Buh-Bye Arlen

by Jonathan H. Adler

My first job in Washington, D.C., during the summer after my freshman year in college, was an internship in the office of Senator Arlen Specter.  (In my defense, my political views were still developing, and he was my “hometown” Senator.)  At the time Specter was a nominal Republican, though it seemed most of his staff were Democrats.  His counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee had previously worked for Senator Kennedy.  I didn’t see much of him, and what limited interaction I had was not particularly favorable — and I’ve not been a fan ever since.  Good riddance.