Specter positions Democrats to overreach

The departure of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter from the Republican ranks means most likely that Congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama will be able to find out once and for all whether the country truly wants liberalism straight-up.

With him in the Republican Party, there was the pretense that the GOP could keep Democrats from overreaching, their natural tendency.  Here and there, yes, they could.  But always we knew that on the issues truly important to the left — confirmation, for example, of far-left judges to the U.S. Supreme Court and to the circuit courts — Democrats already had a filibuster-proof Senate.  Specter made that clear in his opposition to Judge Robert Bork and in is decision to join with Democrats and two other Republican senators to pass the $787 billion spending bill that passed disguised as “economic stimulus.”

Comedian Al Franken appears likely to prevail in Minnesota.  With Specter, there’s no pretense that the opposition party represents a check on Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and the hard left’s agenda.  If anything’s stopped, it’ll be because Reid misread his caucus or because of backlash at the grass-roots level.

Specter, as we all know,  was unlikely to make it through next year’s primary.  Former Congressman Pat Toomey had already declared and, after Specter’s stimulus spending vote, it’s highly unlikely Specter could have prevailed.  As a Democrat, he’s more likely to save his skin.

After November’s losses, it was evident that Republicans needed to return to core principles and fashion a message that explains and sells limited government and individual responsibility to new generations of voters.  The nation is approaching a tipping point where those who vote themselves benefits outnumber those who pay.

The nation’s about to get a dose of uncut liberalism and a drift toward statism with government or one of the Democrats’ core constituencies, labor unions,  owning or controlling two of the three major automobile producers in this country. That’s not what most Americans want.  Yet.  The tipping point approaches, but we’re not there yet.

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Copyleft

April 29th, 2009
8:02 am

And if you close your eyes and wish really hard, the country will turn far-right Republican! You just have to BELIEVE, people!

Oh, this is fun stuff. I was wondering yesterday which approach Mr. Wooten would take: Would he call for a purge of all sane moderates (aka RINOs) from the party, shrinking it to Reform Party numbers? Or would he simply declare that the Democrats are “bound to screw up now that we’re powerless to stop them, and that will make America love us again!”

Now we know. He went with Fantasy #2. Keep wishin’, Wooten; and hopin’, and thinkin’, and prayin’….

Call it Like it is

April 29th, 2009
8:09 am

Yea Copyleft,

We all feel so safe, warm and fuzzy now that the community organizer is in charge with the new socialist left! Let’s spend our way out of recession. We just keep printing new bills.

Unreal.

When will America wake up and go back to work and stand up and say that raising our taxes to contiune to give to most lazy, non deserving is the answer? The continued weakness on national security, ass kissing president that bows and wants to talk to dictators is absurd!

Obama, the Kiss of Death to America!

Enough Said!

Copyleft

April 29th, 2009
8:10 am

Oh, and Bedwetter? You’re still wrong. You said Fox News wasn’t carrying Obama’s speech, and it is. So is Fox Business News.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/blog/BC_Beat/12618-Obama_Speech_To_Cost_Networks.php

And as for the “poor people don’t pay taxes” line, you’ve already admitted that the poor DO pay taxes. You’re just repeating a soundbite you heard from Hannity or Limbaugh that’s–predictably–a distorted half-truth.

Churchill's MOM

April 29th, 2009
8:17 am

The liberal papers are after our next President again:

Aide says Palin will OK most stimulus funds
Published: 4/28/09, 10:46 PM EDT
By MARK THIESSEN
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will sign bills accepting most of the federal stimulus funds available to the state, her spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Palin initially said she would accept only about two-thirds of the $930 million available to Alaska.

Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said the governor changed her mind after the public weighed in during legislative hearings prior to lawmakers passing bills to seek almost all of the funding.

Palin had warned about the state having to finance projects created by the stimulus funds after the federal money runs out. She earlier called the stimulus package “an unsustainable, debt-ridden package of funds.”

Alaska’s Legislature conducted more than 20 public hearings on the federal stimulus package, and legislative leaders said they couldn’t find any of the strings attached to the funds that Palin had warned about.

They passed bills accepting nearly all the funds before the April 19 adjournment.

“I thank legislators for their work on the federal economic stimulus package and the public for participating in the process,” Palin said Tuesday in a statement.

The only funds Palin will reject, Leighow said, will be nearly $29 million for a State Energy Program she says are tied to adopting a statewide energy code.

Alaska’s vast expanse and wide-ranging conditions are not conducive to such an energy code, Palin said.

