Specter’s farewell speech: Primary challenges are like cannibalism or something

posted at 5:57 pm on December 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Say this for the man: He went out the way he came in. As a squishy careerist tool.

Ever the prosecutor, Sen. Arlen Specter delivered a critical attack of partisan politics in his self-described “closing argument” Tuesday morning on the Senate floor…

Referring to primary challenges as a form of “sophisticated cannibalism,” Specter called out to his moderate colleagues and would-be senators of this cycle: Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, who lost his nomination at the party convention because activists thought he was too centrist, as well as Murkowski, who lost her primary earlier this year but will likely be certified the winner as a write-in candidate.

“Congressman Mike Castle was rejected in Delaware’s Republican primary in favor of a candidate who thought it necessary to defend herself as not being a witch,” said Specter. “The spectacular reelection of Sen. Lisa Murkowski on a write-in vote in the Alaska general election and the defeat of other tea party candidates may show the way to counter right-wing extremists.”

An attentive Murkowski had no visible response to Specter’s praise, although the two are close. She stayed with Snowe until the end of the speech to greet Specter afterward, embracing him and giving him a kiss on the cheek.

He also took a shot at Roberts and Alito for “judicial activism” and even tossed in a gratuitous reference to “Justice Bork — excuse me … Judge Bork,” just to rub a little salt in one of the more lasting wounds he inflicted on social conservatives. Says the Examiner’s Timothy Carney, marveling at the Bork quote, “His closing argument was an angry, petty, mean, self-serving screed that betrayed a total lack of self-awareness.” How un-self-aware did it get? Dude:

Mr. Specter, who changed parties after he determined that his support for President Obama’s economic stimulus made him unelectable in a Republican primary, said that under the current political environment, a senator could be severely penalized for one vote cast out of thousands, making compromise impossible.

“Repeatedly, senior Republican senators have recently abandoned long-held positions out of fear of losing their seats over a single vote or because of party discipline,” Mr. Specter said.

Remember, this is a guy who became a Republican in the first place only because he thought he couldn’t win the Democratic primary for Philadelphia D.A., then flatly admitted to switching parties last year because he thought it would improve his chances of being reelected. And switching parties also meant switching principles, or whatever the word “principle” might mean as applied to Specter: Remember how his views on health care “evolved” just in time to justify voting for ObamaCare?

You can watch the whole thing at C-SPAN but here’s the bit of him whining about cannibalism. Somewhere a single tear rolls down Charlie Crist’s cheek. Click the image to watch.


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Door.

Ass.

Some assembly required.

greggriffith on December 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM

May you rot in hell you POS!

MaiDee on December 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM

His closing argument was an angry, petty, mean, self-serving screed that betrayed a total lack of self-awareness.”

The Democrat party was always his true home.

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Don’t go away mad, just go away…

Jussi on December 21, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Once a hack, always a hack.

motionview on December 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

bye skunk

MainelyRight on December 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

I don’t know how people like him sleep at night. Every action and vote has always been with his interest first … never about others or country, not to mention his constituents. I bet he doesn’t even know what a constituent is.

darwin on December 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

It was this POS who gave us obamacare. It’d never pass if this guy would’ve stayed true to the people who elected him for the past 30 years. Santorum is a disgusting human being, and this is just another evidence of that.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Parting is such sweet sorrow a hoot.

drunyan8315 on December 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Farewell, Arlen, and Godspeed.

You will not be missed.

turfmann on December 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

“…embracing him and giving him a kiss on the cheek.”

Eeeeewwwwwwwwwwww…

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

That statement took almost as much chutzpah as his magic bullet theory.

flyfisher on December 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

When you straddle sanity, eventually you fall.

Goodbye, nutjob.

portlandon on December 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Don’t let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya.

Buh Bye Arlene

Knucklehead on December 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

And the Kiss of Death from Lisa Murkowski as well?

He’ll dead within a year.

portlandon on December 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

What a lousy tradeoff: Toomey for Specter./

BuckeyeSam on December 21, 2010 at 6:04 PM

The pain this man will experience has just begun. The man is a sell out of the worst kind; a man with no character, no class. This man will be shunned wherever he goes for the rest of his days. He deserves this, and he will have it.

Keemo on December 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

“The spectacular reelection of Sen. Lisa Murkowski on a write-in vote in the Alaska general election and the defeat of other tea party candidates may show the way to counter right-wing extremists.”

What is the lesson to be learned from Lieberman’s 3rd party win in Connecticut?

