State of the Race: Pat Toomey (R CAND, PA-SEN).
With less than two weeks to go and tightening polls, we decided to check in with Pat Toomey on how the Senate race was going. Short version: well, but this is no time to stop now. Pat’s site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost)
Cameraman attacked at Sestak rally.
They’re getting scared, and when people get scared, stupid things get done. In this case, a guy filming a Joe Sestak rally got, as NRO’s Battle ’10 put it, “Harassed, Intimidated, Potentially Assaulted:” Looks like somebody picked up the camera and tossed it to the ground… and on a tactical note? This is precisely why YOU ALWAYS WORK IN TEAMS OF AT LEAST TWO. One | Read More »
Le Affaire Sestak: It’s the he-campaigned-on-it, stupid.
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) I refuse to believe that Eric Alterman is dumb enough to not know the answer to the questions: Why in the world did he go blabbing about it? What did he possibly think he had to gain? …if only because his essay* rather conspicuously danced around even trying to work out a rationale – which is odd, because said rationale is | Read More »
Rasmussen: Sestak/Specter 47/42.
Nobody loves a turncoat. Congressman Joe Sestak has moved ahead of incumbent Arlen Specter in their Senate primary match-up with just over a week left before Pennsylvania Democrats go to the polls to pick their nominee. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Democratic Primary voters in the state shows Sestak earning 47% of the vote while Specter picks up 42%. This marks the | Read More »
DSCC spends netroots money… against netroots.
We already knew that the DSCC had dropped $1 million on keeping the netroot’s candidate down in Ohio: now comes word that they’re doing something similar in Pennsylvania. The DSCC is spending a significant amount of money to ensure a former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) wins his May 18 primary, sources with knowledge of the move tell Hotline OnCall. One source said the DSCC | Read More »
‘Happy Switch Day to you…’
“Happy Switch Day to you;” “Happy Switch Day, Snarlin’ Arlen…” ”Well, I probably shouldn’t say this,” he said over lunch last month. ”But I have thought from time to time that I might have helped the country more if I’d stayed a Republican.” “…’cuz we Do. Not. Miss. You.” Thanks, I’m here all week! Try the veal! Moe Lane PS: And Pat Toomey’s moneybomb is | Read More »
Specter scores a Twofer.
And some Democrats still wonder why Specter’s underwater in the polls. Via Hot Air, here we see Specter forgetting that he no longer gets the support of the College Republicans: But that’s not the best part! The best part is, the College Democrats didn’t endorse him, either. This is like a cry for help, isn’t it? Well, I’m sure that the Other Side can get | Read More »
Oh, great: Arlen Specter messes up… wait. NOT. MY. PROBLEM.
Get yourself a glass of something nice before you start in on the article: it’ll heighten the enjoyment. Even as he accepted the resounding backing of the Pennsylvania Democratic state committee here Saturday, party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter’s vulnerability was on vivid display as he botched the name of a key Democratic officeholder in his acceptance speech. “I’ll be fighting hard for the entire Democratic ticket. | Read More »
The DOOM that came for Specter.
This has been noted as being almost like a game of rock-paper-scissors: Toomey beats Specter, 45/40. Specter beats Sestak, 46/42. Sestak ties Toomey, 38/37. Some other numbers for Specter: 46/52 favorable/unfavorable (Rasmussen); 31/59 deserves-reelection (Susquehanna). The Susquehanna poll also has him leading Sestak in the primary 44/16 and tied with Toomey 42/41, but that may be the usual registered/likely voter difference. All in all, it’s | Read More »
New Toomey ad: Arlen Specter, working for… well, Arlen Specter.
They say that nobody loves a traitor. The Pat Toomey campaign wants you to remember that usually one person does, at least: the traitor himself. Two things: President Obama ripped off former President Bush so blatantly in that speech praising Specter that the former should have paid the latter royalties; and It’s not every day that people are given a second chance to correct the | Read More »
‘Hmm, let me see what Rasmussen’s put up today…’ Toomey 48%, Specter 36%
:sound effect of mouthful of coffee being sprayed across the monitor: Uncomfortable town hall meetings are just the tip of the iceberg for Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. He now trails Republican Pat Toomey by double digits in his bid for reelection next year and is viewed unfavorably by a majority of the state’s voters. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Pennsylvania voters shows 48% | Read More »
RedState Gathering – Pat Toomey (R, SEN-PA).
This one is of his speech that Toomey did for the Gathering, not the interview afterward: I’m not sure if there is going to be a better video copy of it, so enjoy. Pat Toomey is, of course, the guy who scared Arlen Specter into getting primary challenged by the Democrats instead of the Republicans, which is probably not what Specter had in mind. Such | Read More »
‘A primary challenge from the left would be a sad joke.’
I quibble at Megan McArdle’s adjective: ‘funny’ works ever so much better. After all, the GOP is the one laughing at the way that Specter’s race is shaping up: we have gone from a situation where Specter, Toomey, and a liberal Democrat would conspire together to create a vicious primary fight and a weakened Specter to a situation where… Specter, Toomey, and a liberal Democrat | Read More »
Quinnipiac: Specter/Toomey 45/44. [UPDATED.]
[UPDATE]: And if you think those numbers are bad, wait until Specter caves on card check to appease his new owners. His constituents are purely going to hate that. Via Hot Air Headlines, nobody loves a traitor. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter’s 2010 reelection lead over Republican challenger Pat Toomey has shrunk to a tie with 45 percent for Specter and 44 percent for Toomey, according | Read More »
Good news, and good news on PA-SEN race.
The good news: Pat Toomey’s (R Cand, PA) campaign (donate here) is reporting that he raised 1.6 million dollars in the second quarter of 2009. Mr. Toomey’s strong first campaign quarter fundraising compares favorably with those of successful U.S. Senate challengers in the last election. In fact, he has raised more than every successful 2008 challenger. In his first quarter as a Senate candidate, Mr. | Read More »
Specter only beating Sestak only among Democrats who don’t know both.
A little while back Greenberg* Quinlan Rosner put out a poll that showed Specter leading 55-34 over Sestak in the primary. Interestingly, (via DoubleplusUndead, via @JustKarl), one hope for Sestak is apparently that he actually leads Specter among Democrats who know both candidates, 52-44. The difference is due to the fact that Sestak is only known to about 30% of the PA Dem electorate. Full | Read More »
Joe Sestak to challenge Arlen Specter in primary.
It’s not ‘official’, but unless Sestak is sufficiently a practical joker as to send his supporters handwritten phony fund-raising notes, it’s happening. Guess that means that Arlen Specter is going to have to face a tough primary battle after all. Meanwhile… Moderate Pa. Republicans warming to Toomey Moderate Republican leaders have stopped publicly pushing to recruit a less-conservative alternative to front-runner Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania’s | Read More »