Arlen Specter doesn't exactly come across as Mr. Humility in his new book, Life Among the Cannibals. Despite the flaws of the book -- and the author -- it is nonetheless a remarkable work, as Specter courageously chastises the Republican Party for its fixation on litmus tests.
The fury and rancor in the faces of the right wingers at the town meeting made it clear that this was not about health care only. It is about fear and raw anger, already inside them, now directed toward the health care debate.
Political calculations aren't only made between the parentheses. For the past 8 years, Republicans have been dividing and, consequently, subtracting, while the Democrats have been adding and multiplying.