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Ugly Betsy Does Obamalot: One Great Shill After Another May 20, 2009

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The characteristic idiocracy of the the Obama White House we have come to know so well continues. I was perusing the Drudge Report and happened upon more embarrassing news from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid courtesy of this article at Beitbart.com:

Reid joins Biden, Pelosi in misstatements
May 19, 2009
By LAURIE KELLMAN
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became the latest Democrat to stray into rhetorical trouble Tuesday, botching statements on three subjects in one news conference—including the fragile health of the chamber’s most senior members.

The Nevada Democrat reported that one of them, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., was absent because he was receiving a new round of treatment for his brain cancer. Asked if the cancer was in remission, Reid replied, “As far as I know, it is, yes.”

Kennedy’s office refused to confirm Reid’s comments or make any statement in response, the public silence a classic Washington disavowal.

Reid was then asked about Sen. Robert C. Byrd, at 91 the longest-serving senator in history, who was hospitalized over the weekend for an infection. Reid reported that Byrd was to be released from the hospital Tuesday or perhaps later in the week.

Not exactly.

“Senator Byrd is improving,” responded his spokesman, Jesse Jacobs. “But his doctors, in consultation with his family, have not yet determined when he will be released.”

Reid also mangled his party’s position on the congressional news of the day, that Senate Democrats would join their House counterparts in withholding the money President Barack Obama needs to close the Guantanamo Bay prison until Obama comes up with a plan for relocating its prisoners.

But Reid went further than saying he wanted to see a plan for the money before Congress approves it. “We will never allow terrorists to be released into the United States,” he said.

No one, of course, was talking about releasing terrorism suspects among the American populace. Imprisoning them, perhaps, but not releasing them.

“Part of what we don’t want is them be put in prisons in the United States,” Reid clarified but digging himself into a bigger hole by departing significantly from some of his colleagues and administration officials. “We don’t want them around the United States.”

Did the administration put Democrats in an awkward position, asking for the money before setting out how it would be spent?

“Not at all,” said Reid.

“Yes,” his deputy, Dick Durbin (D-IL) replied to the same question.

Meanwhile, RINO turned DINO Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) is now defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her recent accusations against the CIA. Specter paints the CIA as historical chamber of secrets when it comes to their relationship with Congress.

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The Hill
Specter defends Pelosi, questions CIA’s honesty
By Reid Wilson
Posted: 05/20/09

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) took the opportunity Wednesday to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has come under fire in recent weeks over a controversy surrounding when she was told of the use of enhanced interrogation techniques being used by the CIA.

“The CIA has a very bad record when it comes to — I was about to say ‘candid’; that’s too mild — to honesty,” Specter, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a lunch address to the American Law Institute. He cited misleading information about the agency’s involvement in mining harbors in Nicaragua and the Iran-Contra affair.

“Director [Leon] Panetta says the agency does not make it a habit to misinform Congress. I believe that is true. It is not the policy of the Central Intelligence Agency to misinform Congress,” Specter said. “But that doesn’t mean that they’re all giving out the information.”

Because of leaks that have come from Congress, Specter said, he understands the agency’s hesitancy to disclose all its information.

“The current controversy involving Speaker Pelosi and the CIA is very unfortunate, in my opinion, because it politicizes the issue and it takes away attention from … how does the Congress get accurate information from the CIA?” Specter said. “For political gain, people are making headlines.”

Notice Specter’s last sentence there: “For political gain, people are making headlines.” Interesting how people can’t look in the mirror and see their own reflection. I know many Republicans who are upset with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for being a “maverick” or RINO. However, McCain has never switched political parties two times. He has always been a Republican. Someone should tell Arlen Specter that politicians who live in glass White Houses should not throw stones at the CIA.

These news stories tell us much that is sadly pathetic and uncomfortably comical about Obamalot. There are dimensions of a farce in the making as revealed in recent domestic gaffes and international blow backs which make me feel more than a tad uneasy and fearful. While it is clear that President Obama aspires to rehabilitate the image of the US in foreign eyes by giving “ugly Betsy Ross” an extreme makeover, one cannot help but wonder if the last 100-plus days of cumulative mishaps on Obama’s watch may subject America’s “vulnerable” reputation to additional damage rather than repair it. Apart from its obvious lack of leadership, all signs point to more difficulties facing the Obama White House. Moreover, President Obama neglects to articulate his vision for our country beyond tired 2008 campaign rhetoric. Obama is well liked, people want him to do well. He shows a great deal of mass appeal and has the ability to inspire. My issue with Obama is that there is nothing much underneath it all. Really, I could not care less about the man. I want my country to do well and succeed. Great, he can pack a frigid football stadium full of people in a matter of moments. But there is something intangible about the man which translates into a lack of critical engagement with the issues facing our nation.

