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  • Robert Bork, known for contentious Supreme Court nomination, dies at 85

    12/19/2012 1:00:58 PM PST · by Mozilla · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/19/12 | by Bill Mears
    Former federal judge and conservative legal scholar Robert Bork died early Wednesday at his Virginia home, his family confirmed to CNN. He was 85. Perhaps best known for his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Bork was rejected for the post after a contentious confirmation battle led by left-leaning groups that opposed his conservative judicial philosophies. Bork had recently served as a senior legal adviser to Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. He was a solicitor general during the Nixon administration and first gained notoriety for carrying out the president's order to fire the special prosecutor...
  • Khobar Towers The Clinton administration left many stones unturnd.

    06/25/2006 3:28:43 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies · 1,384+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | Sunday, June 25, 2006 | LOUIS J. FREEH
    Khobar Towers The Clinton administration left many stones unturnd. BY LOUIS J. FREEH Sunday, June 25, 2006 12:01 a.m. Ten years ago today, acting under direct orders from senior Iranian government leaders, the Saudi Hezbollah detonated a 25,000-pound TNT bomb that killed 19 U.S. airmen in their dormitory at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The blast wave destroyed Building 131 and grievously wounded hundreds of additional Air Force personnel. It also killed an unknown number of Saudi civilians in a nearby park. The 19 Americans murdered were members of the 4,404th Wing, who were risking their lives to enforce...
  • Robert H. Bork 1927-2012, RIP

    12/19/2012 6:20:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 118 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/19/12 | Roger Kimball
    Judge Robert H. Bork, one of the the greatest jurists this country has ever produced, died early this morning from heart complications in a Virginia hospital near his home. He was 84. Bork was a national celebrity. Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Borks in Maine where they had taken a summer house off Somes Sound. I cannot count the times that total strangers would approach us at a lobster shack or park asking to shake the Judge’s hand and to assure him of their admiration and support. Bork’s celebrity was only partly conferred upon him by...
  • CIA agents in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens as bullets

    12/02/2012 9:20:54 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 October 2012 | James Nye
    It has been claimed that CIA agents on the ground during the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and twice were told to stand down. Furthermore sources present during the deadly six-hour assault have said that a desperate last request for military assistance once the CIA themselves came under attack was denied, even though elite counter-terrorism units were only two hours away.
  • Arlen Specter has died

    10/14/2012 5:20:42 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 43 replies
    Althouse ^ | 10/14/2012 | Ann Althouse
    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...
  • Arlen Specter Feels Betrayed After Betrayal

    03/12/2012 2:17:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 03/12/2012 | By W. JAMES ANTLE, III
    The Hill is reporting on some tibdits from Arlen Specter's forthcoming new memoir, Life Among the Cannibals. Specter feels that Democratrs used him to pass health care reform and then didn't follow through on their promises to help him win his primary. "I realized that the president and his advisers were gun-shy about supporting my candidacy after being stung by Obama's failed rescue attempts for New Jersey governor Jon Corzine and Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley. They were reluctant to become victims of a trifecta," he writes.The snub was made all the more painful by Obama flying over Philadelphia en...
  • Specter says Obama ditched him after he provided 60th vote to pass health reform

    03/12/2012 1:34:13 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 10, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform. Specter also claims that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican. Specter, who rocked Washington’s political establishment and made headlines around the country when he left the Republican Party to join Democrats in April of 2009, has kept quiet about these slights until now. He...
  • Senator Arlen Specter says Obama ditched him after he voted to pass health law

    03/12/2012 12:23:56 PM PDT · by tom h · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/12/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform. Specter also claims that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican. Specter, who rocked Washington’s political establishment and made headlines around the country when he left the Republican Party to join Democrats in April of 2009, has kept quiet about these slights until now ...
  • Specter says Obama ditched him after he voted to pass health law

    03/12/2012 10:45:51 AM PDT · by mojitojoe · 53 replies ^ | 3/12/2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform. Specter also claims that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican. Specter, who rocked Washington’s political establishment and made headlines around the country when he left the Republican Party to join Democrats in April of 2009, has kept quiet about these slights until now. He...
  • Specter says Obama ditched him after he helped pass health law

