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kassandrasduplex
05:16 PM on 04/28/2009
Remarkable. This article avoids reminding voters that Hilary Clinton WON the Pennsylvania primary.

"In terms of the delegate count, the primary campaign was effectively over in February, when Obama ran the caucus table. But Clinton soldiered on."

That's as close as they can get to actually reporting the historical truth that Hilary Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary, much more democratic than the caucuses. Gotta keep the meme alive that Clinton was a spoiler and losing underdog.
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05:24 PM on 04/28/2009
What about the historical truth that winning the democratic nomination has ALWAYS been about delegate count?

Gotta keep the meme alive that Hillary's primary wins were somehow more meaningful than Obama's.
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mad1nola
2014 can't get here fast enough!
05:26 PM on 04/28/2009
Old tired story.
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Joseph A. Palermo
Author/Historian
05:14 PM on 04/28/2009
BS. she has nothing to do with it!
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campgranata
05:25 PM on 04/28/2009
MRS Clinton has made a career of taking credit for the acomplishments of others. Remember she ran on Bill Clinton's resume'.
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lizt
05:42 PM on 04/28/2009
LOL...did you even read the article?? Sec of State Clinton is not taking credit for it. This is a journalist's take on the situation. It's politically thoughtful but nothing she is "taking credit" for.
05:13 PM on 04/28/2009
Honestly, who would really want to stay in THAT party after the way THEY are behaving?
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bayarea000
05:12 PM on 04/28/2009
specter is just another lieberman. they both think they are so important to the world. don't know why dems are celebrating. reid once said "you can depend on specter until you need him". in his news conference he mentioned candidates beaten in primaries by the right. look at those candidates, they were NOT moderates.
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suec03
05:27 PM on 04/28/2009
Despite the problems with Lieberman, at least he votes with the Dems more than not. I have no such faith in Arlen Specter after his comments at today's press conference.
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redsongia
is not Chicago
05:45 PM on 04/28/2009
I think he's trying to represent his State the best he can. Why should he let a small Republican minority knock him off the Penn. ballot? If the people he's represented for ever decide he's not there guy anymore, he'll lose the race, but I have a feeling that Dems and Repubs will vote for him, because HE'S A GOOD SENATOR.

Remember when it was more about that than anything else?

Why should States sacrifice their own representation out of loyalty to some "club" or political party that is essentially meaningless, whichever side of the aisle they sit on.
05:36 PM on 04/28/2009
I'm not familiar with the voting records or philosophies of most of the people that Specter mentioned, but Lincoln Chafee WAS a moderate-to-liberal Republican. Although I really like and admire Sheldon Whitehouse, I was sorry that Chafee was treated so badly by the Republicans that he didn't even have a fighting chance. (He was one of the 23 Senators who voted against the Iraq war resolution, and the only Republican.)

Specter is not another Lieberman. He doesn't have Lieberman's ego. He's been battered by the Republican party for a long time, especially right before the 2004 election. During the debates over the devastating Military Commissions Act it became obvious that Specter was wrestling with his allegiance to the Republican leadership. I think he'll make a good Democratic Senator, and I'll take him over either of the Nelsons any day.
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americanalien
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05:11 PM on 04/28/2009
God bless Arlen Specter. He will do a lot of good as a Democrat. The GOP was not fitting for a man of his stature.
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suec03
05:29 PM on 04/28/2009
He still opposes Dawn Johnsen to head Office of Legal Counsel, and laments all the George Bush judicial nominees who were never confirmed. Not much of a Democrat. He seems to just be blocking a good Pennsylvania Democrat like Joe Sestak from getting the fundraising needed to win the seat.
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americanalien
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02:55 AM on 04/29/2009
Albeit, he is not perfect and will not be the most liberal Democrat but we can work with him.
05:10 PM on 04/28/2009
Yeah, but Obama volunteers registered all of those voters.
05:19 PM on 04/28/2009
Exactly. I think this analysis is bogus.
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dreffein
05:36 PM on 04/28/2009
Really - then why did HRC win by 10 pts? Come on - today is a good day. Let's not restart the Democratic primary again....
05:08 PM on 04/28/2009
Wow. Sounds like he's been quite unhappy with his collegues for quite some time.
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MontanaSouth
Montanan in Tucson
05:07 PM on 04/28/2009
Didn't every think I would say this but: Thank You! Club for Growth. You just keep on challenging moderate republincans and we will keep on winning general elections.
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jeanrenoir
05:06 PM on 04/28/2009
Getting Hillary on board was typical Obama genius. Hillary's now coming into her own as the most significant woman in American political history. I was totally against her in the primaries, because she was a tool of AIPAC for stopping Obama. But I'm delighted to see her as such an effective ally of Obama's now. Let's hope she can achieve the ideal accomplishment of her whole political life: Working with Mitchell and her Jewish friends in Israel and America to craft a just two-state peace with ironclad guarantees for both states from the American people. In one fell swoop, Hillary would then have done something much greater than anything Charming Billy ever did. It's great to see her triumph after such a difficult life with him.
05:20 PM on 04/28/2009
I'm glad to see Hillary find her niche too. She is doing a great job as SOS and acting like a team player.
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jl4141
The Eighth Deadly Sin
05:20 PM on 04/28/2009
What an excellent post, Jean. Thank you!
05:04 PM on 04/28/2009
What this is about is saving his job, at all costs, despite all inconsistencies. His attempts to explain it otherwise make no sense.