My liberal acquaintances argue that it is too soon to judge Obama and I am not giving him a chance. I argue that they are not giving America a chance. We really deserved better than this. On this point, Sean Hannity interviewed British Parliament member Daniel Hannan last night. Watch Hannan’s reluctance to criticize President Obama but you can tell he wants to. During the course of the interview, it seems that the two countries not only share a common past but an uncertain future as well.

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Take my RINO Please: Arlen Specter in The Age of Unreason May 4, 2009

Filed under: Republican Party — afrocity @ 9:24 AM
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Yet another reason to be thankful that “Specter the defector” Is now a Democrat:

The Washington Times
Specter hints Kemp died of GOP agenda

By Tom LoBianco | Monday, May 4, 2009

Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason that he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its health-care priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer.

Mr. Specter, responding to a question from CBS’ Bob Schieffer over whether he had let down Pennsylvanians who wanted a Republican to represent them, said he thought his priorities were more in line with those of the Democrats.

“Well, I was sorry to disappoint many people. Frankly, I was disappointed that the Republican Party didn’t want me as their candidate,” Mr. Specter said on “Face the Nation.” “But as a matter of principle, I’m becoming much more comfortable with the Democrats’ approach. And one of the items that I’m working on, Bob, is funding for medical research.”

Mr. Specter continued: “If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine.”

Mr. Kemp died Saturday of cancer. He had been the running mate of 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole.

The saying “blessing in disguise” comes to mind here. Between Specter’s past comments about Anita Hill, his involvement in NFL “spygate, and the Polish jokes from last December, I think the GOP should be jumping with glee that this despicable character has left the party. It is a shame that he has to bring the good memory of Jack Kemp into his opportunistic agenda.  Very pathetic indeed.


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It’s Official! The RINO Has Become an ASS: Senator Arlen Specter Now A Democrat April 28, 2009

Filed under: Republican Party — afrocity @ 3:14 PM
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Can’t say I am surprised. We all saw it coming. At least respect the guy for getting out and being honest with himself. Good Bye, don’t let the door hit ya.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania abruptly switched parties Tuesday, a move intended to boost his re-election chances that also pushed Democrats within one seat of a 60-vote filibuster-resistant majority.

“I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans,” Specter said in a statement posted on a Web site devoted to Pennsylvania politics and confirmed by his office. Several Senate officials said a formal announcement was expected at mid-afternoon.

But even before the event took place, Specter attended a Senate subcommittee hearing on the swine flu outbreak and took a seat on the Democratic side of the dais.

He made no overt mention of his decision, but said, “Sorry I can’t stay longer, but this is a complicated day for me.”

President Barack Obama called Specter almost immediately after he was informed of the switch to say the Democratic Party was “thrilled to have you,” according to a White House official.

Spurned Republicans said his defection was motivated by ambition, not principle.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said, “Let’s be honest: Senator Specter didn’t leave the GOP based on principles of any kind. He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record. Republicans look forward to beating Senator Specter in 2010, assuming the Democrats don’t do it first.”

Specter, 79 and in his fifth term, is one of a handful of Republican moderates remaining in Congress in a party now dominated by conservatives. Several officials said secret talks that preceded his decision reached into the White House, involving both Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden, a longtime colleague in the Senate. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell as well as Democratic leaders in Congress also were involved.

With Specter, Democrats would have 59 Senate seats. Democrat Al Franken is ahead in a marathon recount in Minnesota, and if he ultimately wins his race against Republican Norm Coleman, he would become the party’s 60th vote. That is the number needed to overcome a filibuster.

Specter faced an extraordinarily difficult re-election challenge in his home state in 2010, having first to confront a challenge from his right in the Republican primary before pivoting to a general election campaign against a Democrat in a state that has trended increasingly Democratic in recent elections. Former Rep. Pat Toomey, whom Specter defeated in a close primary race in 2004, is expected to run again.

Specter has acknowledged in recent months that in order to win a sixth term, he would need the support of thousands of Pennsylvania Republicans who sided with Obama in last fall’s presidential election.

“I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate,” he said in the statement.

Asked by a reporter what he had to say to his constituents, Specter replied with a smile, “I don’t have to say anything to them. They said it to me.”

Specter has long been an independent Republican, and he proved it most recently when he became one of only three members of the GOP in Congress to vote for Obama’s economic stimulus legislation. Then, he proved it once more, pivoting not long afterward to say he did not support legislation making it easier to form unions, a bill that is organized labor’s top priority in the current Congress.

In Pennsylvania, the chairman of the state Republican Party, Rob Gleason, said that Specter should offer a refund to Republicans who have helped fatten his war chest, which totaled $5.8 million at the end of 2008. “He should give them the option,” Gleason said.

