Specter Twice Thanks His Fellow Republicans At Major Democratic Dinner

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) has been struggling to convince Democrats that he is now one of them after switching parties with the shifting polls in his state. He did not help himself at a major dinner this week by twice thanking the Allegheny County Republicans. The problem is that he is not only running as a Democrat but the event was put on by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee as its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

On a prior occasion, Specter referred to a college Democratic group as “College Republican,” here.

President Obama is pushing for Specter to win the primary but Democrats appear to be flocking to Rep. Joe Sestak, a second-term congressman and retired admiral.

This is a lot like putting your first wife’s name on your second wife’s birthday cake. Awkward.

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29 thoughts on “Specter Twice Thanks His Fellow Republicans At Major Democratic Dinner

  1. Dress it up all you want, put lipstick on it too and what do you have? A Pig. Do with it what you will, time for bacon?

  2. The only thing Specter ever convinced me of is that he’ll say whatever the corporations funding his campaigns tell him to say.

  3. He should retire … along with 3/4s of the rest in the Senate.

    Why do these guys hang around … certainly they’ve been paid well by corporate America … didn’t they save some for their old, old age?

  4. Specter was way ahead of Sestak. Sestak surged. Now they are even. I think Sestak is a better candidate to face the ultra right republican Toomey in the fall. I am angry at Obama for running ads with Specter. It actually seems to be helping Specter.

  5. Swarthmore Mom,

    While I would prefer Admiral Sestak over Senator Specter, I don’t have any problem with President Obama supporting him – in fact, quite the opposite. Clearly presidential support was part of the deal to switch parties and Specter did his part (his voting record since the switch is that of a fairly liberal democrat). I would expect President Obama to make good on his word (and I expect the Democrats to close ranks around the nominee whoever it is). Honestly, I’m more concerned with the nominee beating Pat Toomey in the fall (it isn’t clear who would have a better chance, though). I’m guessing that Arlen’s gaffes might be a result of the fact that he sees the writing on the wall…

  6. E-Cookie

    This is what the new law bans:

    The law prohibits the teaching of any classes that promote “the overthrow of the United States government,” “resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

  7. And while the White House has backed Mr. Specter in the primary, making good on a pledge made when he switched parties just over a year ago, Mr. Obama seems unlikely to make a campaign visit for Mr. Specter before the primary, Democrats said. They said the White House is not eager to be embarrassed by having the president make a last-minute visit on behalf of a candidate who goes on to lose, as happened in the Massachusetts Senate and New Jersey governor’s races.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/us/politics/12penn.html

  8. Bdaman,

    That sounds.. what was that third thing? This is clearly an attempt to disguise something that will target a specific race (in practice) by surrounding it with provisions that no one could object to politically (which are most likely totally unnecessary as well – or are Arizona schools regularly advocating the overthrow of the government?)

  9. are Arizona schools regularly advocating the overthrow of the government?)

    Arizona is full of birthers, what do you think :)

  10. Bdaman,

    Good point – I hope they’re not teaching birtherism in public schools, though…

  11. Gyges,

    You always know the odds. What’s Vegas say about AZ teaching birtherism in class?

  12. Dr. Slarti I failed my biology exam today.

    I was asked to name two things commonly found in cells.

    Apparently, people like me & Mexicans was not the correct answer. :)

  13. Yeah, b-man, I can read. The notion that anyone is advocating the overthrow of the government or is teaching racial resentment in an ethnic studies class is beyond moronic. And the only racial resentment being stoked is that of the idiots who passed/support this legislation.

    You are right, the tea-partiers and birthers constantly advocate the overthrow of the government, but the law isn’t aimed at them, now is it?

    So to sum up, it’s not okay to advocate the overthrow of the government in an ethnic studies class, which doesn’t happen anyway. But it’s totally okay for stupid white people to advocate the overthrow of the government in any other kind of class, or anywhere else at all. Makes total sense.

  14. “So to sum up, it’s not okay to advocate the overthrow of the government in an ethnic studies class, which doesn’t happen anyway. But it’s totally okay for stupid white people to advocate the overthrow of the government in any other kind of class, or anywhere else at all. Makes total sense.”

    Excellent summation!

  15. Parents must kill Tucson
    program

    May. 4, 2010 12:00 AM
    The Arizona Republic

    Opponents of Senate Bill 1070 have deep
    and reasonable concerns about the racially
    stigmatizing potential of Arizona’s new anti-
    illegal-immigration law. It has the effect of
    separating Americans by race.

    It is ironic, then, that so few opponents of SB
    1070 express similar concerns regarding
    the ethnic-studies department in the Tucson
    Unified School District, a program whose
    expressed intent is to divide students by
    race.
    ****
    Well-intended as it may be, HB 2281 cannot
    force the change that needs to happen:
    compelling the parents of Tucson students
    to wrench back control of their school
    district from the ideological zealots who are
    using their children as political pawns.

    The TUSD ethnic-studies program has
    thrived primarily for two reasons. …
    They have looked aside as a radical band of self-
    identified “progressives” and racial
    separatists expanded its influence in the
    district….

  16. Bdaman,

    Can’t help you with biology today – the two things commonly found in cells that I’m focused on right now are Cdc25a and MPF and how their mutual regulation during the G2 phase of the cell cycle works…

    Swarthmore Mom,

    Thanks for the info – good news if the Specter v. Sestak polls are correct. FYI, Nate Silver has them even vs. Toomey, but likes Sestak going forward (less baggage – I would also add that he’s not an incumbent senator, either).

  17. It looks like Specter could very well lose. His margins in Philadelphia are not large enough and Sestak is popular in western Pennsylvania.

  18. Swarthmore Mom,

    I think you are correct. I do think that anyone with the designation of Incumbent will have a rough road to hoe for being the “Ho” they have been.

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