Specter: I would have voted for O-Care even if I was still a Republican

posted at 1:34 pm on April 8, 2010 by Allahpundit

My gut reaction upon reading it was, “Yep, probably would have. They don’t call him Benedict Arlen for nothing.” But would he really have crossed the aisle on this? I know, I know, he voted for the stimulus, but so did Snowe and Collins and even they were afraid to buck the party line on an issue that made the base as red hot as ObamaCare. And unlike Specter, they’re not facing reelection this year. Would a guy who’s cynical and opportunistic enough to switch parties in the interest of saving his own ass have been cynical and opportunistic enough to vote against a bill he liked purely in the interests of … saving his own ass?

Sure. Which means, even here, he’s lying:

“My vote would have been the same,” Specter said in response to reader questions in a video series with the Montgomery County Times Herald. “As you know from my record, I frequently crossed party lines when I was on the other side of the aisle.”…

Specter said his record in the past was consistent on healthcare, pointing to his work on funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and his vote in favor of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), among other things, as examples.

“I would have voted for the healthcare bill,” the senator explained. “I have long been active from my position as chairman of the appropriations subcommittee on Health and Human Services on healthcare issues.”

Funny thing: A month ago, before O-Care passed, he led Pat Toomey by seven points. A month later, Toomey leads by five, with voters more likely to vote against a candidate who backed the bill by a margin of 39/20. Frankly, if not for Sestak’s primary challenge from the left and Specter’s dependence upon the White House for campaign support, I wonder if he would have looked at the polling and considered voting against O-Care even as a Democrat.

Here he is yesterday at Penn State thanking the College Republicans for their endorsement. Problem one: It was the College Democrats, of course, not the Republicans. Problem two: They didn’t endorse him. Retire, Arlen.


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Enjoy your retirement, Arlen

Vashta.Nerada on April 8, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Specter: I would have voted for O-Care even if I was still a Republican

So you admit that you were never really a Republican.

Scrappy on April 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

…which is why it’s just as well that he isn’t.

cthulhu on April 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

If Specter would have stayed with the GOP and voted against HCR he wouldn’t be having any problems now…

ninjapirate on April 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

So says teh Poster Boy for Big Tent Republicanism.
gee thanks George! and thanks, Karl!

james23 on April 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Of course you would have ya’ old jackass…

Specter: I would have voted for O-Care even if I was still a Republican RINO

OmahaConservative on April 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

A C-Note says he hasn’t read the bill.

Any takers?

GoldenEagle4444 on April 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

I’m looking forward – with great satisfaction – to pulling the lever for Toomey this fall.

I would crawl through burning coals and do jumping jacks through fields of broken glass to get to the voting booth to vote this miserable excuse for a Senator out.

It’s gonna happen. Can I get some Keystone State love? :D

Good Lt on April 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Retire, Arlen.

We can only hope enough people will vote him out.

upinak on April 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Here he is yesterday at Penn State thanking the College Republicans for their endorsement. Problem one: It was the College Democrats, of course, not the Republicans. Problem two: They didn’t endorse him. Retire, Arlen.

That was absolutely classic!

But would he really have crossed the aisle on this?

Yes, I do. If he hadn’t switched parties, he still would have been disgruntled enough with the GOP senate leadership that he would have bucked the party line. He would feel he owes the party nothing.

JetBoy on April 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

His wife should immediately buy a taser.

Maxpower on April 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Watching his concession speech on election night in November is going to bring me great joy.

It will also go a long way in putting to rest the memory of my having voted for him many years ago.

myrenovations on April 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

It’s just amazing to the see the type of assholes we manage to put (and leave) into elected office.

Spectoer is the old uncle we all laugh at – at family get togethers.

“shhh – Uncle Arlen is not well – don’t laugh”

jake-the-goose on April 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Watch for him to change back and watch the repugnicans accept him .

borntoraisehogs on April 8, 2010 at 1:40 PM

The mentally unstable old man we all laugh at – at family get togethers.

