Video: The obligatory “conservatives confront Specter over stimulus” clip

posted at 5:35 pm on February 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

A little shot of video espresso on a slow Friday afternoon. Mock him if you wish, but just try to imagine how confused the poor man must be. I’ll bet everyone at his gym told him they loved the bill.

To those who want him out! out! out! of the GOP caucus, how about this for a deal: If he quits now, we’ll agree to make his Senate seat hereditary and fully transferable to his wife. Why not? That’s how they do it in Massachusetts. Click the image to watch.


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It hasn’t been a slow day on the stock ticker, another 100 points lost.

Bishop on February 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Please, Massachusetts is a joke, were in contention for the laughing stock of the nation award.

Viper1 on February 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Viper1 on February 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Has your state even had a HotAir Post today? CA 1. IL (my state) 3. MA 0. You have some work to do!!

WashJeff on February 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Even if the Powers That Be don’t give him a well-deserved boot from the caucus, that the very freakin least they should pull his committee assignments.

After voting for the pork-laden monstrosity, he has zero place representing Republicans on two appropriations committees. Ditto with the judiciary committee, since he’d likely fold when it comes to whatever abominations Obama will nominate.

Maybe let him keep his Special Committee on Aging seat- he represents the Senile Old Fool demographic perfectly.

Hollowpoint on February 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Why is it that every time I hear anything about this guy, my first thought is What An A******!

GrayDog on February 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Specter gives me the creeps. I interviewed him once, he’s a little, and I mean little, lecher.

He deserves all the contempt he gets thrown at him!

JAM on February 20, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Please, Massachusetts is a joke, were in contention for the laughing stock of the nation award.

Viper1 on February 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Has your state even had a HotAir Post today? CA 1. IL (my state) 3. MA 0. You have some work to do!!

WashJeff on February 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Really, this is PAs turn. Get in line buddy!

hawkdriver on February 20, 2009 at 5:44 PM

After voting for the pork-laden monstrosity, he has zero place representing Republicans on two appropriations committees. Ditto with the judiciary committee, since he’d likely fold when it comes to whatever abominations Obama will nominate.

Totally agree. (Besides, that’s how Pelosi would have handled it if Arlen was a Dem.)

DrStock on February 20, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Macchiato!!!

The Ugly American on February 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Cranberry Township?

Tzetzes on February 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

I really loved it when he, and the other two, gave that whole ‘There were a lot of people in the Republican Caucus that wanted to vote for the bill’ crap.

OK, if true…why didn’t they?? Maybe they knew they would get tossed out on their asses next election. You fools are supposed to be representing the people that put you in office. ‘Oh gee, I’d really like to go against the will of the my constituency, but I better not.’

HELLO????

BigWyo on February 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Hollowpoint on February 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

It true if for no other reasoon than he’s old (will face up uphill reelection in the primaries) and junior Senators need the experience.

hawkdriver on February 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Mock him if you wish, but just try to imagine how confused the poor man must be. I’ll bet everyone at his gym told him they loved the bill.

Well what would you expect when you work out at the US Senate gym?

Specter’s clearly insane if he thinks trimming $100B off a massively flawed bill that will still be mostly national debt in his great great grandkids time is going to give him cover with the voters.

I’m not a big fan of disrupting events with signs be it the Code Pink whores or those calling Specter a traitor but somehow the Senator needs to get the message. He doesn’t bother talking to the people about his vote, merely lectures them on why they are too damned stupid to understand the issue. I really do think it time for him to be ousted from the GOP caucus so that the PA GOP can start seriously recruiting with a clear field.

highhopes on February 20, 2009 at 5:48 PM

He sees himself as a martyr for the greater good. He doesn’t just say he voted for it, he tries to make it out to be him jumping on the grenade for the country.

Maybe without Bush we’ll get Pat Toomey or another conservative in this time around.

amerpundit on February 20, 2009 at 5:50 PM

I really loved it when he, and the other two, gave that whole ‘There were a lot of people in the Republican Caucus that wanted to vote for the bill’ crap.

Yeah me too BigWyo. I think it was one of those half truths. They wanted to vote for a stimulus bill but they couldn’t find one. If any of them told him anything, that’s more likely what he was told but not what he heard.

Texas Gal on February 20, 2009 at 5:53 PM

I live in PA, and sent SEVERAL messages to Specter about the porkulu$ bill. I’m still awaiting a reply…

*chirp chirp*

Sam Adams on February 20, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Cranberry Township?

Tzetzes on February 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

It’s about 20-30 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. My church is up there. Decent place, if a little strip-mally.

foucaultsvac on February 20, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Next time why not just ask him………..

“By the way, did you even read the bill?”