Even before Gleason made his comments, Specter announced he would return donations he has received this election cycle “upon request.”

Specter has long been one of the most durable politicians of either party in Pennsylvania. In recent years, he has battled Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system, but maintains a busy schedule that includes daily games of squash.

As one of the most senior Republicans in the Senate, Specter held powerful positions on the Judiciary and Appropriations committees. It was not clear how Democrats would calculate his seniority in assigning committee perches.

As recently as late winter, he was asked by a reporter why he had not taken Democrats up on past offers to switch parties.

“Because I am a Republican,” he said at the time.

“I welcome Sen. Specter and his moderate voice to our diverse caucus,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement.

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Associated Press Writers Julie Davis, Laurie Kellman and Liz Sidoti contributed to this story from Washington. Peter Jackson contributed from Harrisburg, Pa.

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MODERATE OR DIE: Arlen Specter a Profile in Cowardice April 19, 2009

Filed under: Conservatism,Liberal Hypocrisy,Republican Party — afrocity @ 1:45 PM
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Attention Conservatives! The Liberals Have Slipped a Note Under Our Door

A note that tells us we are in peril and dying a slow death.

According to the progressive watchdogs writing at the political blog Buzz Flash, a self described “Progressive Beacon of Hope we have to ponder “The GOP’s worrisome degeneration: Yes, worrisome”:

THE FIFTH COLUMNIST by P.M. Carpenter

Nothing better exemplifies the self-tightening noose around the GOP’s neck than that of Sen. Arlen Specter’s reelection bid. It promises to be a real humdinger of the party’s genetic drift.

Earlier this week in a campaign profile, the NY Times opened with merely one glimpse into Specter’s many troubles: It was Monday, and the Republican senator was “visit[ing] the police department in Darby, Pa. … to hand out $221,000 in federal stimulus money,” while being feted for his check-delivering “courageous vote” by the town’s congressman, Democrat Robert Brady.

Ouch. Unavoidable in this case, but still something no contemporary Republican pol can comfortably afford to have his base see or hear. Because the base, however much it may be unraveling and shrinking and bouncing off walls, remains not only fundamentally opposed to any reasonable collaboration, but self-destructively so.

That’s why, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 30-year Senate-veteran Specter now trails his primary opponent, former congressman and ideological hardliner Pat Toomey, by a whopping 14 points. As further evidence of Specter’s slipping grasp on his livelihood, “the chairmen of both the Pennsylvania and national Republican parties have said they were open to backing a challenger” — Hello, Pat — in what the Times charitably understated as “an unusual slight to a five-term incumbent.”

Sounds like good news to me. I would gladly like to see the stimulus voting Obama butt kissing Specter go packing with his RINO tail behind him.
This is GOOD NEWS right? I guess that depends on who you ask. In my opinion Specter’s yes vote on the stimulus bill was enough for me to write him off and I don’t live in Pennsylvania. The article continues to conjure sympathy for Specter:

His opponent’s political crimes, say Toomey, include “vot[ing] for increased government spending and a liberal agenda on social, labor, immigration and national security policies” — meaning only that Specter is insufficiently anti-recovery, anti-social, anti-labor, anti-nativist and anti-totalitarian.

No, No those clinging to such positions are not a crime…UNLESS YOU ARE A REPUBLICAN. Still we are led to believe that the news of Specter’s impending political demise should send conservatives skittering like insects.

Most of all, the GOP either cannot or refuses to see that the tossing overboard of moderates such as Specter represents the straightest line from Point A of big trouble to Point B of certain doom. Virtually all the electoral stars — from the specifics of emerging demographics to general transformations in national political attitudes — are aligned against an unpragmatic conservatism, let alone any further shift to the right.

If the party fails to moderate, then by omission it’s taking just one more step toward a political graveyard of fractured conservatism. Why do I care, rather than rejoice? Why should you care? Because a morbidly ineffective opposition does no favors for liberalism’s vibrancy or the vitality of a social democracy. Absent a healthy competitor to keep its game sharp, modern progressivism could die a quick, sloppy and arrogant death: just recall what happened to the modern GOP.

It’s that simple, and that worrisome.

Thanks for shining that “progressive beacon of light” to guide our wayward conservative way but you know what…SHUT THE FUCK UP.
Take your advice, take your RINO Arlen Specter and curl up like oragami and die. Unlike Sen. Specter, true Republicans did not vote for the stimulus and will never rub against your leg purring for reassurance. Sure you tolerate Arlen Specter. Do you want to know why?

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Again thanks for the note (crumbles up throws in trash, dumps kitty litter abundant with feces on top).

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