News Roundup 4-29-09 (Specter Switcheroo Edition)

The Specter of a party switch:  “There is, however, one automatic change that comes with having 60 votes. The greatest power that the minority has in the Senate is the power to grind things to a halt.”

Card-checking Specter: “A few weeks ago Arlen Specter announced that he would oppose the Employee Free Choice Act (aka ‘card check’), labor’s top legislative priority.  But now that he’s a Democrat, what will he do?”

The Specter of Republican marginalization: “We have a party that seems to be in a death spiral: the smaller it gets, the more it’s dominated by the hard right, which makes it even smaller. In the long run, this is not good for American democracy– we really do need two major parties in competition.”

Specter the terrorist: “Mitch McConnell … suggested Tuesday that Sen. Arlen Specter’s defection endangered not just the party, but the entire country.”

Hmm, maybe conservatives really are stupid: “Researchers found that the satirical quality of ‘The Colbert Report’ was lost on a surprising number of conservatives.”

  1 comment for “News Roundup 4-29-09 (Specter Switcheroo Edition)

  1. May 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    The Senate on Thursday rejected an effort to stave off home foreclosures by a vote of 51 to 45. And how did Sen. Specter, the recent Democrat from Pennsylvania vote? NO. But that’s not the worst of it. So called Democrats Baucus, Bennet, Byrd, Carper, Dorgan, Johnson, Landrieu, Lincoln, Nelson (NE), Pryor, and Tester also voted not to allow people with homes worth under $729,000 to renegotiate their mortgages under Bankruptcy proceedings. Of course those with homes ABOVE this amount can already do this, but they just don’t think “the little people” should be able to.

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