Say goodbye Arlen!
Last nights election results were interesting but not ground-shaking. Specter got his pink slip from the Democratic voters in PA. From the Daily Beast, we get Margaret Carlson’s thoughts on why Specter lost:
In the end, Specter turned out to be a double incumbent in a year when it is better to be an incumbent of no party at all. Sestak held his fire until the end. By the weekend, Specter was begging for White House help and he got none, despite Obama being next door in Youngstown, Ohio and Biden in his backyard speaking at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. By late afternoon Tuesday, NBC reported that the White House let it be known that “Arlen came to us, we didn’t go to him.”
It was mutually assured seduction and it failed. Specter did not go quietly into that good night, conceding in the shortest of speeches with no kind words for Sestak. He could have gone out gracefully but so few do—because losing is a little like dying for some. A few years back, Specter underwent extreme rounds of chemotherapy that left him gaunt and hairless. Senator John Sununu shaved his head in solidarity. But he never missed a vote. Most of the time Specter was a reliable Bush partisan, voting for his tax cuts and his war, which Pennsylvanians remembered Tuesday night. But he also fought Bush to get stem-cell research passed. As he did, he put an hourglass on the committee dais considering the legislation to remind each of us that our days were ticking by. And so have his.
Adios Arlen, don’t let the door hit ya where the good lawd split ya dude. 🙂 Of course Sestak still has to face the Rethug Toomey which probably won’t be a walk in the park.