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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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During the recent NATO summit meeting, a rumbustious Donald Trump tore off a thin scab of niceties to reveal a deep and old NATO wound — one that has predated Trump by nearly 30 years and goes back to the end of the Cold War. In an era when the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact are now ancient history, ... Read More