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Smerconish, Nakedly Defending Specter

One of Sen. Arlen Specter's biggest defenders in Pennsylvania, Republican radio talk show host Michael Smerconish, is locked in a blame game.

He tells the Sleuth that his angriest listeners - pretty much everyone who called into his show yesterday morning - are blaming him for Specter's defection to the Democratic Party. But he blames his listeners, at least the ones who called into his show to "shout down [Specter's] decision."

"They're disappointed in their inability to vote against him in the primary," says Smerconish, who is positioning himself as his party's moderate answer to Rush Limbaugh. "They're the very people who drove him from the party."

Those angry callers are the 21 percent of Americans who still identify themselves as Republicans, Smerconish says, referring to this week's Washington Post/ABC News poll.

Meantime, while Specter is being nakedly blunt about his personally motivated reasons for switching parties, Smerconish is simply getting naked.

book jacket

He posed nude - though with his back to the camera - for the new issue of Philadelphia magazine, as you can see here.

Anything to promote his new book "Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking" (which, by the way, has an entire chapter about Specter). Smerconish, a free-thinking Republican (he endorsed Barack Obama and supports same-sex marriage but is extreme in his defense of torture), figured since he's undressing the media in his book, he would undress for the profile.

The talk show personality will hold a book party in Washington in two weeks at the home of his publicist, Marina Ein. His friend Arlen is a confirmed guest.

Just yesterday morning on Smerconish's radio show, Specter (who was on his way to meet with President Obama) urged more moderate Republicans to become politically active in order for both parties to be "controlled more by the center."

"If all the people came out who shared my political philosophy in Pennsylvania on the Republican side, there'd be a contest," Specter said. "And I'd be glad to wage the contest but look, I'm not prepared to have my 29-year old record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I'm just not going to have it judged by that jury."


By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 29, 2009; 11:00 PM ET
 
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I may confess to listening to Smerconish on occasion; my defense is that I cannot find anything else on the radio. Although a relatively moderate Republican (look who else there is to compare to), he loves to mock Hillary Clinton and speak of delusional over-emphasis on economic problems, as if it were a creation of the liberal media. At least that is why his real-estate broker wife and the Lexus dealership that sponsors his show are doing so poorly these days.

Posted by: ebabin | April 30, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

If by real estate broker ebabin is referring to Flo Smerconish, she is Michael's mom, not his wife.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | April 30, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Why did I click the link to the nude Smerconish?!!!

Posted by: rdklingus | April 30, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Smerconish is no Republican and I'm no right-winger, Limbaugh follower either. Smerconish has shifted to the left with Spector and is getting what he deserves.

Posted by: BubbaRight | April 30, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

By his own definition here ("Smerconish, a free-thinking Republican - he endorsed Barack Obama and supports same-sex marriage but is extreme in his defense of torture") he is NOT a republican. He sounds more like a Left swinging Libertarian. Smerconish, you are confused about what the GOP is about so DO NOT relate your strange positions with the GOP.
IN case you were wondering what GOP stands for, here it is:
GOP stands for Life not Death
GOP stands for limited Government
GOP stands for fiscal responsibility both for Govt and for individuals
GOP stands for freedom
GOP stands for liberty and pursuit of happiness - not entitlements
GOP stands for fair taxation with representation
GOP stands for STRONG defense
GOP stands for our Constitition including ALL amendments.

Posted by: NO-bama | April 30, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

ebabin:

Who listens to terrestrial radio anymore? There's a smorgesbord of treats waiting for you in podcasts. Anybody's who's anybody has one and you can listen when YOU want to to and pause or rewind so as to not miss anything.

Admittedly the Limbo crowd may have some problems finding something since they are for the most part too backward-thinking to embrace new ideas.

Posted by: scottor | April 30, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

It is unclear to me why the GOP is looking to move to the center. They did that with McCain and got wiped whereas when they ran an allegedly conservative candidate for president in Bush (though his conservatism turned out to be a mirage), they won. If the GOP had a candidate whose record demonstrated a consistent conservatism and he or she was one who could articulate this conservatism in a way that did not sound as though it was emitting from the mouth of a gradeschool dropout, they would be in with a shout. McCain lost, in part, because he did little to drum up enthusiasm amongst either his own party or the independents. Independents can be swung to conservatives as there are certain aspects of conservatism with which members of this group agree. McCain and GOP moderates are Democrat-Lite, the proverbial tepid water that no one would wish to swallow.