“shh – children don’t laugh – Uncle Arlen is not well”

jake-the-goose on April 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Watch for him to change back and watch the repugnicans accept him .

borntoraisehogs on April 8, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Will do…in between watching out my window for flying pigs.

JetBoy on April 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

This guy is a complete suck-up. He’s virtually begging to keep his cushy job. I pray he goes down hard on election day.

KickandSwimMom on April 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

He might as well just retire now.

Arlen in toast in Pennsylvania

J_Crater on April 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

For Arlen’s sake, I hope ObamaCare includes plenty of money for the treatment of senility.

Cicero43 on April 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

And for the record, Specter was originally a Democrat DA in Philly who switched to the GOP when it became obvious there was a political wind blowing to the right.

He spent ensuing years being a Democrat in GOP clothing, and he’s simply gone home now. He is what he’s always been.

Good Lt on April 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

“Retire, Arlen.”

Yes, but watching him loose would be sooooooo much fun…

Seven Percent Solution on April 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Funny, but Dede Scozzafava still loves the guy.

Cicero43 on April 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

“My vote would have been the same,”

No freakin’ kidding.

crazy_legs on April 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Toomey 90%
Specter 10%

NoLeftTurn on April 8, 2010 at 1:43 PM

We can only hope enough people will vote him out.

upinak on April 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Looks to me like that will be an easy one.

Vashta.Nerada on April 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Watch for him to change back and watch the repugnicans accept him .

borntoraisehogs on April 8, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Not a chance. “Repugnicans?” Ooh, that’s witty.

Mr. D on April 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Hang it up Arlen. Retire, and enjoy the grandkids….and leave the job to a younger, more lucid candidate.

capejasmine on April 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

He spent ensuing years being a Democrat in GOP clothing, and he’s simply gone home now. He is what he’s always been.

Yeah, but Specter did do a good job getting Bush’s judges through…

ninjapirate on April 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Here he is yesterday at Penn State thanking the College Republicans for their endorsement. Problem one: It was the College Democrats, of course, not the Republicans. Problem two: They didn’t endorse him. Retire, Arlen.

Our country is ‘lead’ by incontinent men/women (Benedict, Reid, Pelosi) and teenage thugs (Obama admin.).

Schadenfreude on April 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Spector’s time is up. He is a turncoat only focused on his own political a$$.

I can’t wait to see him go down in flames along with his other nanny state collogues.

saiga on April 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

I would have voted for O-Care even if I was still a Republican

And that is why I would rather a Democrat be in that position than a Republican. If he were a Rep, then they could call it Bi-partisan.

I have been routing for him to lose for his last 2 elections, then when he jumped to the Dems I was happy and even happier knowing he is going to be forced into retirement.

jeffn21 on April 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

He probably would’ve voted for Obamacare as a Republican. I believe that. That’s yet another reason he needs to get run in November. I look forward to his concession speech to Toomey.

Doughboy on April 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Yeah, but Specter did do a good job getting Bush’s judges through…

Toomey will do a better job of getting originalists through, and much more. And he won’t switch parties because he fears he might lose a primary.

Good Lt on April 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM

It’s gonna happen. Can I get some Keystone State love? :D

Good Lt on April 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Wassup homie…Yes, Pat Toomey with out a doubt…

SHARPTOOTH on April 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

A fool is a fool, regardless of the letter beside the name.

Specter and Reid should be roommates in a nursing home for the delusional.

infidel4life on April 8, 2010 at 1:52 PM

He’s lying. He’ll do anything to try and save his seat. Unfortunately it’s to late. “WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT A MINUTE” is toast.

rjoco1 on April 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Looks to me like that will be an easy one.

Vashta.Nerada on April 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

You would think, but all we can do is watch.

upinak on April 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

..this turd is so-o-o-o-o yesterday. Someone please pull the chain and let’s all wave buh-bye as he does a few laps and heads down the drain.