    03/12/2012 6:15:15 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | Alexander Bolton
    Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform. Specter also claims that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican. Specter, who rocked Washington’s political establishment and made headlines around the country when he left the Republican Party to join Democrats in April of 2009, has kept quiet about these slights until now. He...
  • In Mississippi, Santorum Makes Case For Two-Man Race [Romney Advisers:"Act of God" To Deny Him]

    03/07/2012 10:00:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 08, 2012 | Andrew Rafferty and Alex Moe
    In Mississippi, Santorum Makes Case For Two-Man Race By NBC's Andrew Rafferty JACKSON, Miss. -- Rick Santorum called on Mississippi voters to deliver the knockout blow that would end Newt Gingrich's candidacy and make it a two-man race between Mitt Romney and the former Pennsylvania senator for the Republican nomination. "You have an opportunity here in Mississippi to narrow this race, narrow this race to a conservative versus the insider moderate. I ask you here tonight to stand with me," Santorum told a crowd of 300 at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Wednesday. "If we win Mississippi, this...
  • Tensions Raise Specter of Gas at $5 a Gallon

    02/29/2012 10:18:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies · 2+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/29/12 | Clifford Krauss
    Houston - Gasoline for $5 a gallon? The possibility is hardly far-fetched. With no clear end to tensions with Iran and Syria and rising demand from countries like China, gas prices are already at record highs for the winter months — averaging $4.32 in California and $3.73 a gallon nationally on Wednesday, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. As summer approaches, demand for gasoline rises, typically pushing prices up around 20 cents a gallon. And gas prices could rise another 50 cents a gallon or more, analysts say, if the diplomatic and economic standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions escalates
  • Rick Santorum: I'm happy Arlen Spector isn't supporting me

    02/25/2012 9:26:38 AM PST · by advance_copy · 36 replies · 1+ views
    I would just say in response to that: Roberts and Alito. You look at Arlen Specter and what he did to fight and claw, particularly for Alito—and everything that was brought up—he knocked it down, he carried the water—and I might add—brilliantly. [SNIP] Arlen Specter says—you know—I'm too far to the Right. Mitt Romney, who appointed 36—I think 36 democrats, including horrible liberal activist judges in the state of Massachusetts, and he's criticizing me for not being conservative enough, as we got Justices Roberts and Alito on the Supreme Court because of the work we did. I'm happy that Arlen...
  • Santorum Endorsed Specter’s Presidential Bid (1996)

    02/23/2012 11:35:15 PM PST · by true believer forever · 106 replies · 1+ views
    The National Review ^ | February 11, 2012 | Katrina Trinko
    And as for the pro-abortion-rights presidential candidate Santorum endorsed, when Specter launched a long-shot bid for president in 1995, Santorum — his fellow Pennsylvanian — was one of his few high-profile endorsements. For Specter, who later became a Democrat, his pro-abortion-rights position was a centerpiece of his campaign. Specter believed that anti-abortion activists were a “fringe” group hijacking the Republican party. “There are clearly more Republicans who are pro-choice,” Specter told Newsday’s Susan Page. “Up until now, I am the only person willing to take on the fringe.” After Specter dropped out of the race, he led an ill-fated movement...
  • Romney Attacks Santorum for Supporting Roberts and Alito

    02/23/2012 2:47:27 PM PST · by Qbert · 42 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2.23.12 | JEFFREY LORD
    In an amazing moment in last night's debate, Rick Santorum suddenly found himself under attack by Mitt Romney -- for seeing to it that the Supreme Court had two conservative justices. As usual, the moment was turned upside down by the media. In 2004, Santorum, then Pennsylvania's junior Republican Senator, famously supported Arlen Specter for re-nomination over the conservative Pat Toomey. To anyone paying attention in the day, it was crystal clear that Specter, if re-elected, would be the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a longtime goal of the one-time Philadelphia District Attorney. Toomey, a businessman, would not only...
  • How disastrous was Santorum’s endorsement of Specter? Can you say "Obamacare?"

