A new research initiative? Cancer treatment? Broad health care reform? Naw, it’s Arlen Specter being a douchebag

Specterforthecure.com is described as “a bold new initiative to reform our government’s medical research efforts, cut red tape and unstrangle the hope for accelerated cures.”

“But the money he’s raising isn’t funding research grants, or advocacy, or treatment for patients who can’t afford it,” TPM’s Brian Beutler (a former Raw Story reporter) notes. “It’s funding the Senate re-election campaign of one Arlen Specter.

He’s twice had and survived cancer–and it’s an opportunity to play on people’s emotions and raise campaign cash?