Specter to Support Kagan, Assuring Passage

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 8:39 am

Not that passage wasn’t assured before, but Arlen Specter’s grudging support of Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court virtually ensures no Democratic defectors. Specter, during the confirmation hearings, expressed concern over Kagan’s lack of answers to his questions, but he concludes that she barely cleared the bar needed for his support. Specter’s remarks in [...]

Specter Leans No on Kagan; Angered By Lack of Answers

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 7:35 am

Robert Barnes and Amy Goldstein report that Elana Kagan predictably played things close to the vest in her confirmation hearings, as is the rule these days. This is, in fact, why I didn’t watch one second of them, because I don’t find them at all enlightening. Republican senators pressed Kagan on the issues that have [...]

Primary Wins Signal New Phase Of 2010 Election

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 5:30 am

Just a quick word on the primaries last night, because most of what needed to be said has been said, and it all happened while I was watching the astonishing crumbling of financial reform (more on that in a minute, and how it ties into all this). By now you know the basics: Joe Sestak [...]

Specter Says “Re-Elected” Video Taken Out Of Context: Then He Takes It Out Of Context

By: Friday May 14, 2010 7:06 am

Arlen Specter’s campaign is hopping mad that an ad run by his opponent Joe Sestak was taken out of context. The now-famous clip shows Specter telling reporters “My change in party will enable me to be re-elected.” But his campaign supplies this video from the local station who took the footage, to prove that he [...]

PA-Sen: Specter’s Troubles Are About His Character

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 9:27 am

Chris Bowers makes a solid point about Arlen Specter, which is probably what Democrats in the state are thinking at this point, too: Last night on Hardball, Arlen Specter said that he knew his days in the republican party were numbered after his stimulus vote: “When that vote came up on the stimulus, I knew [...]

PA-Sen: New Polls Show a Toss-Up

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 8:05 am

If you average out the new polls from today, with less than a week to go in the Senate primary in Pennsylvania, the race is basically tied. The tracking poll from the Allentown Morning Call and Muhlenberg College has a 45-45 dead heat between Arlen Specter and Joe Sestak. Quinnipiac shows Specter up 44-42. And [...]

Specter’s Closing Argument in 2010, Presidential Validation, An Exact Mirror of Closing Argument in 2004

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 1:08 pm

Several people have commented on this already, but you do have to marvel at the fact that Arlen Specter’s media team created a closing ad for his 2010 primary that is an exact copy of his closing ad for the 2004 primary, only with a new President and a new political affiliation. Today in Pennsylvania [...]

PA-Sen: Sestak Better Candidate For General Election

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 7:43 am

This morning’s tracking poll shows Joe Sestak with a steady four-point lead over Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary. But the more interesting poll out today ruins one of Specter’s last remaining arguments – that he would be more electable in a general election. It’s Rasmussen, so take it for what it’s worth, but [...]

Specter Does His Best To Limit Damage Over Kagan SCOTUS Pick

By: Monday May 10, 2010 10:45 am

I mentioned earlier that Arlen Specter faced a Hobson’s choice with the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Previously he’s had no problem shifting practically all of his views to the left side of the spectrum to accommodate his party switch. Two things with respect to the Kagan pick make that difficult: 1) [...]

Still Waiting On Independent, Non-Rasmussen Confirmation of the Sestak Surge

By: Monday May 10, 2010 7:05 am

Last night I mentioned that I would like to see a poll other than the Muhlenberg tracking poll confirm the surge of Joe Sestak in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for US Senate. The tracking poll shows Sestak with a 5-point lead now. And so does Rasmussen, by the same numbers: 47% Sestak, 42% Specter, with [...]

PA-Sen: More “Cataclysm”: Sestak Ties Specter in Tracking Poll

By: Friday May 7, 2010 8:52 am

Pennsylvania Democratic Party chair TJ Rooney whined yesterday that a victory by Joe Sestak over Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary would be “cataclysmic.” Why a longtime Republican with high negatives and a strong incumbency factor in an anti-incumbent year should be seen as the savior of the Democratic Party is unclear. But the ground [...]

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