Specter in Syria

posted at 11:40 am on December 29, 2006 by Bryan

President Bush went to the mat to help Sen. Arlen Specter keep his senate seat a couple years ago. When the GOP majority had the chance to keep the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee away from Specter, they chose not to, and Specter has used his power to goad and annoy the administration ever since.

And now, if the Syrian press can be believed, Sen. Specter has essentially taken Syria’s side on every issue in the Middle East.

-US Republican Senator Arlen Specter stressed on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad is interested in achieving peace, stability and prosperity in the region, calling US Administration to hold a dialogue with Syria as to realize these purposes.

In a press conference held before his departure at Damascus Airport after a two-day visit to Syria, the Senator called the US Administration “to conduct a dialogue with Syria to solve the problems in the region,” emphasizing that nothing cannot be reached out without the dialogue with Syria.

He rejected US Administration’s refusing stance to hold a dialogue with Syria, describing the current US policy towards Syria as “not successful.”

Why do we have so many traitors–if the Syrian press is at all accurate–in elected office right now? Why do we have so many squishes in Washington eager to bow to the whims of Arab and Iranian dictators, while they do nothing but bash and smash the US and its allies in Israel, and often on the soil that the dictators themselves rule? What is it about this particular war that has brought out the absolute worst in nearly our entire political class?

I don’t know the answers. But it’s hard to see how we win this war with the likes of Specter out there feeding our enemies their best and most useful propaganda lines against us.


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Yeah, that’s *my* senator. Woohoo!

dalewalt on December 29, 2006 at 11:48 AM

When are the likes of Specter and McCain going to get the fence posts out from their rectums and get on with ruining our chances for 08? Sheesh….

seejanemom on December 29, 2006 at 11:49 AM

What is it about this particular war that has brought out the absolute worst in nearly our entire political class?

It ruined all their cushy backdoor oil for food deals. Money.

Topsecretk9 on December 29, 2006 at 11:49 AM

OK…soo the filter prefers @$$ to “r-e-c-t-u-m”. Well, as I was saying,…..when are the likes of Specter and McCain going to get the fence posts out of their @$$@$ and get on with ruining our chances in ’08???

seejanemom on December 29, 2006 at 11:52 AM

Specter doesnt have to go all the way to Syria to be nauseating. He feels NO sense of gratitude to Bush for pulling his fat out of the fire. He has bucked this Administration at every single turn.
Now this..WHY do we let our elected officials travel to other countries, be PHOTOGRAPHED and VIDEOTAPED with our ENEMIES and then just turn a blind eye? It is reprehensible. Even with the revelations about Teddy Kennedy being basically a Soviet Agent..NOTHING HAPPENS. It is maddening.

labwrs on December 29, 2006 at 11:56 AM

What is it about this particular war that has brought out the absolute worst in nearly our entire political class?

It’s not this particular war. It’s this particular President. Their hatred for George Bush has driven them into a vicarious alliance with our enemies. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 11:56 AM

Don’t come back, ya friggin’ RINO!

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 12:00 PM

Specter moves in strange circles…

November 29, 2006
Go figure

“Very odd,” says our source. “They sat at a table in the back.”

Referring to the intriguing trio of Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, and his wife, Valerie Plame, of CIA-leak fame, sharing a luncheon table yesterday at Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant.

Topsecretk9 on December 29, 2006 at 12:00 PM

I’m almost to the point of faulting “W.” He left this moron in power. He refuses to win this war. He’ll be the one holing up in Texas and will never acknowledge Spector’s espionage. We’ve only got 5 or 6 more years to save the future of this country and the way things are going we’ll have to do it with a Democrat president joining a Democrat Congress come ’08.

Griz on December 29, 2006 at 12:06 PM

Sounds like Specter could achieve “peace in our time”!

I forget, how did that work out for us the first time?

Chad on December 29, 2006 at 12:07 PM

I need an Air-Sick Bag!

dallas94 on December 29, 2006 at 12:11 PM

Specter is an abomination to the Republican party. He ought to be kicked out.

tommy1 on December 29, 2006 at 12:17 PM

What is it about this particular war that has brought out the absolute worst in nearly our entire political class?

