LOSERS  2:56 pm December 21, 2010

Arlen Specter Manages To Complete Final Senate Speech Without Switching Parties

by Jack Stuef

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 December 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Go to bed, old man.

SexySmurf December 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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

Lisa won by showing a little boob?

HistoriCat December 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Hey – this isn't Italy you know!

V572625694 December 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

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 December 22, 2010 at 3:19 am


Lascauxcaveman December 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm

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

freakishlywrong December 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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

deanbooth December 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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

Moonbatting Average December 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm

But did Arlen spell her name correctly in the speech?

LionelHutzEsq December 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

But did he finally let out who killed Kennedy?

mumbly_joe December 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

But after all, it was you and me.

LionelHutzEsq December 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm

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

BarackMyWorld December 22, 2010 at 1:32 am

Pleased to meet you!

ShaveTheWhales December 22, 2010 at 3:21 am

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

inapewetrust December 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm


deliciously arousing!

indecencycmdr December 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm

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

SorosBot December 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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 December 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

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 December 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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

BarackMyWorld December 22, 2010 at 1:35 am

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 December 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

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 December 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

More likely, Blanche Lincoln.

Got some Streetcar business going down at Chez Graham.

SudsMcKenzie December 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

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

mereoblivion December 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

From safflower to peanut?

Lucidamente1 December 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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

hagajim December 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

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 December 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Rowr. On In your face, Joe Miller.

SayItWithWookies December 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

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

StillGoinGreen December 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm

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

Sue4466 December 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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 December 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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 December 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm

What, no shout out to the Dutch cleanser?

tribbzthesquidz December 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

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

BarackMyWorld December 22, 2010 at 1:38 am

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

ttommyunger December 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm

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 December 22, 2010 at 1:53 am

Anita Hill told the truth!

ShaveTheWhales December 22, 2010 at 3:26 am

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 December 22, 2010 at 3:51 am

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.

cheaphits December 22, 2010 at 5:05 am

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 December 22, 2010 at 6:16 am

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 December 22, 2010 at 5:56 am

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

V572625694 December 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm

♪ ♫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 December 27, 2010 at 6:27 am

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

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