Arlen the Wonder Senator: No Grip on Reality


So Arlen Specter (R*), the Wonder Senator from my former state of Pennsylvania, has apparently lost all touch with reality. In joining “Republicans” Olympia Snowe (R* – Maine) and Susan Collins (R* – Mainly Out to Lunch) to support the Pork-ulus Bill put supported by Comrade Obama and Nancy Pelosi (D – Pyongyang), he had this to say:

Specter said Friday night that action was “very necessary,” and this bill, though not perfect, is better than inaction.

“I think no one could argue with the fact that the situation would be much worse without this bill,” Specter said at a news conference.

Ummm…’scuse me, Mr. Specter? That’s my hand up there, arguing that the situation will be much worse with this joke of a bill. Thanks much, Mr. Specter; isn’t there something else you could be doing besides screwing up the country?

* – Used to mean something. Doesn’t anymore. Particularly for Arlen the Wonder Senator.


  1. Matt J. on February 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Nope. You got it all wrong. Specter is doing the right thing. No surprise then, that only two Republicans will join him in the right thing.

    And yes, this really is the right thing. It is not ‘pork’, it is badly needed, urgently needed stimulus.

    As Nobel Prize winning economist Krugman put it, “The American economy is on the edge of catastrophe, and much of the
    Republican Party is trying to push it over that edge.”

    NO reason we should help them push.

    Krugman’s Op Ed is at

    • Byron on February 9, 2009 at 8:43 am

      Obviously, Matt, a lot of folks agree with you. But if Paul Krugman thinks something (pretty much anything) is a good idea, then the one thing I can pretty much count on is that I’ll think it’s a disaster.

  2. Warm Tarheel on February 16, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I would rather deal with the big pain now than the worse pain to come.

    The stimulus bill is only going to make things worse in the long run.

    I did my part to get rid of Snarlin Arlen in many different elections over the past decade.

    But with Bush pulling for him during his last primary, it was impossible to dislodge this idiot from the Senate.

    I consider his support of Arlen Specter to be one of the early signs that Bush had pretty much lost his edge. His administration just kind of went downhill after that.

    • Byron on February 16, 2009 at 9:34 am

      Yeah, if Pat Toomey had beaten Specter in the Republican primary–and he came darn close even with the Republican establishment united against him–and then won the general election (OK, an iffy proposition, perhaps), then we’d have gotten rid of this raging mediocrity a few years ago. We can only hope he’ll retire rathr than run again.

  3. Warm Tarheel on February 16, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I think starting an argument with

    “As Nobel Prize winning economist Krugman put it…”

    is called an “appeal to authority”, right?

    These authoritative economists are the folks who got us into this Keynesian mess, right?

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