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Monday, March 08, 2010

Arlen Specter, survivor

Whoever thought, even a year ago, that Arlen Specter would become one of the voices of the left? Here he is after the President's speech today, praising the new tone. Hypocritical? Absolutely! Insincere? You betcha! But he's proof of what the Democratic Party could become with more contested primaries.
“First of all, I generally wouldn’t take advice about what’s good for Democrats” from a Republican, Mr. Obama said to laughter in Pennsylvania. “But setting aside that, that’s not the issue here. The issue here is not the politics of it.”

Mr. Obama traveled to Pennsylvania with political allies, including Senators Bob Casey and Arlen Specter, both Democrats. On his return to Washington, Mr. Specter, who is involved in a primary battle, called Mr. Obama’s speech exactly the infusion of energy that the health package needed right now.

“That’s the most fiery I’ve seen him since the early campaign,” Mr. Specter told reporters traveling with the president.

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