Sweet: White House abandons Specter on eve of likely primary defeat

posted at 4:10 pm on May 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

In which The One tries to scrub his fingerprints off of another unspeakably pathetic Democratic candidate. Unlike with Deeds, Corzine, and Coakley, though, he got something for his efforts here — namely, the 60th vote for O-Care. Grassroots righties tend to assume that Specter, as the RINO di tutti RINOs, would have crossed the aisle and voted for the bill even as a Republican, but I think that’s nuts. Neither Snowe nor Collins was brave enough to risk alienating the base by endorsing O-Care and they’re not even up for re-election. With third-party tea-party challenges a major risk, Specter wouldn’t have dared to alienate conservatives by breaking with the caucus to vote yes. The only way that was happening was by Obama purchasing his vote with a promise to endorse him in his re-election bid if he became a Democrat, and it worked like a charm. Now that O’s gotten what he wanted and Sestak looks poised to give Toomey more of a run for his money then Specter would have, it’s actually the best of all worlds for the White House. Unless Sen. Sestak holds a grudge, of course.

Let’s not overthink things, though. For now, let’s just enjoy it.

Schieffer, to my knowledge, has not said this on national TV yet. But he made the claim in an interview with the local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia here. “I have been told on background that the White House is preparing for a Specter loss here, and that the president doesn’t want to be associated with that,” Schieffer said.

I’ve also learned that Veep Joe Biden will not be doing any campaign events for Specter in the final stretch, though it’s not immediately clear how significant this is. Last week, Biden said he’d be doing events for Specter “as needed.”

But a Biden aide confirms for me that no campaign events are scheduled, even though Biden will be in Pennsylvania tonight speaking at his daughter’s graduation. Biden has done radio interviews on Specter’s behalf.

It’s razor-thin right now, but with bad weather in the forecast and no descent from Mt. Olympus by The One to goose turnout among the base, the enthusiasm edge favors Sestak. Ace is bummed about it since a Specter loss will deprive us of the pleasure of watching Toomey administer the coup de grace in November, but I kind of like the idea of a Democrat taking him out. If Toomey beats Specter, we’re in for the same old media shrieking about “radicals” having captured the GOP. If Sestak beats him, needless to say, there’ll be no corresponding storyline about liberals gone wild or a Democratic civil war. Rather, the narrative will be all about how voters saw him for the soulless, opportunistic slug he is. Works for me. Plus, I dig the Shakespearean quality of watching the ruthless turncoat betrayed in the heat of battle by the enemy king he embraced. Lay on, Macduff! I mean, Sestak!

Normally we don’t unleash the Humpbot for Democratic victories, but if Smokin’ Joe pulls this off tomorrow, prepare yourselves for the bump-n-grind of glory.


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I love a good cat fight once in a while. RRrrr!

NumberTwo on May 17, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Hope and Change Collateral Damage!!!

canopfor on May 17, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Nobody respects a cheap whore, Arlen.

mojo on May 17, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Getting rid of Specter is a service to the entire country.

I will be glad not to hear another peep from his mouth.

And then turning around and beating the guy who took out Specter… that will be fun as well.

Remember Sestak says Obama tried to buy him off. He is a witness against the corruption that is the Democratic Party.

By remaining a Democrat he is saying he can work with corruption… he’s okay with it as long as they don’t use it against him.

They are all the same.

petunia on May 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Another endorsement..another loss.

Hey Arlen–thanks for switching parties. How’s that workin’ out for ya?

Dick Turpin on May 17, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Holy Moses I have been removed
I have seen the spectre he has been here too
Distant cousin from down the line
Brand of people who ain’t my kind
Holy Moses I have been removed

Holy Moses I have been deceived
Now the wind has changed direction and I’ll have to leave
Won’t you please excuse my frankness but it’s not my cup of tea
Holy Moses I have been deceived

ya2daup on May 17, 2010 at 5:24 PM

No need to cry 4 Arlen he’s just moving to another phase of the friends and family program…… He’ll get a great lobby n gig and make tons of cash off the system he protected and the backs of hard working Americans.

donabernathy on May 17, 2010 at 5:25 PM

I predict that Obama will be doing very little campaigning for any of the donks.

jukin on May 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

At their insistence.

ya2daup on May 17, 2010 at 5:26 PM

“Expect no reward from the wicked”

ToddonCapeCod on May 17, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Would Arlen go Independent?

His ego might make him do it.

Greg Toombs on May 17, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Thump… thump… thump… under the bus…

Khun Joe on May 17, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Would Arlen go Independent?

His ego might make him do it.

Greg Toombs on May 17, 2010 at 5:31 PM

He can’t…

Khun Joe on May 17, 2010 at 5:33 PM

What goes around comes around ………

gstrickler on May 17, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Time for a little Arlen Nursery Rhyme:

Barry Barry quite contrary
Now wants Specter to Burn.
Blame shrinking polls & shifting goals
As his Coat does once more Turn…

bobnox on May 17, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Normally we don’t unleash the Humpbot for Democratic victories, but if Smokin’ Joe pulls this off tomorrow, prepare yourselves for the bump-n-grind of glory.

yeah baby!

cmsinaz on May 17, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Obama treated Arlen like a $2 whore. He got what he wanted and moved on.

Tasha on May 17, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Hey, Charlie Crist

Your NEXT bwahahahahahahaha!!!!!

RealMc on May 17, 2010 at 6:15 PM

“Don’t cry for me Arlen-tina”

mrt721 on May 17, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Talk about gerrymandering…just look at this district!!

ladyingray on May 17, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Oops, sorry, that is Murtha’s district. Wrong thread.

ladyingray on May 17, 2010 at 6:27 PM

“HAVOC!!!!!””