VoyskaPVO on April 8, 2010 at 1:55 PM

But will he treat me like a lady?

daesleeper on April 8, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Should we be treating him like a lady…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Of course he would have, and then voted against it.
Randy

williars on April 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM

I have never despised a politician quite as much as Arlen Spector in my life. He represents the gutter that so many of them crawl around in. Why do these kind of people have to keep living?

leftnomore on April 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Reid and Specter deserve each other.

Come November, good riddance.

petefrt on April 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

What a pawn.

Hening on April 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I remember Ed’s campaign “Not One Dime” after the NRSC ran this turd against Toomey. At the time I thought it was a wrong decision to work against our own party, but it was a proper response in hindsight.

leftnomore on April 8, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Can you imagine Specter running around election central when the results come in that shows his blow-out loss…

“Wait a minute. WAIT A MINUTE!”

Seven Percent Solution on April 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Of course Specter would have voted for it; in fact, he would have gotten many minor changes in the bill that probably would have been enough for Collins and Snowe and maybe even Voinovich and Lugar to vote for it as well. All this would have happened early last summer, while Obama’s approval rating was still high and liberal Republicans were still afraid of crossing him. It would have been hailed as a bipartisan bill, there would have been no angry town halls in August, no Cornhusker Kickbacks to stain the process, no midnight or Christmas Eve votes. Hell, Ted Kennedy would have been dragged in for the celebratory final vote and Martha Coakley would have been a shoo-in to replace him.

Think about it. Getting Arlen Specter to switch may have given the Dems 60 votes temporarily, but in the end it was the worst thing that could have happened to them, because it forced them to do so many dirty things to get that bill passed and America turned against them in the process. They are going to lose control of Congress this year and will lose Specter too.

rockmom on April 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Shut up Arlen. You NEVER were a Republican.

fogw on April 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Let us make it a point to refer to you as former US Senator Specter, Arlen.

Specter began his career as a Dem. He switched parties when it became politically expedient to do so in order to put himself on a ballot, He thinks like and votes like a Socialist Democrat. Always had and always will.

Celebrate Specter’s ouster with a money bomb to his Republican opponent for the seat, Pat Toomey. It was one year ago on April 28 that Arlen switched parties back to his home base. The greatest gift that voters could give to Toomey in recognition of the ousting of Specter would be a donation to http://www.toomeyfor senate.com.

Specter has big DNC and ObaMao support. He has the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh machines championing him. He has voter intimidation that never felt the brunt of the DOJ in Philadelphia.

Combat the corruption. Donate to Pat Toomey for a more fiscally accountable America.

onlineanalyst on April 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Yeah, but Specter did do a good job getting Bush’s judges through…

ninjapirate on April 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Priscilla Owen, Janet Rogers Brown, and Miguel Estrada would beg to disagree.

mwdiver on April 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM

His wife should immediately buy a taser.

Maxpower on April 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

If I understand your reference, it was Reid that said that =)

Kelligan on April 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM

What’s this? AP this early in the afternoon? Is he even out of his bathrobe and fuzzy slippers?

Oh, that’s right. Ed’s flying to NO, so the slavedrivers at Salem have AP working a double.

BuckeyeSam on April 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Yes, Pat Toomey with out a doubt…

SHARPTOOTH on April 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

There is always a doubt. PA patriots need to get out and work for Toomey…and I’m confident they will. Like I’ve said many times before, the jug-eared turd is counting on our fear to paralyze us. I believe our anger will motivate us to solid, positive political action. It already has with the tea parties and town hall mini-revolts. It will continue to do so through 2010. We have no choice if freedom still means something.

SKYFOX on April 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Let’s not start sucking each other’s Ds quit yet. Benedict has a strong donk machine there. Don’t count this old mean senile SOB out.

jukin on April 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Rasmussen has had Toomey leading Specter for months. Bye bye Arlen.

