Three points - Holy Shit Arlen Spector edition

by jaredmoshe
April 28, 2009 4:16 AM
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1) I was originally very optimistic about Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary. Now, not so much. Larry Summers seems to be running the show, and Geithner's relationship with the good old boys seems no different than it ever was. Is the only kind of change the banks get the type that comes after a decimal point?

2) Robert Rodriguez is bringing back the Predator franchise. I hear hundreds of people with dreams of one day being state governors will be lined to audition.

3) Arlen Specter is now a democrat. I am still processing. The 60 seats thing is pretty meaningless to me as it is basically meaningless in the Senate given the Democrats inability to get party line votes. More interesting is what pressure this puts on other moderate senators. Also, it's a direct result of a right wing primary challenge to Specter making me wonder will this push the other right wing challenges be supported at the risk of more defections or have the Republicans become truly run by the whackjobs (and I mean whackjob in the nicest sense of the word)?


  • Sean Thornton | April 29, 2009 3:57 AMReply

    Actually having a 60 seat filibuster-proof majority is very important, symbolically and practically. The dems might not get straight party line votes but what this truly shows is that a lot of the power to moderate the Obama administration's agenda is going to be in the hands of Spector and other similarly-minded centrists like Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, etc. If the dems can pick up a few of their votes they won't need Joe Leiberman.

  • DGreatOne | April 28, 2009 6:16 AMReply

    Now the country is going to be run by whackjobs on The Left.

    Cap and tax; universal one size fits all health care; regulating what color car we can drive so we don't destroy the Earth; terrorism is now a "man-caused disaster"; feds running Government Motors. What's next? Moving Gitmo detainees to the United States and calling them "new kids on the block"?

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. You haven't seen "whackjob" yet, Jared.