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Arlen Specter Gets a Taste of the GOP Noise Machine

Commentary by Eric Boehlert

After abandoning the Republican Party in favor of a new Democratic home, Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter experienced a handful of awkward moments that accompanied his aisle-crossing adventure. Specter's three decades' worth of Senate seniority were mostly stripped away by his new Democratic colleagues, and he seemed to momentarily forget that he was no longer supposed to (publicly) root for Norm Coleman in his never-ending appeals process in Minnesota.

But for me, by the far the most eye-opening event that unfolded in the wake of Specter . . .

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