Arlen Specter Manages To Complete Final Senate Speech Without Switching Parties

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Arlen Specter, still talking, but for one last time:

“The spectacular re-election of Senator Lisa Murkowski on a write-in vote in the Alaskan general election and the defeat of other Tea Party candidates in 2010 in general elections may show the way to counter right-wing extremists,” he said. “By bouncing back and winning, Senator Murkowski demonstrated that a moderate-centrist can win by informing and arousing the general electorate. Her victory proves that America still wants to be and can be governed by the center.”

An important history lesson on why now we all bow down to our dear Supreme Leader Murkowski. [NYT]

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  • chascates

    Go to bed, old man.

  • SexySmurf

    moderate-centrist can win by informing and arousing the general electorate.

    Lisa won by showing a little boob?

    • HistoriCat

      Hey – this isn't Italy you know!

      • V572625694

        And that's a damn shame, if you ask me. If we're going to elect clowns, could we at least elect snappy-dressing good-looking ones? (And I don't mean Palin. And I don't mean Berulusconi.)

        • ShaveTheWhales


          • http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd271/lascauxcaveman/?action=view&current=KZ1100shafty.jpg Lascauxcaveman

            OK, but only if Jeff Koons is doing the campaign posters.

  • freakishlywrong

    "Informing and arousing" are two words I'd really rather not hear coming out of Arlen's piehole.

  • deanbooth

    I listened to Specter on C-Span, and he definitely said "Liza."

  • Moonbatting Average

    But did Arlen spell her name correctly in the speech?

  • LionelHutzEsq

    But did he finally let out who killed Kennedy?

    • mumbly_joe

      But after all, it was you and me.

      • LionelHutzEsq

        You, sir, are a man of wealth and taste.

        • BarackMyWorld

          Pleased to meet you!

          • ShaveTheWhales

            Newsflash — Francisco Franco is still dead, but there are a number of rank generals around.

  • http://thefastertimes.com/absurdnews/ inapewetrust


    deliciously arousing!

    • indecencycmdr

      we will have to turn Murkowski into a sex act. well, not you and I, necessarily. I meant the generic "we". Although…

  • SorosBot

    Also too, so far Murkowski has voted with the Democrats in every vote in the lame duck session; so thanks, Joe Miller and the Republicans who supported him and pissed her off!

    • horsedreamer_1

      If not for the fact I find Steve Benen to be a twit, I'd prolly still be reading "Political Animal". But nice post, this time.

  • bumfug

    "Moderate-centrist?" Murkowski proved that a right-wing hag can beat a batshit crazy dumbass. Hooray! It's still America!

    • BarackMyWorld

      In Washington speak, a moderate is someone who breaks with their party on 1 out of 100 votes in order to take a bold stand supporting something that's already popular.

  • jim89048

    Maybe it was Murkowski that got caught leaving Graham's residence early that one morning? I can see how this could've been confusing to some.

    • horsedreamer_1

      More likely, Blanche Lincoln.

      Got some Streetcar business going down at Chez Graham.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    In a related story, Joe Sestak got an oil change today.

    • mereoblivion

      From safflower to peanut?

  • Lucidamente1

    Lisa Murkowski winning as a write-in candidate: why, it's a virtual magic bullet of electoral victories!

  • hagajim

    Arlen might not have switched parties, but I'm thinking he's probably been a switch hitter for awhile. How else do you explain his relationship with Larry Craig?

  • elviouslyqueer

    Rowr. On In your face, Joe Miller.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Sure, a moderate centrist can win an election — just not a Republican primary. And I hope they stick to those high ideals.

    • StillGoinGreen

      And not in any US state attached to another US state.

  • Sue4466

    Only in a world where Obama is considered a socialist is a right-winger like Murkowski deemed a "moderate-centrist." Who the fuck is he kidding?

  • mumbly_joe

    Really, though, this seems like as good a time as any to reach through the airwaves (sic) and the years and ask Arlen Spector to consider something. I would love for him to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of what he did with (sic) Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas hearings.

  • Radiotherapy

    What, no shout out to the Dutch cleanser?

  • tribbzthesquidz

    Specter to SCOTUS: Fuck all y'all.
    See also: John Kerry texting in background.

    • BarackMyWorld

      Kerry probably spells out his emoticons. Semi-colon and second-half of parentheses.

  • ttommyunger

    Arlen needs to be what he looks like: dead. His speciality is dreaming up fantasy shit like the "single bullet theory" and getting murderers off scott free. I would call him a cunt but that would be an insult to cunts, which have some intrinsic value.

  • aguacatero

    Anita Hill told the truth!

  • ShaveTheWhales

    Fucking moderate-centrists! How do they work?

    Moderate-centrist, my third eye. Lease-A is a pure porkosaurus. She may vote a little off the reservation while she's still got her snit on, but I doubt that will last beyond the start of the new Congress.

    Still better than Douchebag ("Joe") Miller, though.

  • Negropolis

    This just shows you how completely bat-shit insane the electorate is, again. I will never let anyone call Lisa a moderate-centrist without a protest.

    Murkowski is (or at least was — I'm waiting to see if she's been freed) a solidly center-right, reliably Republican vote. They can call her a moderate-centrist all that they want to, it doesn't make it so.

    Sorry, no snark. Oh, and fuck the feckless and two-faced Arlen Specter.

  • http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/cheaphits/reviews/ cheaphits

    But this is how we win – chipping away vote by vote and one thing and one congressperson at a time.

    This is on our side; Republicans have no morals or political position generally speaking and if they get their delicate feelings hurt or feel a change in the political wind they can be had.

    Lawd knows, they can be had.

    • Negropolis

      It's FAR more likely when he new Congress is up and running with more GOP influence that Murky will shift right back to her old self, than for her to go off on her own. Murky is a 'politician' if there ever was one. She'll look at the lay of the land, but her finger in the air and see which way the wind blows, and it ain't blowin' towards the Dems at the moment.

  • arihaya

    Thanks Liza Morcowsky ,,, finally we all can understand what them Germans called "schadenfreude"

  • V572625694

    ♪ ♫I should have known that I could do as well
    By switching to the Democrats and it's worked out rather swell!
    Now I know Repubes are not the only party I've been in
    Democrat, Republican, so long as I can win.

    And I think it's gonna be all right
    Yeah the worst is over now
    I won another term and you can all go to hell♪ ♫

    With apologies to Paul Simon.

  • Digital_Gravy

    Is Specter still alive? Huh, I thought he died of cancer?