    02/08/2012 3:37:31 PM PST · by red flanker · 124 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 30, 2011 | William A. Jacobson
    Rick Santorum backed Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in 2004. It was a tough race with Toomey mounting a credible, well-financed challenge. Toomey’s candidacy, by his own estimation, was one of the precursors to the Tea Party movement: The “battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party” between big spending moderates and committed conservatives that was evident in 2004 may have inspired subsequent Tea Party efforts, Toomey suggested. Despite losing out on key endorsements from leading Republican figures in 2004, Toomey believes his primary campaign created a strong foundation for conservative activism that translated into victory in 2010....
  • Mad at Santorum over Specter? What Would Reagan Do?

    01/14/2012 5:36:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2012 | Chet Arthur
    What would President Reagan do if he had had a good conservative challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in a primary in Pennsylvania? Former Sen. Rick Santorum is taking a lot of heat in his presidential campaign for backing the RINO Specter over true-blue conservative Pat Toomey in 2004. We need more conservatives like Ronald Reagan. I agree. But let's remember what Reagan actually did. In 1982, Sen. Lowell Weicker (R-Conn.) faced a possible challenge from Prescott Bush, Jr., elder brother of Reagan's vice president. "God himself could not keep me from challenging Lowell Weicker," the Bush brother said. But when the...
  • The Iowa results: Santorum's baggage

    01/05/2012 6:40:43 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 64 replies
    Tribune Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 5 January 2012 | Tribune Editorial
    Just how unserious are Republicans about defeating Barack Obama in November? So unserious that, in Iowa, at least, they came painfully close on Tuesday night to making Rick Santorum their putative standard-bearer. Mr. Santorum, the former congressman and senator of Pennsylvania, came within eight votes of defeating former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. It was the closest finish in the history of the Hawkeye State caucuses. Santorum bills himself as the conservative alternative to Mr. Romney. But saying you're a conservative doesn't mean you are one. (Think John McCain.) Oh, indeed, the Virginian (ne Pennsylvanian) has the corner on the theological...
  • Conservatives blame Santorum for Specter’s win [2004]

    01/03/2012 9:42:37 AM PST · by Happy Valley Dude · 97 replies · 1+ views
    <p>Conservatives, frustrated by the Republican leadership’s role in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Senate primary victory of liberal Sen. Arlen Specter, publicly are directing their anger on one of their own — Sen. Rick Santorum. “The person our members are most infuriated at is Rick Santorum,” said Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, which helped lead a conservative crusade in support of Rep. Patrick J. Toomey’s Senate primary bid against Mr. Specter. In one of the most fiercely contested Republican Senate primaries in recent memory, Mr. Specter eked out a 51 percent to 49 percent victory on Tuesday. “Santorum undermined fellow conservatives in a really ignoble way, telling people a conservative can’t win. Our members won’t forget that for a long time,” said Mr. Moore, whose national organization contributed $1 million to the Toomey campaign and spent another $1 million in television ads on the candidate’s behalf.</p>
  • The Joke Was On Us, Arlen

    12/30/2011 1:02:53 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    On the Third Day of Christmas (Dec. 27), the former senator who resided in Pennsylvania but represented himself for 30 years took to the stage of the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia to really let we Keystone Staters know what kind of cue balls we have been. (snip) "Bill Clinton is a friend of mine because I was a friend of his," he joshed. "I voted not to impeach him. And that's a hell of a thing to do considering the evidence." So much for "Scottish law".
  • Ex-Sen. Specter’s new career is comedy (Snarlin' Arlen?)

    12/28/2011 2:37:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/28/11 | Joshua Altman
    Ex-Sen. Specter’s new career is comedyBy Joshua Altman - 12/28/11 12:11 PM ET Former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) found an open mic and performed Tuesday at a Philadelphia comedy club to tell “some of the inside stories” of Washington. Specter spun tales of former President Clinton and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), and just the mention of former presidential candidate Herman Cain elicited some of the biggest laughs of the act. “I should have started with Herman Cain, he gets a helluva laugh just by being identified,” Specter said with a shrug. Comedy is not just a hobby Specter...
  • Arlen Specter Appears on Stage, but Just For Laughs (Raunchy Comedy)

    12/28/2011 9:23:14 AM PST · by Quilla · 9 replies ^ | December 28, 2011 | Anthony Campisi
    So an ex-senator walks into a comedy club . . . That's not the setup to a joke - it's what happened Tuesday night when Arlen Specter took the stage at the Helium Comedy Club's open-mike night in Center City. "I've been in comedy now for 30 years," the former senator explained. Taking a try at stand-up was a natural step after spending so many years in the "sit-down comedy" of Congress - and, Specter noted, it was considerably less expensive. While some of his jokes are unprintable in a family newspaper - don't ask about the paraplegic who wanted...
  • Former senator talks politics, economy and Israel

