Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Specter Bites The Dust

The Arlen Specter era is over in Pennsylvania.
The state's longest-serving US Senator ever has come to the end of the line.
Eighty-year-old Arlen Specter was defeated tonight by uber-liberal Democrat renegade Joe Sestak even though Sestak enjoyed NO establishment Democrat support.
It may be a happy night for Sestak but the Democrat Congressman faces a tough road in November:
1) Sestak's views are out of line with the mainstream and would appear to be far too liberal for Pennsylvania.
2) Former Navy Admiral Sestak has apparently never come clean on some questions that popped up about his performance while in the military and he refused requests from Specter to release his military records.
3) Sestak has left a bitter taste in the mouths of major Democrat operative in Pennslyvania. This lone ranger does not play well with others.
4) Sestak faces a strong, smart, determined opponent in Pat Toomey. Toomey is well-liked and has a fully-united Republican Party behind him.
5) Pennsylvania has a record of alternating between democrat and GOP Governors and this is a Republican year. With the help of a strong GOP gubernatorial candidate like Tom Corbett, Toomey and most Pennsylvania republicans are well positioned.
6) The GOP will remind voters of all the awful things that Democrats (such as Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell) said about Sestak.


Josh said...

You're right that Sestak will face a tough road. But I think Pennsylvanians are just tired of Specter. Say what you want about him, but Sestak is a fresh face in an election cycle when people of both parties want them. I think Sestak has more of a shot than Specter did.

Dan Cirucci said...

You may be right.
But Sestak is a bit of a loose cannon.
And he'll have a lot of tough questions to answer and a lot of highly questionable votes to defend.
My advice to Toomey: Define Sestak early and often. Don't let him slip away. Go after him before he goes after you.
If Toomey plays his cards right,he can expose Sestak as way too liberal for Pennsylvania, which he is.