Posts Tagged ‘Arlen Specter’

3rd August
2009
written by Sean Noble

Arlen Specter went through what is likely only the first of hundreds of town halls that will be conducted throughout the August Congressional Recess that should send a wake up call to Members of Congress: Just say no to government run health care – in whatever form it may take.

Specter had a special guest with him at a town hall on Sunday – HHS Chief Kathleen Sebelius.  It didn’t go well.  As a former staffer who planned and carried out town halls, this is a nightmare.

 Congressman Lloyd Dogget (TX) also got an earful, just trying to get to his car after a recent appearance.

 

This demonstrates a major weakness for the Democrats as they try to rush through a government takeover of health care.  There is no doubt that when they get back to Washington after Labor Day, Members of the House and Senate are going to be comparing notes about the how fired up Americans are about this issue.

The question is whether or not they will listen.  If they don’t, it’s going to be a watershed year for Republicans in 2010.

24th March
2009
written by Sean Noble

Former Congressman Pat Toomey is the most powerful man in America today.  He single-handedly killed the Union’s number one legislative priority – the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” also known as “card check.”

How does a guy who isn’t even in elective office, let along the U.S. Senate, pull this off?  By announcing that he is likely to run against Sen. Arlen Specter in a Republican primary.

Specter announced today, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, that he would vote against cloture on “card check”, thus denying the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Union pals the 60th vote they needed to move the bill forward.

This is a huge, HUGE, development.  Tens of millions of dollars (actually, hundreds of millions of dollars) on both sides of this debate were in the process of being raised and held in reserve to take to the battlefield.  Specter has just delivered a death-blow to the Union effort and saved America’s business community a bundle.  Talk about economic stimulus.  The only people left out are all the consultants and political operatives who were going to make a lot of money in this fight.

Thank the heavens for Pat Toomey.  I really, really hope he makes it official and jumps in against Specter.  He’ll now have less support from the business community, who will say that they can’t work against the incumbent Specter – especially after his vote against cloture.  They should support Toomey anyway, because he won’t play the games year-in and year-out that Specter has played with right-leaning constituencies.

Run Pat, run!