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GOP will miss Arlen Specter's prudence [only the RINOs will] [barf barf barf]
Politico ^ | 2009-05-08 | Douglas W. Kmeic

Posted on 05/08/2009 3:12:36 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

For years, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania has been excoriated by the GOP for his “unprincipled,” pragmatic decision making. Yet, like President Barack Obama, Specter has always been more attentive to the needs of those who sent him to Washington than to demands that he toe the party line.

It’s no surprise that the GOP now says Specter switched to the Democrats just to save his own skin. But it would stand Darwin on his head were senators unmindful of their political survival. No, the real question relates to the GOP’s survival. A party whose domestic policy consists of setting Americans against each other — and whose gray, vice presidential eminence thinks international legitimacy is found in the efficacy of torture — is, in the vocabulary of the time, not too big to fail. And it is failing badly.

Specter is not a flashy, youthful politician. His ways and manner are old school. Nevertheless, Specter deserves praise for his willingness to find workable solutions even if it means enduring the unrelenting criticism of those who see the world only through a distorting ideological lens.

The GOP will miss Specter’s prudence as it prepares to quiz Obama’s nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 0bama; 111th; arlenspecter; bho2009; bho44; democratmedia; democrats; obama; rino; rinoparty; rinopurge; rinoromney; romney; romney4obama; romneyagent; specter; teamromney; vichyrinos; zero; zeroworship

1 posted on 05/08/2009 3:12:36 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

That’s what I’ll call him. “Missy Prudence”

Oh how I miss her... GAK!


2 posted on 05/08/2009 3:14:07 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: rabscuttle385

The GOP will miss laughing at him behind his back. And giving him the one finger salute.


3 posted on 05/08/2009 3:14:31 PM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart.........Palin 2012, can't come soon enough.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Fact: When Spector fled the GOP, it became that much more worth voting for.


4 posted on 05/08/2009 3:15:13 PM PDT by WingsofCourage
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To: rabscuttle385
"GOP will miss Arlen Specter's prudence"

Is Prudence his dog or his daughter or his mistress? Maybe all three?

5 posted on 05/08/2009 3:16:00 PM PDT by muir_redwoods ( O.B.A.M.A. = One Big Asinine Mistake, America)
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To: rabscuttle385
Douglas Kmiec

"..Obama Endorsement

When Romney dropped out, Professor Kmiec aired his disagreement with those in the Republican party who targeted Romney for his faith and challenged the GOP to do a better job addressing social justice issues from the needs of the middle class to the war in Iraq. Kmiec suggested that if the Republicans did not address these needs more effectively, "Reaganites for Obama" would not be far behind. [6] A few weeks later and despite his Republican bona fides, Kmiec endorsed Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. [7][8] In making the endorsement, Professor Kmiec was careful to note his disagreement with Obama, especially over the right to life, but indicated that it was time to find common ground on this and other topics. Most of all, Kmiec said he endorsed Obama because he "believed him to be a person of integrity, intelligence, and genuine good will. I take him at his word that he wants to move the nation beyond its religious and racial divides and that he wants to return the United States to that company of nations committed to human rights." [9].."

6 posted on 05/08/2009 3:16:18 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: rabscuttle385

Of course Kmiec likes Specter, he’s pro-abortion after all and helped kill the Bork nomination.


7 posted on 05/08/2009 3:16:47 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: rabscuttle385

Not exactly surprising considering who the author is. One unprincipled joker defending another one.


8 posted on 05/08/2009 3:17:00 PM PDT by penowa
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To: 50mm

Zero worship alert!


9 posted on 05/08/2009 3:17:13 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

He just raised the collective IQ of both parties


10 posted on 05/08/2009 3:17:14 PM PDT by muir_redwoods ( O.B.A.M.A. = One Big Asinine Mistake, America)
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To: rabscuttle385

Politico is particularly snotty today. Did you guys forget to set out yesterday’s bisquits for his lunch or something?


11 posted on 05/08/2009 3:17:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: DoughtyOne

Don’t call him Surely or Prudence. Call him Hope(less).


12 posted on 05/08/2009 3:19:59 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: rabscuttle385

Jumping parties like that doesn’t seem too “prudent.”


13 posted on 05/08/2009 3:20:14 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: rabscuttle385; Leisler; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; EternalVigilance; Reagan Man; Elsie; ...

Kmeic is Romney’s senior agent, part of Team Romney’s
endless attack on the GOP and conservatives.

Romney = Obama supporter
Romney = GOP Conservative Hater
Romney = POS


14 posted on 05/08/2009 3:21:00 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: rabscuttle385

ONLY in a Democrats Dream....will Specter be missed....


15 posted on 05/08/2009 3:21:17 PM PDT by goodnesswins (WE have a REPUBLIC.....IF we can KEEP IT!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

But we are just happier than **** that he took his “prudence” over to those out of control bass turds on the other side of the aisle. The Commie ‘RATS are the ones who really need it.


16 posted on 05/08/2009 3:21:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Politicians always love to talk about "hard work." What the hell would they know about it?)
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To: rabscuttle385
Specter has always been more attentive to the needs of those who sent him to Washington than to demands that he toe the party line.

Why, then, was the attentive Specter trailing by his home state primary polls by 21 points?

If he was so damn attentive, why did his own voters apparently hate his guts with a purple passion?

Jeez. He blows it in the very first paragraph, putting forward an idiotic self-contradicting premise.

17 posted on 05/08/2009 3:22:02 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: rabscuttle385

OMG....who will we now turn to for intepretation of Scottish law?????


18 posted on 05/08/2009 3:23:04 PM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: rabscuttle385

"My Advisors support Obama and hate Conservatives. Give me what I want and I'll go away."

19 posted on 05/08/2009 3:23:42 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: rabscuttle385
The GOP will miss Specter like a man will miss a hemhorroid. It hurts to cut it off, but now it's good that it's gone.

He has no principles. He only wants to stay in Washington. What a lame excuse to switch parties. Get a job, Arlen.

20 posted on 05/08/2009 3:24:39 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Diogenesis
Douglas Kmiec has endorsed Barack Obama for president. Kmiec is a Republican who served in the Justice Department under President Reagan and the first President Bush. Until recently, Kmiec was co-chair of the Romney for President Advisory Committee on the Constitution and the Courts. In that capacity, he wrote a piece on Power Line explaining why he supported Romney.
21 posted on 05/08/2009 3:28:46 PM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: rabscuttle385

Arlen Specter was prudent? About what?

Even the Bushes could not call some of his recent transformations “prudent”.


22 posted on 05/08/2009 3:29:19 PM PDT by alloysteel (When the chips are down - the buffalo is empty.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Douglas W. Kmiec no doubt sees Specter as a kindred figure of sorts looking not to be bound to the particulars of their declared allegiance.

Although a prominent Catholic law professor, Kmiec endorsed the pro-abortion Obama. After supporting Prop 8 in California, Kmiec now wants it interpreted so that marriage will be an entirely private matter with the state recognizing gay and straight civil partnerships.

Like Specter, Kmiec is unknowingly moving toward being a party of one, with views and positions coherent only to himself.

23 posted on 05/08/2009 3:33:35 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: muir_redwoods

“He just raised the collective IQ of both parties”

I may have to steal that from you.


24 posted on 05/08/2009 3:35:40 PM PDT by EricT. ("Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government." -George Washington)
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To: rabscuttle385

From the “Pro Life” Kmiec, the Obama kool aid drinker.


25 posted on 05/08/2009 3:40:05 PM PDT by Rosemont
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To: rabscuttle385
GOP will miss Arlen Specter's prudence

Like when he quotes Scottish Law?

26 posted on 05/08/2009 3:41:13 PM PDT by Tai_Chung
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To: rabscuttle385
Here I'll correct the title.

