From Fox News.
Former Sen. Arlen Specter, whose 30 years in the Congress included a late switch from Republican to Democrat, died Sunday. He was 82.
Specter has been sick since late August and died in his Philadelphia home from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, said son Shanin.
Specter startled fellow senators in April 2009 when he announced he was switching to the Democratic side, saying he found himself “increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy.”
Earlier in the year, he had been one of only three Republicans in Congress — and the only one facing re-election in 2010 — who voted for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus bill.
He also said he had concluded that his chance of defeating a GOP challenger in the 2010 party primary was bleak. But he said the Democrats couldn’t count on him to be “an automatic 60th vote” to give the party a filibuster-proof majority.
Specter was part of a clusterfuck of 12 Dems and 7 RINOs who proposed a bill that would have imposed heavy censorship on the internet.
After he switched parties, giving the Dems a majority in the Senate, Queen Nancy Pelsosi declared: “Now we can get things done without explaining process.” He joined with his newly-found Dem pals to ram the absolute tyranny of ObamaCare through the legislature. Afterward, he complained that he got screwed over by Harry Reid, saying that Reid “acted with duplicity” and didn’t keep good on his promise to give him the seniority he accrued over 28 years of service in the Senate as a Republican. Apparently, Harry decided to snub his Republican tenure. Awwwww.
He also had a Dem-sized meltdown during a radio talk show interview because he had to wait through a couple of commercials.
Buh bye, Arlen.