Just How Extreme Is Pat Toomey?

By Daniel Denvir
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Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey has a friend in Jim DeMint, the Tea Party darling and right-wing senator from South Carolina. Toomey, who faces Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) in November’s Senate race, is one of 10 politically orthodox GOP hopefuls receiving millions from DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund. And since DeMint’s opponent this November is Alvin Greene—a mysterious unemployed dude who does not own a cell phone or computer and faces obscenity charges for showing pornography to a teenager—DeMint is likely to spend much of his own $3.7 million war chest elsewhere. Like here in Pennsylvania.

According to the Fund’s website, it has already spent $201,000 on Toomey—either in direct donations or on advocacy on his behalf—and hopes to give double that before Election Day. Toomey has tapped his substantial war chest to unleash a barrage of advertisements attacking Sestak.

“Congressman Toomey has a long and consistent record of aligning himself with the most extreme elements of his party,” says Sestak spokesperson Jonathon Dworkin. “It’s no surprise that another far-right Washington interest group would choose to pour money into Toomey’s campaign. But all the attack ads money can buy won’t be able to hide his extreme record from ordinary Pennsylvanians. They want practical solutions, not smear campaigns.”

Toomey’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Even fellow Republicans think DeMint, a man driven to cleanse the party of moderates, is extreme. The first-term senator and author of “Saving Freedom: We Can Stop the America’s Slide into Socialism” has annoyed many of his colleagues, upending Senate protocol by backing primary candidates not endorsed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and refusing to endorse Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Bob Bennett (R-Nev.) and then-Republican Arlen Specter, who faced a tough primary challenge from the right. DeMint told Specter he would be supporting Toomey on April 23. Specter announced he would be leaving the party just five days later.

DeMint is fielding a ballot-box militia to take over the government, and faults most everyone for insufficient conservatism. The Fund, as it turns out, rates sitting senators on their right-wing political orthodoxy: DeMint is the only one that earns a perfect 100 percent.

“The greatest enemies to the Constitution today are domestic,” says DeMint, according to McClatchy. “And most of them are in the United States Congress or in the White House now.”

But DeMint may be the greatest enemy to his party. If these right-wing candidates sweep the GOP primaries only to lose to Democrats in November, there could be a backlash against the far right. Last week’s Tea Party victory in Delaware has Democrats giddy. DeMint endorsed winning candidate and Christine O’Donnell—previously best known as a campaigner against masturbation and leader of the Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT)—days before the election.

True, Toomey does not have quite the same propensity for wackjob commentary, though he did lead the Club for Growth, a far-right organization with its own track record of opposing moderate so-called RINOS (Republicans In Name Only). Sestak ads have so far zeroed in on Toomey’s stint on Wall Street, the only place in America less popular than Capitol Hill.

Sestak’s task is to let Pennsylvanians know how extreme people like DeMint are: He supports replacing the federal income tax and IRS with a nation-wide sales tax and privatizing Social Security, and has suggested that gays and pregnant women should not be allowed to teach in public schools. He even tried to gut George Bush’s $50 billion global AIDS initiative. A representative of the deeply conservative Heritage Foundation put it this way: DeMint “may be the junior senator from South Carolina, but here we call him the senior senator from the Heritage Foundation.”

As H.L. Mencken once said, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” Toomey’s website certainly doesn’t, featuring an “extremism watch” that asks questions like “Who is Joe Sestak?” It’s only a matter of time before he starts asking for Sestak’s birth certificate. Given the stakes this November, Pennsylvanians ought to know that there are far more important records to check.

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1. Libs-R-nutz said... on Sep 22, 2010 at 02:39AM

“Just how extreme is Daniel Denvir? Nice hit piece on a decent man. Typical liberal play...can't fight the message so attempt to label and vilify the messenger. Sounds like your scared that Toomey might beat Obama's bitch-boy Sestak. You should be scared because the American people have woken up. Obama, his socialist polices and his enablers like Sestak are about to get the boot. I expect that you'll spin this November in your favor, like it's not a referendum, but we all know that it is.

I'll start taking you more seriously when you stop labeling anything that isn't leftist as far-right or extreme. Until then, you have as much credibility as a reporter for the SUN. (hint: that means none).”

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2. hey_suburbia said... on Sep 27, 2010 at 10:11AM

“@Libs-R-Nutz

You offer ZERO rebuttal, you call it a hit piece then say "Obama's bitch-boy Sestak", you offer nothing, your party offers nothing, your pledge to America already broke one it's promises and the whole thing is just recycled bad ideas.

Give me a specific on ANY issue that you'd like to see the right change and why.

BIG GOVERNMENT, LOWER TAXES, SOCIALIST, COMMIE! You have no answers to anything, you regurgitate your generic mantra's over and over and they only stick to low information voters.

Please indulge me and tell me about (specifically) Obama's "socialist policies". Please, go ahead. I'd love to here this.

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3. Ivan said... on Sep 28, 2010 at 09:52AM

“Everyone knows about Joes distinguished military career.

By contrast Pat Tommey avoided military service choosing to become a
arbitrage trader for chemical bank rather than serve his country. Pat Tommey pioneered finical derivatives on wall street the very same scheme applied to the home mortgage market which set us up for a catastrophic failure. Pat Tommey also spent a year in Hong Kong as a Communist Chinese financial adviser. Who's side is he on?

Pat Toomey then served in the US House of Representatives from 1999 until 2005 - that puts him squarely in the congress that was 'part of the problem' that we are digging ourselves out of now. He supported and help to pass the Bush Cheney tax cuts that contributed so mightily to the tripling of the national debt. Cooking the books during the Bush years they tried to hide the cost of the two 'wars' by keeping them off the budget. Who is he fooling?

Toomey is well known for this stand against human rights as well: ACLU has given Toomey a 1”

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4. Anonymous said... on Sep 28, 2010 at 09:55AM

“Toomey is well known for this stand against human rights as well: ACLU has given Toomey a 13% lifetime rating on civil rights. Pat Toomey is not only opposed to most civil rights but is also fiercely anti-envorment. In 2003, Toomey was given a 0% rating by the League of Conservation Voters, indicating what the organization considers to be an anti-environmental voting record. Nothing is sacred to Toomey.

2005 Pay Toomey became president of an ultra-radical cabal who's goal it is to bring down the US Government by denying revenues to the point of crippling our government so that "is could be drowned in a bathtub" as it was put by one of this comrades in stealthy named 'Club for Growth'. Toomey anti-American.

Don't send Toomey back to Washington he did enough damage the first time.”

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5. teddawg said... on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:04AM

“Libs are nutz??????? Conservatives still live in 1920....nothing is ever done to improve American lives with Conservatives at the helm.”

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6. Libs-R-nutz said... on Oct 7, 2010 at 02:41AM

“@hey_suburbia - If you really need me to point out Obama's socialist policies, then you truly live in a cave. Either that or your bias has blinded you.

@teddawg - Improve America, like Obama and the fully Democrat controlled congress has done over the past two years? Like a record number of Americans on food stamps? If that is what you call an improvement, then I'm glad the Conservatives haven't "improved" American lives.

@Ivan - I'm sure Toomey wears that "1" as a badge of honor. The ACLU is not an organization that any sane person should look up to.”

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7. Anonymous said... on Oct 7, 2010 at 01:26PM

“Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment at 10.1% in September. Yeah, Obama and the Democrats are really improving American Lives. Trickle-up poverty anyone?

At this rate, we'll be a third-world country by the time Obama ends his first (and only) term.”

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