Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter got into an on-air quarrel with radio host Laura Ingraham Monday, who suggested the Republican supported a stimulus package because he was "wined and dined" by President Obama.
Ingraham's listeners were treated to a snide and ultimately gutless scolding of Specter for participating in a White House party, to which members of Congress from both parties were invited. Specter responded by calling the 44-year old Ingraham a "young lady" and her line of questioning "baloney."
INGRAHAM: Is it nice to be wined and dined at the White House? And, you're treated pretty well when you're a Republican bucking other Republicans, right Senator?
SPECTER: Now let's get off it Laura. I'm not drinking any wine at the White House and I don't dine at the White House. If the president wants to talk to me -- I talk to him and I make my own independent judgment. Don't give me the wine and dine baloney, young lady.
Ingraham pressed this matter a little further, "So that didn't have any effect on it?" she asked, which drew laughter from Specter. "Absolutely not," Specter replied, adding, "I've got a pretty good record, Laura, for making up my own mind."
Astoundingly, Ingraham responds by saying, "I would conclude that that is accurate, Senator." AGH! Then why imply otherwise, with a bunch of pointless and insinuating questions, that you don't even sincerely believe?
But Ingraham deserves credit for putting a direct and sensible question to Specter: "Just explain to me, if you could, in just a minute or so, how more government spending creates private sector growth or private sector jobs over the next twelve months." I understand that Ingraham is not ideologically predisposed to support this contention, but the press is doing so little actual digging into the thought that underpins both the the stimulus bill and the debate behind it that I'll take it wherever I can get it.