Specter forgets which party he’s in, endorses Coleman bid

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

No doubt Senate Democrats are happy that Sen. Arlen Specter now has a “D-Pa.” next to his name instead of an “R,” but there will occasional second thoughts when the unpredictable lawmaker’s foot finds its way into his mouth.

It happened again this week, when Specter seemed to forget which party he now  calls home.

In a New York Times Magazine interview, Specter was asked if he cares that, because of his party switch, there are now no Jewish Republicans in the Senate.

“I sure do,” he answered. “There’s still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner.”

Say what?

Memo to Specter:  Coleman, who narrowly lost his seat to Al Franken last November and is now fighting the results in court, is a  Republican; Franken is a Democrat, which means he’s on the same side as you, Dude.

Maybe Specter was confused because Coleman and Franken are both members of the Frozen Chosen.

Now Specter says he “misspoke,” and that he has to “get used to my new teammates,” according to Congressional Quarterly, which nabbed the lawmaker outside the Senate chamber.

Stay tuned, this guy’s going to be the gift that keeps on giving for political reporters and bloggers.

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.