    10/22/2011 8:24:53 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 5 replies
    Phillyburbs ^ | 10-20-11 | Hilary Bentman
    Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has been outside the Beltway for more than a year, but the longtime politician is still in the loop. “The gridlock in Washington is really more like a war,” said Specter during a speech Wednesday at an annual fundraiser at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham. Politics was just the tip of the iceberg. The 81-year-old and longest serving senator from Pennsylvania offered the crowd of 150 guests a state-of-the-nation type speech, addressing everything from the economy and Occupy Wall Street movement to the 2012 presidential election and Israel. Specter spent most of...
  • Report: Detainees Shown CIA Officers' Photos

    08/21/2009 8:40:48 AM PDT · by mockingbyrd · 26 replies · 1,897+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 21, 200*
    WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is investigating whether Guantanamo Bay detainees charged with roles in the Sept. 11 attacks were improperly given photos of CIA officers or contractors, according to a person familiar with the investigation. The investigation, headed by the Justice Department's counterespionage chief, John Dion, is trying to determine if military lawyers defending the detainees divulged classified information or compromised covert CIA officers, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity. It is a violation of federal law to identify CIA covert personnel, and it is a...
  • Specter farewell speech slams GOP 'cannibalism' (Adios RINO Rat!)

    12/21/2010 3:44:03 PM PST · by tobyhill · 69 replies · 7+ views
    msnbc ^ | 12/21/2010 | By ANDREW MIGA
    Departing Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday said conservative Republicans who backed Tea Party challengers against establishment candidates in the recent elections engaged in political cannibalism. In his final floor speech, Specter complained there's scant room for centrists like himself in a polarized Senate where civility is in short supply. "In some quarters, compromise has become a dirty word," said Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, who lost his re-election bid after three decades in the Senate. Specter complained that some GOP senators had helped Tea Party challengers beat incumbent Republicans like Utah Sen. Bob Bennett and Rep. Mike Castle in his Delaware...
  • Specter prepares his farewell after 30 years in the Senate (good riddance to Snarlin' Arlen)

    12/21/2010 7:39:20 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 54 replies · 1+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 21 December 2010 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    WASHINGTON - The family photographs came down Monday, packed in bubble wrap and boxes for the trip home, leaving nothing but some nails and sun-faded outlines on the walls of Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's inner office. After 30 years on Capitol Hill, the state's longest-serving senator is clearing out and heading back to Philadelphia. Specter, 80, will deliver his final floor speech Tuesday morning, decrying a gridlocked Senate that has lost its political center and the sense of collegiality that once kept senators from campaigning against one another. "Eating or defeating your own is a form of sophisticated cannibalism," Specter,...
  • Arlen Specter: Good riddance

    One of the most ignominious political careers of the modern era will at last sputter to a pitiful end when the 111th Congress finally relinquishes its strangle-hold on the American Republic. Arlen Specter, outgoing senator from Pennsylvania, personified the sort of elite, politically opportunistic, government careerism that the American people have grown to so justifiably loathe. He will not be missed. Educated at Yale Law School, Specter first sought public office when, though a registered Democrat, he ran for district attorney of Philadelphia on a Republican ticket in 1965 because, as TIME once noted, “ he failed to secure the...
  • Specter Urges Voters to ‘Stop Extremists’ (RINO turned Dem viciously attacks DeMint, Tea Party)

    10/03/2010 6:00:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 2010-09-28 | Jessica Brady
    Sen. Arlen Specter urged “mainstream Americans” to turn out in droves to prevent a total rejection of moderate challengers and incumbents. “Mainstream Americans must march to the polls this November to express themselves forcefully to stop extremists financed by undisclosed contributors from stifling our democracy,” the Pennsylvania Democrat said in a floor statement Tuesday morning. Specter, who left the GOP for the Democratic Party last year after determining he could not win the Republican primary in his state, noted this year’s primary process has been particularly devastating to moderates. Specter, a moderate, is one of three incumbent Senators to lose...
  • Congress registers its support for human embryonic stem-cell research

