The Urge to Purge
Progressive-around-town Adam Green has set up a Facebook group called “I support a real progressive against Arlen Specter,” which is what it sounds like: a place to pledge $25 if a more liberal candidate runs against Specter in the Democratic primary. So far they have 286 members, which would make for $7150, which isn’t nothing, but I’m more interested in the early adopters:
- Tom Swan, who managed Ned Lamont’s 2006 Senate campaign.
- Bob Fertik of Democrats.com, who you used to see at every liberal event pushing for the impeachment of former President George W. Bush.
- Paul Hogarth of BeyondChron.
- Todd Beeton of MyDD.com.
- John Arovosis of AmericaBlog.com.
So some of the people you’d expect to join this, but not really a landslide of anti-Specter sentiment. I can think of dozens of prominent progressives who have not joined this particular cause.