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May 15, 2010

Specter, Party of One

Gerald  Herbert/AP. Media, Pa., Sept. 22, 2008.
Gerald Herbert/AP. Media, Pa., Sept. 22, 2008.

If you’re mainlining Tuesday’s election, I’m sure you’ve already seen any number of photos and collages of Arlen Specter alternately hugging and mugging with Bush, with Obama, with Rove, with Biden, with Lieberman, etc.

I’ve got three shots for you of the chameleon who, in the current “throw the bums out” atmosphere, is being hammered by Sestak for not standing for anything but himself.

1. I just love George Hebert’s Campaign ‘08 photo of Specter with the screaming red Palin.  The way she’s dressed for success by the Republican Party while he accessorizes with that red tie — which, with the blue dots, could go either way — and the both of them yukking it up against the red, white and blue, is a study in color, in political marketing, and the fact you can’t escape your past.

IFPTE. Washington, D.C., April 2008.

2. This image  shows Specter pitching his book on surviving cancer — open to the photo page, of course — to the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers – Local 3 during Legislative Week, 2008. With those dull eyes and the way his mouth is open and his tongue is showing, the photo of Specter — with Specter, Specter, Specter and more Specter — seems to capture, in equal mix, political avarice and the mind-numbing marketing grind of the political book tour.

3. A third take on Spector is found on this page on artist Michael Shane’s website.  Both the portrait and the shot of the two men commemorating it illustrates political framing (and the framing of Specter) as a literal act.

4. And, as I’m loving the BAG’s cool new archive feature, there is some choice Specter imagery there, as well, including the “1, 2, 3″ post, the “Singular Politician,” and “Peace Train” — all dealing with the Specter conversion.

  • ceenik

    Spector seems somewhat distanced from Palin, slightly turned away, hands close to his sides, looking off into the crowd. Just one of the many integrity-sacrificing moves he’s made throughout his career, but he seems perhaps aware of that.

  • Malika

    Is that tie blue or red?

  • yg

    i don’t understand why specter didn’t respond to sestak’s attack ad ( the one where specter says he switched to win reelection) by simply saying obama, reid, et al. personally lobbied him to switch parties.

    the photo of biden with specter on the train suggests this was the case. that would put the onus of the switch onto obama. and paint specter as the gracious for acceding to obama’s wishes.

  • yg

    A third take on Spector is found on this page on artist Michael Shane’s website.

    isn’t that a JFK pose?

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