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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 is a contributing editor at the magazine. He is the editor of The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People (2017, Verso), and was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Cambodia Daily in 2007. After graduating from Carleton College in 2004, he lived in Sri Lanka on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the intersection of ethnic politics and public education. His articles have also appeared in Chicago-area newspapers, Alternet and the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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