Video: The two faces of Specter on government-run health care

posted at 5:20 pm on August 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Pat Toomey’s campaign put together this 16-year mashup on YouTube earlier this week, and it’s worthwhile for Pennsylvania voters to consider over the next year. Specter seemed pretty dead-set against the creation of a huge government bureaucracy running the health care industry … in 1993, when he had to run for re-election the next year in Pennsylvania as a Republican. Now, suddenly, Specter loves him some bureaucracy! What’s changed? Well …

Specter has one overriding principle: Arlen Specter. He’ll do or say anything to get re-elected.


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Maybe Specter still believes he can bring his “great friend” Kemp back from the dead… Nancy and Harry could dance the Hokus Pokus…

Upstater85 on August 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

I’m sorry… that should have been Hopus Changus… Sorry.

Upstater85 on August 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

I wonder which retirement home they’ll wheel him into?

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Video: The two faces of Specter ___________ (fill in the blank with any liberal) on government-run health care.
FIFY

jbh45 on August 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Nuked!

SouthernGent on August 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM

At least he read the Clinton bill, or claimed to anyway.

flyfisher on August 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Glad he changed his party affiliation before he changed his mind.

fourdeucer on August 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Video: The two faces of Specter Bleeds Blue on government-run health care.

FIFY

jbh45 on August 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM

The wildly turning political weather vane of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-If You Don’t Like It Just Wait 15 Minutes, has spun again, putting him — at least until further notice — again on the wrong side of the Employee Free Choice Act.

He told liberal bloggers’ Netroots Nation conference in Pittsburgh over the weekend that he’d support limiting Senate debate on the bill so it can proceed to an up-or-down vote. This, after vowing in April — as he announced his defection from the GOP — that he wouldn’t vote for cloture regarding the same bill.

And though the bill no longer includes allowing union formation via “card check” rather than secret ballots, it still calls for binding arbitration when a union and employer can’t agree on their first contract. Letting government set wages is an idea only an economic ignoramus could support — or an opportunistic pol.

Arlen Specter’s primary concern is getting re-elected, not making economic sense. However wildly his political weather vane spins, it always points to what he thinks is best politically for him — and never mind the people of Pennsylvania or the nation.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/s_638909.html

ICBM on August 20, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Now, suddenly, Specter loves him some bureaucracy!

He is becoming a good little donk. Toomey’s going to wipe the floor with this self serving jerk.

farright on August 20, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Arlen is beginning to look like Tim Conway…Arlen it is time to go home.

d1carter on August 20, 2009 at 5:27 PM

For this, and so many other things, this man doesn’t deserve a seat in Government. Nor do so many others. They make a mockery of what this country was built on.

capejasmine on August 20, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Aw c’mon.

If King Barry can say he’s for government run healthcare as recently as 2007 then change his mind, why can’t Arlen the Spectacular flip-flop from as far back as the 90′s?

All you need is a BIG ‘D’ after your name and you’re home free.

VibrioCocci on August 20, 2009 at 5:27 PM

You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Wait a minute…now wait a minute…wait…wait…now just WAIT A MINUTE….wait a….hold on…wait a minute…

Bishop on August 20, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I wonder which retirement home they’ll wheel him into?

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

LOL. He’s already in it. They call it the Senate.

JiangxiDad on August 20, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Specter = weasel; video doesn’t lie.

traderboy on August 20, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Toomey’s going to wipe the floor with this self serving jerk.

farright on August 20, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Toomey may not have to run against Arlen. I think if the dems were smart (and they are genetically stupid) they would start pushing someone to defeat Arlen in the dem primary.

jbh45 on August 20, 2009 at 5:30 PM

the problem with government health care is the liability. The second Obama signs a ‘government option’ into law, our children will have taken on more liability dictated by the government.

Why on earth would you think that adding to the liability of future generations through the government would help a situation where the liabilities of the government are already causing doubts on our fiscal stability.

You can’t fix Medicare and SS insolvency by adding another government liability that will be insolvent.

