Video: Post-partisan leftist salutes bipartisan opportunist

posted at 12:40 pm on April 29, 2009 by Allahpundit

A queasy scene, made queasier but the thought of what the clip doesn’t show — namely, the part where The One referred to Specter as “one tough hombre.” Plenty of lip service is duly paid to Specter retaining his independence, going his own way, not being a rubber stamp, etc etc, but realistically that can’t be true. Even with Obama campaigning for him, he risks low turnout among the Dem base next year if he crosses them on any important vote. He’ll simply have to find a way to reverse himself on Card Check and prove his blue bona fides with party-line votes on all other major bills.

Having mulled yesterday’s question a bit more, I wonder if the Democrats feared he’d turn independent before the GOP primary, thereby conceding that race to Toomey and taking his chances in a three-way general election with, possibly, Joe Sestak as the Democratic nominee. I’m surprised that the left’s brain trust evidently didn’t think it could win a race like that given Sestak’s military background, reasonably high political profile, and inevitable guarantee from Obama to campaign on his behalf. Maybe they thought that even with The One on the trail for him, there was simply too great a risk that he’d split leftists and centrists with the incumbent Specter and the conservative Toomey would squeak through. If so, they seem surprisingly bearish about Obama’s influence next year in a state he carried by 10 points.

While you watch, a touch of nuance to think about from today’s NYT op-ed by Olympia Snowe — another moderate who, like Specter, voted for a stimulus bill that ended up just shy of $800 billion:

Ideological purity is not the ticket back to the promised land of governing majorities — indeed, it was when we began to emphasize social issues to the detriment of some of our basic tenets as a party that we encountered an electoral backlash.

It is for this reason that we should heed the words of President Ronald Reagan, who urged, “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty.” He continued, “As to the other issues that draw on the deep springs of morality and emotion, let us decide that we can disagree among ourselves as Republicans and tolerate the disagreement.”

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JUDAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 29, 2009 at 12:42 PM

He’ll simply have to find a way to re-reverse himself on Card Check

Fixed!

Beagle on April 29, 2009 at 12:42 PM

He will either reverse on card check or be beaten.

AnninCA on April 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Which will confirm…….nothing but a political hack.

AnninCA on April 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM

These are not the droids you are looking for.

ThackerAgency on April 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Nothing wrong with having moderates in the party as long as they vote with the party on the really important issues. Porkulus was a really important issue.

Specter was basically a Democrat who just happened to vote with the GOP on most of the small stuff.

BadgerHawk on April 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM

He has to re-reverse, as Beagle says, or he’s done. He knows this. He flat out lied several times in his whining speech yesterday, why wouldn’t he lie again?

Enoxo on April 29, 2009 at 12:44 PM

I look forward to the presser where Obama declares himself the head of the conservative movement.

ThackerAgency on April 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Obama finally got his MUTT.

CFL on April 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I liked Specter’s big line:

I will not be an automatic 60th vote.

i.e. I must be bribed … though I’ll be much cheaper to buy, now.

progressoverpeace on April 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM

The man is 79 years old and has fought cancer in the past.
Sure glad no one is giving him the He’s-Too-Old-And-Will-Die-Soon treatment that McCain received.

carbon_footprint on April 29, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Obama and Specter are both post-values.

faraway on April 29, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Olympia Snowe is correct in qouting Reagan:

We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty

These are core beliefs of Conservatives and Republicans. THE PROBLEM, however, is the moderate liberal Republicans–Specter, Collins, and herself– have flat out broken these core beliefs. They are NOT Conservatives or Republicans. They are Liberals. And for her to sit there and use the quote in the face of her voting record is laughable at best, traitorous at worst.

Enoxo on April 29, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Change!

Firebird on April 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

I have given him the age treatment. He’s 79. Retire for gosh sakes.

Talk about personal ego driving him. So typical.

He just couldn’t stand to lose.

AnninCA on April 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

From Obama’s perspective there’s no easy way to proceed. What do you do? I said it myself yesterday that Obama would most likely prefer to have an opportunity to call his bill bipartisan when two-three self-identified Republicans vote for them. I don’t see what the Democrats gained realistically.

