You gotta say this about Sen. Arlen Specter: The guy's got gumption. That can be a good thing -- when he's bravely battling cancer, to be sure, and sometimes even politically, like a couple of decades ago when he helped save the nation from Justice Robert Bork.
And then there's Specter's jihad against the National Football League -- which is just getting surreal. It's amazing -- and sad, in my opinion -- how closely Specter's agenda matches his largest campaign contributors, Comcast, which is locked in a long feud with the cable giant over the NFL Network, and Comcast's lobbyists. Now that Specter is dropping the Spygate issue, he's going to investigate the league...for something:
Sen. Arlen Specter said he won't bother to ask Congress to pursue the NFL's "Spygate" scandal and plans to look into another sports-related issue: public financing of stadiums.
Specter, R-Pa., told the Daily News editorial board yesterday that "I've gone as far as I can," concerning allegations that the New England Patriots had taped opposing teams' defensive signals. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fined Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000, the team $250,000 and took away a first-round draft choice.
Can you imagine how American history might have changed if Specter had gone after JFK's real killers with the intensity that he's pursuing Roger Goodell. The Pa. senator is achieving the impossible: He's actually making me feel sympathetic for the National Football League.