Video: Specter declares that Porkulus needed more time for hearings

posted at 1:38 pm on February 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Okay … then why didn’t Arlen Specter demand hearings? At the very least, he could have forced more debate by opposing the cloture vote yesterday. Instead, he uses this lame excuse after Bloomberg found an embarrassingly objectionable provision in Porkulus yesterday:

Got that? Specter missed this because of a “rush to judgment,” a phrase first made popular by the late Johnnie Cochran in the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1995. It’s no less of a bad excuse here, mainly because Specter enabled the “rush” himself. Specter has survived a bout with cancer, which Megyn Kelly notes, and wonders why Specter would support a bill that forces doctors to get federal approval on treatments before discussing them with their patients. The answer? Specter apparently never read the bill before agreeing to cloture.

Here’s what Bloomberg found:

One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.” …

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

Basically, it tells Specter that he should have accepted death rather than expensive treatment, and that he’s a bad American for having survived.  His doctors would have faced penalties for attempting to cure him if the FCCCER didn’t approve their work.

And Specter voted for it. What a boob!

He’s not the only boob who didn’t read the bill before voting for an end to debate:

The clueless lead the clueless on Capitol Hill, and it will cost us a trillion dollars to watch the circus.

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Maybe Specter can’t read?

izoneguy on February 10, 2009 at 1:40 PM

WTF.

the_nile on February 10, 2009 at 1:40 PM

I will donate to his opponent.

Chris Matthews, the seat is yours for the taking.

artist on February 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

This makes me so mad. I know I mentioned this rush in my contacts with Congress and I’m sure many, many others did as well.

INC on February 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Term limits.

Cody1991 on February 10, 2009 at 1:41 PM

The clueless lead the clueless on Capitol Hill, and it will cost us a trillion dollars to watch the circus.

A trillion dollars, and how many lives lost?

UltimateBob on February 10, 2009 at 1:42 PM

I bet none of these morons read the bill..including Harry Reid. Out of all of them he should worry about having his health care rationed….how old is he anyway? 80? 90?

And Ted Kennedy too…he sure wouldnt be allowed treatment for his tumor..I mean he isnt the healthiest looking candidate for treatment.

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 1:42 PM

I hate to say it and it’s no excuse, but I think we’re looking at Grandpa Simpson-syndrome here.

Pasalubong on February 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Feeling pretty nauseous. Maybe I should call the doctor.

Oh, wait, nevermind.

forest on February 10, 2009 at 1:45 PM

We need to fund a challenger in the primary, or even the general election – at this point it doesn’t matter much which one.

Vashta.Nerada on February 10, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Megyn is so HOT!!!

DamnYankee on February 10, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Congress is hopelessly inept.

Like P.J. O’Rourke said, giving money and power to these clowns is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen age boys.

Nothing good will happen. Congress is broke, idiot voters have stuck us with perpetual clown acts.

What useless, worthless people.

NoDonkey on February 10, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Testor is a flaming idiot and full of more crap than a Christmas turkey.

rplat on February 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM

Can we have age limits please? Say 70 for the Senate.

angryed on February 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Arlen Specter wants to buy time to get a few more Republicans to vote for this hideous travesty of a bill. That way, he can claim bipartisan support or at least spread his (soon to be former) party’s wrath around a little.

Michael Steele, please cut Snowe, Collins, and Specter loose, and not a moment too soon.

Christien on February 10, 2009 at 1:48 PM

SOSDD

Same Old Specter Different Day.

The acronym conveniently works for Snowe, too.

viking01 on February 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Isn’t that what a filibuster is supposed to be–a time to DEBATE the issues, and maybe READ what’s being debated?

We, the unprivileged peons of this great country, need to READ contracts full of legalese gobbledygook in fine print BEFORE signing them, to avoid getting ripped off by unscrupulous lawyers after signing. Senator Specter doesn’t have the decency to even READ what he’s signing IN OUR NAME for $800 Billion of OUR MONEY.

A guy who doesn’t do his HOMEwork needs to be sent HOME.

Steve Z on February 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Which of the traitors are running in 2010?

Elric66 on February 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

National Health care will be nothing more than the government deciding who lives and who dies.

You can throw stones at the insurance companies all you want. But at least they helped finance the system that created the life saving drugs. Insurance companies deny stuff sometimes . . . but when the government looks to cut costs on health care, they mean they will decide who gets to live and who doesn’t.

freedom?

ThackerAgency on February 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Specter = Useless RINO

PappaMac on February 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

So splain to me lucy why the idiot voted for it?

chicken thief on February 10, 2009 at 1:52 PM

A trillion dollars, and how many lives lost?

