Tuesday, March 13, 2012

No Honor among Thieves - Arlen Spector's Angry At Obama For Betraying Him


Remember Arlen Spector? The genuinely nasty RINO ex-Senator who betrayed Pennsylvania's voters and his own party to become the 60th vote for ObamaCare?

Apparently the senator's angry he didn't get his promised payoff:

Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform.

Specter also claims that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not uphold his promise to grant him seniority accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican.{...}

Specter writes that Obama turned down a request to campaign with him in the final days of the primary, because the president’s advisers feared he would look weak if he intervened and Specter lost. {...}

The snub was made all the more painful by Obama flying over Philadelphia en route to New York City a few days before the election and then on primary day jetting over Pittsburgh to visit a factory in Youngstown, Ohio, 22 miles from the Pennsylvania border, to promote the 2009 economic stimulus law. The painful irony for Specter is that his vote for the stimulus legislation, which was instrumental to its passage, hastened his departure from the Republican Party.{...}

Specter believes Reid acted with “duplicity” while managing the party switch. Specter said Reid promised him that he would be recognized on the seniority list as a Democrat elected in 1980, but failed to deliver on it.

Had Specter been given the seniority he was promised, he would have become chairman of the powerful Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee and next in line to chair the Judiciary Committee.

Instead, Reid stripped Specter of all his seniority by passing a short resolution by unanimous consent in a nearly-empty chamber, burying him at the bottom of the Democrats’ seniority list.

Specter found out about it after his press secretary emailed him a press account of the switch. Specter was floored that Reid had “violated a fundamental Senate practice to give personal notice to a senator directly affected by the substance of a unanimous consent agreement.”

Somewhere I hear John Bolton giggling.

Typically, Spector's whining rant is not quite accurate. After all President Obama did try to help him by illegally offering his primary opponent Joe Sestak a federal job to stay out of the primary. What more did he expect? They used him and simply dumped him when he wasn't useful anymore.

You can't ever do enough for some rats...the more you feed 'em, the more they want.

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