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Of Course Joe Sestak Is Deeply Obligated to Rescue Arlen Specter

In Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, friend of NR and all that is good in this world, leads Sen. Arlen Specter (Democrat, for now) by 12 percentage points and leads Joe Sestak (Actual Democrat) by 8 percentage points.

I was struck by the thinking mentioned at the end of this Post article on Specter:

One Democratic consultant not affiliated with either candidate said that Sestak’s silence regarding Specter’s raucous town hall could undermine that argument, however.

“I think Sestak could’ve shown he is putting party ahead of politics by somehow coming to Specter’s defense,” said the source who has worked extensively in the state.

Really? He’s putting party ahead of politics? Usually the lament is party or politics over principle. And when the issue is Arlen Specter, we really ought to ask — which party is that again? Are you sure? And are we sure that party won’t change?

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