Did I say Specter for the Cure? I meant Specter for Specter!

posted at 12:15 pm on May 9, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Last weekend, Arlen Specter all but accused the GOP of killing Jack Kemp for not increasing health research spending more than 46% over the six years between 2001-6, almost as much as they increased defense spending (48%).  At the time, Specter also launched his new website, Specter for the Cure, which gave the appearance of raising money for cancer research but actually raised money for his re-election campaign.  Politico reports that Specter quietly made a few changes to the site after unanimous disgust:

Sen. Arlen Specter’s campaign team has changed the layout of its specterforthecure.com Web site to make it clear that the site is aimed at promoting Specter’s reelection to the Senate.

The move follows criticism that the site – and Specter’s description of it on “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” last week – could leave visitors confused into thinking it was raising money to promote medical research.

As POLITICO reported earlier this week, visitors to the earlier version of the site were greeted with a banner promising “A Giant Leap in Turning Cancer into Cures.” While the homepage of most campaign Web sites feature a photo of the candidate, this one offered a picture of a woman with red tape over her mouth. The caption: “Red tape leaves medical research gasping for breath. It’s time we let loose the winds of a cure.”

Those are still there, but the site has been altered so that a reference to Specter’s reelection campaign – which previously had been buried below the fold, nine paragraphs in – is now in the first paragraph on the site.

Has there been anyone recently as thoroughly out for himself as Arlen Specter?  He exploited Jack Kemp’s death to get campaign donations through deceit.  That’s practically a cynic’s trifecta.


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quite a loss to the GOP.

rob verdi on May 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

You know, it’s actually sort of awesome to watch someone self-destruct as thoroughly as Specter. Like the proverbial train wreck you can’t look away from!

coppertop on May 9, 2009 at 12:20 PM

quite a loss to the GOP.

rob verdi on May 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I was going to write “and a perfect fit for the Democrats”
But, I don’t want to malign them that way. As much as I hate their agenda

oldernwiser on May 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Shameless, guttless impotent man.

One day Mr. Specter, you will have to face God for your actions in life. How are you going to explain this?

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM

oldernwiser,
no I think you would of been right.

rob verdi on May 9, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Spectre,Iceberg dead ahead,what are you
going to do,

‘jump overboard to the other side’!

Outstanding,eh!(Sarc).

canopfor on May 9, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Spector for the Sphincter.

bloggless on May 9, 2009 at 12:25 PM

He`s giving Obama a real run for his money in terms of worst transition ever.

ThePrez on May 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM

I’m looking forward to voting for Toomey.

Zorro on May 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM

And yet, the senator will probably re-elected.

mossberg500 on May 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

I’m looking forward to donating to Toomey. And I don’t even live in PA.

bloggless on May 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

but he’s what the GOP wants for their senators!!

people like Crist…squishy moderates who ‘care’ for people!!!

right4life on May 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Has there been anyone recently as thoroughly out for himself as Arlen Specter?

I’d look for Arlen to grasp onto the Al Gore “save the planet” mantra any day now.

Rovin on May 9, 2009 at 12:28 PM

This is the man Obama wanted.

This is the man Obama and the Democrat leadership went out of their way to get.

Stick it to ‘em.

Skywise on May 9, 2009 at 12:31 PM

And yet again, I’m speechless. This man has balls the size of Texas.

“How do you guys walk around with those things?”
Elaine Bennis-Seinfeld

Knucklehead on May 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM

No wonder he wanted to become a Democrat. His sense of decency and truthfulness are much more in tune with the Party of Pelosi.

cruadin on May 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Specter has made himself the shinning example of what’s wrong with our Politicians. His my career at all costs strategy may well cost him his career. I hope he finds the nasty little welcome he got by loosing his seniority and the deal for chairmanship comforting as well. He must realize the boys in the sandbox he’s in now are were only interested in damaging the other side, not in getting a traitor for a new buddy.

This next election cycle will be the lesson for many a wayward politician. I feel the Media will not be able to hide the fact the silent majority is on to this mess. I hear the latest polls, yet all I speak with are not in agreement with them. Somebody is lying!

Conservative Ivan on May 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM

If someone went to his website and donated before this revelation, could they charge Arlene with fraud?

Knucklehead on May 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

I’m looking forward to donating to Toomey. And I don’t even live in PA.

bloggless on May 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Every bit helps. Toomey is terrific, just what we need to build the party.

If you have any other spare change, Bill Russell is building a campaign chest in another run against Jack Murtha. And Scott Ott (of Scrappleface) is running against a well-heeled candidate for a position in Lehigh County. His opponent has an eye on a bigger prize: the governorship of PA, so the county position is merely a stepping stone.

