Richard Pelkey: The late Arlen Specter's prediction came true

2012-11-12T04:00:00Z Richard Pelkey: The late Arlen Specter's prediction came true madison.com
November 12, 2012 4:00 am

Now that the election is over and someone's candidate has won and someone's has lost, it is time to reflect on the past and the future.

To that end the Economist magazine, dated Oct. 20-26, carried an article on the deceased Arlen Specter titled "Snarlin' no more." The initial paragraph bears repeating as it describes the past problems of our elected office holders as well as a probable condition of those just elected:

"Neither Democrats nor Republicans have much love for moderates in their ranks. The reason is simple: in America's two-party system, moderation tends to mean siding with the other guys. One man's judicious independent is another's unreliable traitor." The final paragraph reads, "No doubt Republicans in Congress prefer a good soldier such as Mr. Toomey" (who beat Specter in a primary challenge in 2009) "to a prickly independent such as Mr. Specter. And Democrats similarly seem to be going to no great lengths to rescue vulnerable members of their shrinking Blue Dog caucus of conservative Democrats. Parties' tents are growing smaller, and redistricting is reducing the number of seats decided in inter-party general elections. Result: permanent gridlock."

This past campaign with its vitriolic language and its obscene expense will not be forgotten by those whose candidate failed to make the grade. Gridlock for sure will weaken our society.

- Richard Pelkey, Madison

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    - November 14, 2012 8:01 pm
    @ dakref - when I read your response you basically prove my point for me in your own words. Tammy didn't win based on who she is or what she has ever done. She won based on who she and her ads were able to make people think Tommy is. Except they exagerate. The old tommy or the new one are both better than Tammy. She was a loser then and she is a loser now.
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    - November 14, 2012 7:58 pm
    No Tammy won because her PAC backers spent Millions on a campaign to demonize Tommy. They successfully made the race about ridiculous claims and non-issues. If the voters would have focused on our real most important issues.....jobs, economy, deficit, and ending gridlock they would never have voted for her. I've asked you before and i'll ask again. Wehn you look at the list of top 4 issues above please cite any of Tammy's accomplishments or her plans to solve any of these? Tommy has em,, Tammy doesn't and never will. The lefts entire playbook was to segregate the voters into little groups .....minorities, poor, women, etc and go after them on issues that appealed to them...ie, immigration, welfare, abortion. None of htese issues was deemed to be in the top 5 but each of them appeal to a specific group. The libs play on people's fears and locked up these groups.....meanwhile they have no idea or proposals on how to solve the top 4-5 issues so they demonize and go negative. They can't find a reaon for you to vote for them, so they try to make you feel like you shouldn't vote For the other person.
  3. dakref
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    dakref - November 13, 2012 7:17 am
    The election is over, yet you keep trying to push ol has been tommy. Tammy won because of who tommy is today, not who he was back in your day. Get over it.
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    - November 12, 2012 4:48 pm
    Hilarious that after watching tons of negative ads that demionize the other side we elect the Most polarized, liberal person in the entire congress Tammy Baldwin, and immediately people start asking for compromise and for our leaders to come together to solve our problems. If you really wanted our leaders to work together then why would you vote for her over Tommy? He actually had a record of doing this and she has a record where she NEVER does. You had an opportunity. Do Not be surprised if No Republican will work with her. You can't blame them after teh way she's acted for the past 14 years. If you wanted compromise you should have voted for it. You had a choice.
  5. Whazzat
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    Whazzat - November 12, 2012 4:24 pm
    Sounds like a reasonable argument for another political party or parties. I'm tired of pulling levers for the lesser of two evils.
  6. NotACynic
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    NotACynic - November 12, 2012 2:44 pm
    One man's 'compromise' is another's 'capitulation' ... ; )

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