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Josh Drobnyk
Pennsylvania Ave. Blog
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, a day after a jam-packed town hall in Lebanon shouted him down over the health care reform bill Congress is considering, said the critics don’t “represent all of America.”

Specter was target practice Tuesday for Pennsylvanians outraged over the proposed overhaul. He took it on the chin, standing and holding the microphone for speakers as they laid into lawmakers.

Lest you think Specter is running away from the abuse. In the midst of a potentially tough road to the Democratic nomination in a bid for a sixth term, the sight of Specter getting a beat-down from what many on the left regard as conservative crazies could help the 79-year-old senator ingratiate himself with Pennsylvania Democrats — and boost his fundraising around the country. He is facing a challenge from U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak.

It seems little coincidence that Specter would schedule the first of a series of town halls — with national news in attendance — in one of the conservative hotbeds of Pennsylvania. Lebanon County, after all, hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in at least 50 years.

On Wednesday, Specter was due to hit State College, where the crowd will be younger. But first he made an appearance on CBS’ “Early Show,” where he said the raucous town halls were a “loud, clear warning” to Congress to stop “the same old partisan wrangling.”

“I think there is a mood in America of anger. With so many people unemployed and so much bickering in Washington, people are disgusted with the partisanship and with the fear of losing their health care, it all boils over.”

This article was posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 10:38 am

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