Rest in Peace, Arlen Specter.

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According to the AP, Arlen Specter’s son reports his father has passed away this morning from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, at the age of 82. The outspoken Pennsylvania Senator was known as a centrist Republican at a time when his party was swinging to the hard right, and in 2009, became a Democrat. He then lost the Democratic primary in 2010, ending a 30 year career in public service. Specter had previously survived a brain tumor and a cardiac arrest following surgery.

From the AP’s obituary:

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, the outspoken Pennsylvania centrist whose switch from Republican to Democrat ended a 30-year career in which he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations, died Sunday. He was 82…

   Specter rose to prominence in the 1960s as an aggressive Philadelphia prosecutor and as an assistant counsel to the Warren Commission, developing the single-bullet theory that posited just one bullet struck both President Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally – an assumption critical to the argument that presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The theory remains controversial and was the focus of Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie “JFK.”

   In 1987, Specter helped thwart the Supreme Court nomination of former federal appeals Judge Robert H. Bork – earning him conservative enemies who still bitterly refer to such rejections as being “borked.”

   But four years later, Specter was criticized by liberals for his tough questioning of Anita Hill at Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination hearings and for accusing her of committing “flat-out perjury.” The nationally televised interrogation incensed women’s groups and nearly cost him his seat in 1992.

About nancycronk

Nancy Cronk is a longtime community activist and women's leader living in Arapahoe County. Six months before the historic "red sweep" election of 2014, she was recruited to run as a "placeholder" in HD37, and managed to bring in 40K from 500 small donors, and 42% of the vote -- just one point lower than the previous candidate who ran in a presidential year.

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  1. Colorado Pols says:

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  2. BlueCat says:

    No wonder Specter felt he had to make the change. They understood how our system works. Their replacement by the new GOP no compromise extremists has left us without effective government and no matter what the he said/ she said media says, it isn’t a question of extremists on both sides of the aisle who won’t compromise. Almost all Dems, including the ridiculously mislabeled (by the right) Obama, are close as can be to centrist and have been trying  for meaningful compromise for many years now.  

    When todau’s Rs say Dems won’t compromise they mean Dems won’t let Rs have their way on all but the most minor points.  The old Republican statesmen are almost all gone now and if they weren’t they couldn’t get through a GOP primary anyway. Rest in Peace, Arlen Specter.

  3. parsingreality says:

    ….but I think he honestly did what he thought best for America.  That included working across the aisle and compromise.  

  4. Littletonian says:

    dating to well before his affiliation change, which honestly caught me off guard. I hadn’t heard anything about him since he left office and I’m surprised and saddened to hear of his passing.

    Rest in peace, sir. You did your state and your country proud.

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