Posted by: pelty | April 30, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I have family who are repubicans (spelling intentional) and are child molesters. Maybe GOP should stand for Goofy Old Perverts...

Posted by: scottor | April 30, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

So then the previous 8yrs of rule were not Republican, we had 300% rise in the price of Oil while our two "independant" oil men (president and vice) sat on the second largest reserves in the world, we ballooned the deficit, weakened the dollar, expanded government larger than any other president EVER and sent our soldiers into war ill-equipped because war is messy!!! Whatever you call it I don't want any more thanks.

Posted by: andrewstreit | April 30, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Eight years of bush and the GOP running this country.....

No Immigration Reform
No Social Security Reform
No Border Control
No Health Care Reform
NO bin Laden....

But hey, what did we get??

Well, we got a spiffy war in Iraq that distracted us from actually catching bin Laden and his band of murderers. Anyone remember Afghanistan? Where bin Laden WAS? Oh, that’s right...we let him slip into Pakistan, where most military admit he’s hiding. But that’s ok, we spent billions on our man Musharaf there to help us ‘win the war on terror’. His own people didn't like him, but hey, Bush did, and gave him more money than Obama proposed for OUR country back on track.

And how bout that $508,356,078,621 bush spent attacking Iraq? any chance you can pull your head out of your backsides and realize that it is YOUR TAX MONEY?????

This equates to:
$4,681 per household.
$1,721 per person.
$341.4 million per day.

But, hey, you right wing nuts keep carping about how much Obama is spending - at least he's spending it HERE for OUR benefit.

What about bush's promise to track down bin laden? Again, nothing but hot air.(seems that's all you get from the Grand nO Party).


Of course, bush and his ilk still can't admit that when it comes to Iraq, bin Laden was NEVER THERE, No weapons of 'mass destruction' were ever found, We had No plan to actually run the country until they could do it themselves.

I’ve supported the GOP since Nixon, but the day they nominated bush, I said NEVER AGAIN. I’ll vote for any one who opposes his brand of so called ‘leadership’

Posted by: dectra2 | April 30, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey No-bama, That post is hilarious! If the GOP stands for life not death how do you explain hundreds of thousands of people killed in Iraq? Limited government? Both Bush 41 & 43, and Reagan increased the size of government. Fiscal responsibility? Reagan took us from being the worlds biggest creditor nation to the worlds biggest debtor...and Bush 43 doubled our national debt, which was unprecedented! Pursuit of happiness? As long as your not gay....I could go on, but you get the point. Maybe you should get out of your right-wing echo-chamber and listen to Smerconish more, he's right on target concerning the current (out of touch) GOP.

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Smerconish is like a chameleon.His biggest fear is the fairness doctrine.Instaed of having any balls, he has instead chosen to slowly become a democrat himself.Who cares what a broken dowm spector is doing.Smerconish is the coward here.

Posted by: leslie_rogers3 | April 30, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

From NO-bama:

IN case you were wondering what GOP stands for, here it is:
GOP stands for Life not Death - So why do they support the Death Penalty?
GOP stands for limited Government - So why do they support "Faith based initiatives" expanding governments reach?
GOP stands for fiscal responsibility both for Govt and for individuals - So why did they cut taxes when we needed the money?
GOP stands for freedom - So why do they support draconian drug laws?
GOP stands for liberty and pursuit of happiness - not entitlements - So why do they want to seal the borders?
GOP stands for fair taxation with representation - So why do they oppose DC representation, without opposing DC taxation?
GOP stands for STRONG defense - So why did they start a needless war that turned many other countries away from us?
GOP stands for our Constitition including ALL amendments. - So why did they try to eviscerate the 4th?

Posted by: sourpuss | April 30, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

I have listened to Micheal for many years, and have enjoyed. Over the years he has began to tilt like the leaning tower of Piza to the left. Although he tends to be fair, he has lost his way on this Specter deal. To say that because I cant vote out Specter, Thats why I am angry is not honest. Specter campaiged as a Rep, on its platform. He used us to help win his election. Then when he makes a vote that the majority of Americans disagree with, he runs from the consequences (re-election), and changes the game. Specter went form being a free thinking senator, to a politician, his honesty and credability in question. Political expediance over promises to the people, the way DC works now. Thats why I am angry Micheal, not BECAUSE I wanted to vote him out, but becuase he has changed the political pendulm at a time when the country is mot vulnerable, eliminating checks and balances. And he did so by reneging on promises to his Rep supports. I wicsh everyone would just call it like it really is....be honest

Posted by: Willeveryonejustbehonest | April 30, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey Will, Just in case you've missed the point: Spector would have lost the PRIMARY to a hard right candidate because the GOP base can't abide moderates. Spector will win the general...btw, Toomey would have lost to the anticipated Democratic nominee (Sestak) anyway.