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2009 at 5:59 PM

To sort of paraphrase former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm, who once said that old people have a “duty” to die, perhaps Arlen Specter has a “duty” to resign and enjoy his longevity in the peace of his own home and well away from the national scene.

coldwarrior on February 20, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Increase tax cuts? Not really, according to a footnote on the stimulus official propaganda site.

Tax Relief – includes $15 B for Infrastructure and Science, $61 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $25 B for Education and Training and $22 B for Energy, so total funds are $126 B for Infrastructure and Science, $142 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $78 B for Education and Training, and $65 B for Energy.

I take this to mean that the $288 billion in “Tax Relief” should be discounted by these offsets, leaving $165 billion of highly targeted tax relief… and much of that relief for those who do not pay taxes… which I consider a spending program, not tax relief. And much will go to the big tax and spend blue states in the form of AMT relief.

Laurence on February 20, 2009 at 6:00 PM

What I hope doesn’t get lost in all this isn’t just that the conservatives who are mad at Arlen Specter, but also that moderate Republicans like me who usually happy with Specter, Snowe, and Collins. We are pissed too. We don’t vote for these characters to ratify every piece of Democratic insanity that comes down the pipe. We could vote for Democrats to do that. We vote for them to moderate both sides, and we were betrayed by their vote on the so-called stimulus.

Specter, Snowe, and Collins had better start changing their tune or we’ll have to replace them with real Democrats or conservative Republicans or, best of all, with actual moderate Republicans who don’t always cave into the Democrats.

thuja on February 20, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Oh well … in some states, you only get to choose between a commie or a RINO. But this was so bloody dumb that the local machine ain’t gonna save him.

Buh-bye, Arlen …

Kristopher on February 20, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Next time why not just ask him………..

“By the way, did you even read the bill?”

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Yup! That’s all anyone needs to do…there doesn’t have to be a paragraph written to read to him, and it’s something blue dog Dems and Reps can get behind. Not to mention, putting him in a very sticky soundbite situation. Someone near him, PLEASE, ask him. And videotape it!

hoosiermama on February 20, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Sam Adams on February 20, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Keystoner myself. Williamsport.

Stationed in NC.

I’m changing my residence to NC this summer after I retire. I will never have to throw my vote away again merely to cancel out one of the 20 votes some wino in Philly casts.

hawkdriver on February 20, 2009 at 6:11 PM

30 pieces of silver.

Can’t we just punish him like they do in Singapore?

Kini on February 20, 2009 at 6:12 PM

I hate to say this but i think this man is realy brain dead.

thmcbb on February 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Please, Massachusetts is a joke, were in contention for the laughing stock of the nation award.

Viper1 on February 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Has your state even had a HotAir Post today? CA 1. IL (my state) 3. MA 0. You have some work to do!!

WashJeff on February 20, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Really, this is PAs turn. Get in line buddy!

hawkdriver on February 20, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Sorry! We Mainers have two horse’s A**es in this race!

74SeventeenSeventySix on February 20, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Sam Adams on February 20, 2009 at 5:58 PM

SAme with me. I dont think he liked the last e-mail I sent. It wasnt very nice.

becki51758 on February 20, 2009 at 6:24 PM

hawkdriver on February 20, 2009 at 6:11 PM

I went to school in Williamsport. I went to the community college…back in the 70′s. I think it has a different name now.

becki51758 on February 20, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Isn’t there some checklist or something for running as a Republican? Don’t you have to agree on at least one issue?

Ronnie on February 20, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Hmm…sounds like Q and M need to assign a couple of 00′s to go to Pennsylvania and mess up SPECTREs plans…

BobMbx on February 20, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Specter reminds me of this.

“George is getting angry”

omnipotent on February 20, 2009 at 6:33 PM

There should be a new rule in the Senate. When doctors can certify blood is no longer reaching a Senator’s brain, he should be removed from office. This guy is a blithering idiot that probably craps his pants four times a day.

David in ATL on February 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Ha! “Benedict Arlen.”

I think that sums it up pretty well.

AZCoyote on February 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Cranberry Township?

Tzetzes on February 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

It’s about 20-30 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. My church is up there. Decent place, if a little strip-mally.

foucaultsvac on February 20, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Huh. It’s good to know I’m not the only one in Butler County who reads HotAir. Or, since you said “up” there, you’re in Allegheny somewhere?

bcm4134 on February 20, 2009 at 6:39 PM

In the clip you really can see his contempt for his constituents when he meets them face to face. The Conservative angry contituents, I mean. “I always love to hear a dissenting opinion” Arlen says and rolls his eyes and one of his goons goes “hu-rumph! hu-rumph!” and Arlen looks like he gets mad and looks around for the rest of his people to go “hu-rumph! hu-rumph!”. Just like Al Capone.

Marcus on February 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Anyone who has the opportunity to ask Spectre, Snowe or Collins a question on camera should simply ask:

“Senator, this is by far the biggest single financial bill ever to pass through Congress. Given the importance of the legislation, I’m curious, just how many pages of the final bill did you ACTUALLY read?”

