he rarely actually does anything positive. As Harry Reid said to a small group of bloggers last year in Denver, (quote from memory) “Arlen Specter’s with us except when we need him.” Question now is whether Specter will be with them when they do need him.

    On the plus side, Senate staffers inform me that Republicans in the Senate are visibly in agony right now. So at least we have that!

    I am underwhelmed at the news that the weasel caucus has gained another member. Just sayin’.

  20. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    After reading Specter’s public statement, it’s clear that he didn’t quit the GOP — he was driven out. After laboring on behalf of his party for 28 years in the Senate, they were going to dump him in the 2010 primary because of his vote for the stimulus package. Desiring to continue serving in the Senate, and using his seniority to benefit his home state, Specter had no choice but to switch parties. His statement also makes explicitly clear that he will be neither a party-line voter nor “an automatic 60th vote for cloture” — for example, he said he’ll continue to oppose the card-check legislation sought by organized labor. Country and constituents first, party second — that’s the kind of senator he was as a Republican, and is the kind of senator he’ll be as a Democrat. Specter has always been a class act, and the fact Pennsylvania’s Republicans threw him away says more about them than him.

  21. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Here is Specter’s statement in full:

    “I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation.

    “Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.

    “When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But, I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.

    “Since then, I have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.

    “I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary. I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.

    “I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters. I can understand their disappointment. I am also disappointed that so many in the Party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides. I thank specially Senators McConnell and Cornyn for their forbearance.

    “I am not making this decision because there are no important and interesting opportunities outside the Senate. I take on this complicated run for re-election because I am deeply concerned about the future of our country and I believe I have a significant contribution to make on many of the key issues of the day, especially medical research. NIH funding has saved or lengthened thousands of lives, including mine, and much more needs to be done. And my seniority is very important to continue to bring important projects vital to Pennsylvania’s economy.

    “I am taking this action now because there are fewer than thirteen months to the 2010 Pennsylvania Primary and there is much to be done in preparation for that election. Upon request, I will return campaign contributions contributed during this cycle.

    “While each member of the Senate caucuses with his Party, what each of us hopes to accomplish is distinct from his party affiliation. The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation. And no Senator, no matter how loyal he is to his Party, should or would put party loyalty above his duty to the state and nation.

    “My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans. Unlike Senator Jeffords’ switch which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employees Free Choice (Card Check) will not change.

    “Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy’s statement that sometimes Party asks too much. When it does, I will continue my independent voting and follow my conscience on what I think is best for Pennsylvania and America.”

  22. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @18 “I was disappointed in his porkulous and budget votes.”

    Of course you were. You’d rather have another Great Depression than economic recovery because deflation would beat down wages and make your social security check go farther.

  23. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @20 Fuckwit, eh? That guy has more IQ in his toenail clippings than you have in your entire family.

  24. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @22 That’s exactly right, Cynical, and translated into English it means: The inept Republican Party drove one of its own senators into the arms of the Democrats, thereby giving the Democrats a 60-seat Senate majority, because they’d rather commit political suicide than yield an inch of their stupid ideology. Apparently Barry Goldwater’s ghost still runs their electoral strategy.

  25. 30

    ArtFart spews:

    Scotch sounds fine by me…I’m rather partial to Glenfiddich, in fact (which–ahem!–they DO have at the Montlake Alehouse).

    Someone probably ought to spring for a dram or two for The Piper, to help him drown his sorrows.

  26. 31

    ArtFart spews:

    Since the hard-core delusionals “leading” the Republican Party were so eager to toss McCain under the bus, maybe we’ll be welcoming him to the Democratic fold next.

    Meanwhile, Sarah Palin has her “I’m-not-a-candidate-but-I’m-thinking-about-it” site up at http://www.sarahpac.com. If they nominate her for the White House in ’12, it’ll be great fun watching the Republican Party go the way of the Wolly Mammoth.

  27. 33

    John425 spews:

    Leftists on this board forget that politics swings in cycles. Can’t wait for the Treason trials of Obama, Reid and Pelosi in 2012. That old fart Specter would suck dick in order to stay in office. Typical of the Democrats, however. No ethics, no loyalty, just expediency.

