If you read Jim O'Toole's story on Arlen Specter's latest memoir "Life Among the Cannibals," you know he doesn't hold Barack Obama in high regard. The story starts with an anecdote about Obama blowing him off during a Pittsburgh visit after Specter's 2010 primary loss, where the president heaped praise on Mayor Luke Ravenstahl instead of him.
The latest barb comes from a meeting Tuesday with the Inquirer editorial board where he said Democrats should replace Obama with Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee. From Tom Infield:
He suggested maybe Obama is the one who should be dumped.
"That's the second best alternative," he said of replacing Biden. "A better alternative is to make Hillary the [presidential] nominee. As long as we're talking about dumping, let's go to the core problem."
This came amid a nearly hour-long, freewheeling discussion of his views on what he sees as a lack of real leadership in Washington, on all sides.
Asked if he was serious that Democrats should dump Obama, Specter kind of shook his head.
"I'm not going to get involved in that selection problem," he said.