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Spector is a Jew. I’m finally happy that he came back home to the Democratic party. The republican party deserted him. You guys gave him no choice but to switch parties and policies. Blame no one but yourself.

liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

ThackerAgency on August 20, 2009 at 5:31 PM

It must be something in the water they drink. The rest of us know to stop digging when the hole gets deep. The government just goes and hires a boring machine to dig it faster.

chemman on August 20, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Obama: ‘We are God’s partners in matters of life and death’…

God says: Yeah. Obama totally over-ruled me on this Specter dude. Sorry.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Anyone else see a feeble old man who will say anything as long as someone tells him that he is relevant……..?

Seven Percent Solution on August 20, 2009 at 5:35 PM

liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

So is it our fault that he was lying before about his beliefs, or that he’s lying now?

I’m confused.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Spector is a Jew. I’m finally happy that he came back home to the Democratic party. The republican party deserted him. You guys gave him no choice but to switch parties and policies. Blame no one but yourself.

liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Ban
Hammer
Time

blatantblue on August 20, 2009 at 5:36 PM

You guys gave him no choice but to switch parties and policies. Blame no one but yourself.

liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Then you admit he has no principles of his own. He fits in well with the dems.

ICBM on August 20, 2009 at 5:36 PM

JiangxiDad on August 20, 2009 at 5:30 PM

LOL! Silly me of course you’re right.

elduende on August 20, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Spector is a Jew.
liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

What the hell does that have to do with anything…..?

Seven Percent Solution on August 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Now, suddenly, Specter loves him some bureaucracy! What’s changed? Well …

Dementia.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Spector is a Jew. I’m finally happy that he came back home to the Democratic party. The republican party deserted him. You guys gave him no choice but to switch parties and policies. Blame no one but yourself.

liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Bahahahahaha. Spector left, for Spector. He knew he couldn’t win against a democrat, so he became a democrat. Now he’s doing anything he has to, to keep his seat. Get a grip on reality. This isn’t about him “coming home”…this is about him pulling the wool over your eyes.

When you’re sitting in a cold waiting room, because of cap and trade, waiting 4+ hours to see a physician, because of the health care crap, and needing medicine you can’t afford, because of closed door deals, that make pharma’s big bucks, and you more in the hole….will you still feel the same?

capejasmine on August 20, 2009 at 5:44 PM

please arange an end of life meeting for this nit-wit

rjoco1 on August 20, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Spector is a Jew.
liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Excuse me? Your point is…?

Dee2008 on August 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

please arange an end of life meeting for this nit-wit

rjoco1 on August 20, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Raaaaaaaacist. Deathist.

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Spector has always been a Jew Liberal. I’m finally happy that he came back home to the Democratic party. The republican party deserted him. You guys gave him no choice but to switch parties and policies. Blame no one but yourself.

liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Fixed it for you

flytier on August 20, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Has Spector indicated how he’ll vote on health care reform? If somebody could just show him a really complicated chart….just maybe….

or maybe not.

Dee2008 on August 20, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Specter is a one-man argument for term limits.

Anders on August 20, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Seven Percent Solution on August 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Just more evidence that liberal4eva is liberal343. That’s all. Jew obsession.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2009 at 5:55 PM

I have trouble looking at the one face, let alone the two.

Mommypundit on August 20, 2009 at 5:56 PM

“Just more evidence that liberal4eva is liberal343. That’s all. Jew obsession.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2009 at 5:55 PM”

I would have to agree……

Seven Percent Solution on August 20, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Do you people realize that Specter was a Dem. and switched to Repub. to run for office in Philly? Then he pretended to be a Repub. all these years and now switched back to the Dem. side. He’s a whore. I’m a Keystoner, but don’t blame me for him, please.

Jeff on August 20, 2009 at 6:02 PM

I’m a Keystoner, but don’t blame me for him, please.

Jeff on August 20, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Too late. I blame you. And Bush.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Too late. I blame you. And Bush.

lorien1973 on August 20, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Sure, Bush sneaks back to his new house in Dallas but I have to stay here and take the brunt of it.

Jeff on August 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM

there is just no way this guy can get reelected. You’d think he would at least be trying to salvage his rep now. His job is done.

Ampersand on August 20, 2009 at 6:17 PM

dogpile on Jeff!

