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Steele trash talks Specter: “We’re coming after you and we’re taking you out”
Hot Air ^ | April 28, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 04/28/2009 1:37:19 PM PDT by RobinMasters

Via Greg Hengler, the chairman puts on a brave face for CNN. Don’t get your hopes up — even Michael Barone’s bearish about Toomey’s chances, calling his candidacy “folly” — but TNR asks a good question: How exactly do the Democrats benefit from having Specter switch? With Toomey sure to beat him in a GOP primary, they could have handpicked any centrist Pennsylvania Democrat they like for the general and stood an odds-on shot of winning the seat. Instead, they let Specter switch for the most cynical, opportunistic reasons, a fact that’ll weigh on some Democrats next year.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: gopprimary; pa2010; specter; steele
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1 posted on 04/28/2009 1:37:19 PM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

We should make sure that president Bush goes out to Penn to show his support for Specter again.


2 posted on 04/28/2009 1:39:34 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: RobinMasters

What might beat Specter is his own opportunism.


3 posted on 04/28/2009 1:39:44 PM PDT by TBP
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To: RobinMasters

Because, assuming the Franken decision stands, the Dems get a fillibuster-proof 60 votes this year, and can put Arlie to pasture in the Dim primaries next year.

Win-win.


4 posted on 04/28/2009 1:39:54 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: RobinMasters

It’s time to ex-Specter-ate!


5 posted on 04/28/2009 1:40:19 PM PDT by sourcery (Obama Lied. The Economy Died!)
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To: RobinMasters

I’m not so sure that Spectre left on his own volition.

Even if he lost the primary to Toomey, he would have millions in his campaign chest as a consolation prize.

Now he has contributors screaming for their money back and has to start hitting democrat funding sources fast.


6 posted on 04/28/2009 1:41:37 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: RobinMasters

Toomey and Steele won’t get a shot at Specter. Specter may claim to be a democrat, and may vote for socialism in the next 18 months, but that’s not enough to save him. He’s a traitor and no one likes traitors. The dems will knife him in the back in their own primary. And I won’t shed a tear.


7 posted on 04/28/2009 1:43:16 PM PDT by henkster (0bamanomics: "I'll loan you all the money you need to get out of debt.")
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To: The_Victor

LOL — that would probably finish Specter right there.


8 posted on 04/28/2009 1:43:23 PM PDT by Tarpon (You abolish your responsibilities, your surrender your rights.)
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To: Snickering Hound

Will he (or be required to) refund the contributions from pubbie supporters?


9 posted on 04/28/2009 1:44:28 PM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Snickering Hound

I agree with you I am not sure he left on his own — too many people like me were telling NRSC that we would not donate as long as they supported Specter. Maybe money does talk!


10 posted on 04/28/2009 1:44:45 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Mary Fallin for OK Governor in 2010!)
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To: Snickering Hound

Why would Spectre make the switch without an assurance from the DNC that he wouldn’t face any Democratic opposition the primary?


11 posted on 04/28/2009 1:44:51 PM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: The_Victor

Don’t forget the waterboy:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1117572/posts
Will Limbaugh now allow Toomey equal time on his show?
Posted on 04/14/2004 12:18:51 PM MDT by Skyleader

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1117561/posts
Rush sends softballs to Arlen Specter
Posted on 04/14/2004 12:07:47 PM MDT by Phantom Lord


12 posted on 04/28/2009 1:47:55 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: RobinMasters
...Or closer, at least, than it might have been had the Dems run two-star admiral turned congressman Joe Sestak instead. And what if Sestak or someone else decides to challenge Specter in the Democratic primary?

Is this correct? Do we have these things serving in government?


13 posted on 04/28/2009 1:48:13 PM PDT by AreaMan
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To: dfwgator

Apparently Rendell made that promise but there’s at least one ‘rat that is making primary noises notwithstanding. If you want the article, it’s on Politico under Ben Smith’s stuff IIRC...


14 posted on 04/28/2009 1:48:21 PM PDT by eureka! (Elections have consequences, boy howdy. *sigh*)
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To: dfwgator
"Why would Spectre make the switch without an assurance from the DNC that he wouldn’t face any Democratic opposition the primary?

He wouldn't have. This was in the works for some time, I'm sure. It was laughable when Stephenopolous tried to spin the story as if Obama just found out about it. Please.

Specter will be fully funded by the general election, the unions will be on board, despite the card-check fiasco, and Barry will campaign fro Arly full bore.

15 posted on 04/28/2009 1:48:45 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: fishtank

Good post.


16 posted on 04/28/2009 1:50:48 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are soooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: RobinMasters

Nothing like making an announcement that ensures that the Dems give him 110% financial and ACORN style support.

Idiots tipped their hands too early.

F’n idiots.