I’m not so sure it’s the war so much as the direction society has been heading for 50 years which, IMO, is best described as the feminization of our culture.

kmcguire on December 29, 2006 at 12:19 PM

And really, why would we not believe the Syrian press…..

honora on December 29, 2006 at 12:21 PM

There seems to be several abominations to the Republican party right now. McCain, Specter, Hagel….

bopbottle on December 29, 2006 at 12:22 PM

Specter is an egomaniacal milquetoast piece of s___. Exhibit One of this charge is his ill-fated attempt to have a building in DC named after him by sliding it into a Senate bill last year. Maybe Bashad will be more accomodating to Specter’s legacy wishes. This sonovab—- stabs conservatives in the front every chance he gets. He has done much more damage to this country than Dean, Pelosi and Murtha could ever hope to do. And he always keeps his smug sanctimoniousness about him–witness his “clever” attempt to include Mexico in any fence-building decisions on the southern border. I wish to God that Casey ran against him rather than against Santorum.

cms on December 29, 2006 at 12:27 PM

Arlen Specter is the single most reason that Rick Santorum lost his seat in Pennsylvania…I know tons of voters that held it against him for supporting Specter.

DoctorDentons on December 29, 2006 at 12:35 PM

If a “dialogue with Syria” means making Assad “an offer he can’t refuse” then maybe I could stand such “talks.”

Until then ummmmm no.

KelliD on December 29, 2006 at 12:35 PM

I’m almost to the point of faulting “W.” He left this moron in power. He refuses to win this war. He’ll be the one holing up in Texas and will never acknowledge Spector’s espionage. We’ve only got 5 or 6 more years to save the future of this country and the way things are going we’ll have to do it with a Democrat president joining a Democrat Congress come ‘08.

Griz on December 29, 2006 at 12:06 PM

Arlen Specter answers to the people of Pennsylvania, not George Bush. If Specter would run today, he would win in a landslide. Supporting Bush in Pa is great if you’re not real anxious to continue your political career, just ask Ricky S.

honora on December 29, 2006 at 12:39 PM

Griz, how ironic, and TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE, it would be that the future of this Country would be somehow bettered by Godless liberals. About the only thing they will ever actually do for this Country is further erode any sense of morality and National pride the children of America will grow up with, and turn the United States in to just another of the “free” World’s Nations so steeped in political correctness and Godless ignorance that we become a “super power of irrelevance” in a world gone mad.

Heck, we are almost there already thanks to them.

NRA4Freedom on December 29, 2006 at 12:39 PM

Electability.

Kid from Brooklyn on December 29, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Griz, how ironic, and TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE, it would be that the future of this Country would be somehow bettered by Godless liberals. About the only thing they will ever actually do for this Country is further erode any sense of morality and National pride the children of America will grow up with, and turn the United States in to just another of the “free” World’s Nations so steeped in political correctness and Godless ignorance that we become a “super power of irrelevance” in a world gone mad.

Heck, we are almost there already thanks to them.

NRA4Freedom on December 29, 2006 at 12:39 PM

You forgot the parts about choking babies and eating puppy ragout.

honora on December 29, 2006 at 12:40 PM

I was kind of wondering, when was the Constitution amended? I may be wrong, but doesn’t foreign policy/diplomacy/contact fall under the designated powers of the executive branch of our government. Not these self important blowhards from the senate, house, and even state governors.

It sure would be nice to go back to having citizen legislators as envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Not self serving career morons, on both sides of the aisle. Term Limits….I know it is a pipe dream, but I am not going quit on it.

still468 on December 29, 2006 at 12:51 PM

Hey Tommy1
Reality-check time.
The Republican Party has become an abomination. The Senate is full of RINOS (Country-club Rockefeller Repubs and RINOS running for Prez). Conservatives in the Senate are an endangered species. Specter and his ilk are the reason the Republicans got SCHHULLLACKED last month.
Chew on this: We can all stipulate that the DemoncRATS are a treasonous, Anti-American, Leftist mob. Having said that, how PATHETIC are the Republicans if they can’t beat the DemoncRATS?

mountainmanbob on December 29, 2006 at 12:53 PM

Now is the time to bomb Syria and force Lurch, Specter, McCain, and the other anuses to choose a side.

manfriend on December 29, 2006 at 1:01 PM

Now is the time to bomb Syria and force Lurch, Specter, McCain, and the other anuses to choose a side.

manfriend on December 29, 2006 at 1:01 PM

Amen!