UltimateBob on February 10, 2009 at 1:42 PM

That will be determined by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, won’t it?

a capella on February 10, 2009 at 1:52 PM

This PA resident hangs her head in shame…again

msmveritas on February 10, 2009 at 1:52 PM

You are so freakin fired Specter

Defector01 on February 10, 2009 at 1:52 PM

It’s just good to know that these “men of deliberation” are haggling over and voting on a bill that none of them seem to know jack about. Morons.

progressoverpeace on February 10, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Tester won in MT by 0.1% thanks to DailyKos fund raising. MT is another once red state that has been invaded by Californians who ran away from the problems of CA only to vote for the same garbage in their new state.

The number of states where liberty and individualism still are a way of life is down to a handfull.

angryed on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

FCCCER…….I’m really liking this acronym.

FOCCCCER!!!!!!!!!!

Puddleglum on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

This truly is insane.

Topsecretk9 on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Okay so fine, he voted for Cloture and says he agrees it needed more debate.

I’ll grant him that mistake.

SO WHY DID HE THEN PASS IT ON TODAY’S VOTE?!?

Skywise on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

As posted earlier in another thread, this morning’s fax to the Senator:

Senator Specter:

At 79, you’re too old for medical treatment under the new rationing program.

Senator, when you voted for the ‘stimulus’ bill, you unwittingly voted for the massive new health care rationing program buried within it.
“Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan”, by Betsy McCaughey, in Bloomberg.com, February 10, 2009, reveals the health care rationing program within the stimulus bill:
…[reciting here several paragraphs from the article]…
Senator, you are 79 now, I believe. You’d best watch your health, as you’re too old to get treatment under the new rationing system the next time you get sick.

As became apparent during your interview with Fox News this morning, you voted for this Trojan Horse of a bill without even reading it. That’s gross negligence, Senator, if not reckless disregard for the responsibilities of your office.

It also rightfully ensures your defeat in the upcoming election.
.
Respectfully,

petefrt on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I liked the 2nd clip. “No way!” “I won’t allow that!” “That’s between a patient and their doctor!” “Government doesn’t belong in this!”

Jeez, how the heck is he going to deny never having said any of that?

Marcus on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Yea, forget your “committment” to the American people…

A complete, clueless AAASSSS

stenwin77 on February 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

I’d like to see all the House Republicans get up and walk out of discussion over rectifying the Senate version with them.

JetBoy on February 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Seriously. WTF. I just don’t see how this is possible. It’s beyond comic tragedy at this point. Full out incompetence.

Does he have ANY idea what he has written or said in the prior 24 hours?!?

Ferris on February 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Let’s get something straight here. No one in the senate knows exactly what’s in this bill. They haven’t had time to read it all and make sense of it. The truth is, the don’t give a damn about you or what it’s going to cost you, your children, your great-grandchildren or anyone else.

TrickyDick on February 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

$1.2B for summer jobs for youths? WTF does that even mean? Guess things have changed somewhat. In my day – not that long ago – summer jobs for youths meant lifeguard or burger flipper….without a dime of money from the feds to make it happen.

angryed on February 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Specter is a politcal whore always has been always will be.I bet that the Gop & Rnc will back him and give him money for his reelection in 2010.

thmcbb on February 10, 2009 at 1:55 PM

but when the government looks to cut costs on health care, they mean they will decide who gets to live and who doesn’t.

freedom?

ThackerAgency on February 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Exactly. The first people who are going to see what this means are the elderly who are denied treatment.

This shows me how utterly stupid the Dems are. There are millions of Baby Boomers who will get the worst of NHS. Of course, the politicians who are consenting to this travesty have a very different health plan.

Cody1991 on February 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

He’d still be covered. Congress has their own health care plan. You don’t think they’d actually subject themselves to the laws they’re passing do you?

Evilwhiteguy on February 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Obambi – the most left-wing candidate since Henry Wallace. Even McGovern would’ve been more fiscally responsible then the Obamessiah.

Hilts on February 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I feel a little better.

Anyone up a for a say … million man march to D.C.?

darwin on February 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

I liked the 2nd clip. “No way!” “I won’t allow that!” “That’s between a patient and their doctor!” “Government doesn’t belong in this!”

Jeez, how the heck is he going to deny never having said any of that?

Marcus on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

He doesn’t have to. BHO showed that flat-out lying is the way to go, these days. Say whatever you want. Contradict it tomorrow. No one cares.

