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Arlen Specter has died
Althouse ^ | 10/14/2012 | Ann Althouse

Posted on 10/14/2012 5:20:42 PM PDT by BfloGuy

Arriving on Capitol Hill in 1981, he became a dominant force during the Judiciary Committee’s rancorous Supreme Court nomination battles. More than anyone else, he helped defeat conservative nominee Robert Bork in 1987, and his aggressive questioning of law professor Anita Hill four years later — he accused her of “flat-out perjury” — helped secure Clarence Thomas’s confirmation.... “He was a Rockefeller Republican, a liberal Republican, and was willing to take on Presidents Reagan and Bush, and became a true leader in the bipartisan efforts that strengthened all the civil rights laws and defeated Bork,” said Ralph G. Neas, a longtime civil rights and health-care advocate.

“Then you had a line of demarcation,” Neas said, beginning with Thomas’s Supreme Court nomination and continuing with the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate after the 1994 midterm elections. “Arlen Specter became an especially cautious politician,” Neas said.... After Sen. Specter warned President George W. Bush not to nominate judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court case that essentially legalized abortion rights — conservative Republicans protested his appointment to the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Specter later said he would not use a “litmus test” to deny confirmation to abortion opponents.

He presided over the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr. and was a key force behind passage of some of the Bush administration’s controversial anti-terrorism laws, including the Patriot Act. But as controversy erupted over the government’s handling of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Sen. Specter became a leading proponent of habeas corpus rights for unlawful combatants.


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: arlenspecter; specter
Rest in peace, Arlen.

Unfortunately, I can't say that I'll miss you.

1 posted on 10/14/2012 5:20:45 PM PDT by BfloGuy
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To: BfloGuy
This has been posted over and over. And I'm perfectly fine with that.

/johnny

2 posted on 10/14/2012 5:25:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BfloGuy

Arlen, I will not speak ill of the dead, but you will not be missed.


3 posted on 10/14/2012 5:27:25 PM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: BfloGuy

He is finally gone! I don’t think I will live long enough to say that about another Politician I want out of my life!


4 posted on 10/14/2012 5:27:35 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: BfloGuy

He has gone to his final reward. Enjoy it, Arlen, you’ve earned it.


5 posted on 10/14/2012 5:28:17 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: BfloGuy
All I could think of was Revelations 3:15-16

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

6 posted on 10/14/2012 5:28:42 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: JRandomFreeper

Who is playing in tomorrow’s Monday Night Football game?


7 posted on 10/14/2012 5:30:54 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: BfloGuy

Another piece of information in the JFK assassination lost.


8 posted on 10/14/2012 5:31:18 PM PDT by stboz
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To: max americana
Don't know. I don't follow feetsball. I expect I'll be here on FR waiting on the latest 'Arlen is dead' thread.

I find them oddly comforting.

/johnny

9 posted on 10/14/2012 5:33:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BfloGuy

According to Scottish law, he’s an asshole


10 posted on 10/14/2012 5:34:33 PM PDT by wny
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To: BfloGuy

RIP Arlen Specter. Since he at least had the decency to turn Democrat he may not have to know what that special place in hell reserved for RINO’s is like.


11 posted on 10/14/2012 5:42:02 PM PDT by LiberConservative (Looking for that "special somebody else" that makes things happen.)
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To: BfloGuy

The longer Republicans stay in Washington, the more they morph into Arlen Specter, or Orrin Hatch or Richard Lugar. Term limits is the only answer.


12 posted on 10/14/2012 5:44:01 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: BfloGuy

Specter died, huh?

Oh. Well, I`m sure somebody will miss him. May he receive whatever in the afterlife he has coming to him.


13 posted on 10/14/2012 5:44:21 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Record high turnout is our hope for sending 0bama home. Pray hard!!!)
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To: ScottinVA

He can roast in the Ted Kennedy grease fire.


14 posted on 10/14/2012 5:47:36 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: BfloGuy

I will NOT miss you, good riddance, the only person that may miss him is his old client Ira Einhorn, he gave Ira 17 years of freedom in Europe by reducing his bail to $40,000 and Barbara Bronfman paid the $4,000 for him.


15 posted on 10/14/2012 5:56:08 PM PDT by Jack_1
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To: BfloGuy

Say hi to Adrian Adonis and Kurt Cobain for me.


16 posted on 10/14/2012 5:57:41 PM PDT by MNDude (OWS Movement RIP)
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To: BfloGuy

“Well...bye”


17 posted on 10/14/2012 6:00:39 PM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: BfloGuy

With all respect to the death of any human being ... Arlen Specter is a prime example of all that is wrong with the American Political system ... Specter ran again and again for Self-Preservation ... not for his country’s preservation ... Party over politics - but for Specter it was Party for Specter - whatever political party - any party would do - depending on the prevailing political sentiment ... the phrase Political Prostitute comes to mind...


18 posted on 10/14/2012 6:04:42 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: JRandomFreeper

He did a lot of damage to our Republic before he died. And he died when he was rendered useless by the dems/rinos. Strange how life works. If he ever truly had God in his life, he would have begged forgiveness. Maybe he did but I have my doubts.


19 posted on 10/14/2012 6:04:55 PM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: BfloGuy
Arlen Specter has died

I won't say "go to hell," Arlen, because now it's moot.

20 posted on 10/14/2012 6:07:59 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: BfloGuy

I’m appalled, appalled I tell you!