Viper1 on December 29, 2006 at 1:17 PM

I was kind of wondering, when was the Constitution amended? I may be wrong, but doesn’t foreign policy/diplomacy/contact fall under the designated powers of the executive branch of our government. Not these self important blowhards from the senate, house, and even state governors.

It sure would be nice to go back to having citizen legislators as envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Not self serving career morons, on both sides of the aisle. Term Limits….I know it is a pipe dream, but I am not going quit on it.

still468 on December 29, 2006 at 12:51 PM

The Congress is charged with regulating commerce with other countries, raising an army/navy, declaring war. And there is the “advise and consent” role of the Senate.

Re term limits, be careful what you wish for. Should this happen, you would have an even more entrenched bureaucracy of Hill staffers. Special interests aren’t going to go away, and they have to have someone to bribe who has some longevity. So the only difference would be the people who weild the power would be under the radar. Complicated problems rarely have simple solutions.

Besides which it would be clearly unconstitutional.

honora on December 29, 2006 at 1:19 PM

Wield. Duh.

honora on December 29, 2006 at 1:19 PM

President Bush went to the mat to help Sen. Arlen Specter keep his senate seat

No brain, no headache.

Specter is a parasite in the gut of a bottom feeding fish.
In other words, a liberal clingon.

Speakup on December 29, 2006 at 1:25 PM

The Republican Party has become an abomination. The Senate is full of RINOS (Country-club Rockefeller Repubs and RINOS running for Prez). Conservatives in the Senate are an endangered species. Specter and his ilk are the reason the Republicans got SCHHULLLACKED last month.
Chew on this: We can all stipulate that the DemoncRATS are a treasonous, Anti-American, Leftist mob. Having said that, how PATHETIC are the Republicans if they can’t beat the DemoncRATS?

mountainmanbob on December 29, 2006 at 12:53 PM

Many have made good points here today. Many have spun to further their agenda. As usual. Thanks for waking me up. For the most part they do ALL suck air. Our air. The only air we have.

Griz on December 29, 2006 at 1:27 PM

Can our goverment get any more dysfunctional? All of these lone wolf politicians running around the kitty litter box are only causing any effort in the region to be marginalized. Our congressmen and politicians act more like all of these Muslim tribal chieftains then they do elected officials who, last time I checked, where beholden to the folks back home in their district not in some vast wasteland.
I know one thing, there ain’t a single decent politician in PA or MA.

LakeRuins on December 29, 2006 at 1:34 PM

There are no traitors in elected office right now. There are no traitors in America.

Treason has no meaning anymore. Patriotism has no meaning. Is has no meaning.

“Words, words, words” — Hamlet

spmat on December 29, 2006 at 2:06 PM

SPECTER WANTS AHMADINEJAD CONVERSATION

Friday, December 29, 2006 – FreeMarketNews.com

Senator Arlen Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania who broke ranks with the Bush Administration and met Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier this week, said Thursday in Jerusalem that he would now like to sit down and talk with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. -Jerusalem Post

Link

Topsecretk9 on December 29, 2006 at 2:41 PM

He’s from Pennsylvania. ‘nuf said.

Scot on December 29, 2006 at 2:42 PM

There is an article by Michael Rubin at the American Enterprise Institute about Spector and his mideast trips.

This man is such a FOOL, who can’t quite learn that our enemies are playing as a FOOL, even though he’s been to Syria 16 times at taxpayer expense now.

Rubin recounts his 1990 trip to Iraq where he was became enamoured with Saddam and bought into his entire line.