Let me get this argument straight: I'm mad at the Republicans because they haven't stood up to the fringe right wing conservatives and defended moderate Republicans. I'm mad at the conservative Republicans especially about Lincoln Chaffee, because if they hadn't weakened him, and he hadn't lost, the Republicans would have retained control of the Senate, I would have chaired the Judiciary Committee and been able to seat all those Republican judges, instead of leaving them to Obama. So now I'm going to join Obama's party because I'm so mad about the Democrats getting control of the Senate and thwarting the appointment of Republican judges so now Obama gets to appoint them.

Viva la revolution!!!
05:08 PM on 04/28/2009
the dam is broken.
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dc2nm
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05:10 PM on 04/28/2009
When you have irrational people threatening your career, you switch. It is not at all costs. He is elected to serve his constituents. If they don't agree with the BS from the right-wing, then he made the right decision. Just as he voted with dems when he felt it was the right thing to do.
06:32 PM on 04/28/2009
If it was simply a question of getting away from rabid right wing Republicans, he could have gone independent, a la Liebermann, and then continued to caucus with the Republicans. Then he wouldn't have faced a Republican primary challenge, and he would still have been the incumbent. There is another alternative he could have chosen.

He climbed in bed with the Dems to get the money, support, and some of the reflected glow, and hopefully to help wash off some of the Republican taint. His explanations were slights of hand, not logical, coherent explanations for the change. I'm mad that the hard right cost us some moderate Republicans, and that lost us the Senate, lost me the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee, and cost Republicans 34 judges? So I'm jumping in bed with the very people I don't want replacing those 34 judges. Makes no sense. He wants to save HIS JOB, that's the crux of the matter.
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teepeeyoyo
20 Year Retired Military Veteran & Business Owner
05:01 PM on 04/28/2009
Yeah if you can't beat 'em, join 'em......and I mean that in the best way possible.
04:58 PM on 04/28/2009
Why wouldn't the same Republicans who switched to vote in the Dem primary simply switch back? I don't see how the switch was a big issue.
05:07 PM on 04/28/2009
Its a smoke screen. The important part of that press conference was that they ran the numbers on his chances of surviving a Republican nomination fight as "bleak". His chances of suriviving a Democratic primary challenge are probably slightly better. Ergo, the switch. Everything else is slight of hand, window dressing, for a desperate attempt to save his job.
05:46 PM on 04/28/2009
I really don't agree with you. I've been watching Specter for some time as he has wrestled with the Republican party. And I'm sure that other moderate Republican senators were also appalled at what the Republican party did to Lincoln Chafee, who was a great senator. (I'm a long-time liberal, and always admired Chafee's bucking of his party, as when he voted against the Iraq resolution.) I paid close attention to Specter during the debates on the Military Commissions Act of 2006, during a time when it was obvious he was struggling to preserve civil liberties that the leadership in his party was intent on abolishing. I think that his better nature has finally come to his aid, and that his decision, while not entirely free of self-interest, is genuinely motivated by what he perceives as being in the best interest of Pennsylvania and his country.
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dc2nm
I don't want a micro-bio.
05:11 PM on 04/28/2009
Because, Republican is a dirty word. Most Republicans I know now call themselves Independents.
04:42 PM on 04/28/2009
I have a new appreciation for the Club for Growth. Saving 34 federal judgeships from the radical right-wing demagogues nominated by Bush is truly something to be thankful for.