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  Specter Hits GOP "Cannibalism" in Goodbye Speech
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Dec 21, 2010 06:37pm
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AuthorBrian Montopoli
MediaTV News - Columbia Broadcasting System CBS News
News DateTuesday, December 21, 2010 09:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn a farewell speech on the Senate floor today, departing Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said members of the GOP who backed Tea Party candidates over establishment Republicans this year engaged in "a form of sophisticated cannibalism."

The 80-year-old Specter, who has served in the Senate for more than three decades, said he was offering "not a farewell address but rather a closing argument." He complained that members of the Senate had grown too ideological for the good of the legislative body.

"Collegiality can obviously not be maintained when negotiating with someone simultaneously out to defeat you - especially within your own party," he said. "In some quarters, 'compromising' has become a dirty word. Some senators insist on ideological purity as a precondition."
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