A good day at the US polls: Specter out, Rand Paul in.

Arlan Specter, a creature of the Senate for three decades, has lost his bid for Democratic nomination. It is exceedingly rare for a sitting congressman or senator to not even be nominated by his own party, but such is the anger towards incumbants. I’m glad to see this guy go, since he is a politician of the worst type, most remembered for leading the coverup of the John Kennedy murder and pushing the preposterous single bullet theory (wikipedia):

According to the single-bullet theory, a three-centimeter-long copper-jacketed lead-core 6.5-millimeter rifle bullet fired from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository passed through President Kennedy’s neck and Governor Connally’s chest and wrist and embedded itself in the Governor’s thigh. If so, this bullet traversed 15 layers of clothing, 7 layers of skin, and approximately 15 inches of tissue, struck a necktie knot, removed 4 inches of rib, and shattered a radius bone. The bullet was found on a gurney in the corridor at the Parkland Memorial Hospital, inDallas, after the assassination. The Warren Commission found that this gurney was the one that had borne Governor Connally. This bullet became a key Commission exhibit, identified as CE 399. Its copper jacket was completely intact. While the bullet’s nose appeared normal, the tail was compressed laterally on one side.

In its conclusion, the Warren Commission found “persuasive evidence from the experts” that a single bullet caused the President’s neck wound and all the wounds in Governor Connally.


Rand Paul, Ron Paul’s son, has won the Republican nomination for Jim Bunning’s Senate seat in Kentucky, defeating his cookie-cutter opponent in a landslide. Rand’s positions are mostly libertarian like his father’s, especially on regulation, taxation, banking and other domestic issues, but he has made some disconcertingly hawkish noises when it comes to foreign policy.

This could be an interesting election year. It would be great to see a lot more bums tossed out — not that it should make any significant difference to policy, since there are only a handful of people running for national office who would consistently take anti-state positions, but it’s just nice to see karma at work.

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