On the other hand, what do you do? Reject someone who wants to be in your party? There’d be plenty of people who would say: Specter is powerful, bring him in and move other leftist legislation forward.

With all this talk about how a traitor will be a traitor in the future, is there a single example of a Democrat turned Republican who was rejected by the Republicans? Including, OMFG, everyone’s favorite Democratic traitor.

radiofreevillage on April 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Just more proof (as if we needed any more) that politicians, regardless of their party affiliation, really only care about the power and prestige [falsely] associated with holding public office.

The only job a twit like this could get out of the public sector is as a lobbyist. Yet another noble profession.

watson007 on April 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Integrity is like,gone!

I didn’t know Arlene was originally a Democrat!!

Gawd,now the Liberals are all in a giddy Orgasmic
‘Hes one of us now’ crap!!

canopfor on April 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Well, you made the point well enough about Snowe…how can somebody write about the importance of restraining government spending after making that $800 billion socialist, generational theft bill a reality? It’s like they don’t even understand that they are the problem…not surprising, when your only guiding principle is to remain in office by any means.

AUINSC on April 29, 2009 at 12:49 PM

For the political scholars out there: Has any candidate changed parties more than once?

carbon_footprint on April 29, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Click the image to watch

2 lying whores…..

dmann on April 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM

They will probably change one small line in the card check bill that means absolutly nothing. Specter will claim he is the hero and vote for card check. Write it down.

mpax on April 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM

If the GOP seriously thinks the problem is that they are “too liberal,” OK.

But the statistics show where that’s going. That’s a minority voice.

I prefer looking at common issues, voting together on those, separating when it’s not common ground.

But respectfully.

Today, progressives are going nuts over more bank bailouts. Sorry to tell them, but that’s tea party stuff.

*haha

We need to agree with we do, not agree when we don’t.

I think what’s emerging is an entire country of distinctly independent voters who will switch parties, depending on which policy or plank is most pressing and relevant.

The label, in short, is inconsequential.

AnninCA on April 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Specter condemned Jim Jeffords’ party switch in 2001

When the Vermont Republican became an independent, Specter lost a committee chairmanship in the Senate’s resulting power shift. An angry Specter proposed a ban on such party switches.

Just for fun, Google “Unprincipled hack”.

Pablo on April 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Maybe they thought that even with The One on the trail for him, there was simply too great a risk that he’d split leftists and centrists with the incumbent Specter and the conservative Toomey would squeak through. If so, they seem surprisingly bearish about Obama’s influence next year in a state he carried by 10 points.

It’s fun having Allah back as a conservative for a little bit. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

As for as Penn goes – what on earth do you do in November 2010 if your a leftist or black? A white military opportunist/jerkoff, a white Republican opportunist/douche, and a white conservative on the ballot together would have been comedy gold for the Nutroots.

Jaibones on April 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM

For the political scholars out there: Has any candidate changed parties more than once?

carbon_footprint on April 29, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Alcibiades

progressoverpeace on April 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Just for fun, Google “Unprincipled hack”.

Pablo on April 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Heh.

Jaibones on April 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

He called Slow Joe “Senator Biden”. Heh.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

What if “bipartisan” actually means “one party”?
hahaha

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Nice to see the Dems got their Reagan.

/

Christien on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I think this is going to backfire on partisan politicians. Seriously.

People are just sick and tired of this. Vote for your constiuents. Period.

Who cares about the label?

AnninCA on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Just for fun, Google “Unprincipled hack”.

Pablo on April 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Now that is funny!!!

mpax on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

oops, i mean……what if “post-partisan” really means just one party left?
hahaha

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

These are core beliefs of Conservatives and Republicans.

Enoxo on April 29, 2009 at 12:46 PM

I disagree with these core beliefs being part of today’s Republican Party.

A Republican “can” be a Conservative but a Conservative would always be a Republican.

I’m so upset because the Republican’s aren’t even coming close to the Conservative values that this country was built upon and the same values that many espouse when they speak of Ronald Reagan.

Why is it we keep thinking of “Democratic Lite’s” for Republican positions.

