Specter Will Haunt PA Dems In General Election
Arlen Specter has long been the most liberal, pro-female senator in Pennsylvania. I can understand why he appeals to the Democrats—I’m one and he appeals to me. But the National Dem leaders have sold out the people in Pennsylvania.
In exchange for Specter’s defection to the Democratic side of the aisle, they get an almost filibuster proof voting bloc, so they can ram through whatever legislation they need. But that bloc will only be good until the general election in 2010. Specter has been trailing Toomey by 20 points—however there several liberal, experienced Democratic contenders who could have gone up against Toomey. But in putting an aging, sick Republican on the Democratic ticket instead, the Democratic National leaders are guaranteeing the election of conservative candidate Pat Toomey. Meaning we will end up with two conservative leaders—because Senator Bob Casey is a very conservative politician and is only in office because Pennsylvania Democrats needed a Dem version of Rick Santorum to unseat Santorum.
The Dem leaders may think they’ve put a nail in the Republican coffin with this move, but what they’re really killing is the loyalty of long term PA Democrats.