The Campaign Spot

Only Fools Applauded Specter’s Switch as a Smart Move

Amusing: A big fan of Pat Toomey tells me that ”to a certain extent, I think Joe Sestak has an even more compelling story to tell in a primary against Arlen Specter than Toomey did in 2004 . . . He’s using the image of [Rick] Santorum and [President] Bush and Specter on stage together. In a Democratic primary, that’s a pretty effective.”

At the time it was hailed as a coup for the Obama administration and smart politics, but Arlen Specter’s flipping parties because he was afraid he would lose the GOP primary was pathetic, and in time it is going to be seen as one of the great political blunders of all time.

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National Security & Defense

Leave McMaster Be

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Economy & Business

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Film & TV

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