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

As for Arlen Spector, he was NEVER a republican. He was a Rhino.[republican in name only]. It should be illegal for any politician to be elected to office as a member of a political party, then turn his coat on the people who gave their time and money to elect him.[or her]. The good people of Pa. should immediately drive through a recall petition and call a special election to remove this turncoat from office. His defection speaks volumes about his [lack] of character. Akin to a rat abandoning a sinking ship.

Posted by: grinch1 | April 30, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

If Specter was "NEVER" a republican, how do you explain his winning the PA Senate Republican Primary (and general election) 5 times consecutively!?!?!?

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Specter saw what many have seen -- that the Republican Party put the rich, the corporations, and themselves before the good of America. So, he left the GOP. Good for him.

The Republican Party had does nothing to alleviate the suffering of the average American; they continue to do nothing but gripe about Obama and the Democrats. All they offer is the same crap that got us into this mess in the first place.

Tell me, why would anyone think that the GOP has a future? They are so out of date they are not relevant even today.

Posted by: abby0802 | April 30, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey SJ, I didnt miss the point. We all know Spector would have lost, why do you think he turncoated to the Dem side. Thats obvious. What you, and the rest of your side do, was fail read the article and see my point was on MS comment about why I am angry at Specter. Yes Spector will win as a Dem, but he got there via me and the PA repub's. That is the problem.

Posted by: Willeveryonejustbehonest | April 30, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Well Will, I guess the question is; would you rather have Specter or Sestak as your other Senator?

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Sestak, at least I know at this point, and from what I have seen in my district, he is at least honest and wont necessarily do things out of political expediency like Specter. I'll take honesty and chracter over anything else, even if I do not agree with them. Least you know where you stand

Posted by: Willeveryonejustbehonest | April 30, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

sjersey LIFE not DEATH related to abortion you twisted jackass. Are you so ignorant you don't understand the purpose of war? Well, here it is: Kill your enemy...dead.
Bush definitely made many mistakes as will your masiah Obama. Like you, I was disappointed with some decisions Bush43 made specifically the bank bailout money. But, you said "Bush 43 doubled our national debt, which was unprecedented!" yet it's OK for Oblama to quadruple down or more on this debt???!!! The double standard you liberals have is amazing! I'm sure you'd like to forget 9/11 and Katrina disasters. When inflation climbs well above the Carter years and the dollar is worthless, I'm sure your position will be the same: Spend more. Tax more. Kill GDP. Kill America.
Also, why blame the GOP for unhappy gays? If you are referring to gay "marriage" then your anger is misdirected. The majority of Americans in this country believe marriage is between one man and one woman. If gay marriage is accepted what's next? Animal marriages for people who "love" there pets? Vegetable marraiges for people who "love" vetegables?

Posted by: NO-bama | April 30, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

We'll have to excuse No-bama. He gets grouchy in the morning before his pills kick in.

Posted by: scottor | April 30, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

No-bama: Ummmm, I didn't give you any of my positions on any of the issues you mentioned...I simply refuted your stance on what you THINK the GOP is. But, I'm not surprised by our outburst. It's just like the wing-nut-right to misrepresent the lefts position, then create a false argument. Personally, I think the GOP needs to get it's act together; the country is ill served by a one-party system.

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I think it's healthy to have 2 parties with easily identifiable differences. Choices are always good when most clear. The problem is for people like Specter who don't really fit perfectly into either party's platform. Although, let's be real, with the exception of his stance on abortion, he's been a very reliable conservative vote on most issues over the years. Has he held up any judicial confirmation that the Republicans wanted? 20 years ago he'd have been considered a rock-solid Republican, just like McCain was. But the national party has continued to shift rightward and now and McCain and a few others (the few moderates who are left) look out of step.

