Arlen Specter, member of the United States Senate from Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
PHILADELPHIA – Arlen Specter, 82, the longest-serving United States senator in Pennsylvania history, a driven, often contentious figure who placed himself at the center of national controversies for a half-century, from the Kennedy-assassination investigation in the 1960s to the passage of the economic stimulus package in 2009, died Sunday morning in his Philadelphia home.
Specter, who had served five terms before losing a re-election bid in 2010, died from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
What’s up with all the sex addictions lately???? Anthony Weiner has entered rehab (probably under the advice of Ed Rendell, M.D.) to hopefully get a grip on his sex addiction and learn a few things about social media and what not to tweet!
Weiner notified Nancy Pelosi that he intended to give up his U.S.Congressional seat. Pelosi has been one of many Democrats, including POTUS Barack Obama, calling for Weiner to resign. This once rising star of Democratic politics has hit rock bottom. Last July, former POTUS Bill Clinton officiated at his wedding and now Democratic leaders cannot distance themselves from him fast enough. The Democratic leadership is afraid of how this scandal could hurt their chances in 2012.
It is hard to feel sorry for a grown man who does not have the self-control not to tweet or text pictures of his anatomy. Especially a newly married man who’s wife is expecting their first child. Hopefully Weiner will develop some more appropriate hobbies as the result of his stint in rehab.
Today, Weiner held a news conference in Brooklyn and officially resigned. He appropriately blamed himself for the predicament he “created”. Unlike politicians in Pottstown, who do inappropriate things and say they are “passionate”, Weiner took responsibility for his error in judgment. I at least give the guy credit for that!
Even with most of the Democratic Party calling for his resignation, Anthony Weiner is refusing to step down. While the Democrats are having apoplexy over Weinergate, there are some who took this “sexcapade” and turned it into a profitable enterprise.
Evidently one can buy an anatomically correct Anthony Weiner doll. Demand is so high the website keeps crashing. You can even get a miniature Blackberry for your Weiner doll as an accessory. If Weiner resigns, the doll could become highly collectible. Can you imagine EBay’s delight!
More commentary on Weinergate by yet another country heard from – Fast Eddie Spendell (D-PA), former bankruptor of Pennsylvania said that Weiner should resign and go to rehab, even going as far as suggesting in-patient treatment. Well thanks for the medical opinion there Eddo. Betcha didn’t know Fast Eddie had a medical credential along with his other various and sundry talents.
Of course, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called for an ethics investigation to determine if Weiner broke House rules. Knowing Nancy is on the job makes me sleep so much better at night.
Pelosi’s bid is being met with some resistance by members of her own party. Some feel she serves as a symbol of all that contributed to the Democratic Party losing control us the House in last Tuesday’s election. Republicans were voted into office in record numbers. Pelosi wants to make sure Republicans do not undo her health care legislation.
Pelosi said she will run for Minority Leader if she feels she has the votes necessary to be elected.
Now that the dust has settled, we have some new elected officials and hopefully those annoying phone calls and all the junk mail is over until the next election!
Some interesting facts about the election and maybe something Democrats need to think about for the future. Winning an election in Pennsylvania can’t be done by concentrating on Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties. Corbett carried Allegheny County, not by much, but he did. Can’t say that Onorato should feel too good about losing the county he is Executive for. Onorato lost Allegheny County by 649 votes. Another reason everyone should vote! Toomey didn’t lose by much in Allegheny County and he carried most other large counties. He did take a beating in Philadelphia as expected.
Pennsylvania is a diverse state. There are other heavily populated areas that are or lean Republican. Lancaster County has over 500,000 people, York County has over 400,000 residents, Chester County has almost 500,000 residents, Berks has over 400,000 residents so I submit these counties more than make up for Philadelphia. Bucks County with its 600,000+ residents swung Republican for governor and the US Senate races. Can’t put all your eggs in one basket and win in PA.
We congratulate the winners. We expect big things. We will be watching and reporting in our usual no-nonsense style so don’t screw up!
In other political news, several major newspapers have endorsed Tom Corbett (R) and Dan Onorato (D). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is endorsing Corbett while Onorato received the support of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Scranton Times-Tribune and the Easton Express-Times.