The Dark Knight is one of my all-time favorite movies. Heath Ledger beat the crap out of every actor who has ever played the Joker (don’t get me wrong…Jack Nicholson was great, but Heath gave the character a whole new personality). There is only one part in the movie that I can’t stand. Democrat senator Patrick Leahy has a bit role in the film. During the fundraiser/party scene, Leahy tells the Joker, “we’re not afraid of you!” I love the sentiment, but I can’t stand that they gave that role to Leahy. I promise you’d never see a Republican senator in any major film–not even a RINO.
Senator Arlen Specter–labelled “Benedict Arlen” by many American conservatives–switched parties after 29 years in office as a Republican. He did so just days after swearing to remain a Republican as a matter of principal. I’m not sure he thought it through, though, because things aren’t going so well for him.
In an effort to make sure Specter is a kept man, Democrats have revoked his seniority.
Specter sits on several subcommittees, and after nearly three decades was the ranking senator on each of them. Some political pundits have called the move by Democrats unprecedented; I believe I predicted something like this when he first announced that he was switching. I said then that they’d find a way to keep him on a short leash. It took them a matter of days to revoke his seniority. Harry Reid told him that Democrat leaders would review his record in 2010, at which point he might be able to “earn” his seniority back. Today, after Dick Durbin offered Specter his chairmanship of the crime subcommittee, Patrick Leahy immediately put the kibosh on the decision, showing absolute incredulity that any Democrat would dare do such a thing.
Specter was offended and promised, “I will be with Democrats on ALL procedural votes.” Harry Reid’s spokesman had this to say to the media after all the hubbub: “Sen. Reid never takes any votes for granted.”
Translation? You’re our bitch now, Specter. Assume the position.
This is the Democrat way of forcing loyalty. They don’t want someone who really has his constituents’ best interests at heart, they want someone who will side with them on every single issue. I promise that any vote that does not coincide with what his new masters want will immediately result in Specter’s being shunned. If he does vote out of step with shrill Democrat demands, he will likely lose his seat; if, in that case, he manages to hang onto it, he certainly won’t ever be given his seniority back by any living, breathing liberal. If he so much as farts the wrong way now he’ll be tarred and feathered.
Remember the Titans is another favorite movie. This reminds me sharply of the scene where Denzel Washington, after being told by the white team captain that they didn’t need any of the new colored players, leans in and says, “Gerry, if you want to get on that bus you will tell me right now…who is yo’ daddy? Who’s yo’ daddy, Gerry? Who’s yo’ daddy?”
Who’s yo’ daddy, Specter? Thaaaaat’s right. Quit whining.