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Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter and President Obama at an appearance this morning. (Gerald Martineau- TWP)

President Obama kicked off his 100 days celebration by appearing with party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter this morning, the day after the Pennsylvania Republican announced he would change party affiliation and run for reelection in 2010 as a Democrat. Specter's move gives Democrats a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate (assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next senator from Minnesota).

Offer your most creative caption to the photo above in the comments section. We'll pluck a few highlights and feature them in a post of their own later this week. And, let's keep the comments PG-13 (if possible).

By Paul Volpe  |  April 29, 2009; 11:52 AM ET
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Specter checks out his new telepromter

Posted by: CBH2 | April 30, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Senator Specter voiced his renewed support for president Obama's stimulus plan today. The senator was heard to say:
"Given the scope of the economic disaster this country is in, inactivity was not a choice. I have cast my lot with this president, who I believe is best equipped to prevent a catastrophe leading to unemployment."

Posted by: theamazingjex | April 30, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Senator Specter contemplates his realization of the age old adage: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Posted by: jrosco3 | April 29, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't tell what it is but you look different from the guy's in my old party.

Posted by: myhojda | April 29, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

I am whatever you want me to be Mr. President

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | April 29, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

000 Sooo, he dies wear a flag pin. DARN IT, THAT WAS A LIE ALSO 000

Posted by: BOBSTERII | April 29, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

29 years.........Yep, I am sure I did a right thing. (Oh God, what did I do)
Sen. Arlen Specter

Posted by: BOBSTERII | April 29, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but JohnnieVoodoo already won "Best Caption".

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Scientists report they have found the most distant object in the universe.
Specter: Say, isn't that Rush Limbaugh over there?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Specter: I don't even have to buy a new tie!

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Thought balloon over Sen Specter:

"What? I will have 'reverence for Anita Hill'? Or did he say 'preference on Capitol Hill'? What? Damned hearing aid...".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Here's an even better -- oldie, but goodie -- photo of "Benedict Arnold" Specter:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/WC_Vol18_CE903_SBT_alignement.jpg

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"He may not look like it, but Wow, can he jump! Arlen'll fit right in...and welcomes his friend from Maine to join us."

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | April 29, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"I would like to congratulate Sen. Specter on his complete recovery from the swine flu . . ."

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I only wished Shakespeare was still around to put this human drama on the stage.. it's like hamlet, othello and a pastoral all mixed into one.. I don't like much about this whole situation.. but I do like to watch it unfold.. it's surreal...

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 29, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:
I read on the White House website that Obama went to work at 8am yesterday and then took his normal 15 minute break at 10am. But at 11am he went upstairs and played with Bo for 10 minutes.

Now in light of the situation with our economy, North Korea and Iran trying to get nuclear weapons, the Swine Flu, Somalia Pirates, etc, was this this wrong??

Should he be spending less time with his dog while he is on our payroll? This is certainly questionable wouldn't you agree?? Would it have been better to make the dog wait till he went upstairs at noon to have a tuna fish sandwich with Michelle?

Thanks in advance for your insight and concern on these issues.

Posted by: patrick10 | April 29, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Independent4tw:

Perhaps you need to look up the popular definition of "STFU" then. Also, I am not going to admit that I am wrong, because I am not, and I don't post "lies and garbage" either. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

patrick10,

LOL.

Posted by: Independent4tw | April 29, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"Please remember I won Pennsylvania even when he was a Republican".

Or

"Sometimes flip flopping is good".

or

"I'm sure personal politics had nothing to do with Senator Specter's decision".

Posted by: larry221 | April 29, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

After gritting my teeth for 8 years it certainly is pleasing and amusing to watch JakeD and his fellow snipers twist and turn in disgust with every news release about Obama. They are still working overtime on telling us why we shouldn't have voted for Obama since we ignored their passioned pleas not to vote for him last Novemeber.

I guess not enough of us went to those websites they begged us to go to. The ones put up by "Swiftboaters Against Obama" that showed the true link to Obama's real place of birth, his true religion, his true motive for becoming president. Had we been aware of those "truths" surely we would not be in the mess we are in today with Nobama sitting in the White House. If only we listened!!

How long do you think it will be before Obama invites al-Qaeda in for brunch? Surely it can't be too much longer.