    09/13/2010 2:06:21 PM PDT · by Baladas · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept. 13, 2010 | Karen Kaplan
    As the National Institutes of Health fights in court for permission to resume long-term funding for research involving human embryonic stem cells, some members of Congress are coming to the agency’s defense with a proposal to make President Obama’s stem-cell funding policy the law of the land. Monday in Washington, D.C., Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Penn.) spoke in favor of the Stem Cell Research Advancement Act. This bill would make clear Congress' intent to allow federal funds to be used on the promising research, which is controversial because the cells themselves are derived from days-old human embryos, which are destroyed in...
  • Web Exclusive: Hannity vs. Specter

    08/03/2010 6:23:03 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 11 replies · 186+ views ^ | 08-03-10 | Sean Hannity
    Sean's complete showdown with Democratic senator over party switch.
  • Specter's vote for an Obama job?--The senator says yes to Kagan & Syria; no to Sept. 11 families

    07/19/2010 2:52:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2010 | Editorial
    It appears lame-duck Sen. Arlen Specter, sometime-Democrat from Pennsylvania, hasn't had enough of the Obama administration job-for-politics merry-go-round. Not one to go gentle into that good night, Mr. Specter is angling to be a special envoy to Syria. At the same time, he is abandoning his own standards in order to support the Supreme Court nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, all while giving the cold shoulder to Sept. 11 victim families even though those victims are trying to help his own legislation. Mr. Specter's sellout adds new skulduggery to the increasingly troubled ethics of the Kagan nomination. It is...
  • Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey (R) 45%, Sestak (D) 38%

    07/19/2010 10:57:40 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 4 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | Monday, July 19, 2010 | Rasmussen
    The numbers remain little changed this month in Pennsylvania’s race for the U.S. Senate, with Republican Pat Toomey continuing to maintain a slight lead over Democrat Joe Sestak. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Toomey with 45% support, while Sestak earns 38% of the vote. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided. Last month, Toomey held a near-identical 45% to 39% lead. In fact, except for a brief surge after his mid-May victory over incumbent Arlen Specter in the state’s Democratic Senate Primary, support for Sestak...
  • An Obama Administration Job for Sen. Specter?

    07/16/2010 4:39:52 AM PDT · by HogsBreath · 39 replies
    ABC ^ | 7-15-10 | Jake Tapper
    Sources tell ABC News that Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, has informed the White House that he would like to consider remaining in public service after his Senate term ends at the end of this session, and White House officials are keeping an open mind about possible job openings for him.
  • Specter Backing Kagan: SCOTUS Nominee Clears Biggest Dem Hurdle

    07/15/2010 12:30:12 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 12 replies
    TPMMuckraker ^ | 7/15/2010 | Christina Bellantoni
    Sen. Arlen Specter was a wild card when it came to Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, but today said he'll support her even though the confirmation hearings this month were a "charade." It's a change of heart for Specter, who voted against her February 2009 nomination to the solicitor general post when he was still a Republican. He was the most likely Democrat to oppose her, but Specter's support clears the way for a smooth confirmation vote next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Specter (D-PA) announced today that Kagan did "just enough" to win him over. At...
  • Kagan opponents outnumber supporters in Senate... for now (Arlan Specter big ?)

    07/12/2010 2:50:39 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 13 replies ^ | Jul 12 2010 | By Derek Wallbank
    WASHINGTON — While Solicitor General Elena Kagan remains almost a dead-certain lock to be confirmed, and likely sometime before the August recess, as of right now she's down in the vote count 2-9. Al Franken was the first senator to commit to voting yes, which he did during a news conference call while in Vietnam. Sen. Mark Udall, a freshman Democrat from Colorado, is the only other committed yes vote so far. Nine Republicans, all of whom opposed Sonia Sotomayor, are now on record as saying they'll oppose Kagan, according to National Journal's The Hotline, which is tracking official statements...
  • America? It's Become a Silly Little Place

    07/09/2010 9:35:34 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 07/09/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    The United States of America used to be a fearsome power but one with a soft touch. Peoples of the world looked to this great nation as that "shining city on a hill" and came here by the millions to become the next new American citizen. Producing its greatness were great men and in memory of those great men landmarks, and worthy institutions were named after them by a proud and thankful people. We had Washington City named for the father of our country. We had schools and libraries named after the first man of the people, Andrew Jackson. We...
  • Joe Sestak (D-PA) a "Strong Ally" of Barack Obama: Vote for Pat Toomey

