Joe Sestak is still doing this whole “I want to be a senator” thing.
He and Pat Toomey, the likely Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate, debated at LaSalle University last night, which is sort of exciting (in that something happened, somewhere). That new pinko liberal Arlen Specter couldn’t make it, but Sestak, for whatever reason, doesn’t want to give this thing up.
This is what the talking points discussed last night come down to: Toomey will work to repeal health care and Sestak won’t. Toomey’s into lowering taxes and domestic drilling, he says, and Sestak believes we should lower taxes on the working class. “Main Street, not Wall Street,” reduce federal spending…Blah blah blah.
We've heard this before. But here’s what's sort of cool: The ridiculous wonky political gossip surrounding the race!
Get this: Former bigot Sen. Rick Santorum was hangin’ down in the Big Easy this weekend at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference and let out a juicy little tidbit. He told an audience: “The reason I endorsed Arlen Specter [in 2004] is because we were going to have two Supreme Court nominees coming up...I got a commitment from Arlen Specter that no matter who George W. Bush would nominate, he would support that nominee.”
That led Sestak to release a statement dissing Grandpa Specter over Santorum’s claim that Specter was once a Republican, and did things all Republicans do. Specter then gave Santorum a boot to the face, literarily speaking. He denied Uncle Rick’s proclamation and insinuated it all had to do with the universally despised former senator’s presidential aspirations in his own statement: “I would never make a promise on a vote like this under any circumstances. I'm sorry his support for me has caused him trouble in his efforts for the Republican nomination for president.” Damn!
Meanwhile, neither Sestak nor the White House wants to talk about Sestak’s once-claim that he was (illegally?) offered a spot in the Obama administration to stay out of the race. And Darrell Issa, a California Republican who spends much of his time sitting in tightly coiled piles on the floors of dark caves, wants to open a politically motivated investigation into the matter.
Specter leads Sestak in every poll, by about 20 points. Toomey leads Specter by about eight points. And weirdest of all, Specter switched parties just so he wouldn’t have to deal with this whole “losing” thing. Oh well.
Two weeks after his surprise defection to the Democratic party, Sen. Arlen Specter yesterday made an even more shocking announcement: that, following a secret weekend procedure, he had become a woman.
The Daily News reports that polling shows Republican Pat Toomey has a 14-point lead over "Democrat" Arlen Specter in the race for Specter's Senate seat: "Poll director G. Terry Madonna said that the results reflect a growing national Republican resurgence mixed with a lack of Democratic enthusiasm as the two parties battle over issues like health care and the economy. "I can't deny it's all very encouraging," Toomey said. "But I'm also very aware of the fact that the election is nine months away. A lot can happen. So I'm going to run like I'm 20 points behind." Specter, who narrowly beat Toomey in the 2004 Republican primary, declined to comment on the poll yesterday. U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who is leaving his Delaware County congressional seat to challenge Specter in the primary, also came up a loser against Toomey in the poll. Toomey led Sestak among registered voters by 28-16 percent with 51 percent undecided."
The Chicago Tribune reports that Pennsylvania's former junior senator looks like he's on the presidential campaign trail. "Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has announced plans for a second visit to Iowa, this time delivering the keynote address at a major conservative group's biggest annual event. Santorum will speak at the spring conference of the Iowa Christian Alliance, one of the most influential conservative groups in the state. Iowa Christian Alliance president Steve Scheffler says Santorum can help energize social and religious conservatives heading into midterm elections in November. Santorum's return has fueled speculation that he's eying the Republican presidential nomination in 2012."
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."
Deconstructing a Rasmussen "shock poll" out of our Democratic Senate race.
The misleading ads have begun, and they are glorious.
You’ll never guess who’s making calls for the Dem.
The new and misleading commercial isn't so misleading. It features Bush, so it doesn't have to be.
This weekend, after Sestak's commercial linking Specter to Bush and Palin, Specter has officially fallen behind.