Dead: Arlen Specter (82)

Former US Senator from Pennsylvania Arlen Specter is dead.

Biting my tongue here. Biting my tongue.

Specter rose to prominence in the 1960s as an aggressive Philadelphia prosecutor and as an assistant counsel to the Warren Commission, developing the single-bullet theory that posited just one bullet struck both President Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally – an assumption critical to the argument that presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The theory remains controversial and was the focus of Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie “JFK.”

In 1987, Specter helped thwart the Supreme Court nomination of former federal appeals Judge Robert H. Bork – earning him conservative enemies who still bitterly refer to such rejections as being “borked.”


In 1995, he launched a presidential bid, denouncing religious conservatives as the “fringe” that plays too large a role in setting the party’s agenda. Specter, who was Jewish, bowed out before the first primary because of lackluster fundraising.

2 thoughts on “Dead: Arlen Specter (82)

  1. DarkDays says:

    Congratulations, Steven, on your colossal level of restraint. Meanwhile, I’m happy to be the streetfighting Sununu to your statesmanlike Romney and ‘go there’.

    Ahem. Good riddance to the soft and squishy political hack who long overstayed his effectiveness and long ago abandoned representation of his constituents.

    He mocked the sanctity of the ballots of tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians with his flip to the Dems. For me, there is no greater crime in the political world than to abandon those who blessed you with their votes. Not so for Benedict Arlen, though, amidst the elitist cocktail circles of his DC and Main Line chums.

    He actively helped to bring upon us the generational damage of such monstrosities as Obamacare and a $16T deficit.

    Fortunately he couldn’t pull the voter wool anymore and went down in primary flames to openly true liberal Sestak as his newfound party left him out in the rain, to his very vocal dismay. Wah.

    Don’t worry Arlen, your personal asswiping buddy Smercoff will continue to push for a library or statue or retired jersey or whatever the hell taxpayer waste they do to commemorate old used-up dried-out pols like you.

    Don’t need to bury you deep. Even dogs don’t want corrupted meat.

    Just a regular old “specter” now I guess?…

  2. DougM says:

    One of the most self centered and callous politicians who ever lived, which is a real accomplishment. I attended a community meeting where he was present and he clearly didn’t think he should have to answer critical questions from the “hoi palloi”. I never voted from him after that.

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