Specter signs Bennet letter, enjoys surge in polls

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    Arlen Specter happens to be my senator. Hasn't always been, but he is now. However, I first found out about this on a nationally syndicated radio show (Ed Schultz) and just confirmed it on RCP:
    RealClearPolitics - Election 2010 - Pennsylvania Senate - Specter vs. Toomey

    Specter signed the Bennet Letter on 2/19. The most recent Quinnipiac poll for the period of 2/22-2/28 shows a 7-point surge in his favor. This is the first lead Quinnipiac has given Specter since July, and his first lead by ANY poll on RCP since October.

    Will other senators catch wind of this and sign the Bennet letter as well? And what does this do to reinforce the public's desire to see a public option in the bill?

    34 Senators have signed so far. Remember, the subject of the letter is the public option specifically, not reconciliation in general.
     
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    Specter not going to win.
     
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    Bennet letter?
     
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    Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) announced via Twitter today that he has signed onto Sen. Michael Bennet's (D-CO) letter urging leadership to use reconciliation to pass a public option.

    Specter is the 19th senator to do so. The most prominent signatory is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate.

    "I'm proud to sign Sen. Bennet's letter. I support a public option to lower health costs and keep insurance co's hones," Specter tweeted.

    Under reconciliation, such a measure would need 51 votes to pass. Majority Leader Harry Reid today released a statement about the letter.

    The other signatories : Sens. Bernie Sanders (VT), Al Franken (MN), Patrick Leahy (VT), John Kerry (MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Michael Bennet (CO), Sherrod Brown (OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Jeff Merkley (OR), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Roland Burris (IL), Barbara Boxer (CA), Jack Reed (RI), Tom Udall (NM), Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Frank Lautenberg (NJ).
     
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    Bennet is practically dead in the water in CO...Little wonder that he's signing on to drink the sake toast and crash into the aircraft carrier.

    Whoopie.
     
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    and this adds what to the issue?

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    And a letter from a political dead man walking is supposed to be relevant to whom?
     

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