Ben Pershing is out this week. Morning Fix is cross-posted from The Fix, by Chris Cillizza.
Morning Fix: Arlen Specter and What Lebanon Meant
The back and forth between Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter and several attendees of a town hall in Lebanon, Pa. earlier this week may well become the lasting political symbol of the summer of 2009: a politician and a constituent standing inches away from one another as they angrily debate the merits (or lack thereof) of President Obama's health care reform plan.
The exchange between Specter and one man -- captured on film and broadcast relentlessly throughout the day on cable television -- culminated with the incumbent senator asking whether the man would like to leave the meeting and the man responding: "One day God's going to stand before you, and he's going to judge you and the rest of your damned cronies up on the Hill" to applause from some in the crowd.
Close observers of Pennsylvania politics agreed that the showdown in Lebanon marked a turning point in what to date has been a rocky period for Specter who switched from the Republican to the Democratic party earlier this spring in advance of his bid for a sixth term in 2010.
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August 13, 2009; 8:09 AM ET
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