Former Sen. Arlen Specter: ‘Cannibals have taken over’ Congress

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 19:05 EDT
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Former Senator Arlen Spector via CBS screenshot
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Former Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican who turned Democrat in 2009, said Wednesday that “cannibals” were devouring lawmakers who did not maintain ideological purity.

“Like cannibals eating their own, that’s what’s happening in Washington,” he said on CBS News. “You had a senator like Bob Bennett, with a 93 percent conservative rating, he cast one vote to support the bail out of the auto industry and he got dumped by the Republican Party.”

Specter said the same thing happened on the Democratic side with now Independent Sen. Joe Liebermann.

“The cannibals have taken over and it has produced a gridlocked Senate and a dysfunctional government,” he added.

Specter said politicians no longer care about governing. Instead, they only care about was winning elections.

He claimed even the Supreme Court had become ideological, citing their controversial 2010 ruling in Citizens United.

Watch video, courtesy of CBS News, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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