Arlen Specter Shows Why He Became A Verb

Read this account of Specter doing his principled best to rally his demoralized GOP caucus behind the china syndrome at DOJ, and try not to throw up in your mouth a little.

via Steve Benen.






30 replies
  1. 1
    jenniebee says:

    Senate Republicans exiting their weekly policy lunch no longer bothered to defend Gonzales’ response to lawmakers’ questions about the firings. At most, they mustered an appeal to withhold judgment until the attorney general testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 17.

    Hey, that’s the day before my birthday. I didn’t know what I wanted this year, but now I do: I want justice. All the pretty, pretty justice.

  2. 2
    Pb says:

    Hey, that’s the day before my birthday.

    Hey, my birthday is a week after yours.

  3. 3
    Andrew says:

    Hey, my birthday is a week after yours.

    Hey, my birthday is several months later! What a coincidence.

  4. 4
    jenniebee says:

    Maybe we will both get presents of the pretty, pretty justice!

  5. 5
    Zifnab says:

    But in two news conferences and at least one private phone call, Bush has put the onus on Gonzales to fight to keep his job, and White House aides have said the attorney general is his own best advocate.

    There’s a saying about the man who hires himself as a lawyer…

  6. 6
    Punchy says:

    But there are some inconsistent stories (Gonzales) is going to have to explain.”

    Among them: Why Gonzales said at a March 13 news conference that he “never saw documents” and “never had a discussion” about the firings. His schedule for last Nov. 27 showed he participated in an hourlong meeting and approved a detailed plan on the dismissals 10 days before they were carried out.

    Talk about short answers to long questions–HE FUCKING LIED.

  7. 7
    Grrr says:

    OT: In related news, General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan further demonstrates how a reptile-brained 25-percenter reacts to klieg lights.

  8. 8
    Perry Como says:

    OT: In related news, General Services Administration chief Lurita Doan further demonstrates how a reptile-brained 25-percenter reacts to klieg lights.

    But Clinton…

  9. 9
    Punchy says:

    Hey, my birthday is a week after yours

    me too. 24th.

  10. 10

    I think it is starting to sink in to the Republicans that they had their asses handed to them in November and there will be consequences from the congressional handover.

    There hasn’t even been time to dig into the EPA and OSHA. Wait until those horror stories start coming out.

    Har.

  11. 11
    Tsulagi says:

    I think this over at the Carpetbagger you linked to pretty much sums it up….

    In fact, it seems part of the administration’s problem with this fiasco is an inability to find a convenient scapegoat.
    … and no one on the right has figured out a way to blame Dems, the media, or MoveOn.org.

    LOL. Ah, but give the party of personal responsibility and accountability a little more time to get their collective thinking in sync. They’re a little slow.

    How long before the Hannitys start calling on Pelosi to be investigated first. Make her prove that she didn’t cause the weak-willed Pubs to fire the 8 USAs that didn’t go ass up enough for Bush, and now cause admin players to lie willfully shade misspeak about the situation. America’s mother is an evildoer. Bad apple at least.

  12. 12
    ThymeZone says:

    me too. 24th.

    Wow, my BD has a 2 in it, too!

    High fives!

    { slap }

  13. 13
    demimondian says:

    Hey, cool! My birthday occurs on a day that ends in ‘y’ this year, just like yours!

  14. 14
    ThymeZone says:

    We are all birthday brothers in arms!

    We few, we happy few …..

  15. 15
    Davebo says:

    I’m not exactly sure what my dog’s birthday is. I think he’s seven years old.

    So, just wondering, can I tell him his birthday is on April 17th?

    I know it’s lying to him, but what could it hurt?

  16. 16
    Tsulagi says:

    I have a birthday this year too! Wasn’t there something about these kind of eerie coincidences in the X Files?

  17. 17
    Punchy says:

    Wow, my BD has a 2 in it, too!

    High fives!

    Hey, cool! My birthday occurs on a day that ends in ‘y’ this year, just like yours!

    I have a birthday this year too! Wasn’t there something about these kind of eerie coincidences in the X Files?

    Fuck the lot of ‘ya.

    From now on, I’m calling him Arlen Spect-whore.