Ira on December 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM

It was this POS who gave us obamacare. It’d never pass if this guy would’ve stayed true to the people who elected him for the past 30 years. Santorum Specter is a disgusting human being, and this is just another evidence of that.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

FIFY?

alwaysfiredup on December 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Please may I link to this one last time? (NSFW and yes I’m ashamed of myself. Delightfully ashamed).

S. Weasel on December 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Good riddance.

JavelinaBomb on December 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Ira on December 21, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Clearly it is that write-in candidates ALWAYS win.

alwaysfiredup on December 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Too bad tha Glenn and the boys are on vacation their parody of this would have been side splitting.

darwin-t on December 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Na na na na
Na na na na
Hey, hey, hey
Goodbye!

American Elephant on December 21, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Please may I link to this one last time? (NSFW and yes I’m ashamed of myself. Delightfully ashamed).

S. Weasel on December 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

That was too clean to resemble that dirty asphole.

darwin-t on December 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I dare not say how I feel about this slug. This man is chucked full of pure hate. It seems to be what others feel for not being re elected.

WE THE PEOPLE voted!
L

letget on December 21, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Opportunistic party hopping weasels won’t lecture me about anything. Enjoy your retirement you clown.

Scrappy on December 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Arlen Sphincter

Kini on December 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Such a fitting end for a child.

clement on December 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

These self-indulgent scumbags, who have run the country into the ground, won’t go away without proving they have been worthless since birth. The American people have to try to understand how human trash like this gets elected over and over or rock bottom is the next step.

volsense on December 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Keemo on December 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

He won’t experience any pain in this life, he is darn near senile as it is, he sold out his conscience a long time ago.

fourdeucer on December 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

!Adios, Sr. Douche!

RedNewEnglander on December 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

“ . . .senior Republican senators have recently abandoned long-held positions their party out of fear of losing their seats. . .”

FIFY.

Emperor Norton on December 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Official Response to Arlen Specter’s Ranting Pity parade…

portlandon on December 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Just got finished reading ‘Notable Quotables’ over at Newsbusters. We could pick a few quotes out of Arlene’s ‘closing argument’ for next year’s choices. What a jerk.

odat on December 21, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I really hope this means he’ll never be in another primary again.

Esthier on December 21, 2010 at 6:25 PM

The spectacular election of Murkowski may also show Tea Partiers how to win if they lose a primary too. It works both ways.
But hey, Specter, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

JellyToast on December 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM

After the primary, he said that he hoped being a Dem would still help him get a job after his term was up. BEt he thought of a cushy ambassadorship.

Micronesia, maybe?

Wethal on December 21, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Douchebag. He’ll be in a home within a year, muttering about cannibals and trying to bite the guy who changes him every day.

Bishop on December 21, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Buh bye RINO!!

PappyD61 on December 21, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I picture Arlen Sphincter as a man wondering the streets of Washington…

… He has a scared look on his face for he knows not where to go or what to do now.

The lobbyist offers dried up, although one health care firm that bought him out for his ObowmaCare vote, gave him an office at the end of the hall, right next to the bathroom…

… His calls go unanswered, doors always seem to be locked, and he waits for his car and driver that will never come again.

His hands shake as they clutch warn and faded pieces of paper that he desperately tries to get people to read…

… whilst holding up his pants with the other.

The whispers of the past grow louder each and every day as the victims of his tenure in Congress await his numbered days…

You made your bed Arlen…

Enjoy it!

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Wow. Farewells from Arlen Specter and Larry King in the same week.

Emperor Norton on December 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Later idjit!

abobo on December 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

What a waste of space. As a PA resident who gladly voted for Pat Toomey, it gives me great pleasure to see this f*cking loser ride off into the sunset.

diditagain on December 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

“His closing argument was an angry, petty, mean, self-serving screed that betrayed a total lack of self-awareness.”

Petty argument from a petty man. GOODBYE ARLEN! GOOD RIDDANCE!

GarandFan on December 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Didn’t this guy vote agin Bork?

PappyD61 on December 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

RINO scum.

SurferDoc on December 21, 2010 at 6:32 PM

I don’t think even cannibals would want you Arlen. They’d rather go hungry.

forest on December 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Bigger POS than either Crist or Muckyaski – which is quite an accomplishment.

Eren on December 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

As delicious as this is, the spectacular crash and burn of John Edwards will never be topped. It was a prayer answered. I would never describe Specter or Crist as conniving enough to be evil.

