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The Phantom Specter

April 29, 2009


Arlen Specter was a phantom democrat in his youth, became a phantom republican now he is a phantom democrat. He voted against his republican compadres when the party asked for solidarity against the stimulus package.

He told his new party chief, President Obama that he would not necessarily vote along party lines and that he was a true independent. 

Arlen has been the phantom congressman for a long time. Since 1966 he called himself a republican but has fought the party on many conservative values including fiscal responsibility, abortion, immigration and the environment. 

Arlen hasn’t been a friend to true conservatives for along time.  His opposition to Robert Bork’s nomination to the supreme court was a crime in the eyes of all Republican conservatives.  He criticized the republicans quite publicly afterwords by saying, “When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think [confirmation] is unlikely. The president is well aware of what happened, when a number of his nominees were sent up, with the filibuster. … And I would expect the president to be mindful of the considerations which I am mentioning.” (Source: Wikipedia)

He fought against the majority of the republicans before impeaching Bill Clinton. Phantom Specters verdict for Bill’s impeachable lying under oath, “Not Guilty.” Phantom Spector was critical of Bush and his fight against terrorism. He even mentioned impeaching Bush for Bush’s wiretapping efforts to keep American safe. Yet the Phantom voted for the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which placed federal electronic searches almost entirely within the executive branch.

Arlen Specter is a phantom, because you never know where he stands. He is a disturbing image and prospect. Arlen is a ghostly phantom out to haunt both the republican and democrat party. Mr. Specter, you may be the longest running Senator in Pennsylvania history, but his long reign may be coming to an end soon. If his own party elects him, I would be surprised. If he passes that first hurtle, he still has to face Pat Tomey. It’s not clear what you get with the Phantom Spector.

The Dictionary defines Specter:

  •  A ghostly apparition; a phantom.
  • A haunting or disturbing image or prospect
  • When it comes to Specter, the dictionary is right on both meanings of the word.
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