Arlene Specter for Surgeon General?

Satire by John W. Lillpop

Is Arlene Specter making a snake-like bid for appointment to Barack Obama's cabinet as Surgeon General?

That would not be an unreasonable take on the raspy-voiced senator's strategy after he said that if Republican policy had only been more compassionate when it comes to health care, Jack Kemp might still be alive.

As reported, in part, at the Washington Times:


"Sen. Arlene Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason that he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its health-care priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer.

"Mr. Specter, responding to a question from CBS' Bob Schieffer over whether he had let down Pennsylvanians who wanted a Republican to represent them, said he thought his priorities were more in line with those of the Democrats.

"Well, I was sorry to disappoint many people. Frankly, I was disappointed that the Republican Party didn't want me as their candidate," Mr. Specter said on "Face the Nation." "But as a matter of principle, I'm becoming much more comfortable with the Democrats' approach. And one of the items that I'm working on, Bob, is funding for medical research."

"Mr. Specter continued: "If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine."

Specter's concern for a 74-year old man who has led a full and wonderful life is curious given the senator's blatant disregard for the very, very young, AKA, the unborn.

Democrat party policies, Senator Specter, support the willful and deliberate termination of 50 innocent million lives since Roe V. Wade was issued.

Proud of that?

Of course, Specter does not know a damn thing about medicine, and knows almost next to nothing about conservative values. Unfortunately, that has not prevented this poser from pretending to be a Republican and running under the GOP banner since 1980.

But what else can one expect from an addled old man who sees the dark at the end of the tunnel, but who continues to scramble madly to extend an undistinguished and unmemorable career?

Remember that Arlene Specter rode the coat tails of Ronald Reagan to victory in his first senate race in Pennsylvania.

Twenty-nine years later, after two terms of the most liberal Republican president in history, this feeble old man has decided that the GOP is "too conservative" to suit his fancy?