Marcus on December 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Eren on December 21, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Judging by Lizard Molochski’s votes this week, I think she’s shooting to knock Spectre off as the biggest POS.

forest on December 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

alwaysfiredup on December 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Nope. Without Bush and Santorum, who’s nutty, Specter would’ve lost six years ago, and Senator Toomey would never have voted for health care. Santorum way beyond what he should’ve done to help specter.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

went way beyond*

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Bye, Snarlen.

Maybe you can spend some quality time with Jimmy Carter… each of you stewing in your own bitter swill.

paragon27x on December 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Dear Arlen,

F*ck you.

Sincerely,
KSgop

KSgop on December 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Bye, Snarlen.

Maybe you can spend some quality time with Jimmy Carter… each of you stewing in your own bitter swill.

Fossils of a feather.

paragon27x on December 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Please may I link to this one last time? (NSFW and yes I’m ashamed of myself. Delightfully ashamed).

S. Weasel on December 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

I was just about to link that when I saw your comment. Thanks for the fitting depiction.

mchristian on December 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Good riddance!

Tim Burton on December 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM

“Repeatedly, senior Republican senators have recently abandoned long-held positions out of fear of losing their seats over a single vote or because of party discipline,” Mr. Specter said.

I’m not sure if the above quote is hilarious despite the fact that he was being serious, or hilarious specifically BECAUSE he was being serious.

Vyce on December 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I don’t know how people like him sleep at night. Every action and vote has always been with his interest first … never about others or country, not to mention his constituents. I bet he doesn’t even know what a constituent is.

darwin on December 21, 2010 at 6:02 PM

No conscience.

Slowburn on December 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Mind the door, Arlen.

crosspatch on December 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Just stake him and chain the coffin….twice…

Gohawgs on December 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM

“His closing argument was an angry, petty, mean, self-serving screed that betrayed a total lack of self-awareness.”

So he stayed in character right to the end. Classy guy, that Arlen. May he get everything he deserves.

SukieTawdry on December 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Goodbye Arlen-
You truly were a Profile in Scottish Law Courage.

jjshaka on December 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM

The more I think of this idiotic jerk, and his remarks, it is very apparent that these people forget that they are civil servants. They think they are entitled to their jobs forever.

Lisa Murkowski’s farewell kiss plays right into this.

portlandon on December 21, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Primary challenges are like cannibalism or something

Does that make switching parties like changing your species? Or is it more like a sex change?

calbear on December 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Normally it’s sad to see a man’s life’s work be repudiated refudiated in his last years. But in this case, it was deeply gratifying.

Toodle-loo, Arlen, you opportunistic POS. The country will be a better place without you living off its back any more.

petefrt on December 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

By the way, it’s easy to stick to your principles when you have so few of them.

calbear on December 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Okay, Arlen.
Uh, whatever…that’s fine.
Buh bye.

Dave E. on December 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

See YA!

Wouldn’t wanna be YA!

ladyingray on December 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Arlen is the genius who came up with the dubious “single bullet theory” for the Warren Commission, but only after evidence of a 3rd bullet from an onlooker who was grazed with concrete or asphalt from a bullet which hit the street or curb (James Tague, I believe) surfaced at the last minute.

Talk about a career which should have never been launched.

molonlabe28 on December 21, 2010 at 7:26 PM

His brother is a big trial attorney scumbag in PA

It must be genetic.

txdoc on December 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Wait: “Right wing extremists?”

Didn’t Specter lose the DEMOCRAT primary? Wasn’t it left wing extremist who tossed him out?

Captain Kirock on December 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

A hearty “get bent”to you, Sir!

Mason on December 21, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Snarlin’ Arlen being verbose, as usual ….

He could’ve said it a lot faster by quoting Dick Tuck:

“The people have spoken, the bastards.”

BD57 on December 21, 2010 at 7:39 PM

He’s not the only one there’s a ready made list of RINOs to be primaried and kicked to the curb starting with those who vote for START!

Tea Party patriots takin out more of the trash in 12!

No bill shall pass without filibuster until a budget is passed?

What happened to that vow. Vote the bums out, any who sold us out in the lame duck!

dhunter on December 21, 2010 at 7:39 PM

From Cannibal House I went to the Love Island. I got my butt kicked there too. Oink…. Oink…. Oink…. Snarlin Spector.

antisocial on December 21, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Captain Kirock on December 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

No one ever said he was smart!

ladyingray on December 21, 2010 at 7:48 PM

An Elder Emir of Incumbistan is shocked, shocked, that the ‘little people’ might dare to think that Emirs should be challenged for their seats in power.

