Scottish Senator to Vote Against Card Check?
Update: Confirmed; Specter Announces on Senate Floor

Specter, who had played footsie with the idea of backing Card Check in order to get labor's endorsement, has decided against that, at least according to Grover Norquist.

Given that the Democrats need 60 votes for cloture and already have a couple or three likely defectors, this will hopefully end the threat.

Confirmation: The Scottish Senator, still proposing Scottish solutions, but, as in the case of impeaching Clinton, not going for the main option:

“In seeking more union membership and negotiating leverage, Labor has a valid point that they have suffered greatly from outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries and losses in pension and health benefits. President Obama has pressed Labor’s argument that the middle class needs to be strengthened through more power to unions in their negotiations with business. The better way to expand labor’s clout in collective bargaining is through amendments to the NLRA rather than on eliminating the secret ballot and mandatory arbitration.”

“The problems of the recession make this a particularly bad time to enact Employees Free Choice legislation. Employers understandably complain that adding a burden would result in further job losses. If efforts are unsuccessful to give Labor sufficient bargaining power through amendments to the NLRA, then I would be willing to reconsider Employees’ Free Choice legislation when the economy returns to normalcy.”

“I am announcing my decision now because I have consulted with a very large number of interested parties on both sides and I have made up my mind. Knowing that I will not support cloture on this bill, Senators may choose to move on and amend the NRLA as I have suggested or otherwise. This announcement should end the rumor mill that I have made some deal for my political advantage. I have not traded my vote in the past and I would not do so now.”

Well, he's willing to consider sabotaging the economy, but only when the economy isn't about to crater. That's something, I guess.


Posted by: Ace at 01:19 PM



Comments

1 Amazing what the prospect oflosing of your job will do to help clarify your position, huh Arlen?

Posted by: JackStraw at March 24, 2009 01:22 PM (VW9/y)

2 Republicans need to get their heads out of their asses and vote these RINOs out. One transgression, and they're gone. To reelect these losers repeatedly is insane.

Posted by: iowavette at March 24, 2009 01:22 PM (0JTac)

3 I'll take "The rapists" for two hundred dollars, Trebeck.

Posted by: Sean Connery at March 24, 2009 01:23 PM (wgLRl)

4 Fuck you Specter.

Posted by: UncleFacts at March 24, 2009 01:23 PM (M+Vfm)

5 Maybe it would be a good idea to have a potential replacement identified and standing by to make a primary run for each of the RINOs-seems to firm their commitment up right quick.

Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth at March 24, 2009 01:24 PM (wgLRl)

6 Toomey

Posted by: free at March 24, 2009 01:27 PM (cFwGO)

7 And what will really suck is that if he does this shit just to defeat Toomey, and he does win in November 2010, how long before he goes back to being The Scottish Senator again?

Posted by: eddiebear at March 24, 2009 01:29 PM (wnU1W)

8 Next day.

Posted by: kidney, currently shuddering at the consequences at March 24, 2009 01:32 PM (FgUFX)

9 Nope. Fuck him anyway. Cockholstering fuckwad needs to retire, at the least. Where's that asshole Grassley when you need him?

Posted by: Tim at March 24, 2009 01:32 PM (3Wewy)

10 He does swing back to the "only left" position near election time. Same way with my shit for Senator Graham. When he stays in office, as 99.5% do, he moves back to the far left and sides with the Dems on everything.
Fuck him and his horse.

Posted by: Vic at March 24, 2009 01:34 PM (f6os6)

11 Good for him! Because of that, I think we should two of the riflemen in his firing squad should be loaded with blanks instead of the customary one.

Posted by: Kasper Hauser at March 24, 2009 01:34 PM (ZPwZl)

12 Maybe it would be a good idea to have a potential
replacement identified and standing by to make a primary run for each
of the RINOs-seems to firm their commitment up right quick.

Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth at March 24, 2009 01:24 PM (wgLRl)
Good idea.
I suggest having the replacement stand behind the offending RINO with a .45 to the grey beast's head during each vote as well.

Posted by: Damiano at March 24, 2009 01:34 PM (cfKer)

13 Fuck you Specter.+1
Yeah with that reciprocating saw doo-dad. AND NO FUCKING K-Y!

Posted by: Iblis at March 24, 2009 01:35 PM (9221z)

14 If he's Scottish, he's definitely in league with the cockholster Stewart kings.

Posted by: Reiver at March 24, 2009 01:35 PM (Yi1Sk)

15
Speaking of douchebag senators, notice how the whole Roland Burris thing went away?

And that Patrick Fitzgerald seems to have gone MIA?