  28. 34

    Steve spews:

    @30 “I’m rather partial to Glenfiddich”

    Mmmm, me too.

    Democrats have become the party of “Yes we can!”, Republicans the party of “No!”. Americans seem wise to the notion that a negative attitude produces only negative results. Good riddance to the GOP. They did it to themselves.

  29. 35

    Steve spews:

    @33 Oh, there’ll be treason trials alright. It’s just that you won’t be too thrilled with who’s ass is on trial, BEEE-ATCH.

  30. 36

    spews:

    re 33: Treason?? No way.

    But if you can catch someone fixing a ticket or getting a BJ, there’s no telling to what length you’ll go for a conviction.

  31. 37

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Rog–
    Obviously you didn’t read or remember this part of Specter’s statement you posted:


    Unlike Senator Jeffords’ switch which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employees Free Choice (Card Check) will not change.

    Gee Rog, don’t you even to bother to read what you post??

  32. 38

    Ekim spews:

    @33

    That old fart Specter would suck dick in order to stay in office. Typical of the Democrats, however.

    This from a teabagger?

  33. 39

    Steve spews:

    @38 Their fucking world is crumbling like a house of cards. That’s not easy for them to spin.

    Senator Franken. Even more heads will explode when that one comes to pass.

    More popcorn, please.

  34. 41

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Ummmm Steve–
    Since you are so fond of quoting Rasmussen, why didn’t you post this one:

    Friday, April 24, 2009


    For the first time since Barack Obama was elected president last November, more than half of U.S. voters (53%) say it is at least somewhat likely that the next occupant of the White House will be a Republican. Thirty-one percent (31%) say it is Very Likely.

    Thirty-five percent (35%) say it is not very or not at all likely, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twelve percent (12%) aren’t sure.

  35. 42

    GBS spews:

    Before my fellow Dem’s go high-fiving each other over the prospect of having 60 seats, which we will, don’t think that Arlen Specter will be a reliable Democrat voter.

    He’s been a very independent minded Senator his entire career.

    On the other hand, what we can take stock in is that the Republican brand is, for now at least, ruined to the point of not being relevant at the national level. And in many instances on the state level, take Dino Rossi running as a GOP instead of the traditional Republican brand.

    The next 8-12 months is a critical time for the Republican Party. If they don’t go in to complete battle mode and fight against the radical, right-wing Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity Michael Steele element of their party and base, they run the risk of disintegrating into a very regionalized party that will split the conservative vote. Possibly creating another conservative party movement. If that becomes the case, a 3 party system if you will, Liberals will DOMINATE national politics for generations to come.

    When the Reagan Democrats leave the Republican Party, when independents leave the Republican Party, when swing voters leave the Republican Party you know you’re in trouble. BUT, when moderate Republicans begin leaving the Republican Party, it’s time to rename the national airport.

    Reagan is DEAD! and his policies live on. But were doing something about that as well.

    It’s time for Democrats to stop focusing on defeating the Republicans and focus on doing the best job of governing possible. That’s all we have to do in order to retain power for decades and decades to come.

  36. 43

    ArtFart spews:

    42 Reagan may have been dead while he was in office. Kind of hard to tell. In any case, the stench of his “legacy” lives on.

  37. 46

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    @10,

    You forgot “total government control over all aspects of our lives, here we come!”

    Yea! that’s the ticket!!

  38. 47

    GBS spews:

    Mr. Cynical @ 44:

    Don’t need to. And, you better apologize to the military men and women you shit on for Abu Grahib prosecutions.

    As the Bush memos clearly show those men and women did NOT design those “stress positions and humiliation” tactics.

    They were not “bad apples” as you implied. They did NOT endanger the mission and the other soldiers in Iraq. You did. John Carlson, Kirby Wilbur, Sean Hannnity, Rush Limbaugh, Republicans in general, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush did.

    But, those in command stood silent as they watched our soldiers be committed to prison for years following their orders. That is not supporting the troops, Mr. Cynical. That’s shitting on them.

    When are you going to apologize for trashing the heroic service of our soldiers and the Gold Star mother’s of our fallen heroes?