This country is far more Conservative than the MSM will report but if we start electing them AND they start voting the way of their principals, our country can get back to it’s original intent.

HarryStar on April 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM

How much $$ should the bounty be that we place on the head of Arlen?

lavell12 on April 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM

I am rather validated. Specter was awful to Anita Hill and to Clinton.

It’s rather fun to watch him trash himself ……. again.

But on the other side.

See? See what we were saying? He was a hack then, too.

AnninCA on April 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Isn’t Specter the same hunchbacked guy who betrayed the Spartans? We shoulda seen this coming!

shaner5000 on April 29, 2009 at 12:57 PM

I don’t think, Harry, that right-wingers have much of a base. Maybe on the senatorial level, but not nationally, anyway.

There are too many points of contention.

AnninCA on April 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM

hahaha

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

You sure enjoy laughing at your own lame jokes, don’t you.

AUINSC on April 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Toomey can win if:

1. Unemployment is double digits, which it may very well be.

2. Inflation has set in, very possible.

3. Obama’s approval under 50%, as he promised to campaign for him. Also very possible.

artist on April 29, 2009 at 1:01 PM

For the political scholars out there…

carbon_footprint on April 29,2009 at 12:56PM.

carbon_footprint:

I’m not a scholar,but i did stay at a Holiday Inn:)

Since 1890,over 20 Senators have switched parties!:)

canopfor on April 29, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Just for fun, Google “Unprincipled hack”.

Pablo on April 29, 2009 at 12:52 PM

-Nice! Should be a headline, at least, on HA…

CapitalistPig on April 29, 2009 at 1:03 PM

AUINSC on April 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Despite the Freudian slip, it got it right the first time.

Christien on April 29, 2009 at 1:03 PM

I knew Obama was post-partisan!!! How else do you explain the defection of such a conservative stalwart as Specter to his side?

gwelf on April 29, 2009 at 1:03 PM

I don’t think, Harry, that right-wingers have much of a base. Maybe on the senatorial level, but not nationally, anyway.

There are too many points of contention.

AnninCA on April 29, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Well, even on the Senatorial level, I don’t think that there are many “right wingers” so to speak.

There’s not a problem the message, it’s having a messenger to get it across. What we do need is somebody to state that a “Right Winger” would be considered one of the Founding Fathers!!

HarryStar on April 29, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Toomey also needs to stay focused on the economy and wasteful spending.

Specter will try to drag him into the social abyss.

artist on April 29, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Specter defected because he didn’t want to lose his seat. It has nothing to do with principles (the only principle Specter has is selfishness) or with the Republican party not being a big enough tent (up until he left the Republicans were still backing him against Toomey). This won’t stop the left/media from spinning this as some sign the Republicans are so radical they can’t even keep a ‘conservative moderate’ like Specter in the party. We’re going to have to endure a week of news portraying Specter as some sort of paragon of virtue and ideals who couldn’t stand the evil and radical Republicans any longer.

gwelf on April 29, 2009 at 1:08 PM

It is for this reason that we should heed the words of President Ronald Reagan, who urged, “We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty.”

She quotes Reagan, and votes for an $800 billion dollar stimulus? Is her name Olympia, or Sybil?

capejasmine on April 29, 2009 at 1:08 PM

What will Specter do if polling shows him losing in a general?

Switch to “I?”

Good Lt on April 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM

For the political scholars out there: Has any candidate changed parties more than once?

carbon_footprint on April 29, 2009 at 12:50 PM

In Britian the great Sir Winston Chruchill went from Conservative Party to Liberal Party back to Conservative.

However, Specter ain’t know Winston Churchill….

Caper29 on April 29, 2009 at 1:10 PM

oops, i mean……what if “post-partisan” really means just one party left?
hahaha

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Ask a survivor of Stalin, Mao or Hitler.

Patrick S on April 29, 2009 at 1:10 PM

What will Specter do if polling shows him losing in a general?

Switch to “I?”

Good Lt on April 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM

We’ll he’ll returned to his ‘principled’ stance last week that a balance of power in the Senate is a good thing.

gwelf on April 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM

err…know = no

Caper29 on April 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM

What will Specter do if polling shows him losing in a general?

