So, what do you do when you’ve got the entire Democratic machine behind you, the only guy in your opponent’s corner is some dude (Joe Sestak) who once ran for office in Connecticut and you’re still increasingly falling in the polls? You bring in the big guns—ball players.
That’s Arlen Specter’s latest stunt. He’s featuring J-Roll on his robo-calls around Philadelphia. And not surprisingly, the disabled-listed shortstop is using ridiculous sports clichés to endorse the former-Republican-current-tyrannical-communist, according to the Inky.
“Senator Specter has proven he’s on our team,” Rollins tells a Philadelphia front-running audience for which the call was produced. Specter, like the Phillies, is also a “champion,” says J-Roll. He “helped keep vital services in our city” and—this part is true—"had an important role in the passage of President Obama’s healthcare bill."
It’s been a strange few weeks for Arlen. In a nod to his former Republican colleagues, he released an ad attempting to slime his opponent’s military service. This came on the heels of a Rasmussen poll showing him up by only two points (though this was the only poll showing a remote closeness such as this) – with both candidates under 50 percent, often a telltale sign of the incumbent’s career making peace with its estranged father.
Then we got the Specter-Sestak Twitter bitch fight, in which candidates attacked each other on “The Twitters” the same way they did over the weekend during their little debate: Passive-aggressively. And now, two polls are showing Sestak closing the gap on old man Lenin. Quinnipiac University’s latest poll shows Specter over Sestak 47-39 and a Muhlenberg/Morning Call poll shows Specter up only 46-42.
The only way to settle this is for Sestak to get Werth for his own campaign. Whoever wins the Philly vote, his player gets a contract extension at the end of the year.
There are lessons for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in the Massachusetts election of Scott Brown, if only state leaders would open their eyes. The way I see it, Keystone State Democrats are heading for a whopper of a defeat.
KYW 1060 reports that Rep. Joe Sestak, challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary, revealed the White House offered him a job to drop the race. Larry Kane writes: "In a taping for my Sunday Comcast show, I asked questioned him on the topic: Kane: "Were you ever offered a federal job to get out of this race?" Sestak: "Yes." Kane: "Was it Navy secretary?" Sestak: "No comment." Kane: "Was it high ranking?" Sestak: "Let me just say that both here in Pennsylvania, and down there (Washington), I was called quite a few time. And all I said is, 'look, I felt when a deal is made that it was hurting the Democratic process.'" The White House on Friday morning strongly denied the claim that a job was offered."
Specter is dragging his peeps up to Philly to deal with Webcamgate. Is Specter, who has a history of civil liberty-eradicating secrecy, really the advocate we need here?
The debate last night between Sestak and Toomey was a yawnfest. But you know what's not boring? Sleazy political gossip and rumors!
Deconstructing a Rasmussen "shock poll" out of our Democratic Senate race.
The misleading ads have begun, and they are glorious.
The new and misleading commercial isn't so misleading. It features Bush, so it doesn't have to be.