Arlen Specter was a party-switcher and political opportunist like no one in living memory.
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EVEN AFTER SWITCHING PARTIES, Specter openly rooted for Republican Norm Coleman to beat Democrat Al Franken in a closely fought Minnesota Senate race. He opposed Obama’s budget and his decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan. But Joe Sestak’s primary challenge made such independence impossible. And Sestak still beat Specter for the Democratic nomination, going on to lose the general to Specter’s nemesis Pat Toomey.
Specter believes that his defeat was a tragedy, even though he may have cast the most unpopular collection of votes in history: for Obamacare, the stimulus, TARP, the Iraq war, the Patriot Act. No wonder both parties rejected him. Specter doesn’t seem to understand what is wrong with a little pork among friends, why compromise is not always a virtue in itself, or what purpose beyond self-preservation there is to politics.
Not long after switching parties, Specter remembers getting into a television dust-up with Republican Michele Bachmann. Specter spoke condescendingly to her and there was a backlash against his treatment of women. “I don’t apologize unless I’ve done something really wrong,” he writes. “I just don’t do it. But I decided to make an exception here because it was the politic thing to do.”
Specter’s career of making unprincipled exceptions because it was the politic thing to do finally came to a screeching halt. In a way, it is fitting that he is now a stand-up comic. The joke was on him.
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?
H/T to National Review Online