I hope JakeD and the crew can keep this up for 4 more years. I am going to enjoy the ranting and raving. And Cheney's dark predictions, and Rove's rationalizations, and Rushbo's over the top illogic, along with his amateur friend Hanity.

To be honest, all these forementioned Bozo's are much more amusing and hilarious than anything the left wingers can muster. I used to love listening to Bill Buckley. He was fascinating to watch. Today's clowns don't hold a candle to Buckly's style.

Four more years JakeD. Enjoy every moment. Hopefully four more years of the GOP shooting themselves in the foot every chance they get.

Gonna enjoy four years of all the whining and complaining. Lmao.....

Posted by: patrick10 | April 29, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not shutting up (especially since "drindl" has posted way more than I have here at The Fix)."
-JakeD

Jake,

We don't want you to shut up, we want you to admit that you are wrong, and stop posting lies and garbage.

Posted by: Independent4tw | April 29, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

patrick10:

I'm not shutting up (especially since "drindl" has posted way more than I have here at The Fix).

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

obama: this is nearly as much fun as having unc win the final four.
specter: i'm the best politician i know! by switching to the dems, obama promised me he'd reveal his styling secrets....

Posted by: davidarosy1 | April 29, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

patrick, the thing with Jake and zouk is that they clearly don't have anything else to do but hang on this blog. sad.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Ah hahahahha

nah nah nah hey hey goodbye
(republican fillabuster)

Posted by: Independent4tw | April 29, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama wore the blue tie. Specter wore a red, white & blue tie...a charmeleon of sorts. What a political opportunist! He made this same switch running for DA back in 1960, now he makes another party change to easier keep his political career going. Let's see if he still votes against card check & the budget. If he does, will he get a democratic challenge from the left? If he doesn't, will independents and moderate dems see him as a political opportunist who does what it takes to get elected? All I can say is: run Ridge run!

Posted by: reason5 | April 29, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

USAF estimates that its total cost for the NYC Air Force One photo-op was $328,835. Taxpayers will spend over $2 BILLION to run the White House this year. Can we afford it?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
JakeD there you go again. To take this out of context is silly. Every administration spends a fortune on Air Force One. Notice they wanted an updated photo? That implies the one taken during the Bush administration is out of date. So what is the difference?

You folks can't hang on every little scrap you glean from Obama's schedule. Not without citing all the instances that every past president has incurred. It's just a silly game you folks are playing now.

Come back with some real substantive issues and quit wasting everyone's time.

For the umpteenth time, Obama won. The rest of you need to sit down for the next 4 years and STFU!!

Posted by: patrick10 | April 29, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

My vote for "Best Caption" goes to JohnnieVoodoo.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

During his press conference Sen. Arlen Specter symbolically refuses to look to his right. President Obama looks forward (to the clear path that lies ahead).

Posted by: h0rny4z0rny | April 29, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

As part of the deal, Rahm will give Senator Spector a foot massage.

Posted by: zhu_rongji | April 29, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"And how can even Newt, probably the most bald-faced huckster in political life, claim that the Tea Partiers came together "spontaneously"? The parties were organized in advance, people just didn't emerge from the corn fields carrying hand-painted signs.

Whether a product of genuine grassroots or Astroturf or both, the Tea Parties are simply providing fodder for the usual Borg assimilators.

Fox's Neil Cavuto for example played host to a slick character and stereotypical libertarian dope named Ned Ryun from the American Majority, who was touting a new affiliated website called AftertheTeaParty, intended to provide focus and direction for the Tea Party movement. As you can see from clicking on the link, AftertheTeaParty is not exactly an information-rich venue.

But click on to the parent organization's site (complete with American eagle), and the mission of American Majority becomes clearer--"reduction or elimination of property taxes" and "lower corporate taxes."

It pains me to see the idealism and innocence of Tea Partiers preyed upon this way."

tools and dolts.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Should I have waited until after Franken was sworn in?

Posted by: caribis | April 29, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

From DougJ at Balloon Juice, we learn of Newt Gingrich's shameless-floozy attempt to attach his suction cups to the Tea Party movement and steer it to his own aggrandizing ends.*
Newt’s organizing another tea party:

'Then, we should make July 4, 2009 “American Freedom Day.” Tea Party activists across America should plan to go out and recruit supporters from every Fourth of July celebration in their community.'