I think it’s going to be important to point out just how many BLINDLY voted for this bill.

Some Republican worth his salt should actually try to bind under the force of law a waiting period for legislation in it’s final form before a binding vote. I would also strongly encourage a move toward having bills read aloud on the floor (and C-SPAN) before final vote for passage.

Jason Coleman on February 20, 2009 at 6:43 PM

I just fired this off to Sen. McConnells’ office

Sen. McConnell,

Please consider removing Sen. from his current committee assignments. His recent actions regarding the so-called Stimulus Bill are a disgrace to the country, and to “ordinary” Americans who dutifully pay their bills and go to work each day.

I am not versed in the rules of the Senate vis a vis committee assignments, but none the less, a clear and forceful message needs to be sent to the Republican Caucus to toe the line.

The condition of the country is in extremis, and dramatic action is required of you as the Minority Leader. A similar message should be sent to the two Senators from Maine.

Explusion of these 3 from the Republican Party would certainly arrest the decline of respect and credibility of the Republican leadership.

Thank you for service and consideration.

BobMbx on February 20, 2009 at 6:44 PM

OK, if true…why didn’t they?? Maybe they knew they would get tossed out on their asses next election. You fools are supposed to be representing the people that put you in office. ‘Oh gee, I’d really like to go against the will of the my constituency, but I better not.’

HELLO????

Winner of the thread.

radiofreevillage on February 20, 2009 at 6:45 PM

I predict a Specter (SPECTRE) re-election. He will get enough Democratski votes to pull it off. Murtha got re-elected. Is there something in the water in Pennsylvania?

Pelayo on February 20, 2009 at 6:48 PM

he’s a little, and I mean little, lecher.

His fly was open?

ex-Democrat on February 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM

The condition of the country is in extremis, and dramatic action is required of you as the Minority Leader. A similar message should be sent to the two Senators from Maine.

Explusion of these 3 from the Republican Party would certainly arrest the decline of respect and credibility of the Republican leadership.

Again, these people represent their states. Or that’s the idea. Mitchell shouldn’t be allowed to expell people from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.

Committee assignments, however, is an entirely different matter. These decisions are a prerogative of the Republican congressional delegation, and they should exercise their power. Economic views of these three aren’t in line with… uhm, ALL of the Republican Party, and they have no business to represent it on topical committees.

radiofreevillage on February 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM

becki51758 on February 20, 2009 at 6:27 PM

WACC

Williamsport Area Community College.

I was actually just east in Loyalsock. Cheers my homie!

hawkdriver on February 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM

I take this to mean that the $288 billion in “Tax Relief” should be discounted by these offsets, leaving $165 billion of highly targeted tax relief… and much of that relief for those who do not pay taxes… which I consider a spending program, not tax relief. And much will go to the big tax and spend blue states in the form of AMT relief.

Laurence on February 20, 2009 at 6:00 PM

That’s as good an explanation as any I’ve heard so far:)

I have a contest running which asks readers to make sense of all of this, if you’d like to participate.

Buy Danish on February 20, 2009 at 6:53 PM

arlen who? Oh ya that guy…I just about forgot the nightmare. Uhm…well…he is a hasbeen.

jbh45 on February 20, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Allah, its not called schadenfreude when they DESERVE it, then its call justice.

Maxx on February 20, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Cranberry Township?

Tzetzes on February 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Yep, its between New Castle and Pittsburgh just off of I-79, nice community. By the way, KDKA radio (in Pittsburgh) was the very first commercial radio station in the country. In the old days, it was part of “Group W Broadcasting” when the old Westinghouse owned a ton of radio stations.

Zorro on February 20, 2009 at 7:09 PM

I thought it was funny that when I clicked on the link, they had an ad for a funeral home right next to the video…

joe_doufu on February 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Maybe without Bush we’ll get Pat Toomey or another conservative in this time around.

amerpundit on February 20, 2009 at 5:50 PM

Conservatism is dead, remember? We need mavericks like Specter willing to overcome their partisanship. We need to be a big tent, reach across the aisle. Do you think if we grovelled convincingly enough, we could get John McCain to run again in 2012? I’m sure he would win without some stupid conservative know nothing on his ticket. We could have THE MAVERICK TICKET. McCain/Specter 2012. That’s a tent big enough to drop an asteroid in. We’re sure to win.

Not.

austinnelly on February 20, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Write RNC and tell them no $$$$$$$$$$$$$ until they kick the traitors out.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 20, 2009 at 7:15 PM

SOMEONE ASK HIM IF HE READ THE BILL!!!!!!
Then ask him if he would be kind enough to sign something else without reading it.

