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Senator Specter’s Votes

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 4:40 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Senator Arlen Specter voted “No” on Elena Kagan’s Solicitor General nomination last year when he was a Republican, and even as a Democrat he expressed doubt about supporting her Supreme Court nomination as recently as last month. However, yesterday, Specter announced he now supports Kagan.

Jake Tapper wonders if there is an Obama Administration job offer on the table?

Allahpundit suggests this is proof Obama bribed the wrong Pennsylvania Senate candidate. It could also show Obama was a good judge of whose vote was easier to sway.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Specter’s announcement (linked above) is especially annoying given the crocodile tears he cries over a lack of candid responses by Supreme Court candidates:

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan did little to undo the impression that nominating hearings are little more than a charade in which cautious non-answers take the place of substantive exchanges.

In this, she was following the practice of high court nominees since Judge Robert Bork.

. . . .

. . . Kagan did little to move the nomination hearings from the stylized “farce” (her own word) they have become into a discussion of substantive issues that reveal something of the nominee’s judicial philosophy and predilections.

It may be understandable that she said little after White House coaching and the continuing success of stonewalling nominees. But it is regrettable.

MOVING INTO SAM KINISON MODE: Gee, I wonder why it is that Supreme Court nominees never say anything substantive anymore. Could it be that the last one to do so was Robert Bork, who confidently articulated his positions and backed them up with logic and rigor — only to see [expletive deleted]HOLES LIKE ARLEN SPECTER TWIST HIS WORDS BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION UNTIL THE NOMINEE’S STATEMENTS BECAME A [expletive deleted]ING CARICATURE OF HIS ACTUAL [expletive deleted]ING POSITIONS!!!

16 Responses to “Senator Specter’s Votes”

  1. Arlen Sphincter(D)
    feeds at the public trough in

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  2. And to think this is one of my senators. Grrrrrr.

    either orr (7cffdd)

  3. Why would an eighty-year old man try to cling on to power, in the face of such public humiliation? Is it some kind of psychopathy with these guys — they cannot live without power over the poperty, liberty and lives of other people?

    nk (db4a41)

  4. *poperty=property*

    nk (db4a41)

  5. Maybe we need a House of Lords with absolutely no real power, but tons of pomp and silly fancy crap. They can eat in a pretty dining room like the one in the Capitol and have access to a sweet gym like Rayburns. We can send them on special missions all over the world to the sweetest golf courses.

    And all these idiots who currently are in power for 76 years can be transferred there before they do so much damage to the Republic.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  6. He’s an ugly corrupt disease-ridden coward and his children should be ashamed to bear his name.

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  7. It’s heartening to know that there are still politicians out there with enough integrity that once bought stay bought.

    SaintGeorgeGentile (aa85b2)

  8. Does anybody remember when men were men? I vaguely remember when a man’s word meant something and if a man took an oath it meant he would follow it to the death if necessary. I actually remember a time when we didn’t have to look to the women to find some real political courage. Palin and Bachmann will have to hold the fort for a while longer until we can get them the help they need.

    Dave B (53cd62)

  9. Is it some kind of psychopathy with these guys — they cannot live without power over the property, liberty and lives of other people

    Well, yeah.

    Clint Webb for Senate

    Scrutineer (e1f362)

  10. He might as well be standing on the steps of the Capitol, holding a sign that reads “Votes for Sale”.

    Icy Texan (016cc3)

  11. Specter is what the Founding Fathers feared the most: an immoral, unethical, unprincipled, dishonest man in public office!

    Bill Fabrizio (5abdd8)

  12. Specter is the common politburo whore.

    And we grow them to our detriment by letting the 17th Amendment stand. It’s time we repealed “the Schumer seat” syndrome, and gave the Senate back to the sovereign states.

    bill-tb (541ea9)

  13. When you consider Specter, remember he was the defense attorney for Ira Einhorn who murdered his girlfriend, stuffed her body in a trunk, then jumped bail and lived in France for years thumbing his nose at US justice.

    He began as a dirt bag.

    Now, Pennsylvania is going to scrap the Olympia, Commodore Dewey’s flagship and spend the money on monuments to Specter and Murtha. What a great state !

    Mike K (0ef8c3)

  14. Kind of off topic…but I miss Sam Kinison…..

    gahrie (ed7a50)

  15. Does anyone know of a liberal judge sphinkter face has voted against?

    dunce (c5cd86)

  16. dunce: what an apt description and even more so because he acts like one.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

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