When Congressman Joe Sestak announced this morning that he would challenge not-a-Republican Arlen Specter, liberal hearts across the Keystone State soared. They have a candidate who didn’t vote for Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Sam Alito.
What’s Arlen going to do now? Run to the left of Sestak? If he votes for Obamacare or card check or any of the left’s priorities, does he pick up any votes at all? Seniors especially are growing worried over the Obama-Pelosi plan to ration medical care, and Specter will need them if he has any chance of beating back Sestak. Does Arlen become the senior statesman against the president’s plan to bring Canadian-style lines for doctor visits to America?
2010 is going to be a fascinating year for many reasons, but watching Senator Specter attempt to persuade Democrats that he is better than the real thing will be one of the main attractions.
Likely GOP nominee Pat Toomey will be a guest on today’s show. You can add to Toomey’s campaign chest here even as both Sestak and Specter spend their dollars clobbering each other.
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza reviews some of the PA primary’s dynamics. Specter is the “Goliath” in the race according to “The Fix,” but what are the rules of the PA primary? Can miffed GOPers cross-over to vote for Sestak as a payback for Specter’s sudden abandonment of the party that stuck with him for more than two decades?