Quick Hits: Volume LIII
-Former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter knew full well he wouldn't survive a 2010 primary battle for his reelection bid to the Senate. And since Specter didn't want to continue aligning himself with a party he insinuated was culpable in the death of Jack Kemp, he decided in April 2009 that he would merely switch to the Democrat party, thus giving them a Super Majority in the Senate.
One of the supposed perks Specter was to receive for such a defection was becoming Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. But since Majority Leader Harry Reid was (and still is) a weak character, that never happened. And if all that weren't bad enough, a recent revelation from Specter's new book recalls his entanglement with the "Chicago Way."
Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) writes in a new book that President Obama ditched him in the 2010 election after he helped Obama win the biggest legislative victory of his term by passing healthcare reform.
I wonder if Specter indulged in a cigarette after that whole episode?
To be fair though, what could have Obama done for Specter in the 2010 election season? To paraphrase my pal Mitch Berg, the President had coattails shorter than Daisy Duke.
-Can you imagine John "The Elephant Man" Merrick chiding someone for having a slight acne problem?
The modern equivalent to such a thing could well be summed up here:
-It's March Madness season, as the NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament starts tomorrow!!
Here's a question for you to ponder: Can you name a collection of the population who hopes upon hope that the University of Kentucky Wildcats live up to the #1 overall seed (I mean besides those in Bluegrass country) by winning it all?
That would be the New York Yankees and their fans.
Why? Because the last six times UK has won the national championship (1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996 and 1998), the Yankees won the World Series in October of those same years.