    When are you going to start attacking those responsible for authorizing torture as quickly as you shit on our troops??

    Until you do, SHUT THE FUCK UP! You American Taliban traitor.

  39. 48

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    24. Roger Rabbit spews:
    After reading Specter’s public statement, it’s clear that he didn’t quit the GOP — he was driven out. After laboring on behalf of his party for 28 years in the Senate, they were going to dump him in the 2010 primary because of his vote for the stimulus package.

     
    You mean for voting on 1 issue the GOP wanted specter out of the party?
     
    Damn, that sounds as childish as the democrats and liberman over 1 issue.
     
    See, the reps are learning from the dems how to treat people that have been loyal to your party for years.

  40. 49

    correctnotright spews:

    @47: GBS

    Klynical is not a patriot and Klinical doesn’t care about our country or our veterans and soldiers. Klynical only cares about making his putrifying political points. When has Klynical ever proposed or advocated ANY positive changes for our country?

    When has Klynical been supportive of anything other than lowering taxes and increased spending on wasteful military junk – but not for properly equipping and supporting our soldiers?

    Klynical is a whining fool – nothing more and nothing less.

    Klynical supports torture, even though we now know that it not only was excessive but we also know it did not work and they lied to us again (not that we did not know that before, but now thereis documented proof).

    All that crap and lies about a single torture session of waterboarding….they did it 183 times (6 times/day).

    Hey, if it was effective they would never have done it that much – they were torturing as punichment, in my name. I want the people at the top that approved of torture to go to jail. Cheney, Yoo, Addington – all those wimps need to go to hard core jail.

  41. 50

    Steve spews:

    Mr Klynical’s head exploded today in a most spectacular fashion. Even Marvin’s head explosion was way cool.

    Hey, trolls, how about saving some exploding heads for when Senator Franken is confirmed?

    LMFAO!!!

  42. 51

    Steve spews:

    OMG!!! Our country is in danger!!!

    “I think the threat to the country presented by this defection really relates to the issue of whether or not in the United States of America our people want the majority to have whatever it wants without restraint, without a check or a balance,” McConnell said Tuesday.

    “Obviously, we are not happy that Senator Specter has decided to become a Democrat,” McConnell said. “If we are not successful in Minnesota … Democrats, at least on paper, will have 60 votes. I think the danger of that for the country is that there won’t automatically be an ability to restrain the excess that is typically associated with big majorities and single-party rule.”

    LMFAO!!!

  43. 52

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    I laughed my ass off when that old bitch Mitch said that one party control of the federal government put our country in danger – ummm Mitch did you say that when the GOP took control of the entire federal government????

    WTF these people think America is as stupid as they are.

    I’ve had a great day watching the righties spin their heads around on their necks trying to figure out how to spin this. I am struck by just how badly we are consistently and completely kicking these cowardly assholes in the GOP. It’s more stunning than anything I could have ever hoped for. It’s worse than destruction – it’s oblideration!

  44. 53

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    OMG CYNCYN won’t want you to read this.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30454232/

    Higher numbers than either Bush OR Clinton. His approvals are going UP not down as that lying child rapist CYNCYN tries to tell you – oh yeah – the poll was NBC PLUS Wall Street Journal – you know – the CONSERVATIVE Wall Street Journal.

    Jesus this is just a home run for the Democrats and utterly destructive of the GOP!

  45. 54

    Steve spews:

    @53 Holy flying monkey fuck, we’re just piling it on today. What a bad day to be a fucking wingnut.

  46. 55

    Seattle Jew, a true liberal spews:

    To all those who follow SJ’s lead

    At the invitation of Senator Spector (D, Pa) Ihave just joined the NAACP ,,, National Association for the Advancement of Conservative Principles.

    We at the NAACP feel that our principles, the very principles that led to election fo the greatest of the conservative people, Lincoln, have been abandoned by the repricans.

    As our first goal we wish to encourage all closet CP .. starting with your AG, Rod McKenna, to join the NAACP. We are firmly non partisan and utterly committed to Rational Conservatism. Non partisna, of curse means NOT GOP, since all that remains of the GOP are its white hooded southern traditions.

