A Year Ago Today, Arlen Specter Died

Your yearly reminder that our late senator devised the single-bullet theory.

shutterstock_specterHow time can overshadow just about any legacy. Today, at least among the young, the late Sen. Arlen Specter was known for his failed reelection attempt after opportunistically switching parties, becoming the Democrat he kind of already was from the Republican he had opportunistically run as previously.

In the wake of all that, it can be difficult to remember that Specter developed the single-bullet theory in the Warren Commission tasked with investigating the JFK assassination, becoming an icon of dark intelligence to conspiracy theorists who argued that the whole thing was a kangaroo commission to begin with. He died at 82 last year from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. [NBC10]