Posted by: Darling, just an entertainer at March 24, 2009 01:38 PM (nBaGT)

16 Too little too late. DIAF Specter.

Posted by: Bosk at March 24, 2009 01:40 PM (fazYB)

17 Specter can't be trusted on this matter until the vote is over! He will vote for it if the union a-holes say the right thing to him and if it looks like it's sure to be DOA he'll vote for it to appease the liberals.

Posted by: The Real Steve at March 24, 2009 01:41 PM (0V8Cs)

18 Darling:
There aren't enough cameras for Fitzy.

Posted by: eddiebear at March 24, 2009 01:43 PM (wnU1W)

19 And that Patrick Fitzgerald seems to have gone MIA?

He's still here. He's just busy with other Democrats like the conviction and sentencing of Al Sanchez, Mayor Daley's former Streets and Sanitation boss, who was just convicted on 7 federal counts for rigging the City of Chicago's hiring structure.

I know, rigged hiring in Chicago is illegal? What the hell is happening to America?

Posted by: WTF Capital Investments at March 24, 2009 01:44 PM (AHrTm)

20 First defeat Specter, then focus on the Dems.
But first Specter!

Posted by: Toad at March 24, 2009 01:45 PM (kOQDM)

21 Kind of pathetic that it takes Democrats moving right to push Specter to do the same. But at least he helped this time.

Posted by: Rocks at March 24, 2009 01:46 PM (Q1lie)

22 Character seems to be more hard to find than flying unicorns.

Posted by: gus at March 24, 2009 01:49 PM (Vqruj)

23 Where the fuck is Christopher Lambert and his Claymore when you need him? That's all I'm asking.

Posted by: Sharkman at March 24, 2009 01:49 PM (69J41)

24 as i noted on HA:
That's nice.
Now bury the bastard.

Posted by: jdub at March 24, 2009 01:51 PM (t9pKb)

25 Specter delenda est!

Posted by: Caesar at March 24, 2009 01:51 PM (t9pKb)

26 It's difficult not to think of Specter as Lucy with the football. Everytime he's in trouble of losing that Senate seat, he makes some conservative noises or calls in markersto get support from the RNC and the Base.
Once he is re-electedhe becomes the Marvick lite again, poking us in the eye while basking in the adulations of the MSM.
How many times dothe Base, RNC have tofall for the same old trick until they wise up.

Posted by: canuk at March 24, 2009 02:01 PM (flu/p)

27 How many times dothe Base, RNC have tofall for the same old trick until they wise up.

Juuuuussst a couple more times, honest.

Posted by: XBradTC at March 24, 2009 02:03 PM (E0W27)

28 Obama lied the economy died t-shirt

Posted by: shawn at March 24, 2009 02:06 PM (XlUte)

29 Scottish Senator?

Nay, that fuckbucket is all of ye's. Don't yer go tryn' to blame we Scots for 'em.

Posted by: Groundskepper Willie at March 24, 2009 02:17 PM (hlYel)

30 I have not traded my vote in the past and I would not do so now.”
That's some funny shit right there. To be fair, I'm not sure if it's funny because it's such a blatant lie, or if it's because he actually believes it.
Now that I think about it, it's not so funny.
Thanks for not fucking us over yet again for once, Benedict Arlen. Now fuck off and retire already.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at March 24, 2009 02:29 PM (rf03a)

31 "If efforts are unsuccessful to give Labor sufficient bargaining power through amendments to the NLRA, then I would be willing to reconsider Employees’ Free Choice legislation when the economy returns to normalcy.”
What the f'in hell does that mean?
Bad policy is bad policy, Senator. That determination does not depend on the state of the economy.
Geez, RINOs drive me nuts...

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at March 24, 2009 02:34 PM (B+qrE)

32 I don't agree that 1 mistake makes a Republican a RINO. We need a big tent, and we need a lot of moderates in the senate. That's just reality.

But Arlen Specter is far, far, far from 1 mistake. He needs to go. There is a line you can cross when you're no longer helping the cause, and Arlen is miles beyond that line.

Posted by: shill at March 24, 2009 02:37 PM (8jYMc)

33 what are the odds that card check comes back the day after Specter's election victory? Wonder how he would vote on it then?

Posted by: Jim King at March 24, 2009 02:56 PM (ATEXb)

34 "Labor has a valid point that they have suffered greatly from outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries and losses in pension and health benefits..."
And of course more and stronger unions is the answer to outsourcing.