    06/23/2010 10:17:47 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies
    IsraPundit ^ | 6/23/10 | Bill Levinson
    Organizing for America tells us everything we need to know about Joe SestakWe received the following from Elizabeth Lucas, Pennsylvania State Director, Organizing for America The choice is clear: we must elect Congressman Joe Sestak to be our next U.S. Senator. Learn how you can help Joe Sestak -- a strong ally of President Obama -- and his campaign for U.S. Senate. Right, Lizzy, isn't this the same Joe Sestak whom your boss and/or his associates attempted to buy off with the offer of a prestigious position in his administration, possibly in violation of laws that forbid the use of...
  • Specter rips Supreme Court's power grab

    06/21/2010 2:31:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2010 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) on Monday accused the Supreme Court of a constitutional power grab. In a nearly hour-long floor speech, Specter said the court had ignored congressional will and ceded federal power to the presidency. The outgoing senator, defeated in a Democratic primary last month, criticized Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito by name, saying both had paid “lip service” to Congress during their confirmation hearings. Specter also urged his committee colleagues to take an especially sharp look at Solicitor General Elena Kagan, whose confirmation hearings for the Court begin next Monday. Otherwise, he said Congress risks...
  • Pennsylvania Senate: Toomey 45%, Sestak 38%

    06/04/2010 6:50:23 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 15 replies · 360+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | Friday, June 04, 2010 | Rasmussen
    Congressman Joe Sestak’s post-primary bounce appears to over, and he now trails Republican rival Pat Toomey by seven points in the U.S. Senate contest in Pennsylvania. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Pennsylvania shows Toomey with 45% support, while Sestak earns 38%. Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided. Two weeks ago, just after his widely covered primary victory over longtime Senator Arlen Specter, Sestak posted a modest four-point lead lead over Toomey. Prior to the primary, however, Toomey tended to enjoy modest leads over Sestak. The current polling shows...
  • Joe to Joe (Biden was involved in Sestak matter)

    06/01/2010 5:43:51 AM PDT · by randita · 28 replies · 1,156+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 6/1/10 | Washington Prowler
    Joe to Joe By The Prowler on 6.1.10 @ 6:09AM MISSING IN ACTION Some Democrats on Capitol Hill were caught off guard by the White House announcement on Friday that placed former President Bill Clinton and Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel at the center of the Rep. Joe Sestak job bribery scandal. "We expected at the end of the day that somehow Joe Biden would be involved," says one Democrat leadership source. "He was much more involved in the Specter recruitment and had more invested in getting Specter what he wanted." Indeed, Specter and several senior advisers, according to...
  • White House can't get its Sestak story straight

    06/01/2010 3:45:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 1,343+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 1, 2010
    Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter? Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face. Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House. The reality is that nobody outside the White House gang and...
  • Arlen Specter's Revenge (Arlen gets even with Obama)

    05/28/2010 12:02:37 PM PDT · by mojito · 49 replies · 2,418+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5/28/2010 | Benjamin Sarlin
    Friends tell The Daily Beast that the departing senator, injured by Obama's failure to show last-minute support, may well shift right on key votes from Kagan to financial reform. With party unity crucial to Democrats’ hopes for passing significant legislation before the midterm elections, Arlen Specter’s primary loss could pose a new problem for the White House. The Senate could vote on any number of crucial bills before the midterms, including a new jobs bill, immigration reform, climate-change legislation, and a final financial-reform package, making Specter’s continuing support more important than ever. But several longtime friends and associates tell The...
  • Will The "Sestak Issue" Be Resolved Today?