In January 1990, Specter traveled to Baghdad to meet then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. For Hussein, Specter was useful. He believed the Iraqi leader’s talk of peace. Over the next few months, Specter resisted proposals by Senate colleague John McCain (R., Ariz.) for sanctions on the Iraqi leader and instead called for dialogue. Hussein used the delay to rebuild his military and, on Aug. 2, 1990, ordered his tanks into Kuwait.

He isn’t even a “useful idiot,” because he’s just simply useless. To use a common, if earthy, phrase from my part of the country, Spector has “shit for brains.”

I guess that comes with being a liberal…..

georgej on December 29, 2006 at 2:43 PM

What is it about this particular war that has brought out the absolute worst in nearly our entire political class?

The Clintonisation of culture during the 90s. After the Cold War ended we all assumed we could go sound asleep for the next fifty years, then the jihadists woke some of us up. Some people have just hurled the alarm clock across the room and gone back asleep.

aengus on December 29, 2006 at 3:12 PM

The Specter of appeasement. Talking never solves anything unless both sides are willing to talk and compromise. Syria is willing to talk as long as they get whatever they want. They will give nothing. Specter and anyone else who thinks some touchy feely dialogue will solve things are just plain deluded.

darwin on December 29, 2006 at 3:29 PM

Arlen Specter answers to the people of Pennsylvania, not George Bush. If Specter would run today, he would win in a landslide. Supporting Bush in Pa is great if you’re not real anxious to continue your political career, just ask Ricky S.

honora on December 29, 2006 at 12:39 PM

Thanks for showing your total ignorance of politics here in Pennsylvania.

Specter barely won in the last election while both distancing himself from, then coddling up to W. to pull ahead in the final days of the campaign. If he runs again, he’s toast.

Santorum was never a yes-man for Bush, or anyone else. His stance on abortion had more to do with his defeat than anything related to W.

Better stick to your own state politics hon, unless you enjoy making an @ss of yourself.

fogw on December 29, 2006 at 3:30 PM

When are the likes of Specter and McCain going to get the fence posts out from their rectums and get on with ruining our chances for 08? Sheesh….

seejanemom on December 29, 2006 at 11:49 AM

Should be the front page headline in every major paper. Maybe without the “Sheesh”.

When is Bush going to step up and tell these yo-yos to stay home and take care of their own problems. I mean do we have a tour bus leaving every hour to Syria with every “washed up hasbeen wannabe”? Sheesh.

right2bright on December 29, 2006 at 3:32 PM

Spector is a left leaning butthead who hasn’t done anything good in ages..

retired on December 29, 2006 at 3:38 PM

Spector is a left leaning butthead who hasn’t done anything good in ages..

retired on December 29, 2006 at 3:38 PM

I Fixed that for you.

right2bright on December 29, 2006 at 3:48 PM

Thanks for showing your total ignorance of politics here in Pennsylvania.

Specter barely won in the last election while both distancing himself from, then coddling up to W. to pull ahead in the final days of the campaign. If he runs again, he’s toast.

Santorum was never a yes-man for Bush, or anyone else. His stance on abortion had more to do with his defeat than anything related to W.

Better stick to your own state politics hon, unless you enjoy making an @ss of yourself.

fogw on December 29, 2006 at 3:30 PM

First I lived most of the year in PA and vote here, our primary residence is here.

Second, Specter 53%, Hoeffel 42% in the 2004 race. Barely?

Third, Ricky voted 95% of the time with Bush. Look it up.

Fourth, I don’t particularly enjoy making an ass of myself, not having a lot of experience in that area. How is it? ;^)

honora on December 29, 2006 at 3:56 PM

Two words for Specter…

Logan Act…

Romeo13 on December 29, 2006 at 4:10 PM

Way to fight the good fight honora. Maybe you could do us all a favor and make Saudi Arabia your primary residence. I hear they’re looking for a few good liberals to manipulate. Oh by the way, you are an ass if you think a man who stands by his principles is a yes-man for another who stands by his. Under your theory all the Democrats have been yes-men for the last 12 years to anyone looking to block legislation.

Griz on December 29, 2006 at 4:15 PM

First I lived most of the year in PA and vote here, our primary residence is here.

Now I’ll have to move.

