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marshhen
Northern by birth, southern by choice
09:20 AM on 05/18/2010
Come on now, throught the years did Arlen Specter vote to do what his constituency wanted and desired? Or was every vote he made do with getting himself power, notariety, and re-elected. I think the latter is the truth.
09:14 AM on 05/18/2010
You say independence. I say unprincipled. Specter's voting record makes clear that he does what's best for Arlen, not for his constituents. As Harry Reid famously said of him when he was a Republican, he's with us except when we need him. He always teased and almost always voted wrong when push came to shove. As soon as Sestak got in the race, he started voting like the most liberal member of the Senate. Pleased as I am to have him voting the right way, what's to prevent him from changing his stripes yet again if he's reelected and no longer faces pressure from the left?
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PATina
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
09:53 AM on 05/18/2010
The thing is... most of us here in PA actually like the job Specter has done for us as our Senator. So to say he hasn't done what's best for his constituents isn't exactly true. Your use of the Harry Reid quote seems to suggest that voting w/ the Democratic party equates to doing what's best for his constituents... which isn't always true (the Dem party helped pass all of that horrible legislation Bush signed).
10:07 AM on 05/18/2010
Fair enough. Though if most Pennsylvanians actually like the job he's doing, he should have no trouble winning today and in November.
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FirstGame72
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
09:13 AM on 05/18/2010
As far as the military-industrial complex and our ruling elites are concerned, Specter's greatest accomplishment, and the one that really launched his political career, came early - with his creation of the "Magic Bullet" to "fix" the unfixable Warren Commision "conclusion" that Lee Owsald was the lone assasin that killed Pres. Kennedy.
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Maxiesid
09:05 AM on 05/18/2010
Arlen Specter's defection from the Republican party was just a strategy by the GOP to try to hold onto PA, once they realized that no Republican was going to walk to a win here anymore. That way they have their man running as a republican and their main man running as a democrat. Either way, they figure, they win. They didn't count on the fact that many people here in PA aren't buying. Sestak is exactly what is needed in PA. Going to vote right after work... for Sestak!!
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PhilipTaylor
SEARCH FOR: POLITICS QUICKER THAN ANYWHERE ELSE!
09:02 AM on 05/18/2010
Why promote this old B1RD who has flown his last flight?

We need a new Generation of thinkers!
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GrannyForObama
08:55 AM on 05/18/2010
This was a most difficult decision for me. As a former Republican and Pennsylvanian, I have a lot of respect and sympathy for Arlen Specter. Nonetheless, I was very disappointed that he did not speak out more about the toxic and outright wacky environment in the Republican Party that has left so many of us and instead seemed to be concerned only about his own re-election. In the end I gave my support to Joe Sestak.

Part of life is having the grace to know "when to hold and when to fold". It seems to me that Senator Specter would have made a better choice to retire from the Senate and then perhaps gone on to serve in the Obama administration. Statistically, The President has had some difficulty relating to Seniors and older Americans - who better to advocate for them in the Department of Health and Human Services than Arlen Specter. If Mr. Sestak prevails, I hope he will do that.
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PATina
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
09:57 AM on 05/18/2010
I hadn't thought about him working in the administration before. That's actually quite a good idea. I agree w/ you that Arlen's time has come and gone.
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Eric Strickland
Craftsman
08:52 AM on 05/18/2010
Gotta give these right wing DLC/New Dem types credit for their tenacity. PA voters don't be fooled by these misleading "see what a great Democrat Arlen is" posts and stories. If you are a registered Democrat, I hope you'll head to the polls to support Sestak. It's time the voters show Obama what "Change" is really about.
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TheIndependenceParty
Cranky yankee and a rehabilitated ex-Republican
08:20 AM on 05/18/2010
"The only talking points Specter has followed his entire political life are his own."

I'd say the only interests Specter has voted for all his political life, ... are his own!

Since his debut on the public stage with the Warren Commission this man has acted as an opportunist and in some cases as a shill.

On the amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2007, ... he voted to dispense with FISA court orders for surveillance.

Specter voted yes in September 2006 with Republicans for the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This act granted exclusive powers to the President to define what interrogation techniques outside those barred by the Geneva Conventions are still permissible.

In another vote Specter sided again against Constitutional rulings to grant authority to Congress over the Constitution to ban desecration of the flag. While noble, that act was likely unconstitutional on its face. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, ... Specter would have certainly been expected to know that.

In 2005 he voted with Republicans for the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which curtailed the ability of plaintiffs to file class-action lawsuits against corporations, and also for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which made it harder for people to erase debt by declaring bankruptcy. Both bills passed as the shadow of recession was looming over Americans, and Corporate misdeeds were on the rise.
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TheIndependenceParty
Cranky yankee and a rehabilitated ex-Republican
08:20 AM on 05/18/2010
Certainly Specter voted for some bills supported by Democrats, but on those issues of judicial appointments, Executive Power, and the rights of citizens, Specter has shown he can not be trusted to represent the People's interests!

Joe Sestak will do all of those things for the People of Pennsylvania!
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Puller58
Man of Mystery
08:20 AM on 05/18/2010
At 80 with a cancer bout under his belt, he doesn't have good actuary numbers. If that for nothing else, retire him.
08:11 AM on 05/18/2010
I can understand why independent voters who lean right would support him but no progressive in their right mind would vote for him against Sestak.
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08:11 AM on 05/18/2010
Any politician that is protecting his own hide by disowning the very people that put him there is shameful , and Specter has done this twice, if he had any doubt about getting reelected he should run as a Independent. Specter said he hasn't lied to anyone about he party loyalty but yet he turned his back on both the Parties and it isn't about the PA people it's about Arlen Specter!
07:34 AM on 05/18/2010
I'm with you, that is why I am voting for Specter today. He has done a lot for my state and I totally respect him.
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Vinca
07:32 AM on 05/18/2010
Arlen Spectre has voted with the Dems lots of times , before he became a dem. I think quite a few incumbents will be voted out. Arlen Spectre is in danger of losing his seat, but he may be able to hang on.
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HeevenSteven
20 Minutes into the future.
07:23 AM on 05/18/2010
He didn't vote for Bork, but he did vote for Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito, Iraq war, big tax cuts for the wealthiest, etc, etc, etc..Yeah, some liberal he is...
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Vinca
07:41 AM on 05/18/2010
There times when Arlen Spectrer's vote was helpful for dems, when he was a Repub. Mostly I'm for a new slate, entirely.
08:28 AM on 05/18/2010
Lots of Democrats voted for all of the above.
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HeevenSteven
20 Minutes into the future.
08:38 AM on 05/18/2010
Lots of Dems aren't liberal.