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Scary Thought

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…from Kevin Drum:

Real heroes of HCR: Pat Toomey and Club for Growth. Without them, Specter stays in GOP and Dems only have 59 votes. Thanks, Pat!

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December 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

‘As a Last, Last, Last, Resort’

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Nobody’s talking about it,, but at least the ambitious senior senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, hasn’t forgotten about reconciliation.

SPECTER: Well as I have said I would consider that as a last, last, last, resort. I think that the institutional safeguard of 60 votes is a very important one. … [M]oving away from that institutional 60 votes is something I think would be a last, last, last resort. You might have to fight fire with fire when there are so many filibusters. The number is now 81. And a lot of nominations are being blocked and action is being blocked. …

On the issue of fighting fire with fire, maybe so, but I think that we are not going to come to this. I think we can muster the 60 votes and not have to face the reconciliation.

Q: Senator if I have this correctly, as a last resort, you would not oppose using reconciliation…

SPECTER: As a last, last, last, resort I would consider it, yeah.

I guess I missed it, but apparently Reid called it an “option” at the big press conference on Monday as well. Glad to see it.

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October 29, 2009 at 3:05 am


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* I have a review in the Indy this week of Lucas Hilderbrand’s Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright. Keywords: copyright Constitution Buffy pornography Superstar Mystery Science Theater 3000.

* Cases for and against Buffy without Joss.

* Sarah Connor creator: I won’t be back.

* Some days I think Marvel just doesn’t get women. Via MeFi.

* Streaming video of Criterion Collection films. (via Vu)

* And the year of Senatorial madness shows no sign of ending: Joe Sestak intends to unseat Arlen and Burris’s scumbaggery is caught on tape.

Dump Harry Reid

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I would be heartened by these sinking Harry Reid poll numbers—perhaps finally the Democrats can get a real Majority Leader—if I had any confidence that the Dems wouldn’t go and put someone like Ben Nelson in charge. This is a no-brainer, folks: the Senate majority leader should be a dyed-in-the-wool, take-no-prisoners liberal from an incredibly safe seat in New England, not twist-in-the-wind compromisers from swing states with skin-of-your-teeth electoral margins. Mind-blowing, I know. You don’t see Republicans giving Snowe, Collins, or Specter positions in the leadership.

…Oh God. They’re going to make Specter Majority Leader, aren’t they.

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May 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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You Have to Earn It

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You have to earn it: ‘Senate Democrats Deny Specter Committee Seniority.’ Not sure if Specter’s latest flub had any role in this, but it’s safe to say that Arlen’s not impressing.

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May 6, 2009 at 3:00 am

Monday Tidbits

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Monday tidbits.

* Early polls out of the Senate race in Pennsylvania, post Specter-shuffle.

* An end to the Boston Globe? (UPDATE: No?)

* Bibles and scripts from your favorite TV shows: 1, 2. (Via Zack.)

* Condition your child the Darrow way. (Via Neil.)

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May 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm