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The endless contradictions
of Arlen Specter

Politico, by John Bresnahan & Manu Raju

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/14/2012 8:24:50 PM

Arlen Specter was one of a kind, a walking contradiction who could infuriate his colleagues one day and earn their admiration the next. He was brilliant, irascible, dignified and coarse, alternately a rabid partisan — ask Anita Hill — and an aisle-crossing defector — ask Robert Bork — who cast big votes boosting presidents from both parties during his Senate tenure, which stretched from 1980 to 2010. He was often referred to as “Snarlin’ Arlen” for his combative style, but never to his face. He would fight bitterly with fellow senators on the floor, yet when they were ensnared in

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Gee, do you think that Specter went to completely antithetical viewpoints or that he simply sold himself out in order to retain power and position?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: catfur27, 10/14/2012 8:33:48 PM     (No. 8933246)

I feel as bad as I did when I heard Benedict Arnold died...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pedro4, 10/14/2012 8:35:32 PM     (No. 8933251)

I just taught a lesson on Dante's Devine Comedy. There was a specific level in hell for hypocrites and frauds. Sorry to speak ill of the dead, but he was truly a nasty piece of work.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/14/2012 8:39:36 PM     (No. 8933260)

I refuse to say nice things just because he's dead. He was a political opportunist and cared not who was harmed as long as he got ahead. Just ask the family of Holly Maddux, whose murder Ira Einhorn (one of the founders of Earth Day)was set free on a staggering low bail of just 40K on the request of his lawyer Arlen Specter. Of course, he fled the jurisdiction and lived free from justice in France.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 10/14/2012 8:49:47 PM     (No. 8933277)

Another poster child for Congressional term limits.
That's all I have to say about this now deceased person.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 10/14/2012 9:08:05 PM     (No. 8933303)

I do hope he will be buried in a Scottish Rite.... ever so much more worthy than mere American services..

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Reply 6 - Posted by: farmwife, 10/14/2012 9:12:10 PM     (No. 8933308)

I don't have good words to say about Arlen Specter. I guess I'll just have to be content to let God sort him out.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ratslayer, 10/14/2012 9:14:46 PM     (No. 8933313)

Benedict Arlen is not far behind Teddy in the amount of damqage done caused our Republic.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jeffreyabigail, 10/14/2012 9:26:04 PM     (No. 8933327)

He started as a Democrat, then became a Republican with the rise of Reagan, and then became a Democrat with the rise of Obama. Such people are despised by both sides.

As a prior poster said - term limits, term limits, term limits.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: luandir, 10/14/2012 9:36:16 PM     (No. 8933341)

In the last few moments before I shuffle off this mortal coil, ring down the curtain, and join the Choir Invisible, I hope to be able to look back on a life lived with integrity and, where necessary, redemption. Too bad Mr. Specter passed up any chance for that.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: rolanddd, 10/14/2012 10:07:01 PM     (No. 8933379)

Did Spector vote for BO via absentee ballot, or will his new demo friends do it for him ....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: realrep, 10/14/2012 10:28:37 PM     (No. 8933410)

HeeHee. I became a dem for the primary to vote for Sestak so Spector would lose the dem primary.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: avikingman, 10/14/2012 10:33:20 PM     (No. 8933416)

It would have been better if arlen stayed out of politics.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: quark, 10/14/2012 11:42:33 PM     (No. 8933510)

. . .
Ok, I tried, so may he rest in peace,
according to Scottish Law, whatever that is.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 10/15/2012 12:04:42 AM     (No. 8933545)

I am still proud of the day when I turned my back on his out stretched hand. Boy, did that feel good!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: chumley, 10/15/2012 1:13:52 AM     (No. 8933579)

He was the epitome of everything wrong with American politics; the arrogance, the megalomania, the sense of superiority and entitlement. Not to mention the corruption and dirty dealing to enrich himself or maintain power.
Like others here, I am uncomfortable speaking ill of the dead. Normally I will forgive someone once they have passed on as a way to heal myself, if nothing else.
In this case I will make an exception.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: horacer, 10/15/2012 1:23:51 AM     (No. 8933584)

The man has passed, may he rest in peace. I'm sure he performed many good deeds that counter his flaws. God will judge him now.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/15/2012 2:15:07 AM     (No. 8933601)

I have to agree with #6.

Arlen Specter was an opportunist and a man lacking in character. I can't mourn his passing.

I wonder if anyone with as many illnesses as he had will fare nearly as well under Obamacare.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: JAN, 10/15/2012 4:11:40 AM     (No. 8933675)

I thank him for USSC Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Muguy, 10/15/2012 6:21:46 AM     (No. 8933735)

Early in his career, he was a public servant. Later in his career, he was one who lived off the public as a corrupt politician.

He will forever be known as the man who covered the butts of many highly placed people in the government of 50 years ago with the "single bullet theory" which conveniently disregarded the scientific method of investigation.

This was in direct conflict with FBI Director Hoover's own massive and quickly developed missive that did not support this rushed out report in December of 1963.

If it weren't for bystander James Tague, who apparently was the only person his by collateral fire by an errant bullet striking a curb, there would have been no need to try to find a single bullet theory, and Specter would have truly lost his legacy.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Velox, 10/15/2012 10:12:51 AM     (No. 8934103)

In his early years he was a great and reasonable senator. In his later years he became a self serving A**hole. In the end he cared more about his power than he did about the USA.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bob913, 10/15/2012 10:35:21 AM     (No. 8934172)

Arlen Specter was a John McCain
Just wanted to be in the way to get noticed.

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