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April 28, 2009

Peace Train (Revisited)

Given the news Arlen Specter is ending his ride with the GOP, we’re republishing this post from March 24th.

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Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too

Cause its getting nearer, it soon will be with you. *

Taken last week, 2/27/09, this White House photo shows Biden and Arlen Specter on their way to Philly for the first meeting of the V.P.’s Middle Class Task Force.

It also reflects (in fact, broadcasts) at least two other things. One is Team Obama’s speed and momentum. The other is the Administration’s progress in exploiting wingnut wars to lay claim to the political middle. As Fatimah Ali says at the, Specter may be in trouble in the polls and exposed on his right flank, but he has been on Capitol Hill for 29 years, he’s a survivor, and the guy definitely knows which way the wind’s blowing.

Slideshow: Middle Class Task Force Meeting in Philadelphia (White House). *Lyrics: Cat Stevens

(image: Sharon Farmer/White House. 2/27/09)

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