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Specter Loses Seniority On Committees

From a bemused Washington Post:

Party Switch Costs Specter His Seniority on Senate Committees

By Paul Kane
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Senate last night stripped Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) of his seniority on committees, a week after the 29-year veteran of the chamber quit the Republican Party to join the Democrats.

In announcing his move across the aisle last week, Specter asserted that Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) had assured him he would retain his seniority in the Senate and on the five committees on which he serves. Specter’s tenure ranked him ahead of all but seven Democrats.

Instead, though, on a voice vote last night, the Senate approved a resolution that made Specter the most junior Democrat on four committees for the remainder of this Congress. (He will rank second from last on the fifth, the Special Committee on Aging.) Reid himself read the resolution on the Senate floor, underscoring the reversal.

Democrats have suggested that they will consider revisiting Specter’s seniority claim at the committee level only after next year’s midterm elections.

"This is all going to be negotiated next Congress," Jim Manley, a Reid spokesman, said last night.

Specter’s office declined to comment…

Gosh, this is sad.

So sad we can’t stop laughing.

In announcing his move across the aisle last week, Specter asserted that Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) had assured him he would retain his seniority in the Senate and on the five committees on which he serves.

Mr. Specter believed Harry Reid?

Still laughing…

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

26 Responses to “Specter Loses Seniority On Committees”

  1. jobeth says:

    Mr Specter should have read the life story of Benedict Arnold. In the end after turning coat (albeit only once) Arnold was despised and not trusted on both sides. Tsk Tsk Tsk.

    What a selfish self serving creep! I hope he goes out in a cloud of disgrace and humiliation.

    • catie says:

      Exactly Jobeth, Benedict Arnold is the perfect comparison. Arnold thought many men would follow him to the Red Coat side but in the end only a handful did. Arlen thought exactly the same but he will learn as did Arnold what it means to be a turncoat.
      Yes, couldn’t happen to a nicer sack of doodoo Barbie.

  2. Barbie says:

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving sack of manure. IMHO.

  3. pdsand says:

    They don’t need another Democrat who sees eye to eye with them. They needed him as RINO “bipartisanship” window dressing. It only stands to reason that he would have to go to the back of the line.

    • U NO HOO says:

      Specter’s crossover, while in the minutiae is interesting, really doesn’t mean anything to us. I’ll presume he will still vote the way that will help him.

      Perhaps in twenty-nine years after Toomey or Ridge or Sestak have been senator our grandchildren will realize what “The Stimulus Package” meant to them.

      Just venting.

    • GL0120 says:

      You get the cigar!
      Arlen was useful only as an embarrassment to the Republicans; once the publicity of his switch died down, so did his usefulness.
      Snarlin’ Arlen cut his own throat when he declared that he would not be a slam-dunk vote for the Democrats; if you’re going to switch sides, you’d best make damn sure that you pledge your undying allegiance to your new masters.

  4. U NO HOO says:

    Hey Arlen, you made this mistake, what makes you think everything you have done, because you thought you were right, was right?


  5. JustinAC says:

    At least this will keep Sen. Snow from flipping sides. There is nothing more important to a Senator then his seniority and the perks that come with that senority. Can’t really blame Sen. Reid and his party for not coming through on their deal with him. When you jump to the party without values anything goes.

    • heykev says:

      Does this mean that he will get a much smaller office? Here’s hoping…

    • pdsand says:

      I have to disagree with you on that one. If on every critical issue Sen. Snowe and Collins are going to vote with the Democrats, then the fact that they are (R) is more of a detriment to conservativism than a benefit. Obviously with these three the Democrats already had a 60 vote supermajority in the Senate, so it might as well be an official caucusing 60.

  6. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Watch and see how this will be used in Specter’s campaign ads to further prove that he’s a man “who does what’s right, regardless of the personal cost.” Notice how it will be revisited AFTER the mid-terms.

  7. proreason says:

    Politicians are very reliable.

    If they tell you something, you know they are lieing.

    Even the ones who AREN’T lawyers.

    • caligirl9 says:

      I especially enjoy the fact he was assured he’d retain his seniority … he should have insisted on a contract signed in blood, but he’d have to have had that blood DNA types to make sure it was good ‘ol Harry’s genuine blood. As good as his word …
      This made my miserable day!

  8. Colonel1961 says:


  9. Rusty Shackleford says:

    As I heard it said last night, “Specter has gone from being the most unreliable member on the republican side to being the most unreliable member on the democrat side”.

  10. heykev says:

    “Mr. Specter believed Harry Reid?