Leighow anticipates the legislative bills covering the stimulus will be sent to Palin by early next week. She will have 20 business days to sign or veto them.

**************Handel 2010***PALIN MCCAIN 2012*************

RetLTC

April 29th, 2009
8:23 am

I understand that Sean Hannity popped off on his show that he would volunteer to be waterboarded for charity and that Keith Olberman has put up $1000.00 for every second that Hannity can take it and $2000.00 if Hannity admits he feared for his life after it’s over. My guess however is that Hannity’s mouth being undoubtedly much larger than his balls, make it highly unlikely that this will happen. If it does, I will be organizing a party bus. I wouldn’t miss seeing Hannity get his comeuppance for all the tea at one of his “tea parties”.

Ga Values

April 29th, 2009
8:25 am

Copyleft 8:02 am

RINOs are Big Spending Big Government Liberals like our 2 Socialist Senators. Both of our 2 COMMUNIST voted for the TARP and Saxby worked with Pelosi & Reid to over ride Bush’s Veto of the Saxby’s PORK filled farm bill. Jim likes to throw rocks but when he had a chance to support a real conservative, Allen Buckly, for senate he was all about Chambliss.

Bill

April 29th, 2009
8:26 am

Specter wasnever a Republican. He rode Reagans coatails to election in 80. He would kiss an infected pig to get another dozen votes. This time, he became a democrat. He would join the whig party if he thought it would get him re-elected.

deegee

April 29th, 2009
8:32 am

It’s so much fun to watch the twenty percenters foaming from the mouth and spinning around on their eyebrows. This morning I heard the Fox and Friend interviewer, Brian something or other, attempt to lead Valerie Jarrett with a loaded question designed to scare the Depends off of their viewers. Paraphrased, “do you think that the defection of Arlen Specter will eliminate the chance of any meaningful debate on health care reform thereby ramrodding a bill through congress without any opposition?” Valerie Jarrett listed the number of bipartisan congressional meetings, expert panel discussions and public town hall meetings that have taken place over the last 6 weeks on the topic of health care reform. Short answer to a stupid, leading question – “no”.

RetLTC

April 29th, 2009
8:33 am

Moderate Republicans make up the majority of the party no matter what the right wing proclaims. If the right wing persists in holding themselves up as THE Republican party there will undoubtedly be far fewer “Republicans” in the future. 06 and 08 made that perfectly clear. The right wing has alienated itself and become totally out of touch with mainstream Americans.

GLP

April 29th, 2009
8:42 am

Ga Values got that right, our 2 Senators are only in it for themselves.

Peter

April 29th, 2009
8:45 am

Ops the stuff of nightmare’s has come to pass……sorry Jim……Republican’s have messed so much up true reality has stepped in.

Now why did we go to WAR in IRAQ ?

Why did George Bush start a WAR and also cut taxes ?

Where is Bin Laden ?

Why are there no oversight in the Financial markets ?

Why is education so low on the Republican Agenda ?

All questions American’s probably wondered about….Thus the landslide in November.

Next question…….did anyone follow Bush’s first 100 days in office ?

I don’t remember that being SO IMPORTANT…… of course not…there were no big issues before he declared an Energy Emergency, and allowed the bilking of California !

Bo Chambliss LOBBYIST

April 29th, 2009
8:47 am

I like Saxby’s job program, he got me a really good paying job working as a lobbyist for the Chucago Merc. Board. Thank you, Saxby.

Davo

April 29th, 2009
8:48 am

Prosecute ‘em!
by Jack Hunter on April 28, 2009

http://www.takimag.com/article/prosecute_em/

Bo Chambliss LOBBYIST

April 29th, 2009
8:50 am

can’t even spell the company that pays me, The Chicago Merc Board. Thank You Saxby.

retiredds

April 29th, 2009
8:53 am

I read this morning that Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky stated that Sen. Spector’s switch to the Democratic Party posed a “threat to the country”. That, in a nutshell, is the Republicans’ problem, their use of extreme language to describe an event that rubs them the wrong way. So Mitch and company really believe that one person (or one party for that matter) can bring down the United States of America. Boys, and I use that term intentionally, you have very little faith our country and its democratic system. Instead of trying to make everything you disagree with a crisis, begin to work on and find solutions that work for America. It might take several years but stop your whining, complaining, and exaggerating and get to work. In the business I ran for decades we had a saying, “there are no problems, only opportunities”. I submit to you that ranting and raving focuses on the former and never leads to the latter.