I think it may help the GOP a little if they had more bonafide conservative faces who practiced what they preached. At least voters would have a feel they believed in something. But this isn't really practical in governing. When you have to actually run something like a city or a state or a country it tends to make you more moderate. And a philosophy that says the "government is the problem" doesn't work for someone who is running a government. Most people are practical and not ideologues.

And the other problem is the country has sort of rejected many so-called "conservative" principles in recent years. It wasn't just that Bush or McCain weren't good salesmen for conservatism, as many apologists have claimed.

In fact you could argue that Bush went even further than Reagan when it came to tax cuts, running deficits, and deregulation...and military spending/wars. Bush showed the country what Reaganomics would really look like if it actually was implemented to its nth degree and not just talked about in right-wing think tanks (Reagan, btw, raised taxes more often than he cut them). And most of the country has rejected this philosophy in 2 elections in a row. And if it weren't for 9/11, I think the country would have rejected in 2002 and 2004 as well.

Posted by: jetrain | April 30, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

No-bama sounds like a typical non-thinking ditto-head. No amount of morning pills can cure that particular ailment.

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

@SJersey:

'the country is ill served by a one-party system'

Yes.

Posted by: M2Infinity | April 30, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Jetrain is exactly on the mark - whatever happened to Goldwater Republicans?

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

@NO-bama:
First, thanks for clarifying what the GOP actually stands for. Many of us have been wondering. Secondly, please elaborate:
GOP stands for Life not Death (Life at all costs? What about quality of Life? Inarguably, death is better than some life.)
GOP stands for limited Government (yet now, largely due to GOP f*ups, Govt has to expand to clean up the mess)
GOP stands for fiscal responsibility both for Govt and for individuals (see previous)
GOP stands for freedom (agree with extreme prejudice)
GOP stands for liberty and pursuit of happiness - not entitlements (yet who among us considers themselves more entitled than the Grand Old Party?)
GOP stands for fair taxation with representation (agree)
GOP stands for STRONG defense (STRONGLY agree)
GOP stands for our Constitition including ALL amendments. (elaborate?)
@pelty:
The GOP 'got wiped' because another party (and it could have been any one of them, really) finally produced a candidate who offered us a way out of the morass into which we have been sinking. It is no mistake that everything is failing at once. A house of cards will inevitably fall.

Posted by: M2Infinity | April 30, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

to sourpuss:
You defiled my post about what GOP stands with your liberal misinformation so I answered your silly questions to set the record straight.

IN case you were wondering what GOP stands for, here it is:
GOP stands for Life not Death - So why do they support the Death Penalty? First, Death penalty is a STATE decision not Fed so I suggest you go back to school and learn about our Govt. Second, GOP does not stand for killing the unborn. Yes, even your offspring sourpuss. Yet the GOP does want accoutability for murderers. If someone murdered your family and the death penalty was legal in your state, would you want the law upheld? If Death penalty is the law and you don't like it, get it changed.
GOP stands for limited Government.
- So why do they support "Faith based initiatives" expanding governments reach?
"Faith Based Initiatives" as proven to reduce government. The DEMS would rather support Acorn than organizations that actually have proven to make a difference.
GOP stands for fiscal responsibility both for Govt and for individuals.
- So why did they cut taxes when we needed the money?
First, when you say "we" I assume you mean "you". That is called redistribution of wealth or most commonly known as welfare. Second, cutting taxes has ALWAYS INCREASED tax revenues - look it up.
GOP stands for freedom.
- So why do they support draconian drug laws?
LOL - I know you and Obama like to get high so I suggest you go smoke a joint and "think" about your idiodic response.
GOP stands for liberty and pursuit of happiness - not entitlements.
- So why do they want to seal the borders?
Obviously, you don't know that "liberty and pursuit of happiness" is a Constitutional reference so I assume you are not well read. Nobody wants to seal borders. GOP wants our current immigration laws followed.
GOP stands for fair taxation with representation.
- So why do they oppose DC representation, without opposing DC taxation?
GOP WANTS DC representation. Didn't you see the current Democratic congress vote this down recently?
GOP stands for STRONG defense.
- So why did they start a needless war that turned many other countries away from us?
Needless? I assume you think that the 3000+ deaths in NY was OK too. ALL of our world allies, Congress as well as world intelligence communities thought Iraq was a threat to world security.
GOP stands for our Constitition including ALL amendments.
- So why did they try to eviscerate the 4th?
LOL - again you must have been high when you wrote this. I counter, why does Obama and the DEM's want to eviscerate the 1st and the 2nd ammendments?


