Posts Tagged ‘Specter’

Jay Cost: What Does 60 Votes Mean in the US Senate?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009


Franken should be one of the most liberal members of the Senate. This helps move the chamber to the left. Additionally, when all Democratic senators are unified against all Republican senators on a particular issue – 60 votes means there is nothing the GOP can do. However, considering the moderates in both caucuses – Collins, Landrieu, Nelson, Snowe, Specter, etc. – I think the number of such cases will be relatively small. That’s why I suggested procedural stuff that favors one party over the other. (more…)

Pittsburgh column: Former Congressman, Club for Growth chief Pat Toomey likes his chances for Senate

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


By switching from the Republican Party to the Democrats — after many times saying he wouldn’t — the longtime incumbent has raised the issues of credibility and trust, Mr. Toomey told the Pennsylvania Press Club today.

“He’s introduced a huge question about whether he can be trusted,” the former three-term congressman from the Lehigh Valley said. “He crisscrossed the commonwealth repeatedly insisting he was not going to leave the Republican Party, that he would stay in the party to the end.

“(He said) that it was vitally important that Republicans retain 41 votes (in the Senate) to provide a check on unlimited Democratic control. Then he took one look at a poll, saw that he probably couldn’t win (the GOP primary in 2010) and broke his word. I think that Democratic voters will ask themselves — if Republicans couldn’t trust him, why can we?”

Mr. Toomey, 47, former head of a conservative group called the Club For Growth, said he’d expected “to beat Arlen Specter soundly in the Republican primary, but I had no idea I would drive him clear out of the party.”



Hodge at Race42012: Republicans must bring back to the table a federal balanced budget amendment or other Congressional super-majority spending limitations

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Hodge’s first article at Race42012:  “Giving the Temporary Majority Unlimited Authority to Increase Taxes and Debt Has Failed.”

To jump forward to today:  if the Republican Congress of the mid-1990s had merely passed a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority of Congress in order to increase the national debt, the Obama-Specter stimulus bill would not have passed, at least without first forcing Congress to increase taxes.

If one half of a marriage repeatedly spends money without permission, the marriage will not be a success.  And when one gives a limitless credit card to a 15-year-old, it should be no surprise when the privilege is abused.

Long-term, America will fail if 52% of the citizens continue to wildly spend the money owned by the other 48%, and if the cost of federal programs can continue to casually be passed down to future generations.  Rather than merely focusing on the individual programs to which we object, I find it more effective to focus on the total size of the purse.

When given a Constitutionally-instructed limit, Congress will be forced to prioritize, and we will begin to see permanent, meaningful reform with regard to the size and scope of the federal government.

Bob Dole on Arlen Specter, Bob Dole

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Alternative title to Star story: obligatory semi-annual picture of Dick Bond.

Bob Dole on commitment to principles (knowing Dole, it’s unclear as to whether the former Senate Majority Leader is joking with this quote).

On why he became a Republican: Dole said he counted Ds and Rs before running for office the first time in Russell and quickly determined the Rs were in biggers supply.

“So I became a committed Republican.”

Kraske ignores internal data in poll

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009


In the Prime Buzz blog, Steve Kraske follows CNN’s lead and ignores the internals of a recent Quinnipiac poll, that show Toomey getting 33 percent to Specter’s 53% if the election were today — even though Quinnipiac finds that only 33% know enough about Toomey to form an opinion!

Pennsylvania voters approve 56 – 36 percent, including 81 – 10 percent among Democrats, of the job Specter is doing. By a 52 – 34 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Specter. Toomey gets a 20 – 13 percent favorability, but 67 percent don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Ridge gets a 55 – 19 percent favorability.

Specter clearly concerned about Toomey

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The Scorecard:

Today he sent a letter today to Toomey, who heads the fiscally-conservative Club for Growth, demanding details about all the organization’s contributors.

Dear Mr. Toomey,

I understand from numerous press reports that you are soon to leave the Presidency of the Club for Growth to run for the U.S. Senate.

In recent weeks as you have shifted your attention from a long-planned run for Governor to another Senate campaign, you have criticized the TARP bill I voted for last fall. Given the Wall Street background of your members, it seems clear that many of them would have received TARP monies.

Please gather a list of the contributors to the Club for Growth by contributor name, date, amount and whether they received TARP money and if so, how much and when


Arlen Specter

This comes one day after Specter aired a television ad across the state attacking Toomey for his background as a former investment banker dealing in “risky derivatives called credit default swaps”.

But after a analysis declared the ad misleading (credit default swaps didn’t exist when Toomey was an investment banker), the Specter campaign slightly revised its wording.

Rick Santorum on PA and 2010

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Former US Senator Rick Santorum:

The playing field looks promising for Toomey. Polls have Specter’s reelect number among Republicans at 25 percent – stunningly low.

That’s not the worst of it. Specter beat Toomey by 17,000 votes in 2004 largely by winning Southeastern Pennsylvania by 42,000. But since then, more than 83,000 Specter-supporting Republicans in the region have left the party.

Pennsylvania’s political Houdini has escaped similar predicaments in the past by burnishing his conservative credentials in the run-up to the primary – hence the announcement on card check this week. So, too, his potentially crucial vote against Solicitor General Ellen Kagan, which conservatives are touting as a death knell for her chances of being named to the Supreme Court.

Specter is also fighting President Obama’s bid for more government-run health care. The senator’s conference room still features his famous Rube Goldberg chart, which contributed to the collapse of Clinton-care in 1994.

The argument that Specter has the best chances in a general election will become more persuasive next year, when the GOP faithful face the harsh reality that they are more than a million registered voters behind the Democrats. However, thanks to the prospect of facing Specter, whoever wins the primary will not face an A-list Democratic opponent.

In 2004, President Bush and a Senate colleague from Western Pennsylvania made the difference for Specter. Those dogs don’t hunt anymore. This year, his help may come from Peg Luksic, Larry Murphy, and anyone else who helps split up the vote next spring – anyone other than Pat Toomey, that is.

It will be fun to watch. And watch I will.

Video: Specter says he is remaining a Republican (on March 18)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

HT Andy Roth.  Sen. Specter on March 18, 2009, during an interview with The Hill: