Buh Bye Benedict Arlen

Dennis Miller had it exactly right when he said Arlen Specter looked like a raccoon rummaging through a trash can. Well, payback can be a bitch.

Ridge considering campaign against Specter

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is seriously considering a run for the Senate for the GOP nomination against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), according to Roll Call:

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is considering running for the Republican Senate nomination in his home state, according to a senior Republican aide with knowledge of the situation.

National and Keystone State Republicans have been publicly and privately urging Ridge to consider a Senate bid since Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) announced earlier this week that he was switching parties and would run for re-election as a Democrat in 2010.

Specter said he switched parties because he could not win a primary against conservative former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who is popular with the party’s base but whom many national Republicans believe cannot win the general election — especially against a 29-year incumbent who is viewed favorably and gets high marks from Democrats. Ridge’s moderate politics and national profile would make him a more viable candidate in the general election.

A former six-term House Member, Ridge is still popular in Pennsylvania, where he served as governor from 1995 to 2001. He left office to be President George W. Bush’s first secretary of Homeland Security but retired from the Cabinet in 2005 and joined the private sector.

The Republican efforts to recruit Ridge indicate they’re actively looking to find a more moderate alternative to former GOP Congressman Pat Toomey. Both Ridge and Philadelphia-area Congressman Jim Gerlach have been mentioned in the last week as potential primary challengers.

See also:
Ridge Pushed for Specter Seat in Stop-Toomey Bid by PA GOP
Are Moderate Pennsylvania Republicans Paging Tom Ridge Yet?

Even the Democrats don’t like Specter.

Tom Harkin Tells Arlen Specter “Over My Dead Body”

Harkin and Specter have also fought together to have larger sums of money restored or added on to depending upon the year to the budget of the National Institute of Health. Of course Harkin and Specter both would prefer to be the Chairman of the Health, Labor and Workforce Appropriations Committee and this would be their point of contention. Now with Specter as a Democrat he has four years of seniority that out ranks Harkin and thus would qualify Specter to be Chairman of that vital Appropriations Committee. When Harry Reid and others told Harkin about Specter becoming Chairman of the committee Harkin reportedly said “over my dead body.” as noted by the Wall Street Journal.

/if the Democrat primary doesn’t put Specter out of his miserable misery, Tom Ridge surely will, the writing is on the wall