Alert the Media, plus Specter’s Twitter

posted at 7:15 pm on April 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I’ll be talking with Rob Breakenridge about Arlen Specter’s switcheroo for his CHQR listeners in Calgary on AM 770.  We’ll discuss what impact this will have on the current session of Congress and for long-term Republican prospects.  Rob keeps a keen eye on American politics, and it’s always great to talk with our Canadian friends.

Perhaps we can discuss Arlen Specter’s Twitter feed while we’re at it.  It hasn’t been updated in a few days, but it gives a clear indication of the principles that went into Specter’s decision to pull a Jumpin’ Jim:

Pat Toomey wants to be Senator “number 100 and vote ‘no’ on everything.” http://tinyurl.com/cf6kpl
10:50 AM Apr 22nd from web

Pat Toomey: pushing the GOP further into the minority. http://tinyurl.com/cw2yaa
9:19 PM Apr 21st from web

Toomey admits Senate is not desirable. He’d be “bereft of seniority” and “oppose policies instead of proposing them” http://tiny.cc/bA5Bc
5:13 PM Apr 21st from web

Pennsylvania Club for Growth Founder: Toomey “can’t win the general election,” & should withdraw from the race. http://tinyurl.com/cmzfsu
8:27 AM Apr 21st from web

PA Democratic Party Chair TJ Rooney: “We all pray every night we don’t have to run against Arlen Specter.”
12:24 PM Apr 17th from web

Show your support and follow campaign events and issues. Visit http://tinyurl.com/djtmcm
4:47 PM Apr 16th from web

Pat Toomey, the Democrats’ MVP. How Toomey cannibalized the GOP: http://tinyurl.com/cxlpfc
1:45 PM Apr 15th from web

Obsessed much? The Republican Party didn’t leave Specter. He just didn’t have the guts to face off against another Republican in a primary.


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What will be fun to watch is them debate, hehe!!!

deidre on April 28, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Next stop, The Daily Show, Bill Maher, Olberdouche…et al.

Jim-Rose on April 28, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Good riddance, Arlen Quisling; have fun in the true wilderness you freak.

Bishop on April 28, 2009 at 7:21 PM

The twitter feed is very revealing…he knew how his vote for porkulus went over with the base and is just running scared…as he should. Too bad he picked the least honorable way to deal with his comeuppance…the man has a massively defective character.

AUINSC on April 28, 2009 at 7:23 PM

That is some sad tweeting he is doing. Or, more likely, that his staff is doing.

myrenovations on April 28, 2009 at 7:23 PM

It’s always hard to look in the mirror, and face ones self, and admit faults are there, and improvements can be made. That’s how we grow, and learn. Arlen was to satisfied, and complacent with himself, and he lost his way.

capejasmine on April 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Have our politicians always been this cowardly? Office holders should relish a contested primary. It helps their skills. But I gues Specter is too old and lazy to learn anything new nowadays.

Speedwagon82 on April 28, 2009 at 7:25 PM

I hope arlen doesn’t ask for money for his D election.
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letget on April 28, 2009 at 7:25 PM

This is the guy that was supported by all that money you sent to the RNC. Nice job.
I hope Benedict Specter gets whopped in the general.

Mojave Mark on April 28, 2009 at 7:26 PM

It serves to underscore the fact that principles had nothing to do with his betrayal.

Specter was driven by fear and narrow self-interest — nothing more.

cruadin on April 28, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Next stop, The Daily Show, Bill Maher, Olberdouche…et al.

Jim-Rose on April 28, 2009 at 7:20 PM

And then the obligatory book tour. I would imagine the publishers have been dialing all day long.

sherry on April 28, 2009 at 7:27 PM

He is such a tool. I hope those 200,000 republicans that switched to democrat in the 2008 primary switch back. At least the majority of them. How funny would that be?

Sue on April 28, 2009 at 7:27 PM

“Its not a Toomey !” “/swartzenegger

William Amos on April 28, 2009 at 7:28 PM

PA Democratic Party Chair TJ Rooney: “We all pray every night we don’t have to run against Arlen Specter.”
12:24 PM Apr 17th from web

Why would they pray that they don’t have to run against someone who they are willing to run themselves? You get the clown either way.

Buddahpundit on April 28, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Listening to Pat Leahy gush over Specter was enough to make you vomit. Leahy needs to be smacked alongside that liberal left head to wipe the smirk off. Cheney had the right sentiment for Leahy. Any way we now have a new classification in the Senate. Senator Arlin Spector (W) PA
W is for waffle.

wepeople on April 28, 2009 at 7:32 PM

“tinyurl”

Tiny something………………

……………. along with a very tiny pair of them.

Seven Percent Solution on April 28, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Her dad loses the title “The Meghan McCain of Senators.”

Rhinoboy on April 28, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Eh, I don’t blame Spector one bit… we need term limits though…

ninjapirate on April 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Poor little Arlen has a Toomey ache.

Loxodonta on April 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM

I’m sure Olbermann is going to spooge all over the airwaves about this tonight.

Speedwagon82 on April 28, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Arlen Spectron putting the twit in twitter…

sven10077 on April 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM

I hope arlen doesn’t ask for money for his D election.
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letget on April 28, 2009 at 7:25 PM

No worries. I’m sure he’s eager to sell his soul to Soros, for a few bucks. Then he can legislate, like Obama does. His head up his arse, and taking orders from the true, but hidden president.

capejasmine on April 28, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Good riddance, you rat bastard.