Don’t we already have a name for July 4th?

This seems lot worse than saying “Happy Holidays” at Target. This is like renaming Christmas “Happy Holiday Day.”

How tiresome, and yet how completely in character, for Newt to profane patriotic splendor of America's beloved summertime holiday with a lame-as* recruiting effort with him as bandleader.

The thing about Newt is, no matter how big a crock you think he is, he never fails to outperform. Newt's Letter over at Human Events begins with his usual belch of phony bluster:

'The elite media tried to ignore us'
.
That would be the same suppressive elite media that Newt appears on four or five f*cking times a week to deliver his spiels; that collective Pravda.

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/04/what-kind-of-democrat-will-arlen.html

Not a caption, but its an interesting historical analysis of the people who switch parties in the past 30 years and how their voting patterns changed. The shifts were quite substantial, actually.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

USAF estimates that its total cost for the NYC Air Force One photo-op was $328,835. Taxpayers will spend over $2 BILLION to run the White House this year. Can we afford it?

http://theintrepid.blogspot.com/2008/11/how-much-does-it-cost-to-operate-white.html

All I am asking is whether, in these dire economic times, when other CEOs are forced to sell their airplanes, shouldn't Obama lead by example? By comparison, FDR passed 14 stimulus bills in his first 100 days and didn't travel nearly as much.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Literally fulfilling a campaign promise to reach across the aisle, Barack Obama starts off his 100th day in office welcoming the newest member of the Democratic Congress: Ex-Republican, and now Democratic Senator, Arlen Specter.

Posted by: robbygtx | April 29, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Lib lies go on and on. If they ever told the truth, who would vote for them?


Happy 100th Day in Office, President Obama!

To celebrate, I thought I would go through all of your promises and statements from the campaign that reached their expiration date during this historic period.

1. "As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide."

2. "I will make sure that we renegotiate [NAFTA]."

3. Opposed a Colombian Free Trade Agreement because advocates ignore that "labor leaders have been targeted for assassination on a fairly consistent basis."

4. "Now, what I’ve done throughout this campaign is to propose a net spending cut."

5. "If we see money being misspent, we're going to put a stop to it, and we will call it out and we will publicize it."

6. "Yesterday, Jim, the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off."

7. "I want to go line by line through every item in the Federal budget and eliminate programs that don't work, and make sure that those that do work work better and cheaper."

8. "[My plan] will not help speculators who took risky bets on a rising market and bought homes not to live in but to sell."

9. "Instead of allowing lobbyists to slip big corporate tax breaks into bills during the dead of night, we will make sure every single tax break and earmark is available to every American online."

10. "We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress's seniority, rather than the merit of the project."

11. "If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime."

12. "Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe the United States has to be frank with the Chinese about such failings and will press them to respect human rights."

13. "We must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights."

14. "Lobbyists won’t work in my White House!"

15. "The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result."

16. "I'll make oil companies like Exxon pay a tax on their windfall profits, and we'll use the money to help families pay for their skyrocketing energy costs and other bills."

These are only the 16 that I was able to find in my archives over the past 100 days, and I'm sure readers will recall more. But it is important that we remember that this is only the beginning. There is a long road ahead, and many more promises left to break.

UPDATE: And the readers come through!

17. "Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days." Obama is 1-for-11 on this promise so far.


Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

David Frum, republican strategist:

"If the Democrats do succeed in pushing through national health insurance, they really should set aside a little extra money to erect a statue to Pat Toomey. They couldn’t have done it without him!

Pat Toomey is of course the former president of the Club for Growth who planned to challenge Arlen Specter in the 2010 Pennsylvania Republican primary. Polls showed Toomey well ahead - not because he is so hugely popular in the state, but because the Pennsylvania GOP has shriveled to a small, ideologically intense core. Toomey now looks likely to gain the nomination he has sought - and then to be crushed by Specter or some other Democrat next November.
The Specter defection is too severe a catastrophe to qualify as a “wake-up call.” His defection is the thing we needed the wake-up call to warn us against! For a long time, the loudest and most powerful voices in the conservative world have told us that people like Specter aren’t real Republicans - that they don’t belong in the party. Now he’s gone, and with him the last Republican leverage within any of the elected branches of government.
For years, many in the conservative world have wished for an ideologically purer GOP. Their wish has been granted. Happy?"

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse


The iron-girder he-men of the conservative blogosphere have greeted former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania Arlen Specter's defection to the Democrats with whiskery hoots of "good riddance/get lost/don't let the door hit your withered buttocks on the way out" and similar pleasantries. Many of them appear defiantly resigned to the Republican Party becoming a regional bastion of true believers, the Branch Davidian compound of the Confederate Jesus. To those, however, who still share the same sky as those in the real world and think that the best escape route out of minority status and possible extinction is to win elections (crazy, I know), the Specter defection is a disaster.


Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Specter: "I know if I can just watch this guy talk a little longer, I can learn how to speak Democratese again."

Posted by: dognabbit | April 29, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

100th Day, 2nd Terrible Economic Indicator

Wow. I thought I had been properly bearish about the state of the economy, but this morning brings not one but two surprisingly grim indicators. Two weeks ago, I wrote, "The first-quarter GDP number is expected to show a loss around 6 percent, which was the revised number for what was lost in 2008’s fourth quarter. Of course, judging by the unemployment numbers, etc., it’s not unthinkable that the three most recent months were worse than the three preceding ones; watch the revision later this year." On the radio this morning, before the quarterly numbers came out, I heard that economists were expecting it to be not quite so bad, maybe 5 percent or even as little as 4 percent.

Well, it was 6.1 percent. Obama and his supporters will argue that there was no way he was going to turn around the economy in the first quarter of this year, but it suggests that it will be quite difficult to meet the 1.2 percent annual GDP decline his budget projects. Barring a sudden economic surge, at the end of the year tax revenues will be lower, and the deficit will be higher, than he projected.


Then, the early word was that every bank was going to pass the stress tests. I had noticed earlier that current economic conditions were starting to approach the stress tests' worst-case scenario. Well, over in the Corner, Spruiell shares the grim news that six banks failed their stress tests.

The banks are still in danger, six months after TARP, and the stimulus has yet to stimulate. But hey, the president has a new puppy.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"You complete me."

Posted by: JohnnieVoodoo | April 29, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

It seems the tide has turned and our worst days are behind us. the best state in the union, VA, has been the quickest to come to its senses after last falls' grave mistaken judgment and gullibility to the great liar.

HORSERACE

McDonnell Still Cruising in Virginia's Governor's Race

Meanwhile, in Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell continues to lead all Democratic challengers, with his lead ranging from 5 to 12 percentage points. Closest is southerner Creigh Deeds; farthest back is Brian Moran. Terry McAuliffe leads the primary poll, and trails McDonnell, 46 percent to 39 percent.

Polling in this state has been pretty consistent — McDonnell is almost always in the low to mid-40s, Democrats are almost always in the low to high 30s.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

aparently there are quite a few zouk ditthoheads out there:

"The only people left in the Republican party are crazier than an outhouse rat and have teabags hanging from their hunting cap. They are the people who feverishly emailed each other stories about Obama’s birth certificate, and who are convinced that joking about Obama’s teleprompter and making impassioned speeches about earmark reform are the only route to electoral recovery. They think Michelle Bachman is on to something and the Colbert Report is truth.

This is only going to get worse."

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Snarlin' Arlen isn't sure he likes what Obama is saying.
AB

Posted by: jimsbier | April 29, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama is about as visionary as the guy who invented Dippin' Dots, Ice Cream of the Future. Far from sketching out a truly forward-looking set of policies for the 21st century, as his supporters had hoped, Obama is instead serving up cryogenically tasteless and headache-inducing morsels from years gone by.

On issue after issue, Obama has made it clear that instead of blasting past "the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long," (as he promised in his inaugural address), he's moving full speed ahead toward policy prescriptions that already had less fizz than a case of Billy Beer back when Jimmy Carter was urging us all to wear sweaters and turn down our thermostats. Instead of thinking outside the box, Obama is nailing it shut from the inside.

