Sunday, February 07, 2010

Did Ed Rendell Just Make Dangerous Wingnut Pat Toomey A U.S. Senator?


I really don't want to sound as paranoid as a tea partier but sometimes I almost wonder if largely conservative Democratic insiders want Republicans, more reliably conservative than Democrats, to be able to hold an effective veto over... well, everything. Yesterday, as Mike Stark illustrated so poignantly, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party just about handed a far worse Republican than Scott Brown a Senate seat.

Arlen Specter is a Republican who changed the color of his team jersey from red to blue after polls showed that radical right extremist Pat Toomey would kick his ass in the closed Republican primary. Now it looks just as likely that Toomey will kick his ass in the general election as well. Joe Sestak offered the Democrats a way out-- which plenty of grassroots Democrats are taking him up on-- in the form of a primary. Specter is senile, incredibly corrupt, well known as the most mean-spirited and personally vicious member of the Senate, and conservative. Why should thinking grassroots Democrats even consider voting for him? Especially when they have someone like Joe Sestak as an alternative-- who isn't senile, isn't corrupt or vicious, and isn't conservative. Here's what Sestak's campaign had to say about the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, firmly controlled by Gov. Ed Rendell, endorsing Specter:
"The establishment has long made it known that it struck a deal to anoint the long-time Republican Senator. But as we have visited 26 counties with more than 230 events in a month-plus, we have found that Pennsylvanians are tired of business as usual and are ready to turn the page on a generation of deal-making done to maintain the status quo. This is another event in the hundreds more we will have in the campaign and we do want to gain the votes of those in attendance for the primary and the general election.

"At the debate last night, Senator Specter said he supports the 'basic values of the Democratic Party' after he spent the last 30 years voting against them. Joe Sestak actually believes in our Democratic principles because he believes in our working families. We look forward to continuing to spread a message of accountability for the working family and integrity as a public servant while campaigning across the state in the months to come."

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At 3:50 PM, Blogger Jill said...

It is confirmed: The Democrats exist only to make you think you have a choice. There is no democracy. There is no choice. There are only corporatists.

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Balakirev said...

Can anyone name an occasion when Ed Rendell acted in a manner that showed he was more than a party aparatchik who would jump when his strings were pulled?

And whom do we think was doing the string-pulling, here? Oh, Mr. President...

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Lee said...

I'm in PA. The whole State Committee thing was a mess.But not unexpected. Toomey is way worse than Samtorum btw. We could also end up with a Republican Governor too . I'm not crazy about the 2 Dems now that progressives fav and my former Congressmen Joe Hoeffel looks an unlikely winner given Sat at State Com and problems raising $$$$

Rendell and Specter are friends.The conventional wisdom is Specter can"get things done". Joe Sestak is an outsider which he is running on and I think he has a shot.I saw him last Monday night and if I were Specter I wouldn't want to be in the same room with him. He's young with some fresh ideas and Specter is too old and a re tread.

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Ida Jurie said...

The Democrat establishment in Pennsylvania has now begun doing what Democrats everywhere do best- snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Serving Patriot said...

Well, I guess Arlen doesn't need to think about re-jumping ship back to the GOP. Not with Ed Rendell's support... and of course BHO/Rahmbo's.

And Jill... sadly, I think you are right.



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