Attacks Club for Growth on political cannibalism, vows hardball campaign.
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In his Spectator interview Senator Specter made it clear that he believed Toomey was simply unelectable should he win the nomination.
“There’s no way Toomey can win a general election,” Specter said. “You know that the Santorum experience is conclusive on it. Toomey is to the right of Santorum. Santorum’s lifetime conservative record is 88, Toomey’s is 97.” He recounted in a disturbed tone the Santorum 2006 defeat to Democrat and now-Senator Bob Casey. “Santorum spent $31 million, two-term senator, number three in leadership and he lost by 18 points.”
Also in the race, by the way, is pro-life activist Peg Luksik. Perhaps tellingly, Specter never mentioned her name, concentrating all his fire on Toomey.
As if to drive the point home yet again about the consequences of the GOP’s losing control of the Senate he added: “The only check and balance on the Democratic sweep with the White House and the House is 41 of us in the Senate. Because if Toomey is the Republican nominee and my seat goes, the Democrats get 60 votes. And they run rough shod on increasing taxes and bringing card check and a lot of other things that are anathema to Republicans.”
There was no mistaking Specter’s willingness to demonstrate his clout as the state’s senior Senator. The same morning he spoke with the Spectator he dropped by Harrisburg Hospital bearing a check for $190,000 in federal emergency room funds. If Republicans were to re-gain control of the Senate, he has pointed out, he could become Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
While Toomey was announcing his own candidacy on Wednesday, Specter, in typically combative style, was invading his opponent’s home turf. Showing up for a press conference in the lobby of a Four Points Sheraton — in Allentown.
Arlen Specter has had one of the most remarkable careers in Pennsylvania political history. While he won his first race — an upset GOP win for District Attorney of Philadelphia in 1965 — other than a successful re-election in 1969 he chalked up a series of vivid losses over the next decade and a half. First for Mayor of Philadelphia in 1967, next for a 1973 re-election bid as DA, then the GOP nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat in 1976 (losing to then Congressman John Heinz) and finally a loss of the Republican gubernatorial nomination to Dick Thornburgh in 1978. It wasn’t until 1980 that Specter was finally able to succeed, capturing the Senate seat he holds today — as a record-holding five-termer.
As Toomey and many others before him have come to understand, perhaps Specter’s single greatest attribute as a candidate is his relentless persistence, a true grit that in recent years has come to be symbolized by conquering everything from repeated political defeats to brain surgery to cancer. To get into a political fight with Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania — or for that matter with Senator Arlen Specter in Washington — is to know that you have been in the fight of your life. This refusal to bend to the prevailing winds has infuriated conservatives (lately on the Obama stimulus bill) and sent liberals around the bend (his staunch defense of Supreme Court nominees Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.) Through it all, Specter just keeps on coming.
Can he do it again? Can he break his own record — already a Pennsylvania one-of-a-kind record — by winning an unprecedented sixth term in the U.S. Senate? Only a fool would count Arlen Specter out.
After launching his series of verbal missiles at Toomey, Specter laughed as he turned to leave for his next stop accompanied by a solitary aide. The eyes twinkled, but the voice, even in humor, imparted a warning sense of steel.
“After this I’m going to send a tough one.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?