Posted by: Javems at March 24, 2009 03:06 PM (hq71Y)

35 I'll take "The rapists" for two hundred dollars, Trebeck.
Posted by: Sean Connery at March 24, 2009 01:23 PM (wgLRl)

I'll take "Anal Bum Cover" for one hundred dollars, Trebeck.
Nice work A Balrog of Morgoth! Laughing my ass off......

Posted by: Roadking at March 24, 2009 03:11 PM (JUyia)

36 "I am announcing my decision now because I have consulted with a very
large number of interested parties on both sides and I have made up my
mind...

says the man who claims to have committed to yanking out the non-stimulatory and wholly unneeded BS in the ~$800B Stimupalooza Bill after poring over it only to pass the fucker after either a) not reading it or b) reading it and passing it anyway knowing he didn't do anything to purge the waste and grandstanding that he would.

Yeah, Specter. You've really convinced us about your principles, consultations, and interested parties. We know who you work for, protestations to the contrary, which is exactly why we want you out. Your word to the taxpayer means nothing.

You are now Arlen Specter Mud to the Right.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at March 24, 2009 03:15 PM (swuwV)

37 The key vote will be coming up soon with the NY 20th district election. We have a radical leftist running against a Republican some say is a RINO in a gerrymandered Dem district. It will be a tell-tale sign to see how the Dem does with no Obambi and no McLame.

Posted by: Vic at March 24, 2009 03:18 PM (f6os6)

38 Uncle Facts and A BofM are exactly correct.
My feeling on a single mistake is the fact that there is no longer room for any mistakes. None. Vote the bastards out.
How to ensure non-Rino candidates in waiting. How does that work?

Posted by: iowavette at March 24, 2009 03:25 PM (0JTac)

39 I guess Sphincter's push to open PA's primaries to non Republicans didn't get any traction.

Posted by: kbdabear at March 24, 2009 04:12 PM (miw86)

40
Statement from Pat Toomey on Specter’s Conditional Reversal

“When Senator Specter does a flip flop, it’s worth checking the
fine print. On the senate floor today he said: “I would be willing to
reconsider Employees’ Free Choice legislation when the economy returns
to normalcy.” In other words, if he thinks his political fortunes have
improved, he will deny workers a secret ballot after all.” - Former
Congressman Pat Toomey

Posted by: kbdabear at March 24, 2009 04:14 PM (miw86)

41 if he floats, the water has rejected him and he is evil... burn'em at the stake!
if he sinks, the water has accepted him and he is good

it's a win/win situtation

Posted by: Chuck at March 24, 2009 04:27 PM (IRh55)

42 Gussy it up however you want, Trebek. What matters is does it work? Will it really mighty my penis man?

Posted by: Sean Connery at March 24, 2009 04:32 PM (AMsoQ)

43 Ya woke up too fucking late Specter. Buh bye!

Posted by: GarandFan at March 24, 2009 05:26 PM (237hA)

44 Mark the tape: Reelected. He will throw a few more bones and be forgiven.
For as "they" say: Better a Rino than a Dem.
Personally I say: Fuck "they".
But I like to camp...
...in the wilderness.

Posted by: Pelvis at March 24, 2009 05:33 PM (LlaBi)

45 Will SOMEONE please put this babbling RINO out of his misery? It's
possible to so under Scots law, I've heard.

Posted by: grizzly bare at March 24, 2009 06:13 PM (8+zL9)

46 It is like our way of life and the economy are sitting in a WWII sub awaiting the inevitable from the enemy destroyer above.

This is probably one depth charge that missed, but you can't live by missing just one.

We are told that an energy cap trade tax will be so good for "green" jobs that it will be a boon to the economy. We are told that Socialized health care will be so efficient that it will almost pay for itself. There are actually people that believe this crap.

We argue about 160 million in AIG bonuses while the Fed has 3 trillion going out the back door: off record, off books, out of sight, out of mind. A trillion for banks, a trillion for funds to buy mortgages for no risk. A trillion for stimulus, a trillion for budget programs, a trillion here a trillion there.

The EPA will regulate CO2; if you want to add a second shift for your factory, some activist will order an environmental impact study over CO2. Who is John Galt?

A lot of depth charges in the water.

Posted by: Robert at March 24, 2009 06:15 PM (VotgB)

47 He's still a piece of shit

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49 You calling Specter a Scottie, Jimmy?

Posted by: Thomas Jackson at March 24, 2009 10:50 PM (0Qynq)

50 No, he willing to tank the economy in any year he is not running. He doesn't care what shape it's in.

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