Posted by: NO-bama | April 30, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

SJersey said:
"Jetrain is exactly on the mark - whatever happened to Goldwater Republicans?"

They got stabbed in the back by Pat Robertson Repubicans (spelling intentional).

Posted by: scottor | April 30, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I never heard of Smerconish before reading this article, but he and Colin Powell appear to be of a similar vein. They say they are Republican. They criticize(d) the GOP for being too controlled by the 'extremists' in the party, and pound on Republicans to nominate more 'centrist' candidates.

So the GOP did. They nominated John McCain. Gang of 14? 50%-60% rating on 'conservative' ratings? Few big name Republicans could have boasted a more moderate work-across-the-aisle record.

Yet "Republicans" like Colin Powell and this Smerc-guy still abandoned McCain and supported Obama.

When will the GOP learn to stop listening to these idiotic calls from within their ranks to "move to the middle", when the very 'intellectuals' issuing the calls abandoned their own moderate GOP candidate to support one of the most liberal Democrats to ever run for President?

Posted by: dbw1 | April 30, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"stabbed in the back by Pat Robertson Repubicans (spelling intentional)."

SO true. The GOP has become an unholy alliance of the under-educated, overly-religous, science bashing, immigrant hating, miscreants that pander to both thier bible-thumping hypocritical base and the wealthiest one percenters.

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hey NObama!!!!!!
IN case you were wondering what GOP stands for, here it is:
GOP stands for Life not Death-Except for 4500 young Americans and over 100,000 Iraqis who have died as a result of a coward, lying idiot and his nazi, five-deferment Dick's LIES!
GOP stands for limited Government-As long as it can pass a bill targeting Terry Schiavo's husband and HIS medical decision concerning his wife who had been in a vegetative state for years!
GOP stands for fiscal responsibility both for Govt and for individuals-As long as the Texas village idiot is allowed to leave a trillion dollar deficit, an economy in shambles, a bankrupt banking system, and a double-digit unemplyment rate!
GOP stands for freedom-As long as the rich, white, southern racists can be free to ruin everything they touch!
GOP stands for liberty and pursuit of happiness - not entitlements - Except for entitlements for the richest 1% of Americans to get the biggest tax cut in history!
GOP stands for fair taxation with representation - Of the Rich!
GOP stands for STRONG defense-As long as private contractors like KBR make billions and leave behind showers that electrocute troops in Iraq who have to buy their own bullet-proof vests!
GOP stands for our Constitition including ALL amendments.-A long as that amendment is the Second Amendment - all other being optional.
Lastly -
GOP - Stands for Greedy, Ole, PIGS!

Posted by: austinbigboy2000 | April 30, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

John McCain did not lose the election because he is a 'moderate.' He lost the election because he is a Republican (a Republican that picked Palin as a running mate and had scant understanding the looming economic meltdown).

Posted by: SJersey | April 30, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

SJersey:
Check out Adam Curry & John C. Dvorak's "No Agenda" podcasts. They describe the wealthy 0ne-percenters as "The True Owners of the Earth" and indicate they are manipulating religious morons to do their dirty-work.

For more on religious morons and their foibles, also check out George Hrab's "Geologic" podcasts.

Posted by: scottor | April 30, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

"

By his own definition here ("Smerconish, a free-thinking Republican - he endorsed Barack Obama and supports same-sex marriage but is extreme in his defense of torture") he is NOT a republican. He sounds more like a Left swinging Libertarian. Smerconish, you are confused about what the GOP is about so DO NOT relate your strange positions with the GOP.
IN case you were wondering what GOP stands for, here it is:
GOP stands for Life not Death
GOP stands for limited Government
GOP stands for fiscal responsibility both for Govt and for individuals
GOP stands for freedom
GOP stands for liberty and pursuit of happiness - not entitlements
GOP stands for fair taxation with representation
GOP stands for STRONG defense
GOP stands for our Constitition including ALL amendments.

Posted by: NO-bama

Yeah... All amendments, except the 4th.

Posted by: billy8 | April 30, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

With the loss of Arlen Specter, thank God the republican party has finally had that badly needed operation a Sphincterectomy!
We've finally gotten Senator Sphincter out of the party. He has always been an embarrassment. Let the democrats haul away our garbage. Good riddance Arlen.