  18. 18
    jenniebee says:

    Pretty, pretty justice for everybody!

  19. 19
    Jay C says:

    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ allies on Capitol Hill grew scarce Tuesday as he left it largely to aides to carry out President Bush’s order to straighten out the story behind the firing of eight federal prosecutors.

    Anybody else notice this (in the USA Today lede)? – AG AG’s main charge from the President in dealing with this sorry affair seems to be to “straighten out the story”. Not “investigate improprieties”; not “deal with allegations of corruption”; but “straighten out the story” – as if dealing with serious issues of governmental misadminstration-of-justice is just some sort of big PR game, and that it will just all go away if the Administration can concoct a big-enough smokescreen of bullshit for an incurious press to swallow. The Bush 43 Administration in a nutshell. Incompetent, corrupt and morally bankrupt: interested only in appearances, and motivated mainly by an obsession with avoiding responsibility.

  20. 20
    demimondian says:

    I’m still celebrating my birthday present from last year…the House and the Senate. I don’t need justice yet.

  21. 21
    ThymeZone says:

    “It makes no sense for politicians in Washington, D.C. to be dictating arbitrary timelines for our military commanders in a war zone 6,000 miles away.”

    George The Fuckhead Bush said this today.

    So, if I understand …. if a war goes into the toilet, all the president …. a politician in Washington … can do is just keep feeding it until the generals give up?

    Not sure what this all means. I guess we no longer have civilian control of the military.

    Too bad, I always thought it was a good idea.

  22. 22
    Pb says:

    me too. 24th.

    25th here–and it looks like there’s a lot of birthday jealousy from the peanut gallery!

  23. 23
    Pb says:

    “It makes no sense for politicians in Washington, D.C. to be dictating arbitrary timelines for our military commanders in a war zone 6,000 miles away.”

    So it’s time to send Bush to the war zone in Iraq, permanently? Is that what he’s saying?

  24. 24
    ThymeZone says:

    and it looks like there’s a lot of birthday jealousy from the peanut gallery!

    Oh man, there is nothing that gets me more green with envy than knowing that somebody else is having a birthday.

    NOTHING.

  25. 25
    ThymeZone says:

    DAMN YOU AND YOUR BIRTHDAYS.

  26. 26
    tBone says:

    I’m not exactly sure what my dog’s birthday is. I think he’s seven years old.

    So, just wondering, can I tell him his birthday is on April 17th?

    What if your dog finds out you lied to him? That could do serious pyschological damage. He could start licking his genitals in public and ramming his nose into stranger’s crotches and drinking out of the toilet. You know, like a pre-rehab Britney.

    Also, true fact: my birthday is tomorrow. Yeah, bitches!

  27. 27
    Dreggas says:

    What if your dog finds out you lied to him? That could do serious pyschological damage. He could start licking his genitals in public and ramming his nose into stranger’s crotches and drinking out of the toilet. You know, like a pre-rehab Britney.

    Uh…pre or post rehab I doubt there are many men at least (and some women, like the kind John McCain referred to) who wouldn’t mind having britney ram her face/nose into their crotches…it would lead to comments like “while you’re down there” and such but not much in the way of objections I am sure.

    That is of course provided she had not just drank from the toilet or if she had, she would have at least brushed her teeth, then again I’m picky :D.

  28. 28
    Moll Slanders says:

    Not sure what this all means. I guess we no longer have civilian control of the military.

    Didn’t he say something along the lines once that a dictatorship would be a good thing, so long as he was the dictator? Hmmmmm?

  29. 29
    ThymeZone says:

    Didn’t he say something along the lines once that a dictatorship would be a good thing, so long as he was the dictator? Hmmmmm?

    Oh, yes he did, and I misunderstood him. I thougt he meant Dick-Tater, since he is Mister Potatohead and all.

    My bad.

  30. 30
    Moll Slanders says:

    Oh, yes he did, and I misunderstood him. I thougt he meant Dick-Tater, since he is Mister Potatohead and all.

    Does that mean he’s nothing but a piece of roundish, brownish plastic? If so, I could just stomp on him and we’d all be done with him permanently. (

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