GOP won't miss Arlen Specter's impudence


27 posted on 05/08/2009 3:48:51 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: rabscuttle385

“Yet, like President Barack Obama, Specter has always been more attentive to the needs of those who sent him to Washington than to demands that he toe the party line. “

LOL!


28 posted on 05/08/2009 3:52:39 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Spay or Neuter your liberal today!)
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To: rabscuttle385

If Arlen ever had any principles, like pro 2nd Amendment, he should still have them. If not, he is where he always belonged.


29 posted on 05/08/2009 3:59:14 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Unam Sanctam
Of course Kmiec likes Specter, he’s pro-abortion after all and helped kill the Bork nomination.

I honestly don't remember Arlen's role in the Bork affair.

All I remember vividly was the Submarine Commander Kennedy roaring "Judge Bork's world will be (abortions in the back alley, etc).......".

And that stupid ass senator from Alabama, Howell Heflin, telling Bork that he didn't like his beard.

The whole thing was a travesty, and I thought the Submarine Commander was the principal prosecutor for the Dumbs.

30 posted on 05/08/2009 4:03:03 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: Leisler

So, apparently, Romney’s policies were closer to Zero’s than to McCain’s. That’s just plain scary.


31 posted on 05/08/2009 4:17:41 PM PDT by Politicalmom ("Energy prices will necessarily skyrocket"-Zero)
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To: EricT.

Go ahead I stole it. I think it goes back as far as Lincoln.


32 posted on 05/08/2009 4:20:40 PM PDT by muir_redwoods ( O.B.A.M.A. = One Big Asinine Mistake, America)
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To: Rockingham
Like Specter, Kmiec is unknowingly moving toward being a party of one, with views and positions coherent only to himself.

Self identity crisis. Liberals love that.

33 posted on 05/08/2009 4:24:22 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh, I don’t think the GOP will miss him, and I think it is very nice that he is getting his comeupance from the democratic party he joined.


34 posted on 05/08/2009 4:25:10 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: headstamp 2

So sensitive that he knew he couldn’t make it through a pubbie primary. Whether he can survive a dumbo primary remains to be seen.


35 posted on 05/08/2009 4:27:13 PM PDT by stop_fascism (Georgism is Capitalism perfected)
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To: rabscuttle385

How do I know if I’ll miss him if he won’t go away?


36 posted on 05/08/2009 4:28:26 PM PDT by beandog
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To: Rosemont

Only Charles Dickens could draw a character like Kmiec. He is the Uriah Heep of American politics.


37 posted on 05/08/2009 4:33:00 PM PDT by stop_fascism (Georgism is Capitalism perfected)
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To: rabscuttle385

Any moron that voted for “porkulus” does not display prudence.


38 posted on 05/08/2009 4:55:06 PM PDT by meyer (Obama is to the USA as Mugabe is to Zimbabwe.)
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To: Unam Sanctam

I am not sure about missing Specter...isn’t he the most JUNIOR senator in the Senate. Now what good is a junoir senator anyways...after all what lasting legacy does Senator Zero have of his 4 years that is worth mentioning?


39 posted on 05/08/2009 5:17:59 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Lead...follow...or get the HELL out of the way!)
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To: alloysteel

Speaking of transformations, check out this Arlen Specter bobblehead, parodying his Pinocchio-esque transformation to a donkey.

http://www.bobbleheads.com/product/tabid/85/p-281-arlen-specter.aspx


40 posted on 05/08/2009 8:15:16 PM PDT by wroyal
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To: rabscuttle385
The GOP will miss Specter’s prudence as it prepares to quiz Obama’s nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

Yes, it will. We're going to get a far more liberal Justice without Specter. :-(

41 posted on 05/09/2009 7:41:57 AM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Diogenesis

I need to get off your ping list — leaving for Israel Sunday (for good), and I will only occassionally freep from here on out, and I don’t want to be buried.

Thanks for all the good pings.


42 posted on 05/11/2009 9:37:24 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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