Posted by: JayBird4 | April 30, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Typical, Washington Post is part of the left wing media trying to shut down conservative opinion. My posts are now being censored.

Posted by: NO-bama | April 30, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Every president in the last and current centuries has increased the size of government. Why? Because government, like nature, abhores a vacuum. Government provides services for the people that private industry neglects, and the population of the USA tripled in the last century--from about 100M in 1900 to over 300M in 2000.Regrdless of their ideological statements to the contrary, don't count on any president to actually reduce the size of government.

Posted by: dixbram | April 30, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

db1w.. while not the only reason, one of the main reasons cited by Smerc and Powell for abandoning McCain was the choice of Palin. A real headscratcher that questioned who was really pulling McCains strings. Palin turned off the moderates...plain and simple. As a result, Obama won my Pensylvania district handily despite the fact we have over 50% Repub registration. My district, however, is in the Philly suburbs...with Palin on the ticket, McCain didn't have a chance.

Posted by: cjbert02 | April 30, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

NO-bama said:

Typical, Washington Post is part of the left wing media trying to shut down conservative opinion. My posts are now being censored.

No, my response to you got held, as well. But remember, just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean they aren't after you.

Posted by: sourpuss | April 30, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@sourpuss & NO-bama:

Probably some random innocuous word you used in your post. In my case, I forgot to 'say' f* instead of the real thing.

Don't give up.

Posted by: M2Infinity | April 30, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I supported President Bush in his first term, my president, Gore had already said he didn't want the job, the democratic party was divided with no difinite leadership. Sound familar, Clinton could not get his money people to get behind the lawyer, and I was already an independent, I had nothing to loss and everything to gain. If Bush only served one term my vote would remian in the House and a could remain an independent; the other scenerio, Bush won a second term and now I am a confirmed Democrate. People really don't know what things look like until you get on this side, they will tell you this or that but until they really get behind what they believe in its good money after bad. The district that I live in did not suffer any lose of state senate seats because of my vote, instead we now gained a senator.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | April 30, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

You can thank Ronald Reagan and Movement Conservatism for hijacking and destroying the Republican party. They have been the enemy since 1966. The period post WWII til around 1972 was the last Hoorah! for the party of Lincoln.

Posted by: PubliusTacitus | April 30, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I like Smirky, he seems reasonable fellow, but his blind-spot, TORTURE, is attributable to the fact he ( and Spittle-Chin Matthews ) never wore the uniform in service to America.

I think Smirky would finally understand after hearing me out on the Geneva Conventions, the UCMJ, and the Nuremburg trials, but Matthews ? I think he'd need a little "slapping around" ( but no waterboarding ) before he came to my point of view.

Posted by: Hub2 | April 30, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

While I'm NOT a registered Republican, I tend to vote and support them. I'm definetly NOT an Limbo fan and this dude is an offensive fellow. The Senator switch hitter has been a sham for generations. The conservative base didn't have a chance in this election. With the national media for the most part wanting a serious chance for a "black" President, with the Liberal political machine in Illinois covering up the dirty tricks as usual... NO SURPRISE... we have President Obama. Now he has the bag, let's see him put the cat back in the sack.

Posted by: rterry1 | May 1, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Response to rdklingus' post: "Why did I click the link to the nude Smerconish?!!!"

I clicked on the link, too. It's like rubbernecking at an auto accident. No matter how horrible the you fear the sight will be, human nature dictates that you will look. AAAANNNDDD you will regret that look for a long, long time.

My hair is still standing on end.

But...(no pun intended) the sheer nerve of this guy (of whom I've never heard) to display an unclad rear view of his less-than-impressive physique, added to the descriptions of him in the article and the comments, have spurred me to seek out his program and give it a try.

Hopefully the program won't have the same effect on me as did his picture...

Posted by: Ex-NavyPilot | May 1, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Gop" stands for upholding All amendments"

Well almost, "freedom of speech" is a tough one for them. "Freedom from search and seizure" can be fudged on too. Oh, "freedom from cruel and unusual punishment?" That one kind of sticks in their throats. But I will say that they do protect the right to buy assault weapons in order to regulate a free and oderly militia which may then ACT AGAINST the United States of America. Forget about "promote the general welfare" clause in the preamble!

Posted by: nwsjnky1 | May 1, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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