There you have it: Three worthy, fiscally conservative, Constitution-respecters are putting their hats into the ring. Every bit of financial support helps because the DNC will invest heavily in their farm teams. Good governance is going to have to start from the bottom up.

onlineanalyst on May 9, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Term limits would solve a lot of our problems…

d1carter on May 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Why do these dinosaurs with the worn out brains still try to be relevant long after they have lost their perception of reality?

volsense on May 9, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Specter just pisses me off any more. Bad enough that reelection is more important than anything, he’s trying to use the tragedy of those afflicted with a serious illness as a means to continue his career.
Thankfully, this tool has decided to inflict himself on he dems. Now, if the good people of PA can be persuaded to do the right thing and send a real Republican to the Senate next year…
By the way… isn’t that extravagant congressional pension enough for a 79-year-old man?

n0doz on May 9, 2009 at 12:54 PM

What a disgrace. So glad I don’t have to defend him as a Republican anymore.

Of course, his guard dogs at the Inquirer have so far been silent on this, so my guess is almost nobody in the Philadelphia area even knows about it.

rockmom on May 9, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Specter is to politics what Barabara Walters is to television. Old has-beens hanging on by the skin of their teeth. They have long out-lived their usefulness if they ever had any to give. Just go away.

volsense on May 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Has there been anyone recently as thoroughly out for himself as Arlen Specter?

Yes there has. He is called Obama

unseen on May 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Term limits would solve a lot of our problems…

d1carter on May 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I’m with you, dlc, and I propose that we make Term Limits the main goal of the Tea Parties. If we get rid of “career politicians” we will take a mighty step in getting a govt. of the people, by the people, for the people!

Christian Conservative on May 9, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Specter for the Cure

I always pegged him for a Morrissey fan.

Disturb the Universe on May 9, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Haysoos Marimba…wow, it takes some real seeds to do something like that. I’ve got to give it to Specter, he’s going out with a bang.

Bishop on May 9, 2009 at 1:10 PM

I’d look for Arlen to grasp onto the Al Gore “save the planet” mantra any day now.
Rovin on May 9, 2009 at 12:28 PM

When you see something a hundred times a day, you kind of get hardened to it.

But when you stop and think about it, claiming “A vote for me is a vote to keep the earth from melting” is really a lot more asinine than Specter’s cancer charity scam.

Even Arlen Specter has to ease into this Democrat Party corruption one step at a time.

logis on May 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Any chance this is going to be used to get rid of him in the Democrat primaries to get a candidate more viable?

AZfederalist on May 9, 2009 at 1:14 PM

I was going to write “and a perfect fit for the Democrats”
But, I don’t want to malign them that way. As much as I hate their agenda

oldernwiser on May 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Bot all Democrats are bad. But, Democrats embraced Specter and solicited his membership. So, as far as I’m concerned, the two-faces of the Senate Democrats are Reid and Specter.

Specter for the Cure

Demoncrat.

Loxodonta on May 9, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Bot = Not

duh!

Loxodonta on May 9, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Has there been anyone recently as thoroughly out for himself as Arlen Specter?

Obama
Reid
Pelosi
Durban
Kennedy
Kerry
Waters
Boxer
Feinstein
Schumer
Leahy
Al Sharpton
Jesse Jackson
Michael Jackson

fogw on May 9, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Occasionally the bulk of the Dem Sen gets it right(not Reid of course–he’s just as bad if not worse than
Specter). They rightly(for questionable reasons) balked at the promises made to Specter for selling himself. To survive now, he has to give up any semblance of pride, self-determination and integrity. Can’t even fool himself anymore. If he has a shred of decency and self-worth left he should resign.

jeanie on May 9, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Democrats have a long and storied history of using death to their political advantage, from the Wellstone memorial/political rally to passing gun control legislation. When they kicked up a fuss about Bush using 9/11 scenes in his campaign ads, that was pure jealousy speaking.

Socratease on May 9, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Oh…if in the remote chance he does, he’ll blame it all on us for forcing him into this and start making the speechifying rounds.

jeanie on May 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Any chance this is going to be used to get rid of him in the Democrat primaries to get a candidate more viable?

AZfederalist on May 9, 2009 at 1:14 PM

I believe that is their plan. So Arlen? How them dems treating ya?

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM

EXSPECTER

Tony Soprano on May 9, 2009 at 1:38 PM

fogw on May 9, 2009 at 1:24 PM

You forgot Murtha! Drop and gimme 50!

As for Specter – Ed Rendell for Senate in 2010. Both Democrat, both with egos that can barely be contained and Rendell has a MUCH bigger Mob than Specter.

Rendell’s also younger.

SeniorD on May 9, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Obama; Reid
Pelosi; Durban
Kennedy; Kerry
Waters; Boxer
Feinstein; Schumer
Leahy; Al Sharpton
Jesse Jackson; Michael Jackson

You forgot Charlie Rangel, probably the understudy poster boy for Democrats Don’t Need Ethics (understudy for Chappaquidick Teddy).

njcommuter on May 9, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Specter said, his line of thinking was more in tune with Democrats now, and that’s why he switched.

