In my days as co-host of Crossfire, co-host of Buchanan and Press, and host of The Bill Press Show, I’ve met most of the colorful characters in Washington. But none more colorful than Arlen Specter.
When Arlen Specter died this weekend at the age of 82, we didn’t just lose a former U.S. Senator. We lost one of the last moderates in the Republican Party.
There’s no room in the Republican Party anymore for people like Specter. In fact, they drove him out, into the arms of Democrats.
Specter was one of those independent thinkers you can’t always figure out. Yes, he was a conservative on some issues. He supported Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court – helping move that court in the wrong direction for decades.
Yet he also helped block the nomination of Robert Bork to the court. He was pro-choice. He was a strong pro-labor vote. He voted for the stimulus. And he was an outspoken critic of the Citizens United ruling.
And he was certainly no fan of Mitt Romney. Just a few months ago, he accused Romney of “changing positions more often than a pornographic movie queen.”
Arlen Specter. May he rest in peace. And may more like him come along.
That’s my parting shot for today.