Peter

April 29th, 2009
8:54 am

Hey Jim…..This is typical Stuff…… send guys to WAR then don’t take care of them. Gee I wonder who got Haliburton all those wonderful contracts that both ripped off taxpayers, and now are hurting American service folks ?

Halliburton, KBR sued for alleged ill effects of ‘burn pits’

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A series of civil lawsuits against defense contractors KBR and its former parent company Halliburton claims the companies endangered the health of U.S. troops and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan by unsafely burning massive amounts of garbage on U.S. bases.

Burn pits produced thick black smoke and toxic fumes, according to plaintiff Richard Guilmette.

Six lawsuits were filed Tuesday and three more are scheduled to be filed Wednesday in state courts on behalf of current and former military personnel, private contractors and families of men who allegedly died because of exposure to the fumes from the burning garbage. Attorneys for the plaintiffs also are seeking to file a class-action suit.

The lawsuits are the first coordinated effort by plaintiffs to extract damages for the claimed health effects from the burn pits. The military has acknowledged the concerns but said its own test of the most notorious case, the Balad Air Force Base burn pit, found there is no prolonged health risk for those who were exposed for a year or less to the fumes.

But the military’s report on the fumes also acknowledged it cannot account for all the items burned in the Balad pit. At one point the open pit burned everything from plastics and food to medical waste, with jet fuel used as an accelerant at times.

The lawsuits, filed Tuesday in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New York and North Carolina, seek damages “in an amount sufficient to strip defendants of all of the revenue and profits” earned. KBR and Halliburton were paid millions of dollars to oversee the waste management for the military.

One plaintiff, Richard Guilmette of Enterprise, Alabama, said he lived in a tent close to a burn pit while deployed by the Army to Kandahar, Afghanistan. Guilmette’s suit describes winds blowing “the thick black smoke and toxic fumes from the burn pit” into the tent where he lived from March 2004 to March 2005. The suit claims Guilmette suffered a series of health problems, from severe chest pain and diarrhea, to asthma, sleep apnea and debilitating migraine headaches.

Did Bush or Cheney care about anything, or American’s REALLY ?

GayGrayGeek

April 29th, 2009
8:57 am

means most likely that Congressional Democrats and President Barack Obama will be able to…

…TAKE ALL MY GUNS!
…FORCE ALL WOMEN TO HAVE ABORTIONS!
…MANDATE MY CHURCH PERFORM GAY WEDDINGS!
…LEAVE ME WITH THAT “NOT-FRESH” FEELING!

None of which, of course, have come to pass, nor WILL come to pass.

Hmmm, I wonder what Faux Noise Talking Point that Jim will write about tomorrow…

F22 Man

April 29th, 2009
8:57 am

Why is Saxby playin golf when I am loosing my job?

Road Scholar

April 29th, 2009
8:58 am

CILIS: Your quote “…… raising our taxes to contiune to give to most lazy, non deserving is the answer?” is a hoot. No, let’s give tax breaks to the wealthy, the crooked bankers and wall street shisters, and other well off repubs so they can hoard their monies, lay off more workers, reduce workers benfits, and expect new transportation facilities w/o paying for them. Throw in a natural disater so they can get government assistance that they don’t want to pay for on their second and third homes built in flood prone areas.

Lefty

April 29th, 2009
8:59 am

Spector has always been a POS.
Now he is a democrat POS.

AmVet

April 29th, 2009
8:59 am

The sentiments expressed int he post of 8:09 perfectly illuminate why the fake conservatives in the GOP have gotten so thoroughly humiliated in the past two national elections.

To the tune of 61 – 4.

OUCH!!!

Yet the dwindling BushCo apologists and justifiers cling to the concepts that got them into their current abysmal situation in the first place – lets spend MORE on national defense! Although we already spend as much on it as the rest of the planet COMBINED!

You know, to continue the the chickenhawk’s “War First, Ask Questions Later” foreign policy. The one that got 4,275 Americans KIA’d needlessly.

Also, lets go hot and heavy after those Cadillac-driving welfare queens and turn a blind eye to gargantuan corporate welfare and the laws (or lack thereof) that allowed Wall St. criminals, with their co-conspirators in government, to implement the final siege of the corporate destruction of capitalism.

Let’s pretend that pumping 12,000,000,000 of poisons every year into the dumping ground called our atmosphere has no effects. We’ll just allow the enviro-rapers to go along with business as usual and call it the Clean Skies Act.

Limbaugh says Specter should take John & Meghan McCain with him.

You doomed fools are your own biggest problem. And 80% of this country no longer finds you amusing. Or relevant.