17 posted on 04/28/2009 1:51:52 PM PDT by Eagle Eye (Defending RINOs is the same as defending Liberals.)
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To: RobinMasters
This just didn't surprise me. In fact, I'll bet Specter-D has been a RAT all along. But I have some questions:

Does he have to return the money (from the Republican party)?

I wonder how Baby Casey feels about this? And what about Fast Eddy? ( I just wonder what is up all three of their sleeves)

Anyway, I hope we can get rid of him once and for all, but remember Penn is a heavy D-Rat commonwealth....:(

18 posted on 04/28/2009 1:51:53 PM PDT by HarleyLady27 (Sarah Palin in 2012......eat your heart out libs....we have a REAL woman!!!!)
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To: RobinMasters

These RINOs all act like teenage girls just looking to accepted at the lunch table in Washington.

Specter reminds me of a back stabbing valley girl.


19 posted on 04/28/2009 1:52:11 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: rockabyebaby

Yep.

I’ve saved those links for years now, because I knew the day would arrive when people would forget that BUSH AND HUSH SUPPORTED SPINCTER FOR REEELECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 04/28/2009 1:53:41 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: dfwgator

Boss Ed Randell of Pennsylvania already promised Specter a clear Democrat primary according to news reports. Although he would have lost the GOP primary to Toomey Specter will probably beat Toomey by 20+ points in the general election. Remember, the last GOP conservative senator in PA got creamed in 2006.


21 posted on 04/28/2009 1:55:41 PM PDT by mono
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To: 09Patriot; Baron OBeef Dip; BellStar; b4its2late; Blue Turtle; BootsOfEscaping; Brad's Gramma; ...

ping


22 posted on 04/28/2009 1:56:38 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: fishtank

Excellent observation.

That’s gonna hurt.


23 posted on 04/28/2009 1:56:56 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Mitt Romney: Collect the whole set!)
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To: RobinMasters

I’m glad A. Sphincter is out. He should have left years ago.


24 posted on 04/28/2009 1:59:07 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: AreaMan

LOL. Joe Sleestak....


25 posted on 04/28/2009 2:00:10 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm SO glad I no longer belong to the party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: fishtank; rockabyebaby

That’s right.

Find a way to divert the anger away from Specter and toward Bush.


26 posted on 04/28/2009 2:00:11 PM PDT by Cedric
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To: fishtank

I think Michael Steele is trying; but I am sure he knew about it or had a hint. Graham was positively annoying on Fox today. Sort of acknowlegding we conservatives exist; but still tooting the the middle of the road party line saying we can’t win without it. That’s bs. You could tell that he didn’t like the fact that we are giddy over Arlen leaving.


27 posted on 04/28/2009 2:00:22 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: RobinMasters

Bought darned time


28 posted on 04/28/2009 2:01:33 PM PDT by the long march
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To: Yo-Yo
The democrats have already a defacto 60 votes majority in the Senate because Specter, Collins, Snowe vote with them on almost all issues. You should be celebrating that this fool Specter has left the Republican party.
29 posted on 04/28/2009 2:02:26 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: Cedric

grow up


30 posted on 04/28/2009 2:02:31 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are soooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Cedric

Specter wouldn’t have been there for the last 6 years if Bush and Hush hadn’t bailed him out!!!!!!

It was the Bush-Hush watercarrying that GOOFED over the GOP and set the table for “Hopunnism”.


31 posted on 04/28/2009 2:04:02 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: dfwgator

Bambi and Plugs couldn’t guarantee him he’d automatically be the nominee, but I’m sure they guaranteed him their primary endorsements, their fundraising network and primary campaign appearances. It will all come down to who runs for the Repub nominee besides Toomey (nothing against Toomey, just waiting to see if Ridge runs), what state is the economy in 2010 and how ready is the electorate to make another change. We Americans have very short memories, especially when it comes to politics.


32 posted on 04/28/2009 2:08:58 PM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and help stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: fishtank

Correct.

PA would’ve had a Democrat filling that senate seat.


33 posted on 04/28/2009 2:09:03 PM PDT by Cedric
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To: RobinMasters

I suspect that Specter made a deal with Steele to get Cornyn’s endorsement and then betrayed him.

Toomey would do well to do some fundraising in Texas. Plenty of oil money to tap.


34 posted on 04/28/2009 2:12:11 PM PDT by texmexis best (uency)
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To: RobinMasters
they let Specter switch for the most cynical, opportunistic reasons, a fact that’ll weigh on some Democrats next year.

What's he smoking? The only thing that will weigh on most Democrats will be the extra pounds they put on watching TV and scarfing Sara Lee cheesecake.

35 posted on 04/28/2009 2:23:00 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Big_Monkey

Exactly. Toomey better prepare for all the Obammy weight from Soros, ACORN and all the other Dim thieves.