In case you’re wondering who let the dogs out…

karl9000 on May 17, 2010 at 6:32 PM

I’m not so sure that I’m worried about Sestak. He’s got the “job offer” issue, he was relieved of his command as a Vice Admiral (THAT is not good), he’s a leftist supporter of The One and Pelosi and there are a whole bunch of squish Republicans in SE PA that would have voted for Arlen but who are unlikely to vote for Sestak. Plus, it’s yet ANOTHER Obama “kiss of death”. Good Times!!!

DocinPA on May 17, 2010 at 6:41 PM

AP said:

Normally we don’t unleash the Humpbot for Democratic victories, but if Smokin’ Joe pulls this off tomorrow, prepare yourselves for the bump-n-grind of glory.

So you’ll be bringing out the Humpbot to celebrate an event which makes it much more likely that the Dems will hold a Senate seat? Shouldn’t the Bot be reserved for news that is actually… good?

Jon0815 on May 17, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Normally we don’t unleash the Humpbot for Democratic victories, but if Smokin’ Joe pulls this off tomorrow, prepare yourselves for the bump-n-grind of glory.

I’m going to take off work and wait for it. That, and drink all day.

BacaDog on May 17, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Anybody else think he might run as an indy if Sestak wins?

PurpleWombats on May 17, 2010 at 7:12 PM


Why was seatak relieved of command,swift boat anyone???

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 17, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Why was seatak relieved of command,swift boat anyone???

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 17, 2010 at 7:21 PM

We already know you think a lot of your opinion . There is no need to put in bold EVERY time.

CWforFreedom on May 17, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Anybody else think he might run as an indy if Sestak wins?

PurpleWombats on May 17, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Can’t. Unlike CT, PA does not allow the loser of a primary to file as an independent.

I suppose there is the possibility that Arlen could be crazy enough to challenge it.

I hope the vote is so close that they need a recount, and there are charges of voter fraud in Philly….heh.

Wethal on May 17, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Just saw the weather report for PA tomorrow.

“Rainy and raw.”

Pat Toomey will be sitting in his HQ, nice and dry, sipping some hot coffee and watching the returns come in.

Wethal on May 17, 2010 at 7:31 PM

We already know you think a lot of your opinion . There is no need to put in bold EVERY time.

CWforFreedom on May 17, 2010 at 7:27 PM

just answer the ? Sorry to see you upset today.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 17, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Sometimes, when you play ‘musical chairs’ you find yourself alarmed and standing alone, looking down on the contented, smiling faces of your playmates. And, feeling somehow betrayed, unable to see that it was your own failures that led to your demise, you feel the urge to run, bawling, out into the wilderness.

Go, Arlen, go.

Doorgunner on May 17, 2010 at 7:41 PM

How’s it feel UNDER that bus Arlen? IT’S WHERE YOU BELONG!

GarandFan on May 17, 2010 at 7:44 PM

AP you worry more about what the liberal media says and not enough about the future of this country. Who cares what the media would have said.

In a State where Ds outnumber Rs to so blithely and cavalierly blow off that Toomey could have beaten Specter and will lose to Sestak, but to be so fixated on just beating Specter is not good.

Jdripper on May 17, 2010 at 7:45 PM

just answer the ? Sorry to see you upset today.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 17, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Thanks for toning down the bold.

CWforFreedom on May 17, 2010 at 7:52 PM

So why was he relieved?

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 17, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Ace is bummed about it since a Specter loss will deprive us of the pleasure of watching Toomey administer the coup de grace in November

I’m with Ace. Either way, double-Judas goes home, and it couldn’t happen to an uglier guy.

Tomorrow:

LA, no one wins.

Paul’s kid wins Kentucky.

PA is more interesting for Murtha’s job, than this, though this is fun too.

Schadenfreude on May 17, 2010 at 8:43 PM

So, Toomey is indirectly responsible for passing O-Care, Allah?

Mayhem on May 17, 2010 at 9:05 PM

How about Amb to Slovenia for Spectacle?

RobCon on May 17, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Arlen is just another tool discarded under Team Obozo’s bus.

Hey Arlen, how’s that working out for you now?

belad on May 17, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Don’t whine to me Arlen-Specter
The truth is I never liked you
All through your R days
Your fake existence
You broke a promise
Now keep your distance

Red State State of Mind on May 17, 2010 at 9:36 PM

I would much rather Specter beat Sestak. The easier Pennsylvania is in November, the more money that can be spent on other races.

Speedwagon82 on May 17, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Could just be me but it seems lately that AP is the major contributor of significant news posts lately. During the day there seems to be scant posts lately. I’ve taken to checking the hufffpo and drudge for news.

scalleywag on May 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM

The guy is 80 years old. Frankly, this is really sad to watch.

AnninCA on May 17, 2010 at 10:45 PM

AnninCA on May 17, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Ann is it hard for you to watch KKK Byrd?

Arlen is not hard to watch, in fact I think it is very telling of all politicians that have been inside the Beltway longer than 2 years. They are self-centered and think of themselves as somehow having greater knowledge and wisdom than the collective that sent them there. They are arrogant and Arlen showed his arrogance when traded the R for the D in the hope that it would further his mediocre career.

belad on May 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Another “democrat” retired. *sigh*

Mojave Mark on May 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM

Holy Moses I have been deceived

ya2daup on May 17, 2010 at 5:24 PM

AHEM: Credited to Elton John/Bernie Taupin, please.

leftnomore on May 18, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Spector said he didn’t like the “rightward direction” his party was going, so he switched.
L
O
L.

leftnomore on May 18, 2010 at 1:57 AM

Don’t cry for me, Arlentina!

Prufrock on May 18, 2010 at 12:53 PM

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