They continue:

In nearly every key area of policy concern, from industrial bailouts to massive deficits, from Afghanistan to the Middle East, from education to energy, the president's standard operating or reach back into the Carter playbook for ideas that didn't work back then, either. All while rhetorically valuing "good ideas ahead of old ideological battles.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/04/demint-we-lost-pennsylvania-because-forced-unionization-caused-republicans-to-flee.php?ref=fp2

there you go, Jake.

and now the GOP, in its quest to purge from the party anyone even faintly electable, turns on popular Utah governor Huntsman:

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.'s appearance at a Michigan county Republican Party event was scrapped this week after the county chairwoman said that hosting the moderate Utah governor would mean abandoning the party's conservative principles.
Kent County Republican Party Chairwoman Joanne Voorhees abruptly canceled the party fundraiser scheduled for Saturday.

"The voters want and expect us to stand on principle and return to our roots. Unfortunately, by holding an event with Governor Huntsman, we would be doing the exact opposite," Voorhees wrote in an e-mail quoted in The Grand Rapids Press .

Voorhees did not specify which issues she felt were contrary to the party's principles and did not return messages left at the party headquarters and on her cell phone."

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

drindl:

Do you have a link for that?

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Arlen and I are committed to bipartisanship. This move helps the Democrats avoid the filibusters that the Republicans were so against back in 2006. And it helps the Republicans be more pure and more irrelevant than they were before. It's a win-win!"

Posted by: mikeinmidland | April 29, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

God, how much more pitiful and laughable can the wingers get?ROFLOL, indeed.

"There are two competing interpretations of Arlen Specter's move into the Democratic party. It's not clear why they're competing, because they're not by any means mutually exclusive. In fact, they're deeply connected. But that's how it's playing out: Either Specter became a Democrat because the Republicans moved too far to the right or Specter became a Democrat because he was facing a career ending primary in 2010. Strangely enough, even though Specter himself insists both factors contributed to his decision, very few people seem to have absorbed this.

One of those people is Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who says the Republican party's hitting the sweet spot. He attributes the non-viability of the Republican party in state's like Pennsylvania to the fact that voters have fled "forced unionization" in the northeast for the safety and comfort of the southern motherland."

Posted by: drindl | April 29, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"and for those of you wondering about Arlen's motivation here: Hey, when you're 79, I guess 60 looks pretty good!"

Posted by: mikeinmidland | April 29, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

SPECTER: If it'll save my job, I might be able to stick this...as long as he doesn't make me wear a tie like that! Awful, awful, awful...

Posted by: Breandan_from_Ireland | April 29, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Penazoid:

If you put a white wig on Specter, he would look a lot like Benedict Arnold.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the sounds of sputtering, impotent rage!

Posted by: nodebris | April 29, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Another washed up old spineless socialist for Obambi. Can he come to the Castro luncheon now?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The traitor worshipfully gazes at his king.

Posted by: Penazoid | April 29, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Is that Hillary over there? I wonder if she notices that my flag pin is so much bigger than his....

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 29, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Specter: I hope this guy can keep me in my job

Posted by: sfcpoll | April 29, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you mean Specter wasn't already a Democrat all these years? Gee. Wake up and pay attention Pennsylvania.

Posted by: OIFVet06 | April 29, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

JRM2:

Chris said PG-13. Did you see the press conference? Specter could not have sucked up to Obama anymore short of pulling his pants down.

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Palling around with plutocrats.

Posted by: fiveofdiamonds | April 29, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Specter: "Hmm. Obama's skin looks so soft. I wonder if he moisturizes."

Posted by: mnteng | April 29, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama finally gets his shelter dog!

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 29, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"Specter: "I get so emotional thinking of my lips planted firmly on his ass!"

Posted by: JakeD"
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Nice jakeD, you're a real class act.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 29, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Cue the Etta James (or one of many cover versions)music:
"At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song"

Posted by: MikefromMadison | April 29, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Dang magic 60, forget that. I'm actually better looking standing next to Obama than McConnell. Now that's magic.

Posted by: Muley63 | April 29, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Specter: "I get so emotional thinking of my lips planted firmly on his ass!"

Posted by: JakeD | April 29, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Caption: "....and anyone who can explain how one bullet can hold its shape after causing nine wounds in two men can SURELY explain how massive government spending increases won't lead to higher taxes sooner or later."

Posted by: angrydoug1 | April 29, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

What's for dinner?

Posted by: nijclark | April 29, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Flag lapel pins! OMG we're so patriotic!!

Posted by: DDAWD | April 29, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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