    05/28/2010 4:55:37 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 21 replies · 578+ views ^ | 05/28/10 | CaroleL
    During yesterday's press conference, President Barack Obama was asked about allegations that someone in White House offered US Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pennsylvania) a job if he would bow out of a Democratic primary race against Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania), His response was that there will be an official response "shortly". So we now have the answer to the question 'How long does it take to tell the truth?' It's ninety-eight days and a "shortly".
  • Why the Sestak Job Offer Is a Big Deal

    05/27/2010 12:58:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 807+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | May 27, 2010 | Scott Galupo
    In Washington, you can safely assume the air is beginning to stink when administration apologists play the “Politics isn’t a crime” card, as the Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen has here in reference to the brewing Joe Sestak job-offer scandal. [See who supports Sestak.] Funny, I don’t remember Democrats being in such a forgiving mood when the Bush White House was accused of politicizing the Justice Department by firing a batch of U.S. Attorneys. Or when Rep. Tom DeLay launched his notorious K Street Project and helped to favorably redraw Texas’ congressional district boundaries. These efforts went beyond the pale of...
  • Caption Arlen Specter and Laura Ingraham

    05/26/2010 7:50:17 AM PDT · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 39 replies · 1,505+ views ^ | 3/17/10 | Laura Ingraham
    At the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner, back in March:
  • Sestak, Blagojevich & Obama: Chicago-Style Politics

    05/25/2010 7:19:36 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 5 replies · 217+ views ^ | May 25, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Illegalities Or Politics As Usual? Within days, former Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will go on trial for allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat after Obama won the presidency. In 2008 Patrick I. Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, released tape recorded conversations with then-Governor Blagojevich, alleging that Obama's vacated seat was available to the highest bidder. Blagojevich was indicted. He now faces charges of corruption for trying to sell or trade Obama's seat and pressure potential Blagojevich campaign contributors. Blagojevich has fervently denied these allegations and he is pressing that all of...
  • White house's Sestak bid

    05/25/2010 3:25:38 AM PDT · by Scanian · 17 replies · 723+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 25, 2010 | Editorial
    So, when will the Obama White House come clean about Rep. Joe Sestak? The Pennsylvania Senate nominee has charged for months that the White House "offered [him] a job" -- reportedly secretary of the Navy -- to abandon his primary challenge to Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter. But Sestak stayed in and last week defeated Specter. Then, on "Meet The Press" Sunday, he reiterated the claim. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs and special adviser David Axelrod both say the matter has been "looked into" and nothing "inappropriate" occurred. Sure they'd say that. Otherwise, they could be facing criminal charges. At least...
  • Sestak: WH offered job if he left race (Obama broke the law and now for the cover-up)

    05/23/2010 12:28:50 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 156 replies · 9,864+ views
    upi ^ | 5/23/2010 | STAFF
    Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., said Sunday the White House had offered him a job if he would withdraw from the primary race against Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak, who defeated the five-term incumbent Specter to win the Democratic nomination in the Senate primary, was asked on CBS's "Face the Nation" if the Obama administration had offered a position in exchange for his agreeing not to run. "Yeah, he replied. "I was asked that question months after it happened. And I felt an obligation to answer it honestly. I said, 'yes.' Asked what job, Sestak said: "No, no … and I said...
  • Why I'll miss Arlen Specter's ornery individualism

    05/23/2010 5:13:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies · 1,121+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | May 23, 2010 | Dana Milbank
    Arlen Specter (D-Pa.-cum-R-Pa.-cum-D-Pa.), a.k.a. "Snarlin' Arlen," a.k.a. "Specter the Defector," is one of the most unloved people in politics. He is ornery, vain, disloyal and a brazen opportunist. He lacks a discernible ideology, puts his finger to the political winds before casting a vote and in the end does what is good for Arlen Specter. I will miss him. I will miss him because, whatever his faults, he fought the forces of party unity and ideological purity that are pulling the country apart. "Let me tell you," he complained in 2005, before both parties disowned him, "it's heresy -- I...
  • Obama Defeats Specter

    05/21/2010 9:18:58 PM PDT · by This Just In · 21 replies · 1,026+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Friday, May 20, 2010 | Jeffrey Lord
    Obama Defeats Specter By Jeffrey Lord Wait a minute. Let's back up and stay focused on why, exactly, Arlen Specter lost this race -- and had his career ended. Two words: Barack Obama. Story time. Last April, in 2009, Senator Arlen Specter, then the Republican senior Senator from Pennsylvania, stopped in Harrisburg for a meeting with a group of Pennsylvania conservatives. This was a fairly routine thing for Specter to do. He had had a career's worth of disagreements with conservatives, but he had also had some serious agreements. While his famous opposition to Robert Bork is prominent among the...