Pat Toomey is up by either 4 or 7 points in the latest polls. I tend to rely on Quninnipiac the most and they have the race as seven. That means Joe Sestak has his opponent right where he wants him. I’m betting his powerful biography boosts him over someone who has spent his life shilling for Wall Street. If Pennsylvania voters opt for Toomey after losing their jobs, homes and retirements to Wall Street they get what they deserve.
In the Governor’s race Tom Corbett is pulling away with a 15 point spread and has a decided cash on hand advantage. Dan Onorato was a bad candidate from the start but got a jump on everyone and raised enough cash to saturate TV last spring. No personality, no charisma, no record… I’ll also bet the AGG is a one term Guv. Next year’s budget battle is going to be historic because cowardly legislators refused to raise taxes in an election year. With Corbett’s vow for no new taxes he has George Herbert Walker Bush tattooed on his forehead.
The 15 CD race is also over. John Callahan self immolated at last week’s debate, or, rather, Q&A session. I’m not sure I’ve ever watched a worse performance. The Morning Call has that race at 11 points. Why vote for the Bethlehem Mayor who wouldn’t even make an impassioned plea for someone who has moved 372 bills through the House this session? He also failed at go after any of Dent’s lies.
Pat Meehan and Bryan Lentz had a debate last evening in the 7th CD but since Gov. Dean’s office has shut me out of tonight’s event in Wayne I passed on their debate last night. If you want coverage you have to be more open than this folks. This isn’t the first time I’ve been dissed by Howard Dean and I’m assembling all my old DFA stuff to burn in the BBQ when I return from New Mexico.
The Pennsylvania ACLU is suing Pittsburgh for its police state tactics during the G20 summit last year. Police rounded up peaceful protesters, forced them onto the grounds of the Cathedral of Oppression at Pitt, surrounded them so they couldn’t leave then arrested them for failure to disperse. This is so Orwellian as to be scary. Dan Onorato was Allegheny County Dictator at the time.
Jim Powers, the head of the state’s domestic terrorism unit, the one which terrorizes activists, remains in office.
Pittsburghers are complaining about rising parking rates. This is one reason, along with traffic, why I have stopped covering events in Philadelphia. I even skipped President Obama’s event for Joe Sestak yesterday. Sen. Specter, apparently still playing the sore loser’s role, met Obama at the airport then skipped out on reporter’s questions about why he skipped the event at the Convention Center for the Admiral.
Speaking of dissing the press (again, never a good idea) Pat Toomey is refusing to take time to respond to reporters on his campaign trail. This is a guaranteed method for getting bad press.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell failed in a Senate cloture vote yesterday as both Arkansas Senators joined Republicans to filibuster the bill. This means we have no Defense Appropriations bill as yet. With troops on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan and hundreds of other countries, the Pentagon has no funds. All this because 43 Senators think its moral and right to destroy the integrity of our armed forces by forcing people to lie about who they are. Hopefully either the courts will remedy this travesty or the President will finally act by Executive Order.
This is horrible news for Democrats who desperately needed something to close the “enthusiasm gap. Now liberals and progressives are even angrier at the Party following Obama’s dissing and ridicule in Connecticut last week. Just when the President needed to say something to motivate progressives to go to the polls he, instead, insulted us. Again. Is he tone deaf or just stupid?
The Tea Party announced a $1 million anonymous contribution. We’ll never know who kicked that insane amount of money (but we can guess) since it isn’t being disclosed. Karl Rove, meanwhile, is collecting another $50 million to rule the airwaves with propaganda next month. Thank the Supreme Court and its activist Justices Thomas, Alito, Scalia and Roberts.
Larry Summers is leaving the White House so there is one sigh of relief for liberals. The appointments of him and Geithner sounded the first alarms to the left wing of the Democratic Party that they’d been snookered by their candidate. That was the onset of the enthusiasm gap.
Lisa Murkowski announced she will run for re-election tot he Senate in Alaska as a write-in candidate. Good-bye Joe Miller.
The reaction in Delaware to Christine O’Donnell is so severe rank and file Democrats are actually talking about voting. This is radical! Republicans, more and more, are coming out of the closet and proclaiming they want to repeal the New Deal including Social Security and they want to begin executing gays and lesbians. In the past they only intimated these positions.