Is there no longer even a single soul left here on FR now willing to rant and rave about the dying of the site’s nobel civility towards the honored dead and their bereaved loved ones? Have we at long last become nothing more than a pack of jackals, churlish beasts whom our betters can no longer shame into uttering knee-jerk platitudes by condemning us with righteous finger wagging and quoting of Bible verses? s/


21 posted on 10/14/2012 6:13:10 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: BfloGuy

I was wondering why he had been absent from the obama campaign trail in recent months...


22 posted on 10/14/2012 6:26:58 PM PDT by rhinohunter
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To: albie
He did a lot of damage to our Republic before he died.

That he did. Without his vote Obamacare doesn't pass.

23 posted on 10/14/2012 6:31:18 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: BfloGuy

Backstabbing sorry piece of crap!!!


24 posted on 10/14/2012 6:33:02 PM PDT by ontap
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To: rhinohunter

A living and breathing,.....well anyway.... a good reason for term limits. ;-)


25 posted on 10/14/2012 6:33:05 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: BfloGuy
Well, Good.
Arlen Spector, Democrat turned Republican turned Democrat. Another Joe Biden sleeze bag. He will not be missed.
26 posted on 10/14/2012 6:35:02 PM PDT by Tupelo (Republicans, ...Are any of them worthy of my vote?)
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To: BfloGuy
Richly, with ridiculous display,
the politician’s corpse was laid away.
While all his acquaintances sneered and slanged,
I wept... for I longed to see him hanged.
27 posted on 10/14/2012 6:36:14 PM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: ArtDodger

well played


28 posted on 10/14/2012 6:41:00 PM PDT by advertising guy (" that lie has it's own sleep number " David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
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To: Talisker

9th circle, I’d guess....

RIP, if you can, Arlen


29 posted on 10/14/2012 6:45:17 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: South40
He did a lot of damage to our Republic before he died.

That he did. Without his vote Obamacare doesn't pass.

He'll smoke a turd in hell for that one.

30 posted on 10/14/2012 6:49:40 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: Only1choice____Freedom

“...He’ll smoke a turd in hell for that one....”

Close but not “cigar”. He’s a smoking turd in hell tonight.
Hell had to enlarge itself to take in this traitorous POS.


31 posted on 10/14/2012 6:52:50 PM PDT by lgjhn23
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To: BfloGuy

Didn’t like him and he was a real detriment to the GOP, but I hope he rests in peace. Condolences to his family.


32 posted on 10/14/2012 6:57:23 PM PDT by teeker
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To: ArtDodger

For all his faults, Arlen Specter did the good deed of getting Clearence Thomas confirmed. For that, I thank him and give him his due.


33 posted on 10/14/2012 7:14:00 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: BfloGuy
Good riddance to lieing trash.
I refuse to be politically correct about snarlin Arlin, I am glad he lost his last election and I am glad he is croaked.
34 posted on 10/14/2012 7:54:51 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: stboz

agreed double-plus. wish i’d still be around for the unveiling of those copious files.


35 posted on 10/14/2012 8:16:33 PM PDT by kallisti (courage almost always wins)
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To: albie

Sununu was on Fox today praising Specter for helping in the effort to get Clarence Thomas confirmed. So having him there wasn’t quite as bad as if an open Democrat had held the seat. Still, we will never know how much the nation lost by not having Robert Bork on the Court.


36 posted on 10/14/2012 8:45:56 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SC_Pete; All
Term limits is the only answer.

I used to think so. Now I believe that the death of the MSM and the ascendancy of the new media will do.

37 posted on 10/14/2012 9:28:56 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: stboz
"Another piece of information in the JFK assassination lost."




Wouldn't it be great if Specter had a sealed envelope with all the who-really-dunnit details given to his attorney to be mailed to all major media after his death?

39 posted on 10/14/2012 10:02:38 PM PDT by goron ("Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately." --Joe Biden, 8/22/12)
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To: marktwain

I wish that the new media could save freedom and liberty, but the new media just as easily promotes communism, terrorism, propaganda, flash mobs, union demonstrations, voter fraud, drug trade, human trafficking, Chinese and Russian espionage, cyberterrorism, and repetitive motion thumb injuries. The God of Re-election changes every politician, drives pork, bailouts, loans, grants, tax credits, Agribusiness, the entire lobbying industry, and distorts the national economy. The professional political class should be put out of business tomorrow. To paraphrase William F. Buckley, I’d rather be governed by the first 500 people in the Boston phonebook.


40 posted on 10/15/2012 4:11:21 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: marktwain

I wish that the new media could save freedom and liberty, but the new media just as easily promotes communism, terrorism, propaganda, flash mobs, union demonstrations, voter fraud, drug trade, human trafficking, Chinese and Russian espionage, cyberterrorism, and repetitive motion thumb injuries. The God of Re-election changes every politician, drives pork, bailouts, loans, grants, tax credits, Agribusiness, the entire lobbying industry, and distorts the national economy. The professional political class should be put out of business tomorrow. To paraphrase William F. Buckley, I’d rather be governed by the first 500 people in the Boston phonebook.


41 posted on 10/15/2012 4:11:22 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: BfloGuy

42 posted on 10/15/2012 10:16:45 AM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a 8 yr old son with Down Syndrome and fighting to keep him off Obama's death panels.)
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To: BfloGuy
The very definition of a RINO.

RIP Arlen.

43 posted on 10/15/2012 10:23:32 AM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: max americana

lol


44 posted on 10/15/2012 10:27:04 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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