KeepOhioRed on April 8, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Yeah, but Specter did do a good job getting Bush’s judges through…

ninjapirate on April 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

But Arlen destroyed Bork. Conservative Pennsylvanians don’t forget the betrayals.

onlineanalyst on April 8, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Truth to power. This is the finest explain of a Democrat Liberal infiltrator trying to dismantle the Conservative Agenda from within that I could come up with at this point. Arnold is too good a term for him.

Sultry Beauty on April 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

This just out on Wikileaks:

Arlen’s campaign itinerary for the next week:

Monday — Villanova Chess Club Meeting, 10 AM
Tuesday — Bucknell Glee Club Meeting, 1 PM
Wednesday — Drexel Marching Band Meeting, 7 PM
Thursday — Susquehanna Physics II extra credit class, 2 PM
Friday — LaSalle’ parking violations payment center, all day.

Dusty on April 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Would a guy who’s cynical and opportunistic enough to switch parties in the interest of saving his own ass have been cynical and opportunistic enough to vote against a bill he liked purely in the interests of … saving his own ass?Sure. Which means, even here, he’s lying

Arlen Specter is lying… about how cynical and opportunistic he is? Well, duh-uh, of course he is.

But it serves no purpose to follow him that far down the rabbit hole. The term “scumball” pretty much sums up everything this man has been and will ever be. Pretty much any analysis after that point is over-analysis.

logis on April 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Priscilla Owen, Janet Rogers Brown, and Miguel Estrada would beg to disagree.

So would Robert Bork

KeepOhioRed on April 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

I don’t want Spector to retire.I want him to lose re election.The citizens of Pennsylvania should vote him out of office.

badpenny on April 8, 2010 at 2:20 PM

This should put to death the idea that electing RINOs strengthens the party.

This jackass would have still voted for a terrible policy proposal wholly owned by the worthless Democrats.

Which is why here in Texas, Republicans rejected Kay Bailout despite her endorsement by the Bush wing of the party.

Time to move on. We need real Republicans, not those who buckle under pressure.

NoDonkey on April 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

That Toomey poll lead is still too close for comfort. Let’s put that gap in Toomey’s favor into the double-digit category.

Omaha Conservative: Help us Pennsylvanians with a money-bomb for Pat Toomey.

onlineanalyst on April 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

But would he really have crossed the aisle on this?

Totally hinges on whether it would have been a good Depends day, or a bad Depends day.

When you’re as old and fraile as this guy is, the small things have a big effect on your attitude.

BobMbx on April 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

God, I hope that the people of Pennsylvania vote this crazy old fool out.

orlandocajun on April 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

An AssClown of the first order!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on April 8, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Just now received this communique from Toomey HQ:

I’m writing today to tell you, one of our most loyal supporters, that we’re launching an ambitious endeavor this month and we need your help. We’ve designed, and today we’re releasing to our online supporters, SpecterSwitch.com.

On April 28, 2009, Arlen Specter broke the trust of Pennsylvania voters when he switched parties in a painfully transparent attempt to save his political career. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Specter’s jump, hardworking Americans can tell Specter exactly what they think of his opportunism by making a pledge right now – and on April 28th a donation – to our Senate campaign by logging onto http://www.SpecterSwitch.com.

Only five weeks after telling voters that he would remain a Republican because it was critical to prevent Democrats from attaining 60 senate votes (The Hill, 03/17/09), Specter switched parties and quickly became the automatic 60th vote and a rubber stamp for Harry Reid’s extreme, partisan agenda. Just yesterday, The Hill newspaper even called Specter “a model Democrat,” (The Hill, 04/07/10).

Please log on to http://www.SpecterSwitch.com right now and make a pledge. Even more important, forward this email to as many friends as you can. It’s critical that we spread the word quickly and often in order to hit our goal and, this November, restore some balance to an out-of-control Washington.