    General McKenna, we hope, you will join the rest of us by putting down the false banner and white hood of the GOP. The Dems may not be the final answer. We may need, as Lincoln did, to found a new party.

  47. 56

    Seattle Jew, a true liberal spews:

    NAACP Proposes the New Union

    The Seattle chapter of the NAACP has voted unanimously to request that Texas secede from the Union so that Quebec, a truly divers state, can join the Union and preserve our 50 stars.

    Of course, we also want America to build a fence to keep the Texichens from crossing our borders. President Obama, has endorsed this plan and supports the abandonment of e Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. In the President’s word, “Given the abowed desire of Texas to be independent and since the USA was never a signatory and since Mexico never recognized the independence of Texas, we resolve today that the government of the United States does not recognize Texas as an independent state.

    The Mexican plice have already crossed the border and occupied the Alamo. Secretary Clintoi has said that until Mexico decides what to do about the Bush crime family, all Texans will be considered enemy alines and nto allowed tyo enter the USA.

  48. 58

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    You know we have these right wing traitors on the ropes – let’s finish em. We can save our country if we can get rid of the GOP!

  49. 59

    worf spews:

    Senator Lieberman welcomes his cynical, opportunistic, lying, right-wing, hypocritical brethren to the fold…

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (Democrat-turned-Independent Asshole, Connecticut) put out this statement welcoming Sen. Arlen Specter (Republican-turned-Alleged “Democrat”, Pennsylvania) to the Dem caucus:

    “I enthusiastically welcome my good friend Arlen Specter into the Democratic caucus. It will be very good to have the company of yet another independent minded Democrat in the caucus!

    “I have always admired Arlen as a man of deep principle who has been a bridge builder to get things done in the Senate. Arlen understands that we get things accomplished when we listen to the vital center of American politics. I know that Arlen will continue to make a major contribution to the Senate and the nation as an effective independent leader and problem solver.”

    That little bit of Liebermen love succinctly sums up the disaster of welcoming Specter with open arms and no negotiation. Honestly, why the fuck does Reid still have a job?

  50. 60

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @37 Mr. Cyclical sez: “Rog–Obviously you didn’t read or remember this part of Specter’s statement you posted:

    Unlike Senator Jeffords’ switch which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employees Free Choice (Card Check) will not change.

    Gee Rog, don’t you even to bother to read what you post??”

    To answer your question, I merely refer you to my comment @24 which said:

    “His statement also makes explicitly clear that he will be neither a party-line voter nor ‘an automatic 60th vote for cloture’ — for example, he said he’ll continue to oppose the card-check legislation sought by organized labor.”

    Now — were you saying something about jackasses who post comments about things they haven’t read?

  51. 62

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Maybe what’s really behind Sen. Specter’s party switch is that he’s getting on in years, is thinking about his legacy, and doesn’t want history to remember him as a Republican.

  52. 63

    proud leftist spews:

    62
    Maybe Specter switched parties because he doesn’t want to spend the hereafter in Hell.

  53. 64

    Broadway Joe spews:

    59:

    Thinking about it, who wants to bet that Holy Joe Lieberman becomes an R now? And where does this leave the last few centrist R’s in the Senate, specifically Snowe and Collins of Maine?

  54. 66

    GBS spews:

    Why is it that I demand Mr. Cynical to apologize for his trash comments directed toward our soldiers he doesn’t answer??

    Why is OK when he dumps on mothers who have lost sons and daughters in Iraq?

  55. 67

    Steve spews:

    @66 I just sent Goldy my trade confirmations and confirmed to Goldy that I’m holding 5000 shares of a micro-cap bio for him, ABPIQ, as a future HA donation.

    Now it’s Mr. Klynical’s turn.

  56. 68

    busdrivermike spews:

    If Arlen Specter is a Democrat, I am Ronald Reagan.

    He is still a union buster who will not vote for Obama’s appointments.

    Arlen Specter is the guy who bashed Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, saying she committed “flat out perjury”.

    If this asshat doesn’t fall in line and help Obama bring his programs to fruition, his Democratic primary opponent can expect a check from me.

  57. 69

    proud leftist spews:

    68
    His over-the-top bullying of Anita Hill during the Thomas confirmation proceedings is what I remember the most about him. He has a lot of repentance to do to make up for that.

