Arlen Specter Is A Very Nice Guy

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 7, 2009

Arlen SpecterActually, he isn’t. But let’s pretend for a moment that he is.

That way, I can write that this could not have happened to a nicer guy:

Sen. Arlen Specter sought to minimize any political damage Wednesday after fellow Democrats decided against honoring the 28 years’ seniority he accumulated as a Republican before switching parties last week.

In a statement, Specter expressed confidence that beginning in 2011, “my seniority will be maintained under the arrangement I worked out with” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., before switching.

Specter said last week he and Reid had agreed he would be treated for seniority purposes as though he had been elected as a Democrat when he first came to the Senate in 1980. The issue has important ramifications because chairmanships, which come with money to hire large staffs, can be at stake.

It’s also important, because when Specter goes back to Pennsylvania to campaign, his opponents can note his newfound lack of seniority, point out that it hurts Pennsylvania in terms of Specter’s ability to bring home the bacon, and ask why Pennsylvanians would want to re-elect a Senator who seems to be talented at shooting himself in both feet and undermining his state in the process.

Nice guy, that Arlen Specter. Hopefully, he’ll finish last.

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