So he wants to be part of a group effort to destroy this country, shred the constitution, take over our lives, tax us to death, squander money on idiotic ear marks, mailiciously malign those that don’t agree with them, squash dissent, lable the opposing party, as extreme terrorist potentials, lie, corrupt, use thug tactics, and tear down the wealth , and power that made this country great.

Nice! *rolls eyes*

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Good riddance. Sadly, 1/2 of the HotAir moderator team was supporting Specter over Pat Toomey. At least Ed’s half of this site is conservative.

Phildorex on May 9, 2009 at 1:44 PM

fogw on May 9, 2009 at 1:24 PM

You forgot:

Chris Dodd
Barney Frank

Knucklehead on May 9, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Specter … wants to be part of a group effort to destroy this country, shred the constitution, take over our lives, tax us to death, squander money on idiotic ear marks, mailiciously malign those that don’t agree with them, squash dissent, lable the opposing party, as extreme terrorist potentials, lie, corrupt, use thug tactics, and tear down the wealth , and power that made this country great.

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 1:44 PM

But it’s for a good cause.

!!!!

Loxodonta on May 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Here’s a list of the other ones I forgot.

fogw on May 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM

What a piece of shit.

Cicero43 on May 9, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Has there been anyone recently as thoroughly out for himself as Arlen Specter?

Uh, have you looked at who is president lately? For that matter, have you looked at every elected official in washington, democrat and republican?

peacenprosperity on May 9, 2009 at 2:03 PM

SSP
Shameless self promoter.

The Talking Skull strikes again

blatantblue on May 9, 2009 at 2:05 PM

However, masquerading a campaign contribution site as a site for cancer donations apparently is allowed under Scottish Law.

jon1979 on May 9, 2009 at 2:08 PM

More shamelessness…

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 2:17 PM

oops. Let’s see if this works. lol

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,519616,00.html

capejasmine on May 9, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Specter for governor of California.

EMD on May 9, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Specter is clearly just a man who cannot fathom life beyond his career.

Frankly, he deserves accolades. I can’t stand him politically.

But he has served for a long time.

Let’s help him retire in grace.

AnninCA on May 9, 2009 at 2:29 PM

We continue to ignore the fact that many of these corrupt politicians like Specter are also secret masons. Arlen’s a member of Pa. Coppe Mitchell Lodge No. 605.

So not only was he among those who covered up the conspiracy regarding JFK’s murder (just google this for more info), but he has been rewarded for it and will continue to be rewarded for it until the day he dies or becomes a public liability. In which case, we will then hear of his “untimely” death.

Wake up, America; it’s not kosher for our public officials to belong to secret societies and then we, as a nation, wonder what’s wrong with our system!

BTW, isn’t it interesting that when switching his “loyalties” (which is only more of the agenda to get us into the “new world financial and one-world government order” through planned “order out of chaos” such as this), that old Arlen would mention Oswald: “I don’t think Lee Harvey Oswald had this big a crowd trailing him.”

see link here for quote: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21798.html

simeon on May 9, 2009 at 2:37 PM

How is the GOP going to figure out how to be more like democrats without this guy?

This is proof just that Specter thinks like a democrat, as he said when he switched parties tried to save his sorry career.

Right_of_Attila on May 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM

There is no limit to how low Specter is willing to go. What a disgusting, miserable, corrupt, unethical POS he is.

TheBigOldDog on May 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Secret societies! What nonsense! I’ll tell my husband that he’s a subversive and a danger to the country and should be on some list.

jeanie on May 9, 2009 at 5:48 PM

I don’t know where else to park this OT:

Did anyone else see John Fund’s commentary on ACORN fraud?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124182750646102435.html

There is no way that federal tax dollars should be supporting this money laundering, partisan group. Someone needs to initiate an ethics investigation into John Conyers if he sees no problems with the accumulated ACORN violations. Perhaps this is a RICO violations issue, too, but would Holder pursue the problem to its rightful outcome?

The last paragraph about the latest lawmakers’ scheme is especially troubling.

onlineanalyst on May 9, 2009 at 6:11 PM

As ever Hotair & Politico fail to grasp the story.

I hope this latest publicity photo clears up any confusion regarding the “Specter for the Cure” campaign:

http://i40.tinypic.com/29o52co.jpg

uptight on May 9, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Why worry about Specter at this point? He is toast. The current worry should be if the country can survive the current administration until the 2010 elections. If it can those elections may be the biggest turnaround in history.

duff65 on May 9, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Specter is now just another disgusting Democrat. That is change which I can believe in.

DannoJyd on May 9, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Has there been anyone recently as thoroughly out for himself as Arlen Specter?

You’re kidding … right? In the “Age of Obama”, you ask such a question about a douchebag Senator?!

Jaibones on May 10, 2009 at 10:36 PM

At least Specter FINALLY got the integrity to stop being a liberal 5th columnist and switch to his real party.

Now if only other covert Democrats like Powell & McCain would join him, then the Republican Party can start to reform without their disruptive influence.

Meanwhile:

Cure Fans Demand Specter for the Cure

uptight on May 11, 2009 at 3:57 AM