At Town Hall, A Turning Point?
Made popular 2295 days ago in Opinion — The back-and-forth between Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter and several attendees of a town hall meeting in Lebanon, Pa., this week may become the lasting political symbol of the summer of 2009: a politician and his constituents standing inches away from one another, angrily debating the merits (or lack thereof) of President Obama's health-care reform plan.

The exchange between Specter and one man - broadcast throughout the day on cable television - culminated with the senator asking whether the man would like to leave the meeting and the man responding, to applause from some in the crowd: "One day God's going to stand before you, and he's going to judge you and the rest of your damned cronies up on the Hill."

Close observers of Pennsylvania politics agreed that the showdown Tuesday in Lebanon marked a possible turning point in what has been a rocky period for Specter, who switched from the Republican Party to the Democrats this spring in advance of his bid for a sixth term in 2010.

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Is Specter's political career over?
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Posted 2295 days ago
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Neither side will trust a turncoat. He jumped parties in hopes of saving his seat and finds himself on the outs with PA.
Posted 2294 days ago
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The elder gentleman was right. Even in Illinois, Congresswoman Bean conducts her meeting in a grocery store where recording is not allowed. Then she proceeds to answer questions in vague, non-committal statements.

If Specter wants to make money, he should write a book about JFK, the Warren commission and how he ignored valid testimony. Since his has bid adieu to the GOP, what the heck...
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