Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hope, change and Arlen Specter

"The seesaw 2010 Senate race in Pennsylvania tips to Republican Pat Toomey, who has 43 percent to recently converted Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter's 42 percent, too close to call, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This reverses a 45 - 44 percent tip to Sen. Specter July 22 and wipes out a 20-point Specter lead May 4, in the flush of Specter's switch from Republican to Democrat to escape a primary battle with Toomey. President Barack Obama's job approval rating in the Keystone State has dropped to a new low, 49 - 42 percent, the first time he has been under 50 percent in the state, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds."

Specter's conduct at the Thomas confirmation hearings was a national disgrace.

Specter's name then became a national punchline in the movie "JFK" (and by extension in Seinfeld's Keith Hernandez / "magic loogie" episode).

Recently, Specter's party switch (and his embrace by and of Obama) became the classic example of cynical, careerist, political opportunism. Further, it proved that "change" was an empty promise, if change meant another six years of Specter in office.

I'm not surprised Specter and Obama are bringing each other down.

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