HARRISBURG, Pa. -- For most of his 30 years as Pennsylvania's longest-serving U.S. senator and prominent moderate in Congress, Arlen Specter was a Republican, though often at odds with the GOP leadership. He helped end the Supreme Court hopes of former federal appeals Judge Robert H. Bork, who was nominated by Ronald Reagan. Decades later, he was one of only three Republicans in Congress to vote for President Barack Obama's stimulus. Source and text edited to site style.
Comments: I'm sorry for his family he's dead because they loved him...can't say I'll miss him much.
moderate? he was pro=abort which is not a moderate position if you're the baby. The media think of themselves as moderate because of their pro-abort position, they are not it is not. Prayers for his family.
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." ~~ Ebenezer Rockwood H o a r (often mis-attributed to Mark Twain); H o a r was a lawyer, a Massachusetts Supreme Court Judge, and an Attorney General of the United States.
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I am not going to write RIP for this lying, self-serving, opportunistic, arrogant, back-stabbing crap weasel extraordinaire who for decades disregarded the will of the people of Pennsylvania who had to hold their nose while voting for a "conservative republican" voice in Congress.
Arlen Specter was a disgrace to this country and the best I can say is I hope he repented Saturday night.
He was a POS RINO who jumped to the rat party when we Tea Party types called BeeEss on his policy choices. I defer to his family and wish them comfort in dealing with their loss. As for him.....nothing good to say, so I'll just say nothing. Well, nothing except what I said above....
I will speak ill of the dead, in that Benedict Arnold was a petty, self-serving scoundrel who betrayed his country when he got his knickers in a twist because of his disagreement with leadership.
Arlen Specter was a petty, self-serving scoundrel who stabbed the GOP in the back now and then to prove how cool he was, and switched parties when he knew he could not win reelection as a republican. Then he whined when the democrats would not give him leadership opportunities. Kind of like Benedict Arnold. You can't trust a turncoat, so it is best not to put him in charge of anything.
I will pray for his eternal soul, but will not lie and say I'll miss him.
#24: Sorry this thanks is late to post, but -- thanks.
I much appreciate the distillation of a good quotation, epigram, whatever. Many, like Newton's "stand on the shoulders of giants," have cropped up in different versions and over many, many years. It becomes convenient, and borrows some credibility, to take one version of a thought or insight and credit it to some noted person. As long as we realize that such a process may be part of the history of those words, or if we know that to be so in certain cases [as with the "sent an approving letter" quote], we're OK.
As each Congressman and Senator of these times passes on, I will ask three questions: - Did they vote for ObamaCare? - Stimulus? - Dodd-Frank?
Anyone of these three votes --- especially ObamaCare --- did enormous, historic damage to this great nation and dwarf anything else in their lives that they could have ever accomplished. And of such is my opinion of Arlen Specter.
Since John Boehner became speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 5, 2011, the debt of the federal government has increased by $3,064,063,380,067.72. That is more than the total federal debt accumulated in the first 200 years of the U.S. Congress--during the terms of the first 48 speakers of the House. It also equals about $26,722 for each of the 114,663,000 households the Census Bureau estimates are now in the United States.
There are many things House Republicans liked about the government continuing resolution. It defunds Obamacare, locks in the sequester spending cuts and keeps the government running. But there’s one provision tucked into the CR that may anger constituents back home: Among the various sections of the House-passed CR are 28 words that would pay $174,000 to the widow of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. “Sec. 134. Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, there is appropriated for payment to Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, widow of Frank R. Lautenberg, late a Senator from New Jersey, $174,000.”
LOS ANGELES -- Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland."I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland," Winfrey said "I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don't expect that you would be able to be there," she continued.In recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight," Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse. Staff has added more text.
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Over the years, one of the more troubling characteristics of the Democratic Party and the left in general has been a shortage of loyalty and an abundance of self-loathing. It would be a shame if we Republicans took a narrow presidential loss as a signal that those are traits we should emulate. I appreciate that Mitt Romney was never a favorite of D.C.’s green-room crowd or, frankly, of many politicians.
Hamas has once again apparently been caught faking an image of a dead Palestinian child--this time using a child likely killed by its own rocket fire and claiming that an Israeli attack was responsible. CNN´s Sara Sidner ran a full report on the child´s death, strongly implying that an Israeli bomb had been responsible. The dead child was paraded before the cameras during the visit of Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil, who kissed the dead child in the presence of Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. But even the New York Times was suspicious.
BANGKOK -- President Barack Obama said Sunday an incursion by Israel´s forces into the Gaza Strip could only deepen its death toll, cautioning against an escalation even as he defended the Jewish state´s right to defend itself. Obama also warned Palestinians the crisis could crush peace hopes for years. "Israel has every right to expect that it does not have missiles fired into its territory," Obama said at the start of a three-nation tour in Asia.
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Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Columnist Charles Krauthammer attacked new Obamacare rules unveiled by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a late Thursday conference call, saying the Obama administration is “approach[ing] banana republic lawlessness” by issuing the decrees. Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Juan Williams and Judge Andrew Napolitano, as the three reacted to Sebelius’ new directives for insurance companies. “This is exactly a reaction to a deep understanding among Democrats that [Obamacare] is a train wreck,” he said. “And it’s a panic reaction. As the judge said, this is utterly lawless. This now approaches banana republic lawlessness.
WASHINGTON – It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the budget deal.“Embrace the suck,” House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats Thursday morning, a source told Politico.“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” she added. It’s a way of telling her colleagues the budget deal negotiated with Republicans is the best they can get. Democrats are fuming that the bipartisan budget deal doesn’t extend unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans. One of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Thursday it