Second, Specter 53%, Hoeffel 42% in the 2004 race. Barely?

Specter was a four-term incumbent with name recognition running against a congressional lightweight named Hoeffel. He should have won by 25 points. In 1998 Specter won by a 61-35% margin.

Third, Ricky voted 95% of the time with Bush. Look it up.

True, he agreed with Bush on many issues – they were both staunch conservatives with high Christian morals. That doesn’t make Santorum a yes-man, it does infer they have similar convictions.

Santorum was pro-family, anti-gay and anti-abortion – making him a favorite target for liberals everywhere. His stance on these issues played more of a role in his defeat than the War in Iraq. Pennsylvania is replete with liberals like you.

Fourth, I don’t particularly enjoy making an ass of myself, not having a lot of experience in that area. How is it? ;^)

You’re more than qualified :b

I’ll be watching for Specter’s landslide victory in 2010.

fogw on December 29, 2006 at 4:48 PM

I’ll be watching for Specter’s landslide victory in 2010.

fogw on December 29, 2006 at 4:48 PM

As you watching for Ricky’s??? Specter remains very popular–don’t believe me, look at the polls. Especially so now that he’s a cancer survivor. People love that stuff.

honora on December 29, 2006 at 4:53 PM

Maybe we need a war on our own soil to bring real men back into the political arena. What we have now is a traitorous, malodorous bunch of priggish windbags not worthy of dogcatcher.

Mellen on December 29, 2006 at 5:30 PM

Arlen Specter is the single most reason that Rick Santorum lost his seat in Pennsylvania…I know tons of voters that held it against him for supporting Specter.

DoctorDentons on December 29, 2006 at 12:35 PM

WTF?!

Doc, where have you been all year?! I have been spewing this line since the day of the primary that Pat Toomey lost to this pusbag. I was almost convinced that I had made it all up in my mind.

I think I threw up a little in my mouth as I read your post…

Jaibones on December 29, 2006 at 5:33 PM

PS Ding, ding, ding, ding! I believe we have a winner…

Jaibones on December 29, 2006 at 5:34 PM

Uno momento – What the F does being the chair of the Judiciary committe have to do with our policy towards Syria. Reminds me of my first experience of friendly graft. Many moons ago I was managing a small business downtown – about a week before Christmas the corner traffic cop Ed comes in – sits down and waits – smiling away – I did not get it. When my boss told me he was coming by for his Christmas gift – “I asked what does a traffic…..”

Seems like every freakin Senator and Congressman is traveling the world – visiting world leaders right now. Reid, Kerry, Dodd, Spector….I guess they are waiting and smiling – like Ed the cop.

iam7545 on December 29, 2006 at 6:01 PM

Ya know, its too bad Bush couldn’t simply appoint Specter to be the US ambassador to Syria so we could have a chance at getting another Conservative in the Senate.

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GT on December 29, 2006 at 6:08 PM

We got rid of most of the RINOs during the last election but this liberal fool just keeps hanging on . . . maybe next time.

rplat on December 29, 2006 at 6:24 PM

We got rid of most of the RINOs during the last election but this liberal fool just keeps hanging on . . . maybe next time.

Yes the RINO’s must go even when it costs the party seats and possibly control. Case in point Lincoln Chafee.

Wade on December 29, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Thank God for Senator Sphincter!

Kini on December 29, 2006 at 10:50 PM

Thank God for Senator Sphincter!

Kini on December 29, 2006 at 10:50 PM

ditto,ditto,ditto, hE IS FULL OF IT AND OVERFLOWING

bones47 on December 30, 2006 at 12:49 AM

Jailbones:…seems we hang out with some of the same people.

DoctorDentons on December 30, 2006 at 9:39 AM

Why do we have so many traitors–if the Syrian press is at all accurate–in elected office right now?

If they’re lying the politicians know it, and are going anyway. If they’re telling the truth these guys are committing sedition at best, and treason at worst.

Either way, these guys are under cutting our efforts to secure our national defense, and should be seriously reprimanded if not prosecuted.

One Angry Christian on December 31, 2006 at 12:10 PM