CNN’s John King Thanks ‘Good Lord’ for C-SPAN & YouTube


By Betsy Rothstein 


CNN’s John King gave the highest of praise for wonky C-SPAN last night, invoking the words “good lord” into his word of thanks.

Will he remember to do this on Thanksgiving, too?
Here’s how it all went down:

KING: In just a few minutes, the polls close in the state of Pennsylvania. The big question there, can Republican turned Democratic senator, Arlen Specter, survive a primary challenge from the left? A little bit of history here. Back in 2001, Jim Jeffords, the Republican of Vermont decided he was going to become an independent and caucus with the Democrats. It was a dramatic change in our politics. Among those going to the Senate floor to comment on it then Republican Senator Arlen Specter.


SEN ARLEN SPECTER (D) PENNSYLVANIA: I have delayed in expressing these thoughts to further reflect upon them, and perhaps, avoid saying something I would later regret.


KING: Hold that right there. Perhaps saying something I would later regret. Remember those words. Let’s finish.


SPECTER: I intend to propose a rule change which would preclude a future reoccurrence of a senator’s change in parties in midsession, organizing with the opposition to cause the upheaval which is now resulting.


KING: So, Senator Specter back in 2001 saying he wanted a rule prohibiting senators from doing exactly what he did. Just a little more than a year ago, switching party in mid session. We thank the good Lord for the C-SPAN archives and for YouTube.