Midas on April 28, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Specter never says anything about conservative principles. He acts like Lincoln Chaffee was an actual Republican instead of a Democrat too scared to switch while he was in power.

Speedwagon82 on April 28, 2009 at 7:53 PM

What does the old crank tell his grandchildren? “Remember, Becky, when you really want something, say and do anything you have to do to get it. Never let anyone ask you to stand on principle. That’s for losers. Who wants ice cream!”

Rational Thought on April 28, 2009 at 7:54 PM

“Woe. Is. Me.” – Arlen Expectorant (Republican / Democrat U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1980 – 2010) [30 years too many]

Obsessed much? The Republican Party didn’t leave Specter. He just didn’t have the guts to face off against another Republican in a primary.

Branch Rickey on April 28, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Arlen was too satisfied, and complacent with himself, and he lost his way.

capejasmine on April 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Agreed. I’m looking forward to a Republican Revolution in 2010 just like the one in 1994:

The Republican Revolution or Revolution of ’94 is what the Republican Party of the United States dubbed their success in the 1994 U.S. midterm elections,[1] which resulted in a net gain of 54 seats in the House of Representatives, and a pickup of eight seats in the Senate. The day after the election, Democratic Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama changed parties, becoming a Republican.

The gains in seats in the mid-term election resulted in the Republicans gaining control of both the House and the Senate in January 1995. Republicans had not held the majority in the House for forty years, since the 83rd Congress (elected in 1952) under Republican Speaker Joseph William Martin, Jr.

Let the Democratic Party own this fiscal suicidal path they’re on–along with desperate and hypocritical Arlen Specter. There can no longer be any excuses or whining about the Republican Party being obstructionist—they can have total control and the ramifications that go with owning it—lock, stock, and porkbarrel!

Rovin on April 28, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Arlen tweets…

“They’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!
They’re coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa
To the funny farm. Where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats and they’re coming to take me away, ha-haaa!!!!!”

Cicero43 on April 28, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Obsessed much? The Republican Party didn’t leave Specter. He just didn’t have the guts to face off against a nother Republican in a primary.

Fixed that for ya! ;-)

clarsen13 on April 28, 2009 at 8:04 PM

I don’t know how many times or how many different ways this has to be said;

A party should stand for it’s core ideals (IE: the republicans and conservatism) it’s up to INDIVIDUALS to figure out where they stand, who they are closer attuned to and join that party or just vote appropriately. It’s not up to the party to bastardize itself to conform to the populist ideals. If the party did that they would stand for nothing but getting elected. It’s not just about getting elected, it’s about sending representatives that believe as close to you do as possible.

Everything else is hypocritical, as Specter has proven to be; a political whore.

Spiritk9 on April 28, 2009 at 8:06 PM

I am so p#ssed at the GOP.

How could they have NOT seen this? Where in the h$ll is the leadership in the party?

madmonkphotog on April 28, 2009 at 8:15 PM

It is so hard for these old guys to give up the power. Term limits dammit.

d1carter on April 28, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Coming soon to a stall near you.

Jerricho68 on April 28, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Specter has claimed to be a “Reagan Republican” on more than one occasion.

Reagan believed in smaller government, lower taxes and more liberty. For the life of me I don’t see how the Porkulus Bill he voted for accomplishes any of that.

Something Specter (and a lot of Republicans as well) seems to have forgotten was that Reagan stood on principles…..

“A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.”

The reason why the Republicans lost in 2006 and in 2008 is because the chose to ignore Reagan’s wisdom.

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GT on April 28, 2009 at 9:25 PM

For the life of me I don’t see how the Porkulus Bill he voted for accomplishes any of that.

He = Specter.

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GT on April 28, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Pat Toomey wants to be Senator “number 100 and vote ‘no’ on everything.” http://tinyurl.com/cf6kpl
10:50 AM Apr 22nd from web

Sounds like my kind of Senator. If the entire Senate got trashed and fell off the back of a cruise ship, how long would it take anyone to notice?

bitsy on April 28, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Anyone still want to elect moderates that act like RINOs?

Future of the party my achin butt!
Alert Meghan McCain, the logic twist ought to be torture.

Opportunity Costs on April 29, 2009 at 12:59 AM

If Tooney makes a concerted effort to run hard against Spector (and not campaigning against the Messiah), I think
he will win.

If Tooney omits Bama attacks and runs on anti-Craptastic Porkobulus and reminds the PA voters (that is, those PA voters who DO PAY TAXES) , I think Tooney will win.

ColtsFan on April 29, 2009 at 5:39 AM

Ed, are you gonna call in?

Read the tweets, yeah 100 + agree!

ProudPalinFan on April 29, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Please keep in mind I am from PA…I’ve got basically the worst bunch of ‘em all. At least, from what I understand, things were better here (I did not live here yet), when Tom Ridge was the Guv.

ProudPalinFan on April 29, 2009 at 7:18 AM

If it should begin to look as if Specter, as the Dem candidate, still cannot beat Toomey, I wonder how long it will take for the Dems to give him the heave ho!! New York minute I’d bet.

jeanie on April 29, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Hopefully, this dirt bag will undermine the Democrats like he has the GOP. I consider this treason.

Cybergeezer on April 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Good ridance. Ever sense the “single bullet theory” in tha Warren commision.

saiga on April 29, 2009 at 1:13 PM