Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Arlen Stays Put

Every six years, a good solid conservative steps forth and challenges moderate-to-liberal incumbent US Senator Arlen Specter in the Republican primary. Each time, Arlen squeaks by win a win, and goes on to defeat lackluster Democrat opposition in November.

It's going to happen again, if Arlen gets his way:

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, already Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator, wants to hold his post for at least another decade.

The 77-year-old Republican confirmed yesterday that he will run for re-election in 2010, when he turns 80.

"There are a lot of important things to be done," he said as he dashed from the Senate floor to attend an event on biomedical research. "I'm full of energy, and my wife doesn't want me home for breakfast, lunch and dinner."

On the contrary, Mrs. Specter, your husband needs to spend more time at home. You could encourage him to help out with the cooking. If he's going to be home for three meals a day, let him have a hand in preparing those meals.

Specter's Republican opposition keeps getting closer and closer each time. His 2004 opponent came so close -- and was so worthy -- that he really ought to consider another run:

A moderate voice in a GOP that has moved to the right in recent years, Mr. Specter has often angered rank-and-file members of his party with his positions on issues like abortion and stem-cell research. He faced a tough primary challenge in his last re-election campaign, narrowly defeating Rep. Pat Toomey, who currently heads the conservative Club for Growth in Washington.

Mr. Toomey hasn't made a decision about running again, Nachama Soloveichik,
communications director for the club, said yesterday.

Please consider it, Mr. Toomey. Pennsylvania needs someone upstanding as Senator again. Right now we have Arlen Specter and Bob Casey, and it's hard to tell sometimes which one is the Democrat. Bring character back to our US Senate delegation.

Oh yeah...not wanting to rock the boat, some guy from the Allegheny County Republicans who is supposedly the chairman (though the committee's web site says otherwise) is quoted as saying:

"I think the senator has delivered for Pennsylvania," he said.
In politics, "delivered" is a euphemism for "your tax dollars at work", usually for someone else. Watch out for these guys, and pray that someone better comes along soon.

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