Get ready for some very, very dark days ahead, neo-conned…

Peanut Man

April 29th, 2009
9:00 am

How much money did Saxby take from Peanut Corporation of America? What did they get for their money?

retiredds

April 29th, 2009
9:08 am

RetLTC: I am glad that you brought up the subject of Hannity being willing to be waterboarded. I would like to offer some guidelines that he should adhere to when doing this to earn his $$$$$.
1. He should be dropped into the area of Pakistan and Afghanistan where the Taliban and Al-Queda are in control. 2. He is not allowed to inform the terrorists that he is a talk radio host. 3.He would not be allowed to practice how to survive the so-called “non-tortuous” waterboarding. 4. If he is waterboarded, and under his thinking he would be fair game (the USA did it so it legitimizes the enemy doing it), he will not be told how long he will be subjected to this technique or how many waterboardings he will be subjected to. In other words, Hannity should experience the real conditions of this “non torture” technique.

Churchill's MOM

April 29th, 2009
9:15 am

Jim, the link from the home page is screwed up AGAIN

Copyleft

April 29th, 2009
9:15 am

By the way, to all the folks who voted for Saxby despite hating him and knowing how corrupt he was: Good Job! That sure stopped the Democratic majority from happening!

Got any buyer’s remorse yet? After all, Saxby was always for sale….

Jefferson

April 29th, 2009
9:18 am

Dawgs improved without Stafford and Moreno, yeah right. Spin one your way.

GOP acts like Sunnies, they just don’t like the Shiites or the Kurds.

Jefferson

April 29th, 2009
9:19 am

McConnell came close to losing himself, maybe he should take a look around.

Jefferson

April 29th, 2009
9:21 am

I bet Hannity would not want his kids waterboarded for any amount of money. ($.05 would be the bet amount, he may be greedier that I think.)

retiredds

April 29th, 2009
9:27 am

Jim Wooten, What was your position a few years back when the Repubs took over the GA legislature and the Governorship when several, and I don’t remember how many, Democrats changed to the Republican side? It didn’t have anything to do with political opportunism I am sure because Republicans don’t do that sort of dastardly thing. I guess one of your answers would be that GA had moved away from the Democrats philosophy of governance. I believe, if I read Spector correctly that is happening in PA, only it’s Republican voters moving to the Democratic Party. So, another question is, if it’s o.k. for Democrats to become Republicans, why would the reverse move not be o.k. as well?

retiredds

April 29th, 2009
9:29 am

Jefferson, much better idea than mine above. Let’s see the pro-waterboarders stand by while their families get waterboarded. But they must do it in enemy territory, too.

findog

April 29th, 2009
9:37 am

Dear Jim,
Give the man credit at least he fairly chaired the confirmation hearings for President Bush’s two Supremes…
The last time Specter was up for reelection and Twomey challenged him I heard the same thing, that he was a RINO. With all of the republican’s that followed Rush’s advice to switch parties to vote for Hillary in the 08 primary [200k] and Specter not having the ranking in the majority party to shill he was a walking dead man. This is unfortunately expected from professional politicians. My representative switched parties in 1994 to join his personal friend Newt.

findog

April 29th, 2009
9:49 am

Call it @ 8:09
That welfare queen in the caddy stuff is not going to work again.
retiredds @ 8:53
Extreme language is the only language spoken in DC, and in only 20-second sound bites

Here’s a clue as to the genius of our local leaders. They have passed a law to allow companies to determine if the cleanup efforts at their contaminated sites [brown fields] are sufficient. Self regulation, and if it hurts someone the courts will take care of the injured; albeit after a lengthy wait while justice patiently allows the polluters to take years to prepare for the case…

Gotta love Georgia!

Chris Broe

April 29th, 2009
9:55 am

The democrats always reach too far. FDR reached too far when he actually made a play for six more supreme court judges. (After he toured pearl harbor in a low flying C-47 that freaked out what was left of our navy).

What would Specter do if he wasn’t a public servant? Look at him. Let him be. He’s happy; he wants to serve any American constituency. Al franken will be fun to watch. I hope he’s a regular on Cspan. He’s a one-termer, for sure, right?

The pendulum always swings back the other way. Presidents screw up.

But that doesn’t help us now about Iraq. Iraq has become what’s left of the pink elephant that appears and disappears in the delusions of our countrymen. It’s still there. We’re still stuck there, and events are unfolding like a relentless landslide into Iraq’s destiny. And we’re standing right under it.

The world awaits Obama’s pronouncements about Iraq and the rules of engagement during our occupation. There are no right answers about Iraq because nobody really knows what motivates the political pendulums in the pit that is Iraq.

Truthifier

April 29th, 2009
9:56 am

Jim, “most Americans” are saying that they approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing, just as “most Americans” have voted in a Democratic President and Congress. Perhaps you are not clear on what “most Americans” really want, but instead want to force your views on them?

Truthifier

April 29th, 2009
9:56 am

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Big Bucks GOP

April 29th, 2009
10:03 am

As Washington pushes banks to mend their finances, the banks are
pushing back. Among other points of contention, Citigroup, Bank of
America and other big banks are disputing so-called stress tests being
conducted by federal examiners, The New York Times reports.

Meanwhile, The Times said Citi has been in discussions with the
Treasury about overhauling its compensation system for traders and
other employees. The Wall Street Journal said Citi wants to free an
energy-trading unit from government pay restrictions.

Big Bucks GOP

April 29th, 2009
10:03 am

At least six of the 19 largest U.S. banks require additional capital,
according to preliminary results of government stress tests, Bloomberg
News reported Wednesday, citing undisclosed sources. Bank stocks fell
Tuesday amid concerns they might need to raise more capital.

retiredds

April 29th, 2009
10:06 am

Chris Broe, You are right the pendulum swings. What the Repubs can’t understand, or better yet refuse to understand, is the pendulum has swung against them. Also, historically the pendulum swings cover years (even a decade or two) not days. If the Repubs are to become relevant again to “most Americans” they need to work at becoming relevant. Ranting and roaring won’t get it done. Also they need to broaden their platform to more than just anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-tax, anti-……., anti ….., and offer something positive. As my mother used to say to me, ” A word to the wise is sufficient.”

Big Bucks GOP

April 29th, 2009
10:07 am

Source Interlink, the publisher of Motor Trend magazine whose investors
include Yucaipa, filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure under a
“prepackaged” Chapter 11 plan.

Big Bucks GOP

April 29th, 2009
10:09 am

A Florida hedge fund manager, Arthur G. Nadel, was indicted Tuesday on
15 counts of securities, mail and wire fraud, accusing him of running a
10-year scheme to defraud investors of tens of millions of dollars.

Big Bucks GOP

April 29th, 2009
10:10 am

California-based financier Danny Pang, accused by federal regulators of
defrauding investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars, was
arrested Tuesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges he
withdrew about $360,000 from a company account through dozens of small
transactions so he wouldn’t have to report the sum to federal
regulators.

Big Bucks GOP

April 29th, 2009
10:11 am

E*Trade Financial said it is facing regulatory pressure to boost
capital as it posted its seventh straight quarterly loss, and its
shares fell 25 percent in after-hours trade.

Big Bucks GOP

April 29th, 2009
10:12 am

Michael Strauss, the former chief of American Home Mortgage Investment,
has agreed to pay nearly $2.5 million to settle federal civil charges
of accounting fraud and concealing the company’s deteriorating finances
as the subprime mortgage crisis hit in 2007.

ProgressivePeach

April 29th, 2009
10:19 am

Keep crying your tears of impotent rage, conservatives! They taste good.

Steven Daedalus

April 29th, 2009
10:21 am

Isn’t fun to watch the Repuds wallow around with their full diapers, crying and whining.

Poultry

April 29th, 2009
10:27 am

Quoth the Wooten,

“…there was the pretense that the GOP could keep Democrats from overreaching, their natural tendency.”

“Overreaching” nails the Party nicely, in one word.

Still Munchin the Carpet

April 29th, 2009
10:29 am

Yessiree, Jimbo…the continued shrinkage and marginalization of the GOP is very good news for the Republicans. Very good news, indeed.

Bo Chambliss LOBBYIST

April 29th, 2009
10:40 am

Just got off the phone with Saxby and he said he would workly very closely with the Democrats to keep all the PORK in the farm program. Guess my job is safe for now.

Copyleft

April 29th, 2009
10:41 am

““Overreaching” nails the Party nicely, in one word.”

It certainly does… the Republican Party. They had their moment, and they blew it.

Poultry

April 29th, 2009
10:57 am

@Copyleft,

I was thinking of Mr. Wooten’s word “overreaching” in the sense opposite from a conservative tendency. Indeed the GOP did blow it, because it failed to follow its conservative instincts. For its part, the Democratic Party tends to overreach in its often heady attempts at social engineering. Democratic politicians can’t resist the lure of that kind of power, so they overreach. I’m struck by the accuracy of Wooten’s word choice.