Good-bye Elder Emir whatsisface… your whining shall not be missed.

ajacksonian on December 21, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Talk about a career which should have never been launched.

molonlabe28 on December 21, 2010 at 7:26 PM

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His seat was his reward for the magic bullet BS.He looks like a weasel and acted like one for years.

docflash on December 21, 2010 at 7:49 PM

“The spectacular reelection of Sen. Lisa Murkowski on a write-in vote in the Alaska general election and the defeat of other tea party candidates may show the way to counter right-wing extremists.”

No, Arlen, it shows us that when politcal leeches go against the wishes of the party’s choice in a primary, we should do all we can to squash them. I’ll never send another cent to the RNC or NRSC. My money goes directly to a candidate.

Hope you hacks enjoyed the income in the past. I look forward to the well going dry.

TugboatPhil on December 21, 2010 at 7:55 PM

agrarhbled Arlen Specter agarhabled was agarhabled.

Bye, bye buttface.

Key West Reader on December 21, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Arlen is a poster-child for repealing the 17th amendment and returning Senators to state legislature accountability. It’s not often they’re held accountable by their electorate, and they sure act like it’s immoral, irresponsible and impossible when accountability happens to them.

Mark30339 on December 21, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Please have a dozen Hurtz Donuts for breakfast tomorrow, you self-serving fart.

DarthBrooks on December 21, 2010 at 8:28 PM

The only Senator that I have/had less respect for than Specter was the guy that used to wear a pointy hat……
on second thought……..

JeffinOrlando on December 21, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Specter is a bitter old dolt that simply doesn’t understand the problem. He tried to burn his candle from both ends and managed to set himself on fire. Go away Arlen you are disgusting.

rplat on December 21, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Arlen, you were done to a turn many years ago.

Take the pension I would sue to revoke, if I had the money. Take your damn Cadillac health plan. Take your despicable ego, so dependent on being “in office” and go into the darkness and irrelevance. It can’t happen too fast.

I don’t wish you ill. In fact, I hope you live another 20 years. And I hope your real intellect has shown itself well enough that the media will ignore you all that time, will not stoop to get your banal reflections on what is happening.

Yah, they still listen to the loon Carter, but he was POTUS. Senators, opportunists like you, there are a lot of them. The people to whom you were a useful idiot are looking for other marks, other tools. You aren’t useful anymore, bub. Tits on a bull. Nothing. Nada. Grind you up, use you for dog food, but not much else. Cats couldn’t stand the taste. so it’s dog food.

I want you to have 20 years to think about irrelevance. I think your soul, such as it is, will curdle into a small dark little ball. And then you can explain yourself to God.

Harry Schell on December 21, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Too much to wish he didn’t survive cancer? Hmmmm.

angryed on December 21, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I can’t wait for the technology that allows one to reach way down, hock a loogey, and send over the internet. Until then, hkkkkkkkkkkkk, phew.

NumberTwo on December 21, 2010 at 9:15 PM

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

Sayan Neviot on December 21, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Upside: The crapweasel is gone.

Downside: The unprincipled legacy of a long career and all its damage persist.

Downerside: More like him remain.

AnonymousDrivel on December 21, 2010 at 10:50 PM

The Senate produces the worst cases of Potomac Fever. It’s an Old Codger’s Home for too many sad cases. In 50 years who besides Poly-Sci profs will remember Specter, Byrd, Bennett or any of the rest of the geriatrics.

Specter ran as a Republican only because he couldn’t win the Democrat primary. Then when it looked like he was going to lose in the primary, he jumped parties and sure enough, he did.

flataffect on December 21, 2010 at 11:05 PM

He went out the way he came in. As a squishy careerist tool.

Stool is more like him.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Michelle Bachman says to Arlen Specter “Act like a Lady”!

Conservalicious on December 22, 2010 at 2:37 AM

Great Arlen. Nice. OK. Yeah. Right.

NOW GO HAVE YOURSELF A NICE PIPING HOT CUP OF “SHUT THE HELL UP!” AND GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, YOU WORTHLESS DOUBLE-TALKING PIECE OF CRAP!

ONCE AND FOR ALL!

GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pilamaye on December 22, 2010 at 4:10 AM

Nothing like proving he should have been kicked out a long time ago.

sadatoni on December 22, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Shut up and hit the bricks, Arlen.

mojo on December 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Hey Arlen, you made your bed now lay in it. Best of luck with retirement and I really hope you have good health.

mmcnamer1 on December 22, 2010 at 2:29 PM

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