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About the Stimulus Plan… In the words of Arlen Specter (R – PA).

So only 3 Republicans voted for the Stimulus in Congress. That doesn’t mean they don’t want money from it sent to their states.

Here is Specter on the passage of the Stimulus Bill:

“When I came back to the cloak room after coming to the agreement a week ago today, one of my colleagues said, ‘Arlen, I’m proud of you.’ My Republican colleague said, ‘Arlen, I’m proud of you.’ I said, ‘Are you going to vote with me?’ And he said, ‘No, I might have a primary.’ And I said, ‘Well, you know very well I’m going to have a primary.’

“I think there are a lot of people in the Republican caucus who are glad to see this action taken without their fingerprints, without their participation.

(When asked how many of his Republican colleagues really supported the bill:)

“I think a sizable number. I think a good part of the caucus agrees with the person I quoted, but I wouldn’t want to begin to speculate on numbers.”


Sooner or later they’ll either get bipartisan or be gone altogether.

Under The LobsterScope


  1. He knows damn well he wouldn’t get re-elected if he went hard right. The same is true for Snowe and Collins. The northeast is not hospitable to Republicans in state-wide elections. They can do alright in congressional districts, Boehner, for example, but they don’t have any conservative senators.

  2. We’re going to clean his clock in PA in 2010. There are just too many good, progressive candidate to ignore in that state. I was an early supporter of Flavia Colgan, but she’ll be better off in statewide office (LT Governor?). I think Joe Sestak would be perfect.

    Thanks for bringing this to light!

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  3. Neef

    the SEIU is running “Thank You Arlen” commercials, saying he built a coalition that will bring 135,000 jobs to PA. The spot asks people to call his office with praise. It’s a fairly big campaign, you see one perhaps twice an hour, all day.

    What you don’t see, oddly, is any anti-Specter spots. At least not yet.

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