American families have paid a steep price for Specter’s switch. Because of his blind obedience to Harry Reid’s big-government agenda, hardworking Americans will be saddled with trillion dollar deficits, sky-rocketing taxes, increased government control over their health care decisions, and more taxpayer-funded backroom deals.

Make a pledge right now – and a donation this April 28th- to help us prove that it’s not just Republicans, but rather the voters across America who no longer want Arlen Specter in the U.S. Senate.

Let’s flip this seat back to Republican in November, send a clear message to liberal Washington, and restore some badly needed balance to Washington.

Thanks very much for your continued hard work and support,
Pat

Pat Toomey
Toomey for Senate

P.S.: Don’t forget to forward this email to your friends and family. The link to our new pledge site is http://www.SpecterSwitch.com.

onlineanalyst on April 8, 2010 at 2:31 PM

This is Specter empty gesture, to show he’s courageous (to vote for ObamaCare if still republican). Like his courageous move to the Dem party, riding on Obama’s high popularity at the time.

Poseur-lite. Arlene as second tier everything.

Obama takes the cake as Poseur of the United States.

Sir Napsalot on April 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Yep, in Florida Crist said something similar … Then he found out that some 65% of the seniors disapproved.

tarpon on April 8, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Enjoy your ‘funemployment’ Arlen, you EARNED it!

GarandFan on April 8, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I don’t doubt him. No matter which party he’s in, he’s consistently an utter tool.

PJ Emeritus on April 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

My liberal pal dislikes Lieberman just as much as we dislike Specter. Treachery is never well thought of, Arlen.

Your old friends hate you and your new allies will never trust you completely.

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Put on a fresh pair of Depends, have some warm milk, and sit yourself down in that rocking chair Arlen. We’ll call the orderlies to come get you for dinner.

Jaibones on April 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Now, what, precisely, was it that Magic Bullet did, again?

Self-aggrandizing twit…

Liam on April 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Poor Glenn – does 95% of things right – then as can happen – he says something dumb and we all dump on him

NOW we can all appreciate the genius of Rush Limbaugh.

jake-the-goose on April 8, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Hey Spector, go back to your rathole. We don’t need to hear from you EVER!!

Sweet_Thang on April 8, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I’m really going to miss this prick after November. Have they named anything after this guy yet? Maybe a garbage dump or something?

JeffinOrlando on April 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Oh Specter, you repulsive dolt . . . take a freaking hike.

rplat on April 8, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I’m going to offer the worst insult possible to a politician, Party affiliation not a matter:

We don’t need you.

Liam on April 8, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Would a guy who’s cynical and opportunistic enough to switch parties in the interest of saving his own ass have been cynical and opportunistic enough to vote against a bill he liked purely in the interests of … saving his own ass?

Sure. Which means, even here, he’s lying:

“My vote would have been the same,” Specter said …

Any time I hear something like this I’m reminded of this:

“My vote would have been the same.”

I’m about to say something to you, Arlen. It’s not something I say to a lot of people because…I have to *truly* mean it and believe it. Because, to me, it’s like telling somebody to go to hell. That’s… what it means to me.

“What is it?”

It’s that… *I* *don’t* *believe* you, Arlen.

“You don’t…”

… believe you. Yes. I’m *having* a *hard* *time* convincing myself that what you just said is *true*.

“It *is* true.”

Per-*haps*. But I’m having a *hard* *time*, do you understand?

RD on April 8, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Hey Arizona–remember McCain came so very close to joining the Dems back in 2004! Time to show him the door before he makes a Specter of himself!

chickasaw42 on April 8, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I wonder if he would have looked at the polling and considered voting against O-Care even as a Democrat.

Not likely, with the Judiciary Chairmanship at stake. Or was it?

Barnestormer on April 8, 2010 at 9:11 PM

I can’t wait to this carpet bagging fossil leaves town for good. Penn. needs to follow thru with their threats and oust this jack off. Bring back Santorium please!!!

phillyrepub on April 9, 2010 at 1:46 AM