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The Rave

October 16, 2012

Specter served with courage and honor


When you think for yourself, you risk coming to the conclusion that friends and allies are wrong. It is a politically dangerous trait that might be best described as courage.

We don't see it often enough in elected officials.

Specter was ushered into retirement by a change in tone in Washington that made it difficult to survive while trying to foster bipartisanship.

A new generation of politicians who lead, as Specter did, by thinking for themselves, rather than marching in lock-step to well-established partisan talking points, may be just what this nation needs.

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