7:24 AM, Oct 15, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Post reports:
Former senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s most durable political figures who during three decades in the Senate became known for his command of constitutional law, died of cancer on Sunday at his home in Philadelphia. He was 82.
The death was confirmed by Scott Hoeflich, Sen. Specter’s former chief of staff.
Sen. Specter was long a voice of Republican moderation, but he handed Democrats a supermajority in the Senate by switching parties in 2009. He lost the Democratic primary the next year in an anti-incumbency movement that swept many veteran politicians from office. He had also exposed himself to charges of political opportunism by changing his party allegiance.
If there's nothing to hide, why all the secrecy?11:40 AM, May 25, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
The Washington Post calls out the White House over its refusal to elaborate on Representative Joe Sestak's claim he was offered a job by the administration in return for backing out of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary. The editorial reads, in part:
Lots of mysteries, but here's one certainty. 1:55 PM, May 20, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
How did big labor do in Tuesday's election? Not well, in two words. So poorly, indeed, that even the New York Times picked up on this angle: "On the Democratic side, organized labor, which invested millions into the races in Pennsylvania and Arkansas, did not achieve a victory in either state," the paper reported.
Last night's election may be more complicated than you think.10:28 AM, May 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Well, Rand Paul trounced Trey Grayson, Mark Critz beat Tim Burns, and Joe Sestak defeated the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history, while Blanche Lincoln will face Bill Halter in a runoff election. Are these races connected? The first law of punditry says you have to find a theme. But every time I go searching for a theme, I come up short.
Couldn't have happened to a meaner guy.10:23 AM, May 19, 2010 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Remember when President Obama assured nervous Democrats that "the big difference here and in '94 was you've got me"? Oops. In the last few months Obama worked to get four high-profile Democrats elected: Creigh Deeds, Jon Corzine, Martha Coakley, and Arlen Specter. Each of them lost, by an average of 8.5 points.
Yesterday's election doesn't bode well for the current power holders in Washington. 9:25 AM, May 19, 2010 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Conventional wisdom is settling. Tuesday night was a bad night for the establishment, a bad night for Republicans, and a relatively good night for Democrats. The results, we are told, should make strategists and political analysts reevaluate the growing sense that Republicans are poised to do very well in November. White House political adviser David Axelrod is calling it a "good night" for Democrats.
4:48 PM, May 17, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Arlen Specter abandoned the GOP when it was convenient for him to do so, and now the Democratic White House is showing Specter it can play that game, too.
10:14 AM, May 12, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The latest from Quinnipiac:
U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak continues his stretch run in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate primary and now trails incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter by a too-close-to-call 44 - 42 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Rasmussen showed Sestak leading Specter 47% to 42% last week.
1:39 PM, Apr 6, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Barack Obama beat John McCain in Pennsylvania by 11 points (55% to 44%) in 2008. A new poll by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Obama's approval rating in the Keystone state at 46%, with 50% of voters disapproving.
Only 42% of voters say they support "President Obama’s health care plan," and 49% oppose it.
Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey leads Democrat Arlen Specter 46% to 43%.
Misogyny.12:19 PM, Jan 22, 2010 • By EMILY ESFAHANI SMITH
In case you missed it, be sure to listen to this radio clip from a local Pennsylvania show, in which Senator Arlen Specter gets testy with Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. Specter accuses Bachmann of interrupting him and says “I am going to treat you like a lady, so act like one.”
'I find the caucus is a real disappointment.'1:35 PM, Jan 7, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
In an interview with the Pittsburgh newspaper, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), Arlen Specter's opponent in the Democratic primary, blamed Democrats for the plummeting popularity of the health-care bill.
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