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May 5, 2009

A Singular Politician

Specter hallway.jpg

I’m not buying the romanticized image of Specter as the individualist. (What was that other term that was popular recently? “Maverick,” was it?) Arlen sucked up to Bush/Cheney and now he’s jumped the fence mostly to save his electoral skin.

The image above was part of a group from last Thursday documenting Specter sitting on the the Democrat side of the Senate Appropriations aisle for the first time. With the Senator making noises that sound like someone hedging his bets though, Specter — drawing on this photo taken right after the committee hearing — might find it a lonely road.

(image: Mark Wilson/Getty. April 30, 2009. Washington, DC.)

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