Switch to “I?”

Good Lt on April 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I was sure I heard from some analyst, that by the laws of Pennsylvania, he can’t run as an independent this late in the game? I could be wrong, but I’m sure that’s what I heard. If that is the case, he had no choice but to switch parties, which pretty much says it all, and as others have said. He switched to keep his seat. Not because he is a liberal.

Why do I have the feeling though, the liberals will screw him out of contention, with a more radical leftists, for this seat?

capejasmine on April 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM

oops, i mean……what if “post-partisan” really means just one party left?
hahaha

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I think you’re making wonderful progress: already you can admit that Obama lied through is teleprompter during the campaign and that he is the exact opposite of almost everything he portrayed himself as.

gwelf on April 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Any time one of your “knowledgeable” Democrat friends tries to make you explain why Specter jumped, just tell them that he went home.

He started as a D, switched to R in order to win an election, and switched back to retain his Senate seat this year.

Say what you will about Specter’s political self-preservation instincts, but his integrity is nothing more than that of, say, Nanci Pelosi pretending she didn’t know anything about no waterboarding.

Live by politics, die by politics.

Good Lt on April 29, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Why do I have the feeling though, the liberals will screw him out of contention, with a more radical leftists, for this seat?

capejasmine on April 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Specter is secure in Obama’s pledge to support his run for the Senate as a D and will campaign for him…I’m sure Obama’s track record on keeping publicly made promises is of great comfort to Specter =)

gwelf on April 29, 2009 at 1:14 PM

I was sure I heard from some analyst, that by the laws of Pennsylvania, he can’t run as an independent this late in the game?

Ah yes.

This is true. So if the polls show him losing, what’s his next move?

Regular guest spot on Hardball? Wasn’t Matthews going to run against him, BTW?

Why doesn’t somebody ask Matthews if he would consider it again now that Specter’s jumped?

Good Lt on April 29, 2009 at 1:15 PM

oops, i mean……what if “post-partisan” really means just one party left?
hahaha

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

In my opinion, anyone that can laugh at the thought of a tyrannical America, doesn’t truly know what it is, to be American, and what it was founded on. I feel sorry for you. You will never understand what true liberty, and freedom is, til it’s taken from you!

Let me ask you a question. Why are the Democrats giving out so much in tax payer money, to help banks, and car manufacturers stay afloat….when he could just as easily give that money to every tax payer in this country. With that extra money, surely we’d go out, spend some, and create growth, and help these failing companies. Right? So ask yourself now. Why is it being done this way? There’s no accountability for the money going to these institutions. It’s gone, and now they’re asking for more. The very argument, that Bush gave to the rich, and we all got poorer?

That’s a tad absurd at this point. Obama is handing money, our money, hand over fist, and creating wealth in chosen entities, while others are losing their jobs, and going on the dole. So tell me…how is this current path, going to help EVERYONE?

I already know the answer. Do you?

capejasmine on April 29, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Ideological purity is not the ticket back to the promised land of governing majorities — indeed, it was when we began to emphasize social issues to the detriment of some of our basic tenets as a party that we encountered an electoral backlash.

Ugly is as ugly does. Less than 24 hours after Specter defects-the progressives are planning his political demise.

Would YOU step up to help a progressive challenger to Specter?

canditaylor68 on April 29, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Another Liberal,who will be worshipping at the Alter of
Liberalism,

and soon,the Liberal Party will own Arlens mind and
thoughts!!

Just typing this gives me the orwellian creeps!!

canopfor on April 29, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Specter is secure in Obama’s pledge to support his run for the Senate as a D and will campaign for him…I’m sure Obama’s track record on keeping publicly made promises is of great comfort to Specter =)

gwelf on April 29, 2009 at 1:14 PM

He wont’ keep his word. The only word he’s kept so far, is that he’s going to change how things are done. And systematically, and to the ignorance of so many,
achieving that. :(

capejasmine on April 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM

carbon_footprint on April 29, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Specter changed from a Democrat to Republican in 1966 then back to a Democrat in 2009.

Sorry if someone already answered the question.