Dems are not constrained by logic or reason or anything. They are emotional creatures who feel their way through life – leaving a trail of devastation in their wake.

progressoverpeace on February 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

petefrt on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

This bill will not pertain to Specter, as he is covered under the federal government plan. None of these jackasses in the federal government will be covered under this bill.

PappaMac on February 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Specter you dumb ass, you pay a staff to go over those bills and you should know what is in them. Furthermore, if it should be slowed down then why in the hell did you vote for it? And Specter, what about your “commitment” to your Party and those that support it . . . God knows we certainly wouldn’t want you to break your word to that bunch of Marxists/socialists you decided to support.

Please, cut his Party funding, remove him from his committee position and send that idiot back to the rest home.

rplat on February 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

petefrt on February 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Great fax! Mine wasnt as eloquent….nor as nice. I mean u even said..respectfully! haha

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill passes the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.

Where was the A.A.R.P. on this? Are their members happy that their health care will be rationed because its too darned expensive to to treat even common ailments like osteoporosis, and they all have to sacrifice, dontcha know?

Instead of class warfare, will we now have a war between the elderly, who depend on medicare, and everyone else?

Buy Danish on February 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

The answer? Specter apparently never read the bill before agreeing to cloture.

None of these @$$clowns read the bill… they never do… they make all these grandious pronouncements about what the bill does, but none of them have a stupid clue about what is actually in the bill.

Can we REQUIRE that the people who VOTE on the bills actually READ the bills?

sorry… I know that is asking WAY TOO MUCH of our ‘elected’ officials

gatorboy on February 10, 2009 at 1:58 PM

The clueless lead the clueless on Capitol Hill, and it will cost us a trillion dollars to watch the circus.

Does anybody really think we are talking just a trillion? this is jut the warm-up, one month down, 47(or 95)to go.

neuquenguy on February 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

I bet none of these morons read the bill..including Harry Reid. Out of all of them he should worry about having his health care rationed….how old is he anyway? 80? 90?

And Ted Kennedy too…he sure wouldnt be allowed treatment for his tumor..I mean he isnt the healthiest looking candidate for treatment.

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Like Evilwhiteguy said – you don’t think they’ll lose any benefits under this plan, do you? That’s not how Congress works (or liberals, for that matter). It’s only the nameless masses that are being greedy by not dying.

hawksruleva on February 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Q: Senator, Do you agree that the health care piece in the bill is a bad idea

A: We need jobs

Q: Yeah but this is a bad part of the bill right?

A: Yes is it. But we need jobs

Q: So shouldn’t it be removed from the bill?

A: Yes. But we need jobs.

RIP AMERICA

angryed on February 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Coburn: “If it’s in there.”

omg.

Alana on February 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

He voted for a Bill which would have LET HIM DIE OF A BRAIN TUMOR if it had been in effect a couple of years ago. BRAIN DEAD

marklmail on February 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Fortunately for him, his congressional health care benefits will cover the colonoscopy required to retrieve his goddamn cranium.

Jim Treacher on February 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

I like how hos tone changes halfway through. This is too fast — I objected, and all they said was we had to do it. No wait, this is a bitter pill to swallow that we have to do in order to avoid a depression.

“We’ll get it corrected.”

Too late, a$$hat.

Ferris on February 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Sigh…. after listening to this… I just lost all hope.

Spectre says he can fix things AFTER it has passed the Senate??? uh…. HOW? Dude… that ship has sailed.

Unless he stands up and says Change this in the conference report or I don’t vote for the next closure… its in…

And he is unwilling to say that…

Dam…

Romeo13 on February 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Specter you dumb ass, you pay a staff to go over those bills and you should know what is in them.

Specter maintains 8 OFFICES…eight offices! That we fund and he can’t get the damn billed read???

Topsecretk9 on February 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM

The people of Penn are to blame….

As are the people (voters) of VA., MN., Ohio, CO., MA.

We have a Nation of idiots, voting for the same morons.

Maybe we should stop blaming the fools in Congress and start blaming the fool Independants, Liberals and Welfare Union Dems…

They are the REAL danger to America’s future!

Mark Garnett on February 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM

The Dow is falling.

amerpundit on February 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Where was the A.A.R.P. on this? Are their members happy that their health care will be rationed because its too darned expensive to to treat even common ailments like osteoporosis, and they all have to sacrifice, dontcha know?</blockquot

AARP is a left wing organization supported by Soros and probably wrote some of the provisions of this aberration. This phony activist organization has been sucking money out of seniors for too long now.

rplat on February 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Didn’t read the bill? It was an honest mistake.