  58. 72

    Broadway Joe spews:

    That’s the best you can do, bitchoflies?

    Is that a new garter belt and stockings under your SS uniform?

  59. 73

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Keep it up woman of lies – then there will be nobody left in your party of ass-lickers, cowards, traitors, liars and crooks.

  60. 74

    manoftruth spews:

    you’re right byebye, there’s almost nobody left now because the jew controlled media harrasses and tells lies against decent people who would run for office. the fucking jews try to pollute the political scene just like the kikes in hollywood, seth rogen, ben stiller, adam sandler make filth to corrupt the young kids. so in about 20 more years the us will be like brazil, people living in squalor right next to a jew in a mansion, and the police and politicians all paid off.

  61. 76

    Steve spews:

    Rush Limbaugh:

    “Take McCain and his daughter with you”

    Michael Steele:

    “Let’s be honest, Senator Specter didn’t leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.”

    Dial up the hate, trolls. Show us what you’ve got.

  62. 77

    Steve spews:

    @74 and 75 That’s some weak shit, trolls, C’mon, turn that dial up and show us some real hate!

  63. 78

    manoftruth spews:

    @77
    oh , you can just tune into keith olberman to see some real hate.
    or jon stewart
    by the way, are they jewish too?
    boy, it just doesn’t end does it?

  64. 79

    WatchmanOnTheWall spews:

    Hate is only strong dislike. I like the idea he is a democrat ars inspector. He can be yours again. He just a horny toad he will jump in the bed with anyone he thinks will elect him.He can be in the bed with the one and that is just groovy with me.

    Let the teabagging commence.

  65. 82

    SJ spews:

    I understand that the an anthropology expedition for the University of British Columbia believe they have found an actual tribe of Republicans in Northern Idaho!

    The claim, however, is being disputed by Professor Darryl Holman, chair of anthropology at the recently opened University of Washington Renton Campus. Professor Holman claims the Canadians have mistaken a rare family of smooth haired sasquatch for Republicans. Dr. Holman told SJ News, “It is not simple to tell the two species apart when both are shaved, however the presence of four teets on the women of this tribe is convincing evidence that these are not Republicans.

  66. 83

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Hey Watchwoman once they join our party they are purified. They’re no longer like you – a cowardly cunt who rapes kids, hopes for America’s failure, cheats, lies and steals due to lack of decent morals. Did your parents beat you or rape you or both?

  67. 84

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    I notice that many of the HA right wing nutjobs stayed away from this thread. I guess they know when they’re likely to get their asses kicked EXTRA badly and this is one of those times! LOL!

  68. 85

    X'ad spews:

    61. Roger Rabbit spews:

    It’s pretty clear that Mr. Klown knee-jerked that one …
    04/28/2009 at 5:25 pm

    Slugs don’t have knees.

    They move on SLIME.

  69. 86

    Broadway Joe spews:

    81:

    Yob tyovu mat, nekulturny.

    And what would a govnosos like you know about anything in this country, anyway? You’re not an American.

  70. 88

    WatchmanOnTheWall spews:

    Ten approved techniques:
    – attention grasp(grabbing the collar)
    – walling (in which the suspect could be pushed into a wall)with a neck brace on
    – a facial hold(wow how terrible)
    – a facial slap (Omg)
    – cramped confinement(oh crap not in the corner)
    – wall standing(On your tiptoes is torture)
    – week-long sleep deprivation source
    – insects placed in a confinement box (the suspect had a fear of insects)crap me too!
    – waterboard – “the individual is bound securely to an inclined bench, which is approximately four feet by seven feet. The individual’s feet are generally elevated. A cloth is placed over the forehead and eyes. Water is then applied to the cloth in a controlled manner……..produces the perception of ‘suffocation and incipient panic’.”I hated when my brother did this to me in the family pool.Crap!

    The deadly torture of the deadly terrorists, lets see you call this torture? The people who lost loved ones are tortured every day with the thought of these terrorist on american soil.3500 killed by these terrorist
    children left parentless,wives left to raise fatherless kids.This is a flippin joke.