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A Specter Says wha?

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

In the interview, to be published in this Sunday's New York Times, Specter was asked, "with your departure from the Republican Party, there are no more Jewish Republicans in the Senate. Do you care about that?"

"I sure do," he replied. "There's still time for the Minnesota courts to do justice and declare Norm Coleman the winner."

But Specter quickly walked his comments back, telling Congressional Quarterly, "I conclusively misspoke."

He added: "In the swirl of moving from one caucus to another, I have to get used to my new teammates. I'm ordinarily pretty correct in what I say. I've made a career of being precise."

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hammercock
May. 6th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Bwahahaha...that's pretty hilarious, actually.
navrins
May. 6th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Wow. I don't know which part he wants us to think he misspoke about, but there's really no answer that would be to his credit.
danj17
May. 6th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
if it means specter owes a little bit to the democratic caucus, then worse things have happened... but i hope he'll be handily tested in the near future.
vfish
May. 7th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Specter is free to do and say whatever he wants, but if he wants to be reelected, he's advised to start thinking hard about his strategy. Faced with a brutal primary challenge amongst Republicans, he jumped ship, pissing off potential voters in a general election match-up. His first few days as a Democrat have pissed off the Democrats and seems likely to invite a hard primary challenge. By opposing EFCA, he pisses off labour, whose support will be key in a contested Democratic primary. What's left? Is he going to bolt from the Democrats and become Pennsylvania's first and only member of the Connecticut for Lieberman party? That would be his ideological home: the party for people who put themselves first.
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