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Longtime GOP Senate
moderate Arlen Specter dies

Associated Press, by PETER JACKSON

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Posted By:Periwinkel, 10/14/2012 3:21:06 PM

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.
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I'm sorry for his family he's dead because they loved him...can't say I'll miss him much.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 10/14/2012 3:25:35 PM     (No. 8932694)

Moderate?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sternben, 10/14/2012 3:26:45 PM     (No. 8932696)

Calling Specter a moderate is peculiar. He was an opportunist that changed parties to suit his electability.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: hopster, 10/14/2012 3:36:24 PM     (No. 8932718)

They never mention he was a democrat before he was a republican. He became a republican when he wanted to run for office and the incumbent running for re-election was a democrat.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fleetusa, 10/14/2012 3:36:52 PM     (No. 8932720)

Yes, #1: Moderate? Dem who wanted to look like a Rhino. Opportunist!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: stealthy, 10/14/2012 3:38:12 PM     (No. 8932726)

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.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: veritas, 10/14/2012 3:39:01 PM     (No. 8932727)

"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.

Surname was split after being flagged by "Bad Word Filter."

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/14/2012 3:40:48 PM     (No. 8932732)

AP.
'Moderate'.
Strange and uninformative choice of words.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: spark29, 10/14/2012 3:44:30 PM     (No. 8932745)

He was a slime ball politician of the worst sort and should have been voted out of office years ago.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JAN, 10/14/2012 3:50:04 PM     (No. 8932758)

He began as demonrat and he left us as a demonrat.

GOP my foot.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Geelabeela828, 10/14/2012 3:50:38 PM     (No. 8932759)

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.

Geela

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pilot222, 10/14/2012 4:33:07 PM     (No. 8932841)

I am sure he will be well received by his buddies in Dante's 7th ring.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: tennman, 10/14/2012 4:42:04 PM     (No. 8932850)

Winner of the lifetime "Et Tu Brute" award. Managed to knife everyone in the back.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 10/14/2012 4:53:15 PM     (No. 8932866)

Longtime political opportunist Arlen Specter dies

There, fixed yer headline.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: miceal, 10/14/2012 5:00:38 PM     (No. 8932884)

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....

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Axeman, 10/14/2012 5:15:44 PM     (No. 8932916)

I would bid him rest in peace but I don't think he made that a choice.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Frank G, 10/14/2012 5:23:58 PM     (No. 8932936)

Back in my old BKLYN hood we would have called him a rat.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: DARling, 10/14/2012 5:54:48 PM     (No. 8932979)

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.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: oldsfc, 10/14/2012 6:00:24 PM     (No. 8932998)

I am sure the Peoples Republic of Harrisburg is in mourning. Me? not so much.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: formerNYer, 10/14/2012 6:03:52 PM     (No. 8933005)

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Lefticide, 10/14/2012 6:07:11 PM     (No. 8933009)

Never liked him. I thought he was a pompous ass of a career politician. He represented everything that is wrong with the Senate today. Good riddance.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 10/14/2012 6:11:33 PM     (No. 8933012)

Poster boy for political opportunism. 'Moderate'? No. Spineless opportunist? Yes.

That being said, condolences to his family.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 10/14/2012 6:12:20 PM     (No. 8933014)

Definition of specter: 1.A ghost. 2.Something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence.


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Reply 23 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/14/2012 6:24:12 PM     (No. 8933032)

No tears for this lying hack. But he survived bypass surgery, cardiac arrest, a brain tumor, several bouts of Hodgkins lymphoma and died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Does anyone here think he would have lasted that long under Obamacare?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Melody, 10/14/2012 6:25:05 PM     (No. 8933037)

#6, you were driving me crazy with that quote because I knew there was one similar and couldn't quite come up with it. Finally found it.

''Everybody is a potential murderer. I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.'' Clarence Darrow

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/14/2012 7:02:21 PM     (No. 8933085)

Nobody worked up a lot of tears for Rep. Jack Murtha either. First order of business is to rename that airport with Murtha's name on it to something more fitting like, "Wesley Mouch Airport."

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Pook60, 10/14/2012 7:19:40 PM     (No. 8933109)

You could always count on Arlen Specter........to be for Arlen Specter.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Starlady, 10/14/2012 7:32:42 PM     (No. 8933126)

He was not a public servant, he was not in public service. Unfortunately he served in the Senate for TOO LONG, like many who still claim membership to that body.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: navyjag907, 10/14/2012 7:51:04 PM     (No. 8933161)

He was a jerk and a bully and a Democrat.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 10/14/2012 7:58:21 PM     (No. 8933175)

A wart has just been removed.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 10/14/2012 8:30:11 PM     (No. 8933235)

What #19 said goes for me, too.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 10/14/2012 8:33:25 PM     (No. 8933244)

Finally. Exspecterated.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: shurnuff, 10/14/2012 9:44:24 PM     (No. 8933356)

Specter was a leftist attorney who helped a notorious murderer (Ira Einhorn) escape to another country...

I had no respect for this dispicable lawyer who would do anything to further his own desires.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: PChristopher, 10/15/2012 2:20:57 AM     (No. 8933605)

I'm sure somebody will miss him...especially if he owed them money.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: veritas, 10/15/2012 12:37:41 PM     (No. 8934552)

#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.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ocjim, 10/15/2012 11:07:28 PM     (No. 8936062)

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.

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