/sarc off

willt73 on February 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

hawksruleva on February 10, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Well…what the heck was I thinking? DAmn..I need a drink.

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Specter is a MORON-he should die and things would be better…

USELESS MEATHEAD…

NRA Lifer on February 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Would someone in the press ask Obama if he read the bill before he went on his magical mystery tour…

PLEASE……………………………..

RedSoxNation on February 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

The Dems will launch their own Operation Chaos to make sure Specter is the GOP nominee in 2010. Then they’ll crush him in the general election.

Of course, it won’t really matter if Specter or a Democrat wins the seat. Absolutely zero difference.

What a disgrace.

BardMan on February 10, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Let’s be realistic. The Dems didn’t bother reading all those pages – they just checked to see if their “retitled” pork got included. They heard the One tell the public that only those EVIL Republicans are against helping people and they have fallen in-line.

They figure most of the voters are so desperate for “something” to be done that they’re prepared to explain later why it didn’t work.

katiejane on February 10, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Specter’s brain died in his surgery. He just isn’t aware of it.

drjohn on February 10, 2009 at 2:05 PM

It is about time to overthrow the federal government for our kids’ sake. Politicians in DC don’t care where the money comes from. The baby boomer politicians had their wars fought for them by their parents and their retirement paid for by their kids. Eventually someone is going to have to UNDO the problems that Washington DC created.

They are stealing money from our kids. . . and they don’t care. They are drunk with the power of being able to spend more money than anyone in history. They won’t have to pay it back. . . and it’s not their money.

ThackerAgency on February 10, 2009 at 2:05 PM

The Dow is falling.

amerpundit on February 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I think what you mean is: “in a totally unrelated story, the Dow is falling.”

Vashta.Nerada on February 10, 2009 at 2:05 PM

So splain to me lucy why the idiot voted for it?

chicken thief on February 10, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Well if everyone had known whats in it , he wouldn’t even have this crazy excuse. Now it’s just an “honest mistake”.
So he was in a hurry to make this “honest mistake”.
Bought and sold.

the_nile on February 10, 2009 at 2:05 PM

I think what you mean is: “in a totally unrelated story, the Dow is falling.”

Vashta.Nerada on February 10, 2009 at 2:05 PM

/ – Dang sarc button….

Vashta.Nerada on February 10, 2009 at 2:06 PM

I feel absolutely desperate and sick. Good damned thing I can cure myself (temporarily) with alcohol and 1/2 of a happy pill tonight.

Oink on February 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

The health care rationing program within the stimulus bill is so explosive an issue that it could mean serious trouble for Obama, and I expected him to weasel out of staking his political capital on it.

But Rush says he’s not backing off it, but insisting it’s essential to the bill. That tells me Obama agreed with Daschle from the very start to write the health care measures into the stimulus bill in the hope of sneaking it through under cover of our economic emergency.

Obama tried to pull a fast one on us. But now the cat’s out of the bag, and I’m betting the repercussions will be serious.

petefrt on February 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Isn’t it amazing? In 2 weeks, Obama has spent 2 Trillion dollars of our money. It’s as though they can’t spend (waste) the money they don’t have fast enough.

ThackerAgency on February 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I have this sickening image in my mind of Rahm sitting in his office laughing his ass off right now.

rockmom on February 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Specter won’t be bothered by the healthcare monster — Congress, and retired Congresscritters, have their won health care plan. And I’m absolutely certain that their, and all of the DC bureaucrats’ plans, will be exempt. Mark my words, the “just die you are too old for medical care” plan will apply only to us peasants.

johnsteele on February 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Any bets the new federal healthcare “czar” will be Daschle — and that it won’t be subject to Senate confirmation?

johnsteele on February 10, 2009 at 2:08 PM

The people of Penn are to blame….

As are the people (voters) of VA., MN., Ohio, CO., MA.

We have a Nation of idiots, voting for the same morons.

Mark Garnett on February 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Yes. it is easy to keep focusing on these inept politicians and forget they they are elected by our fellow citizens. Were we are reflects the state of our population much more than the this particular crop of politicians. Of course, that doesn’t meant that we shouldn’t do everything in our power to try to influence these losers once they are elected, unfortunately they are not listening.

neuquenguy on February 10, 2009 at 2:09 PM

AARP is a left wing organization supported by Soros and probably wrote some of the provisions of this aberration. This phony activist organization has been sucking money out of seniors for too long now.

rplat on February 10, 2009 at 2:03 PM

I know that, you know that, but do their members know that? Just wait until they found out how badly they have been let down.

Buy Danish on February 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Amazing, just in a few weeks, Obama has spent more that the total cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan war.