Cindy Munford on April 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM

WWMD?

(What Would Meghan Do?)

Y-not on April 29, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Arlen’s Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago

Christien on April 29, 2009 at 1:29 PM

oops, i mean……what if “post-partisan” really means just one party left?
hahaha

strangelet on April 29, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Wish all you want,but no such animal truly exists. Factions of each ideology unite temporarily for elections and important votes,but overall, each party has many levels of particulars. Each faction is constantly vying for control of their particular party.

canditaylor68 on April 29, 2009 at 1:34 PM

capejasmine on April 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Actualy, if I read it correctly, he CAN still run as an independent, if he does not run in ANY primary.

So, he could have changed out of the Repub party, to independent, and done what he said he wanted all along…

But he changed to dem, because he wanted their financial support…

Romeo13 on April 29, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Wait until Specter is called into the White House for the Democratic initiation……………

………. no lubrication, and no reach around.

Seven Percent Solution on April 29, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Wait until Specter…

Seven Percent Solution on Apr 29,2209 at 1:38PM.

Seven Percent Solution:

At least for Specter,wineing and dinning with Rahm,he
won’t have to worry about getting stabbed in the back
with a steak knife!!!:)

canopfor on April 29, 2009 at 1:42 PM

A weasel in human form.

Dr. Manhattan on April 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

McCain, Snowe, Graham and Collins need to be booted because when they quit it is they who look like the principled ones. When they are booted, it is the party that looks principled and Obama won’t be doing little photo ops with the reject.

Buddahpundit on April 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Wait until Specter is called into the White House for the Democratic initiation……………

………. no lubrication, and no reach around.

Seven Percent Solution on April 29, 2009 at 1:38 PM

This is why I get such a big kick out of liberals pointing at us and laughing that we have such a small tent that we are going to die off…Arlen is about to experience the ‘tolerance’ and ‘wide open tent’ mentality of the Democrat party. They need his 60th vote so that will give him a little power but he needs their money and support to be re-elected and with his switch to the magic D he’s shown which is more valuable to him. The D’s have him by the balls now and they will squeeze when he strays from the chosen path.

gwelf on April 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Romeo13 on April 29, 2009 at 1:35 PM

aaaaaah ok. Thank you so much for clarifying that, for me! :)

capejasmine on April 29, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Specter = Bootlicking Political Whore. Confirmed today.

old trooper2 on April 29, 2009 at 2:01 PM

It’s an utter tragedy to have one’s entire reputation destroyed at his advanced age. Until now, at the very worst, Specter would be thought of as a typical politician and a royal pain-in-the-butt. But now, to reveal oneself as nothing more than the lowest type of self-serving slime, when he has absolutely nothing to gain but some petty political power for a few more months, is absolute tragedy. I feel very badly for his wife and family. It must hurt to see how desperate he is. It’s so pathetic.

JiangxiDad on April 29, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Two turds in a pod.

Akzed on April 29, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Click the image to watch.

I prefer not to.

Snowed In on April 29, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Click the image to watch.

Ummm…no thanks.

catmman on April 29, 2009 at 2:27 PM

It required “courage” to get out of a primary he was going to lose.

Speedwagon82 on April 29, 2009 at 4:11 PM

the part where The One referred to Specter as “one tough hombre.”

In other words, “No one messes with Arlen!”

cackcon on April 29, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Darn, I was hoping he’d run for president next election.

/sarc

scalleywag on April 29, 2009 at 5:31 PM

A slobbering love fest. Now we would like to introduce to you Senator Arlen Specter (W) PA.

What’s W? Waffle of course.

wepeople on April 29, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Being relatively poorly acquainted with US politics I must ask:
does this now make a “filibuster-proof” congress?

Liam1304 on April 29, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Being relatively poorly acquainted with US politics I must ask:
does this now make a “filibuster-proof” congress?

Liam1304 on April 29, 2009 at 8:16 PM

Well, the Democrats need 60 votes in the Senate for that, but actually Specters flipping doesn’t make much difference practically. He was usually more aligned with the Democrats anyway.

ddrintn on April 30, 2009 at 12:05 AM