Friday, July 09, 2004

Spector and the Hate Amendment

With the vote looming next week Mother Jones asks, what will Arlen do?

The moderate Pennsylvanian has taken pains to avoid speaking out on the FMA, though his record suggests he will oppose it. Specter is deeply unpopular among the state's social conservatives, who backed the ultra-rightwing Pat Toomey in the primary. A vote against the FMA will only further incur their wrath. On the other hand, if Specter endorses the amendment, he risks alienating the moderate urban voters who have kept him in office for fourteen years. It doesn't get more precarious than this.

Poor Arlen. It's cruel to subject him to another six years of torment like this. Support Joe Hoeffel!