Final round in Specter vs. Sestak coming up

May 14, 2010

The final bell is about to ring in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for the Senate — and it’s a nail-biter. Who will win the chance to run against the Republican in November?

USA-POLITICS/In one corner is Senator Arlen Specter who has 30 years in the Senate, but for the first time faces voters as a Democrat after switching parties last year.

In the other corner is Representative Joe Sestak who won his first election to Congress four years ago by unseating 20-year Republican incumbent Curt Weldon.

Whoever wins, the political pundits will point to it as a barometer of voter angst about incumbents in 2010.

Right now the public opinion polls are showing a dead heat.

Specter has received the endorsement of  big newspapers in Pennsylvania — The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Patriot-News. The liberal-leaning MoveOn.org just announced that its membership endorsed Sestak.

One person who is staying away from the Democrat vs. Democrat Pennsylvania Senate primary as it comes down to the wire is the First Democrat himself, President Barack Obama.

While Obama attended fundraisers for Specter in September, that was the last time he was at a political event for the senator. (That of course hasn’t stopped Specter from using footage from Obama’s September appearance in a recent political ad).

The outcome may just end up resting on whether Democrats see Specter as a Democrat.

“Seventy percent of Pennsylvania Democrats have been voting against Arlen Specter for 30 years. Some habits are hard to break,” Peter Brown,  Quinnipiac pollster, says.

Photo credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton (sign at polling station for Pennsylvania primaries in 2008)

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This should be interesting.

“One person who is staying away from the Democrat vs. Democrat Pennsylvania Senate primary as it comes down to the wire is the First Democrat himself, President Barack Obama.”

Nice way to spin the president not campaigning for Specter…Staying away from the Democrat vs. Democrat Senate primary. The president owes Specter big time for Specter giving him the 60 vote supermajority in the Senate, even though the voters of Pennsylvania elected him as a republican. The president should be there campaigning his heart out for Specter.

However, we all know when the president campaigns for someone that person loses big in the election. So, that is the likely reason the Obama is staying away. At least now Specter stands a chance to win the primary. Otherwise, he would lose.

An unpopular president (45 percent approval rating) and campaigning for democrats is a sure defeat for the democratic candidate.

Just stating facts. I am sure there is a yellow troll out there who will not be able to resist commenting on this factual information.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

That’s because your information is not factual.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

Specter is a turn coat, and Sestak is associated with the moveon.org group so against the war, until thier candidate Obama was for it, just a bunch of phoneys–Either way you lose–no one with any real CHARACTER.

Posted by lilywhite | Report as abusive

I think the point everyone is failing to consider is that WHEN Specter looses…he will immediately declare that he is running as an independant.

Hello Joe Liberman 2.0

Most poloticans are slimy weasles…Specter even more so. There’s no way that giant diluted ego of his could hanle not living the life of a prince; out of spite and self diluted notions of grandure he’ll turn the race 3-way into a fiasco.

The only thing worse than him as a independant is a republican from the tea-bagger Sarah Palin nut ball camp.

God help us all.

Posted by Happy_McSlap | Report as abusive

You make it too easy to prove you wrong (As I said, YOU follow me. Not the other way around) Yellow. In addition, you are an empty vessel who does not contribute anything at all. You are not capable of posting anything except to follow people around harassing them.

lilywite. Boy, that’s the truth. Specter and Sesak are phoneys with no character. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

I’ll take the RINO over Benedict Arnold Specter any day of the week.

Posted by Chopper999 | Report as abusive

Sestak is a decent guy, all the talk about character is interesting as the an who has shown the most character, President Obama is constantly trashed by conservatives like TyC, who elected the men that presided over the worst administration in history.

Sestak getting elected would be a nice change, with Specter gone there will be less association with the bankers and others that own the pols in DC now, leading to better democracy and a more equal and stable economy.

Posted by jstaf | Report as abusive

You have never proven anything, TyC. And as jstaf correctly points out, all you do is trash other people.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

I comment on the article at hand.

As for the president. He has a well earned 45 percent approval rating. You give me and the conservatives way too much credit for his low approval ratings. He did that all by himself. Look at it this way, it only took him 8 months or so to achieve the distinct honor of having over 50 percent of voters in the US to understand the “transformative change” he is talking about is not supported by the majority of Americans.

He is well on his way to being the worst president in our generation (he has the worse start). He even makes Jimmy Carter look like a popular president.

Oh Yellow, don’t be jealous because you are an empty vessel who has nothing to say except to harass me.

Yes, I am a proud conservative. Sure beats the alternate which is showing America the mistake they made when they voted the progressive liberals into office.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Nothing in your comment was about the article at hand. Just proves again as always,that you are a hypocrite.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

I did comment on the article at hand. Go back to my first comment. I gave my opinion on the article.

You however, just prove me right. YOU follow me around harassing me, I don’t follow you around.

Yellow, you are an empty vessel who does not contribute anything except harassment.

Oh well, it is your job.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

President Obama endorsed Specter, but he did not campaign for him. He has failed at everyone he has campaigned for, so it is understandable.

The president and his policies are a failure with the American people. A low 45 percent approval rating is nothing to be proud of in such a young presidency. Worst start in the last 10 presidents.

Specter losing is no surprise to anyone, even by the president who endorsed him.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Kind of puts the lie to the teatard talking point that Obama is some kind of radical liberal, doesn’t it?

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

You are a knucklehead yellow.

0 to 4. Everyone Obama endorses or campaigns for loses.

He is a failure.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Like I said, the only thing you can do is trash people.

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive

Yes, coming from Yellow the saint!

As for opposition to the president, that’s called a difference of opinion in the world of political discussion.

I disagree with President Obama and the progressive democrats as much as you do any republican. The only time people like you want cooperation is when your people are in power.

The progressive agenda is a poison to our freedom as Americans.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

I have read your differences of opinion, TyC, and Yellow is right about you. All you do is snivel and whine about everything Obama says and does. It’s juvenile.

Posted by SteveoOOo | Report as abusive

StevenOOo

Yeah, whatever.

I will never forget all the sniveling and whining by people like you about any republican…both past and present.

Obama is still whining about Bush. OMG…you all constantly whine about the republicans.

Obama is a horrible president. Look at his 45 percent approval rating and you will see the majority of Americans agree with me. That’s a fact you cannot get over or understand.

Stop with your whining about republicans….Just stop.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive