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Time for Spectre to retire...

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by bigdogtx, Jan 23, 2010.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2006
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    Specter to Bachmann: 'Act like a lady' - Ben Smith: Specter to Bachmann: 'Act like a lady'January 21, 2010
    Categories:Congress.Specter to Bachmann: 'Act like a lady'

    Arlen Specter and Michelle Bachmann tangle on Philadelphia talk radio in terms that may not endear Specter to his female constituents:

    "Now wait a minute. I'll stop and you can talk," Specter said. "I'll treat you like a lady. So act like one."

    "I am a lady," Bachmann replied.

    Specter later went after Bachmann for saying she voted for "prosperity."

    "She said 'I voted for prosperity,'" Specter said. "Well prosperity wasn’t a bill."

    "Well why don’t we make it a bill?" Bachmann responded.

    "Now wait a minute, don't interrupt me," he said. "I didn't interrupt you. Act like a lady."

    When Bachmann said, "I think I am a lady," Specter toned down the rhetoric a bit, "I think you are too, that's why I'm treating you like one."

    Specter is old-school in more ways than one. "Act like a lady," in this context, seem to mean, "stop talking so I can talk."

    More endearingly, he complains accurately at the end of the clip that "she's talking from talking points," resorting to the sort of vague generalizations and non-sequiturs that most pols (though often not Specter) use in public.

    UPDATE: NRSC spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand attacks: “Instead of belittling his female colleagues, Arlen Specter should take his own advice and act like a gentleman. Women in Pennsylvania don’t appreciate Specter’s demeaning tone anymore than they approve of his votes for the failed stimulus debacle and the massive health care bill, and they will hold him accountable for both if he makes it to the General Election in November.”
  2. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    NW PA
    I suspect Specter is feeling somewhat uncomfortable looking at the prospect of his possible upcoming unemployment.

    Remember he left the Republican party because he felt "He did not share many of the attitudes other Republicans had." (Translation: He figured he would lose the primary race for his next campaign, because of his rather Liberal voting record, if he remained a Republican.)

    He RE-JOINED the Democrats when it looked like Obama's big change would put the Democrats in the Cat Bird seat. If you recall, when he was a Philadelphia politician, he was a Democrat in heavily Democratic Philadelphia but changed to Republican as a state-wide candidate when the remainder of the state favored Republicans. The Dems were happy to have him and his health care vote "back in the fold" and it appeared he would not face a Democrat primary contest for his seat.

    Now, after Scott Brown won his election as a Republican in heavily Democratic and Liberal Massachusetts, Specter has the fear that the same thing will happen to him, especially after his supporting "National Health Care" and his "party-hopping".

    He has a burning bridge behind him going back to the Republicans and the road ahead with the Democrats seems to be very unstable and leading toward the edge of a cliff. Poor Arlen doesn't know what to do to keep his butt in a Senate chair.
  3. crusha

    crusha TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I love it.

    Time for him to go.

    Dick Lugar, R-Indiana? Same deal, in my opinion. I don't want a Republican Senator who professes support for Cap and Trade (even if it has no chance of passing now - I bet he wishes he'd kept his mouth shut).
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