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Could Anita Hill "Feminist Payback" Have Been a Factor in Specter Defeat?

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He later sought to correct this and other damage rendered to the progressive cause, which he had earlier abandoned after being a college booster of Senator Robert Kennedy, in a book called "Blinded by the Right," in which he accused himself of being "a witting cog in the Republican sleaze machine."

Perhaps the most stirring revelation in an apologia relating many was his admission that the disclosure made by Hill in testimony that Thomas regularly rented pornographic films and discussed them in his office in front of her. Brock confirmed this by relating details he learned from talking to the woman at the store who waited on Thomas.

There is a distinct difference between Senator Specter being able to win general elections even after the Anita Hill incident angered progressives, particularly women. He managed to win general elections after obtaining the Republican Party nomination.

With Specter's switch to the Democrats in a move he correctly saw as the only way to salvage his seat since he was losing overwhelmingly among Republican voters, this meant that the people who were the most angry at Specter would hold a decisive influence he had never previously encountered.

Students of politics know something else. Strongly committed activists are far more likely to show up at the polls on election day. They also are known for exercising strength beyond their voting numbers by being active in political action groups as well as socially active in professional and community groups.

Do you suppose that many of those women so enraged at Specter for his inquisitorial tactics against Anita Hill, along with many others enraged over his confirmation efforts on behalf of Clarence Thomas, were working as grassroots activists in the Joe Sestak campaign?


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