Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pop Quiz: Arlen Specter Edition

Which of the following is the true Arlen Specter?

A) The Arlen Specter of March 17, 2009:

B) The Arlen Specter of April 28, 2009:

C) There is no "true" Arlen Specter, just a nakedly ambitious politician who will do and say anything he feels necessary, and with whatever party will have him, for the chance at another six years in the Senate.

(Hint from Glenn Reynolds: "So I heard some guy on the radio saying that the Republicans have changed from the Reagan era — now they’re a bunch of social conservatives. But back during the Reagan era, I remember hearing that the Republicans were . . . a bunch of social conservatives. And back then they were pushing the abortion-banning Human Life Amendment — hard — along with a statutory end-run (the Human Life Bill) that simply declared life began at conception. Also school prayer and all sorts of stuff. I’m not actually hearing much along these lines from today’s Republicans, for whom tepid efforts at limiting late-term abortions are a big deal — but who are nonetheless stone-age troglodytes on social issues because they’ve got the same position as Barack Obama on gay marriage — and I’m wondering where this big shift to the right really is. It’s certainly true, of course, that the GOP wasn’t much good on small government under Bush, though they’re looking better in retrospect as Obama spends and spends. But on social issues I’m not seeing it . . .")