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Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 10:29 am

The DNC Presents: Suvivor GOP Edition

By Jeremy Gantz

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Sure, at heart it's just another opportunistic partisan attack ad. But it's also one of the more clever political ads I've seen in while. The DNC has taken GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe's recent words – "being a Republican moderate sometimes feels like being a cast member of 'Survivor'" – to their logical extreme. It's one minute of shamefully gleeful nose-thumbing, as the Democratic Party welcomes Arlen Specter into its fold.

But, as Sen. Bernie Sanders recently noted during a post-Specter-switch interview, if Democrats can't use their newfound supermajority to pass real legislation bringing America's energy, workers' rights and healthcare policies in line with what most citizens actually want, then they deserve to be voted off their own island.

Jeremy Gantz was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012. His January 2011 cover story for the magazine, "Terrorist by Association," was selected as a finalist for the Molly National Journalism Award 2012. He is now a contributing editor to the magazine, focusing on labor issues.

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