DanMan on August 20, 2009 at 6:20 PM

It’s completely immaterial to the substance of what he’s saying (if there were much substance), but the way that guy holds a microphone creeps me out.

Scrappy on August 20, 2009 at 6:25 PM

It’s completely immaterial to the substance of what he’s saying (if there were much substance), but the way that guy holds a microphone creeps me out.

Scrappy on August 20, 2009 at 6:25 PM

he seems like he would be a very… gentle… lover

Sorry.

Ampersand on August 20, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Must really suck, existing in real time as the left’s used and discarded propylactic.

Jacob Marley on August 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM

dogpile on Jeff!

DanMan on August 20, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Haven’t experienced that since I was a little kid, loooong ago. Seriously, Joe Sestak is challenging Specter for the Dem. nomination. He’s a retired Navy Admiral and current Congressman. You’d think he’d be a Repub. with that Navy background. Nope, he’s pro gun control, “F” rating from the NRA. Pro abortion “Catholic”. That right there, I don’t know what to say. (I’m Catholic) Anyway, We have to, and Toomey’s campaign has to really push this through. Anti gun in Pennsylvania, not a good position.

Jeff on August 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Arlen Spector is a master debater at abusing himself.

Loxodonta on August 20, 2009 at 7:15 PM

You know, when celebrity deaths occur, they always come 3 at a time.

Could this hold true for the Senate? I mean, lets try this on:

Kennedy
Byrd
Spectre

So, put them in order: Win, Place, and Show.

In an ominous coincidence, they’re all libtards.

BobMbx on August 20, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Spector is a Jew. I’m finally happy that he came back home to the Democratic party. The republican party deserted him. You guys gave him no choice but to switch parties and policies. Blame no one but yourself.

liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA !!! Hey you’re funny…

jerrytbg on August 20, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Loxodonta on August 20, 2009 at 7:15 PM

How in the world did you resist that temptation…
I applaud your control… oh wait…you didn’t…did ya…;)

jerrytbg on August 20, 2009 at 7:38 PM

God, I cannot believe I actually voted for this person in 2004. Mea maxima culpa.

BTW, my husband is a liberal Democrat and wouldn’t vote for Specter for dog catcher.

rockmom on August 20, 2009 at 7:49 PM

With any luck, Specter can die soon like Ted Kennedy too.

Jeff from WI on August 20, 2009 at 7:55 PM

God, I cannot believe I actually voted for this person in 2004. Mea maxima culpa.

BTW, my husband is a liberal Democrat and wouldn’t vote for Specter for dog catcher.

rockmom on August 20, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Easy, just say you mis-voted. These phony politicians seem to get away with saying that they mis-spoke.

Jeff on August 20, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Can this “public component” senator be RECALLED? If he gets any older he’ll auto-decompose.

leftnomore on August 20, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Turds like Specter make me sick. I think I just threw up a little in the back of my throat.

Onus on August 20, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Fork Specter, he’s done.

Dave R. on August 20, 2009 at 9:54 PM

Spector is a Jew. I’m finally happy that he came back home to the Democratic party. The republican party deserted him. You guys gave him no choice but to switch parties and policies. Blame no one but yourself.

liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Damn, you should take that comedy act on the road.

Dave R. on August 20, 2009 at 9:55 PM

Specter has one overriding principle: Arlen Specter. He’ll do or say anything to get re-elected.

This is no great insight. It’s true of every elected official in DC.

slp on August 20, 2009 at 11:52 PM

Specter should get together with Cindy Sheehan and go out on a “Used and Discarded” tour. I’m certain they could generate crowds of five to seven at every venue.

SKYFOX on August 21, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Spector is a Jew. I’m finally happy that he came back home to the Democratic party. The republican party deserted him. You guys gave him no choice but to switch parties and policies. Blame no one but yourself.
liberal4eva on August 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Well aren’t you a little racist pig! It never fails left wing goose steppers always comment on someone’s race or ethnicity! With brain dead idiots like the one above in the Dumb-o-crat party Spector fits right in!

Confederate on August 21, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Arlen Sphincter needs to go.

workingforpigs on August 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM