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Arlen Specter - "Jack Kemp would be alive today" if not for tight-fisted Republicans

When you look up the word "asshat" in the dictionary, you should see a picture of Arlen Specter:

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."

So Jack Kemp died, yet Arlen Specter survived. Go figure. God must have one heck of a sense of humor.

This bit of red meat that Specter eagerly tossed to rabid Democrat partisans is comparable to the equally loathsome remark that disgraced former Senator John Edwards made on the campaign trail nearly five years ago: "If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."

That kind of manipulative demagoguery has no place in serious politics. If Specter wants to further contaminate the Democratic party with that kind of contemptible rhetoric, then good riddance to him. He has no business being a Republican.


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Comments (26)

It's the same as saying if ... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

It's the same as saying if Specter had been more of a republican Kemp would be alive today. Specter is and always will be an ass. mpw

Just think. If we had thro... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Just think. If we had thrown trillions of dollars down the drain to pursue the War on Poverty, there wouldn't be poor people anymore. Oops, bad example. My bad.

Can't Obama raise him from ... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Can't Obama raise him from the dead?

Specter..an asshat then and... (Below threshold)
geo Author Profile Page:

Specter..an asshat then and an asshat now.

I think it is also helpful ... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

I think it is also helpful to remember what Jack Kemp's number one public policy was; what he campaigned on and championed his whole career: tax cuts. You don't run around coming up with a bunch of new ways to spend the taxpayers' money if you are a tax cutter. Specter would be better off thinking about what Kemp really stood for before he shoots his mouth off.

What the F?? Shut the f up ... (Below threshold)
914:

What the F?? Shut the f up you liberal lying puke Spectacle.

Oh my dear Lord! It's hard... (Below threshold)

Oh my dear Lord! It's hard to believe that Snarlin Arlen is such a complete and utter doofus! He is surpassed by only one doofus and that is the one who is illegally occupying the White House!

Tim makes the most concise ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Tim makes the most concise point concerning this. ww

WOW! You guys are like the... (Below threshold)
Larry Dickman:

WOW! You guys are like the dogs at Michael Vick's house.

Please invite us to the ritualistic gnashing of Jeb Bush: "You can't beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that."

Please, please, don't do it in private. Do it in an arena.

Now it is clear to see what... (Below threshold)
914:

Now it is clear to see what the problem was with the near current republican party. Frauds like this jac ass.

"Jack Kemp would be aliv... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

"Jack Kemp would be alive today" if not for tight-fisted Republicans.

Specter also said that if Obama was re-elected, Christopher Reeve would walk again.

"And that research... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
"And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."

In a world with infinite resources and in a country with infinite money maybe Specter's point would be valid, but in the real world spending money on one thing means there's less money for something else. Cure all cancer with a pill that costs 10¢ and people will just die from some other "incurable" malady. It's the fate of all mortals.

Extending the human lifespan increases the carbon footprint and that runs counter to Obama's new cap and trade regime... (I had a joke in mind, but I'll let others carry that sentiment to the next level.)

Hey Gayle, you do realize t... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Hey Gayle, you do realize that you're the equivalent of a 9/11 Truther, right?

"Illegally occupying the White House": um, howzabout you lose the tinfoil sombrero and get a job?

Hyperbolist, isnt there som... (Below threshold)
914:

Hyperbolist, isnt there some Canadian blog where you can hang around like minded idiots?

GASP! This is a shocking n... (Below threshold)

GASP! This is a shocking new low for Arlen. And I thought I was too jaded to be shocked by anyone anymore. The Dems should insist that their new brother issue an apology.

http://www.rightklik.net/

914.. I've been thinking th... (Below threshold)
Ran:

914.. I've been thinking the same thing for SOME TIME!.. he's like a case of the crabs that won't go away!.. (but such an "Elitist")

Arlen Specter is going with... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Arlen Specter is going with the seasonal party slam that makes their politics so...predictable.

914, hyper is just an obnoxious dumbass who wants attention, which is really too bad. If he worked harder at reasoning he could do some real good in the world rather than throwing reactionary, off-topic comments. Corporate shills don't have to think, they just have to pick a fight and call other people crazy.

I hope ole spineless SPecte... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I hope ole spineless SPecter loses the dem primary. It will be a riot and quite laughable to see what he has to say about that.

So Jack Kemp died, yet A... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

So Jack Kemp died, yet Arlen Specter survived. Go figure. God must have one heck of a sense of humor.


Why be mean & heartless with such a comment? Cancer is a horrible disease and there is nothing funny about it when loved ones get sick and die from it.

Shouldnt there be an age li... (Below threshold)
914:

Shouldnt there be an age limit restriction on these political dynastys? I mean you got morons like Byrd and Kennedy that hang around forever and suck society dry with their selfish lifestyles.

Specters another do nothin nimrod that just needs to go away.

Snarlin' Arlen is a Democra... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Snarlin' Arlen is a Democrat problem now and pretty much anything he say's or does is going to be ignored. He' a back bench bomb thrower with no seniority so he has to shoot off by making comments you would expect to see come from an ex-presidential candidate like John "I did not have sex or a baby with that slut" Edwards.

Unless it's a white person ... (Below threshold)
Justice59:

Unless it's a white person or republikkkan who gets cancer. Then I think it's neato!
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notiz=Such comments cause the disease disemvowelment.

Unless it's a white pers... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Unless it's a white person or republikkkan who gets cancer. Then I think it's neato!

Listen dumb ass---I wouldn't wish that dreadful disease on anyone. I've had people that I "still" love to die from cancer. Anyone who has lost a family member, to the disease, know how painful it is to see such suffering. Just lay off the jokes.
depp=true

I bet you didn't say the sa... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

I bet you didn't say the same thing when Strom Thurmond was shedding dead skin all over everybody in Washington, 914.

Gmac: actually, some Senate Democrats are upset that Specter a) has been guaranteed a primary-free re-election; and b) gets to keep some or all of his seniority--specifically, he might get to stay on the Senate judiciary committee.

"Snarlin' Arlen is a Democr... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"Snarlin' Arlen is a Democrat problem now..."
Sometime you get more than you wished for.

I suspect that the Democrats will not be able to clear the primary for him once they start seeing polling data that confirms he's a rotting carcass. Arlen has made a lot of enemies in both parties that will gladly try to hand him his ass in the next election cycle, if he makes it through the primaries.

Payback is a bitch, and Arlen's going to get it in spades.

If Arlen had any sense at t... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

If Arlen had any sense at this point, he'd retire.

But power is like a drug - I don't think he could go cold turkey...




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