36 posted on 04/28/2009 2:23:30 PM PDT by manic4organic (We Are S0 Screwed)
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To: RobinMasters

Snarlin Spectacle will be 80 years old when he campaigns next year. He is all what is wrong with our politicians with no honor. Instead of retiring with grace and giving the office to a younger candidate this egoist is looking out only for #1. What a stench from DC.


37 posted on 04/28/2009 2:23:51 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: newfreep

“Will he (or be required to) refund the contributions from pubbie supporters?”

Seems like he could be up for Fraud Charges if he refuses to return donations from Republicans.


38 posted on 04/28/2009 2:31:08 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foriegn/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: Yo-Yo
Because, assuming the Franken decision stands, the Dems get a fillibuster-proof 60 votes this year, and can put Arlie to pasture in the Dim primaries next year.

no, you're wrong...the democrats are his friends
his soul mates
they understand him...
39 posted on 04/28/2009 2:31:35 PM PDT by novemberslady
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To: RobinMasters

This bastard needs to be defeated soundly in the election this year.

That will send loud and clear messages to the other Rino $inators.


40 posted on 04/28/2009 2:32:47 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foriegn/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: RobinMasters
Dead man walking..bump!

sw

41 posted on 04/28/2009 2:35:04 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: RobinMasters

Maybe Toomey should run 3rd party. Tell Cornyn, Steele, et al, get bent, I wasn’t good enough when Arlen the RINO was in the party, but now I am good enough? I’m not sure they’ll help him anyway, but I guess if he’s runs 3rd party, the country club GOP will put up someone like Ridge. Maybe not, Ridge wouldn’t run against Toomey AND Specter.


42 posted on 04/28/2009 2:48:11 PM PDT by Big E
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To: henkster

Toomey and Steele won’t get a shot at Specter. Specter may claim to be a democrat, and may vote for socialism in the next 18 months, but that’s not enough to save him. He’s a traitor and no one likes traitors. The dems will knife him in the back in their own primary. And I won’t shed a tear.
__________________

Yup no one likes a traitor not even those who sponsor him, the Democrats in this case. We shall see. Hopefully after 18 months this nasty piece of work will be in private life. The ego on this effer...he should have made way for a younger man years ago. Or at lesat someone who isn’t senile


43 posted on 04/28/2009 2:48:23 PM PDT by dennisw (Your action becomes your habit. Your habit becomes your character, that becomes your destiny)
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To: mono

“Although he would have lost the GOP primary to Toomey Specter will probably beat Toomey by 20+ points in the general election. Remember, the last GOP conservative senator in PA got creamed in 2006.”

Maybe. Specter will definitely be a 2-1 favorite, however, 2010 should be a down year for the Democrats. First mid-term after having power for 2 years, people will be looking to reign them in a little bit. With any luck, it’ll be like 1994, but only if the candidates running act like conservatives. At the moment, I would say Specter wins, but not by 20 points. Maybe 5-10.


44 posted on 04/28/2009 2:52:32 PM PDT by Big E
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To: RobinMasters

Black RINO v. white ex-RINO? Go, Steele - last thing even the dems need is another senile old denator.


45 posted on 04/28/2009 2:55:25 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: rockabyebaby

Easy, granny!


46 posted on 04/28/2009 2:59:17 PM PDT by Cedric
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To: tflabo

Perfect example of the need for term limits.


47 posted on 04/28/2009 3:20:42 PM PDT by steve7
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To: The_Victor
We should make sure that president Bush goes out to Penn to show his support for Specter again.

ROFLMAO!!!!

48 posted on 04/28/2009 4:24:21 PM PDT by Paul Ross (Ronald Reagan-1987:"We are always willing to be trade partners but never trade patsies.")
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To: Big_Monkey

” Barry will campaign fro Arly full bore.”

Does he need to? Doesn’t Philadelphia turn out something like 108% of all adult voters?

We need a republican ACORN organization where busloads of conservatives, about one million or so, pour in from surrounding states to register and vote.

Screw the law. We’re at war. Toss every democrat absentee balllot into the shredder. Refuse to count democrat votes in every rural county. Wait for the big cities to report the vote tally, then adjust the exurb numbers to swamp the rat votes.


49 posted on 04/28/2009 4:24:49 PM PDT by sergeantdave (obuma is the anti-Lincoln, trying to re-establish slavery)
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To: RobinMasters
And what if Sestak or someone else decides to challenge Specter in the Democratic primary?

Count on it. These 'rat bastards have not been patiently sharpening their swords these last five years just to see a turncoat waltz in and take away the nomination they have been nurturing.

I doubt Spectre will be a candidate in the general in 2010.

50 posted on 04/28/2009 4:30:48 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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