Election Night Reality vs. MSNBC's Wishful Thinking

November 6th, 2014 9:10 PM
Election night was a tough night for Rachel Maddow. The results of the night, even in deep blue states like Oregon, give conservatives much to cheer and liberals much to dread.

Liberal Senator Who Left the GOP Hailed By NBC As 'A Giant of Vermont

August 23rd, 2014 10:31 PM
When conservative Sen. Jesse Helms died in 2008, Brent Bozell wrote about how NBC substitute anchor Lester Holt could only talk about what he opposed: "He staked out firm positions against everything from communism and foreign aid to civil rights and modern art." NBC reporter Martin Savidge called Helms an "ultra-rightist." But when Sen. Jim Jeffords died – a man best known for leaving the…

NYTimes Obit Proves It: Left Still Won't Forgive Sen. Specter for Bein

October 15th, 2012 4:13 PM
New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg penned an obituary in Monday's edition for former Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who died Sunday morning. Specter served as a liberal Republican for most of his career before switching to the Democratic Party in 2009 in an unsuccessful attempt to preserve his seat. But while Specter battled conservative icon Judge Robert Bork and helped deny…

NBC: 'Under Assault' From Tea Party, Arlen Specter 'Bolted to the Demo

October 15th, 2012 10:23 AM
In an obituary for former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter on Sunday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Kelly O'Donnell summarized his shift in political allegiance this way: "Specter's views, supporting abortion rights, immigration reform, and gun control, made him too liberal for the Tea Party movement...Under assault, he bolted to the Democratic Party." Introducing O'Donnell's report,…

BREAKING: Arlen Specter Dies at

October 14th, 2012 1:14 PM
Longtime Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter died Sunday. This from the Associated Press:

Piers Morgan Encourages Arlen Specter to Take Out Some Tea Party 'Cann

March 30th, 2012 4:41 PM
As former Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) railed against political extremists whom he termed "cannibals," CNN's Piers Morgan actually encouraged him to "start taking a few of them out for us" and "Bury a few more bodies." Specter had specifically referenced the Tea Party and the Club for Growth as "cannibals" he wrote about in his new book "Life Among the Cannibals" and repeatedly took shots at…

Befuddled Chris Matthews to Democrat Specter: The GOP is 'Your Party

March 20th, 2012 6:49 PM
A seemingly befuddled Chris Matthews on Tuesday interviewed former Senator Arlen Specter, gleefully (and incorrectly) referring to the Democrat as a Republican. Downplaying the fact that Specter switched parties, Matthews bellowed, "Your party has become a right-wing party." After mentioning the plight of Charlie Crist, who was defeated by Marco Rubio in a Republican senatorial primary,…

Matthews Mourns 'Death' of the Republican Moderate

November 2nd, 2010 8:45 PM
  Chris Matthews, during MSNBC's live election night coverage, was distressed at what he saw was the "death of the moderate wing of the Republican Party." After his colleague Keith Olbermann ran down the latest results of Republicans leading or winning in specific races Matthews bemoaned how such moderates like Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter were run out of their own party and even bellowed: "…

Time's Grunwald on Sestak Job Offer: 'Criminally Stupid, Not Criminal

May 27th, 2010 11:57 AM
Imagine if, in 2004, Karl Rove had offered then-Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) a cushy administration post if only he dropped his primary challenge of then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, whom the Bush White House was backing for reelection. Surely the media would merely smell "stupid politics" rather then the stench of corruption and complain that Democrats making hay of the matter were cynically making…

John King Presses Axelrod, Sestak on Job Offer Issue; Goes Nowhere Fas

May 25th, 2010 12:51 PM
On his CNN program on Monday, John King pressed both Obama senior advisor David Axelrod and Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak on the latter's allegation that he was offered a job by the White House in exchange for getting out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary against Arlen Specter. Even though King pushed for an answer, Axelrod denied any wrongdoing on the White House's part and Sestak refused to…

Todd: Obama Offering Sestak Job No Different Than Cheney Offering Camp

May 25th, 2010 9:07 AM
UPDATE: Later in today's show, a clip [displayed after the jump] was played of an interview from months ago in which Scarborough unequivocally put it to Sestak that he had been offered the Secretary of the Navy position, and Sestak seems to confirm it. So much so that after watching the clip, today's guest Jeffrey Sachs, an ardent Obama fan, had to laughingly admit that, yes, Sestak had been…

Get Under the Bus, Arlen

May 19th, 2010 3:48 PM
DINO or RINO couldn't happen to a nicer one.

Former Dem Aide George Stephanopoulos Spins for White House on Arlen S

May 18th, 2010 4:30 PM
Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday echoed White House talking points and attempted to prop up the beleaguered campaign of Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter. Talking to Joe Sestak, who is opposing the preferred Senate candidate of the White House, the host said of Obama: "If the top Democrat in the country says he needs Arlen Specter in the Senate, why shouldn't Democratic primary…

They Won't Say Specter or Lincoln Are Challenged by 'Liberals' or 'Fro

May 18th, 2010 6:39 AM
As the conservatives in the Tea Party movement gained strength, the liberal media often predicted they would cause harm to the Republican Party and drive out all the moderates. Wouldn't the conservatives look too extreme to win over voters? (See Rich Noyes for more.) Now that the MoveOn.org leftists are poised to remove an incumbent Senator or two, they might spread the idea that there is also a…