JeffinOrlando on February 20, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Rick Santorum would be sooo great as a replacement for this guy.

moxie_neanderthal on February 20, 2009 at 7:55 PM

He’s so pathetic. It’s time to bow out gracefully Arlen.

Mojave Mark on February 20, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Huh. It’s good to know I’m not the only one in Butler County who reads HotAir. Or, since you said “up” there, you’re in Allegheny somewhere?

bcm4134 on February 20, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Just over the border in Westmoreland :) I work in downtown Pgh. Far lower property taxes than Allegheny.

The wife and I have a bunch of friends in Butler. I like it there.

foucaultsvac on February 20, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Please, Massachusetts is a joke, were in contention for the laughing stock of the nation award.

Viper1 on February 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Minnesota will have you beat by leaps and bounds if you know who winds up winning.

Yakko77 on February 20, 2009 at 8:47 PM

This is why i am NOT voting republican from now on..
I am sorry we need a REAL conservative party

This guys a closet gay liberal..

jcila on February 20, 2009 at 9:23 PM

The Republican’s did a damn good job in holding together – only three RINO’s fell for Barack Mugabe’s POS pork bill.

I’ll vote Republican – they’re earning it again. I won’t vote for these three and I’ll also send Michael Steele a note telling him he won’t get $$ from me if he gives any of it to these three.

I think Steele will do the right thing – he may not oppose these three – but I think he’ll tell them they are on their own. Write Michael Steele and ask him for assurances that your contributions to the GOP WILL NOT GO TO THE THREE TRAITORS!

HondaV65 on February 20, 2009 at 10:30 PM

He deserves all the contempt he gets thrown at him!
JAM on February 20, 2009 at 5:43 PM

I understand your frustration with the man. He really let us down big time!

However, I want to win elections. We need to defeat these leftists that are in the process of taking over our country. We can scream about these issues here on Hot Air, where we talk to each other. But, we need to present to the voting public, that’s right Democrat and Independent voters, that the conservative Republican is not a fire-breathing, mad-as-a-hatter, extremist from the right.

Sen. Specter has served his country well, and has fought a brave battle with cancer, so for us to come out to one of his press conferences with signs asking for his head, and rude interruptions during his speech is playing right into the hands of our enemies; and I definitely consider the liberal democrat our enemy!

We need to win the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans who have not had a fair hearing of our message in the left-wing media. Enraged faces and angry confrontations is not the picture we want the rest of America to see.
We want to be the direct opposite of the liberal Democrat, not his equal with just a different message.

Joe Pyne on February 20, 2009 at 10:54 PM

The problem with Spectre is that he really believes the stuff he does….. That makes him really dangerous……

If he (and Snowe and Collins) are allowed to stay, the GOP is too dead to revive, and we need to start over somehow else.

seanrobins on February 20, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Grew up in New Castle, but by the time I was 18 I knew I was a conservative and headed for Texas. I miss the greenery, the hills, and the Steelers, but I sure don’t miss the quantities of liberals there.

on fire on February 20, 2009 at 11:25 PM

There is something admirable to sticking to your guns. But that’s now what i think Specter did. He went along with what the ‘cool democrats’ were doing. That is shady. Now, lets assume the senate republican committee does remove his committee appointments, than we will be labeled as hateful people who don’t allow dissenting opinions (however, id look to see what the house is doing to those Dems who voted against the stimulus). And if we don’t do it, it looks like we lack party cohesion. We are dammed if we do and dammed if we don’t.

Yngmarine on February 20, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Wow…. ‘not what specter did’. Typing while drinking is bad.

Yngmarine on February 20, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Arlen is the epitome of alphabet abuse – total waste of a perfectly good R every time he’s referred to.

But hey, if they kick him off judiciary, won’t his girlfriend Leahy throw an absolute hissy fit that his soul mate has been ripped from his bosom?

Wind Rider on February 21, 2009 at 3:02 AM

Hey Arlen, an elephant never forgets.

Done That on February 21, 2009 at 6:18 AM

Listen to what he says to the guy who states that the phone calls were 100 to 1 against the stimulus. Instead of acknowledging that he voted against his constituency, the people who put him in office, he says he has to make a judgment call. Wait a minute, I thought he was elected to represent the wishes of the voters in Pennsylvania, not his own preferences. That’s part of the problem. These guys get into Congress and figure it’s an entitlement. They forget that they are supposed to be doing the peoples’ bidding.

College Prof on February 21, 2009 at 8:39 AM

He says he’s not completely happy with Obama’s plans but he points out that he was able to cut the price tag by over $100 billion and he says he was able to increase the amount of tax cuts.

Specter does not realize that if he had voted against the bill, he would have cut the price tage by almost 8 times that amount.

Un-’F'-ing beleivable

PappaMac on February 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

If you see this video you would confront him too…

We need more of this accountability.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go1HyZ6x-aI

MidPointMan on February 21, 2009 at 4:39 PM