Elric66 on February 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

The clueless lead the clueless on Capitol Hill, and it will cost us a trillion dollars to watch the circus.

Ed, this isn’t ‘cluelessness’ this is down and out simple Capitol Hill corruption, criminal malfeasance and Democrat Party payback that will result of this country’s transformation into a Third World economy with 535 ‘Generalissimos’ controlling President Empty Suit.

I pray my great-grandchildren forgive us for this travesty.

SeniorD on February 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

SNOWE, COLLINS, and SPECTER MUST BE MADE TO PAY.

RIGHT NOW.

Someone on another blog (Ace??) said boycott LLBean and any other Maine product- But let’em know WHY.

Hell, I don’t know.

But- I need a plan of ACTION against these as$holes.

ExTex on February 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

It’s becoming really hard to look at this guy and not just roll over laughing. It’s hard to find someone dumber, but there are other candidates.

tarpon on February 10, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Amazing, just in a few weeks, Obama has spent more that the total cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan war.

Elric66 on February 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

And the liberals’ answer is that we conservatives had no problem with Bush spending that much, so we should STFU now. We won in 2000 and 2004 and we got to spend 2 trillion dollars on tax cuts and wars that they didn’t support. They won in 2008 and so they get to spend 2 trillion however the hell they want to.

rockmom on February 10, 2009 at 2:14 PM

None of these swine have read the bill. Torches and pitchforks, please.

Jaibones on February 10, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I have this sickening image in my mind of Rahm sitting in his office laughing his ass off right now.

rockmom on February 10, 2009 at 2:07 PM

The is a man who understands the incredible value and power of a “crisis”

neuquenguy on February 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM

ExTex on February 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Don’t go after every business in Maine… just go to opensecrets.org and go after the businesses who are CAMPAIGN contributors to them.

Romeo13 on February 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Someone on another blog (Ace??) said boycott LLBean and any other Maine product- But let’em know WHY.

What? LL Bean, oh man, I love them.

True_King on February 10, 2009 at 2:18 PM

But…duuuhhhhh… errrr… da Prez’nit say it be a good bill. Makes jobs and stuff. Messiah no lie… he be impotent, duuuuhhh… I mean omnipotent. Can I haz more wagyu steak now, pleeeez?

When is anyone going to bring up the fact that the only jobs coming out of this are gubbermint jobs (that produce nothing but a taxpayer drain) and H1B jobs (which will farm out the rest of the cash to Asian IT people)?

Damiano on February 10, 2009 at 2:20 PM

The Dow is falling.

amerpundit on February 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Yes, it is right behind the once great United States of America.

And I feel so helpless, sitting here watching. I want to do something! They are destroying our country. Not seek new cures…accept hopeless diagnoses…Are you kidding me? This is the United States of America! We don’t GIVE UP! What has happened to us? Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves.

pannw on February 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM

The Dow is falling.

amerpundit on February 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM

If the market ends the day down like it is, Asian markets are going to get absolutely CRUSHED tonight.

It should also take some of the hot air out of the Precedent’s idiotic campaign swing. Don’t get me wrong, every moment the idiot messiah stays out of Washington is a blessing, but don’t his own supporters even care? …. Stupid question. Never mind.

progressoverpeace on February 10, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Specter = Useless RINO

PappaMac on February 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Useless RINO = Useful Idiot,
therefore if A=B and B=C, then Specter = assclown
I like new math.

Laura in Maryland on February 10, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Boy… Tester is impressive…

/sarc

D2Boston on February 10, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Boycotting L.L. Bean is a really bad idea.

L. L. Bean does not endorse any political campaigns and never makes any contributions to political parties or candidates.

Leon Gorman donated to Collins, but so what? Should he have donated to Tom Allen instead?

This is a RNC problem, not a L.L. Bean problem, and it serves no purpose whatsoever to put their employees out of work.

Buy Danish on February 10, 2009 at 2:24 PM

pannw on February 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Don’t be so down. As the GOP has no power in Washington and the neo-Pravda media are promoting the idiot messiah’s lies to the public, the market is the only info that Americans care about that the neo-Pravda media can’t hide. The only thing that will possibly stop this socialist monstrosity is the market.

progressoverpeace on February 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Specter got took and now he’s trying to cover his six. Enough said.

Ryan Gandy on February 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM

This is the United States of America! We don’t GIVE UP! What has happened to us? Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves.

pannw on February 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM

We started thinking with our pockets. Voting based on “economic issues”. Looking at the government as a provider. Trading liberty for comfort and security.

neuquenguy on February 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM

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