We take a break from the hyperventilating over the latest moves in the slow-motion kabuki dance that is the Obama Administration’s efforts to ram its federal takeover of the health care system down the throats of the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose the various bills to take a look at what should be a much, much bigger story. Last week, Democratic Senate Candidate Joe | Read More »
Toomey, Sestak to team up on Specter again
In a letter to Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak, U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey agreed to participate in round two of what is shaping up to be a right-left tag team against the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter, who trails former Congressman and Club for Growth President Pat Toomey, according to a recent Rasmussen Poll. Both Toomey and Sestak hope to replace Specter in the Senate in November.
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 »
On the Art of Channeling Kanye West
Senator Arlen Specter and his brash temperament are back in the news. The incorrigible Republican-turned-Democrat attended a Pennsylvania Progressive forum Saturday, opposite his primary opponent Representative Joe Sestak, where he stormed the stage prematurely during Sestak’s closing remarks. Explaining why he is best suited both professional and politically for the post, Sestak was unexpectedly greeted by Specter, prompting a moderator to bluntly ask the senator | Read More »
Pandering to His New Base
Snarlin’ Arlen does it again. Seeing how Sen. Specter is facing a competitive primary from the left and given his past behavior, it doesn’t come as a surprise that our friend, Arlen Specter, has taken another sharp left turn – this time on Afghanistan. His office sent out an e-mail, heralding his opposition to the troop surge and dismissing any prospect of victory. He’s using this as an attempt to | 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 »
Rejoice, oh state Democrats: the White House will be interfering in your races.
With all of the delicacy, charm and raw political skill that they showed in trying to get Gov. David Paterson of NY to quit. White House Is Taking a More Aggressive Role in State Races WASHINGTON — The White House’s intervention in the race for New York governor is the latest evidence of how President Obama and his top advisers are taking an increasingly direct | Read More »
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‘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 »
Latest Pennsylvania Poll: Should Specter Switch Back?
When the Democrat leaders in Washington were negotiating Arlen Specter’s party switch, they were eager to assure him that they would do all in their power to ensure him a clear path to the Democratic nomination for Senate. It’s becoming clear that in doing so, they promised something far outside their power to deliver. In the 2010 race for U.S. Senate, by a 63/28 margin | 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 »
Joe Sestak not making way for Arlen Specter?
He didn’t sound like he was going to Thursday… And he’s certainly not sounding like it Friday…