    Still laughing…”

    Really made my day! In what seems a unending parade of bad news piled upon more bad news, this is something that really made me laugh and smile. Must say something about Karma too.

  11. MinnesotaRush says:

    Oh my gosh! Tell me this didn’t happen!

    A Democrat lied! The Leading Democrat misled someone!

    What’s the world coming to?!?!

    (heavy sarcasm, obviously)

  12. Liberals Demise says:

    “You pays your money…..you gets to see the elephant.”

    Hey skinbag? See if you can be the Senior “Towel Boy” in the Mens Room!

  13. Reality Bytes says:


  14. wardmama4 says:

    While I agree that this is just so much frosting on the cake – what will really, truly make my day – is Specter losing the Dem Primary. Come on PA. Dems, join with your vaulted Senate Leader and teach Senator Specter the real cost of being a two-faced, duplicitous bottom feeder. Wait, oops my bad – those are the basic qualifications to be a Dem.

    I guess he will be in the Senate until they cart his carcass out on a stretcher. Well at least he won’t be a Dem pretending to be a Republican anymore – that embarrassment factor is gone – now if we could just get Snow and Collins gone too.

  15. Confucius says:

    Nothing more enjoyable than watching a punk getting punked by fellow punks.

    Do you think Specter has learned anything from this?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      YEAH !!

  16. canary says:

    Spector’s lies to America makes Reid’s lie petty.

  17. artboyusa says:

    Its time for another visit to the American Olympus, the cloud capped home of our godlike rulers, as we join ARLEN SPECTER, with the domestic hilarity of “Arlen in the Doghouse”!

    “Honey? I’m home!”

    No answer.

    “Honey? It’s me”.

    No answer.

    “Joan? Honey?”

    The front door closed noiselessly behind Arlen and he dropped his keys on the Louis XIV side table which had stood in the echoing, marble floored hallway for so many years.

    “Honey? Oh there you are –hi! Sorry I’m so late; some important committee business – you know how it is”.

    No answer. Joan was sitting there in her pink housecoat, arms and legs folded, one pink slippered foot twitching up and down, like the flicking tail of an irritated cat. Arlen knew this wasn’t a good sign.

    “So – how was your day?” he enquired breezily.

    No answer – then Joan slowly, slowly rotated her head and fixed Arlen with a basilisk stare that made the weedy Pennsylvanian step back a pace.

    “Your dinner’s on the table” she hissed. “It was ready four hours ago”.

    “Oh that’s okay” placated a nervous Arlen. “I’m so starved I’ll eat it cold. Say, why are you, um, staring at me like that?”

    “Because I want to see what a total jerk looks like – you total jerk”.


    “Don’t you ‘huh’ me, Arlen Specter! You jerk! You moron! You complete imbecile – what the hell were you thinking?”

    “Er, thinking about what?”

    “Thinking about when you switched over! Did you really think Harry Reid was going to just say ‘Welcome to the team, you two faced traitor and let you hop on board and everything would just carry on like before? Did you? Huh? Answer me!”


    “SHUT UP! Did you even think about your seniority – did you ever even think about ME?”

    “About you?”

    “Yes, about me! Your wife! The one who put up with you and all your crap for years and years, the one who stood by your side and smiled and waved through all those rallies and photo ops and rubber chicken dinners until you finally got what you wanted and then who watched you throw it all down the toilet and now I have to go to the Ladies Club and get looked down her nose at by Elizabeth Edwards –of all people – because, guess what, my husband is even more of a jerk than hers is!”

    “I’m sorry, honey. Harry promised me…”

    “Harry promises a lot of things! You made a promise to me too, Arlen – or maybe you forgot all about that? Huh? Did you?”

    “Um…of course…not” lied Arlen.

    “You promised I was going to be the wife of a senior Committee Chairman some day – a big shot! Not some bargain basement freshman who’s only job is to empty the wastepaper baskets!”

    “That’s not true – sometimes Harry let’s me be in charge of the coffee and donuts too”.

    “Donuts – this isn’t about donuts! This is about you being a big jerk and me being Mrs Big Jerk and you sleeping downstairs tonight and every night until you stop being such a big, dumb goddam jerk!”

    Arlen glanced at the sofa.

    “Not there – you don’t even deserve the sofa. And not there either – that’s the dog’s bed”.

    “But where am I supposed to sleep?”

    “I don’t know and I don’t care. Why don’t you ask your good pal Harry Reid if you sleep on his floor? – you big jerk”.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      Trouble in paradise. “looked down her nose at by Elizabeth Edwards” friggin’ classic artboy.

  18. Grzegorz says:

    Arlen Specter is to be head of the Committee of Scottish Law.

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