Breaking: AP calls it for Sestak; Update: Burns concedes

posted at 10:22 pm on May 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

At last.

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has been defeated in a Pennsylvania primary in his bid for a sixth term after taking the risky step of switching to the Democratic Party.

Voters Tuesday picked U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak as the party’s nominee and rejected the 80-year-old Specter in his first Democratic campaign.

The vote also was a defeat for President Barack Obama, who supported Specter when he abandoned the Republican Party last year.

It’s a pyrrhic victory, arguably, since Sestak actually polls slightly better against Toomey than Specter does and doesn’t have to shoulder the burden of incumbency in this very anti-incumbent year. But (a) with Tim Burns crashing and burning in Murtha’s district, we need some good news tonight, and (b) if you believe this is a GOP year, you shouldn’t fear Sestak in a swing state. It’ll be tight, but Toomey’s a quality candidate. And Specter is way, way, way past his political expiration date.

My friends, our long national nightmare is over.

Update: Enjoy Specter’s humiliation, because in the most important race of the night — the bellwether — the GOP has flamed out.


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Obama quite openly supported Specter, and Sestak accused Obama of violating federal law.

amerpundit on May 18, 2010 at 11:02 PM
…and just like the Captain noted in his Post….

….the Obama White House wanted Specter to win enough to try and bribe Sestak off with the promise of a high paying job if he dropped out……

……I guess the White House trying to bribe candidates off the ticket is yet another sign that Obama is “not concerned” with this race because it has “nothing to do with him”…..or whatever democrats have to tell themselves to get through the night.

Baxter Greene on May 18, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Um, attencion, K’Mart Choppers…gotta clue now why we need to take our flippin’ country back???????
I just threw up, and not JUST a little bit in my mouth, but all over my freakin’ self!

Chewy the Lab on May 18, 2010 at 11:40 PM

…What spin!!!!

It’s not spin. It’s simplistic to say that Specter’s loss was a rejection of Obama.

YYZ on May 18, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Critz ran against Obama in his race and won. Go figure.

karenhasfreedom on May 18, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Lincoln was not able to win her primary. she goes to runoff. this is big…

unseen on May 18, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC:

“Obama decided he would not make any more campaign visits for Arlen as the primary drew closer. Many think if Obama had made a trip to campaign for Specter in Philadelphia, he would have won.”

LOL.

Talk about denial.

fogw on May 18, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Un-feakin’believeable. And I had to turn it off when Ed Shultz said tonight’s message was to Obama to go left! Go left! Embrace the Socialism!

Marcus on May 18, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Critz ran against Obama in his race and won. Go figure.

karenhasfreedom on May 18, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Well he has from now until NOV to show he will not vote with Obama. If he votes for any fo the dem bills he faces a big election in NOV

unseen on May 18, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Maybe now the GOP will stop measuring the drapes and start fighting Obama and the socialists if they want to win in NOV.

It is no secret that when the GOP was 100% agains tObamacare their poll numbers were way better.

they stopped talking about repeal and replace. So why the hell do people want to give power to the GOp if it is just going to be the same crap.

the GOp will either grow a pair or they will los ein NOV it is that simple

unseen on May 18, 2010 at 11:49 PM

This is the electorate saying no to switch hitters. The enemy is trying to foist effeminate RINO traitor Newt Gingrich on the party. Newter will not only lose, but he will throw the race like McShame. Newt is trying to lead his log cabin wing of the party to leadership. Schoolteachers make the worst presidents.

Jerricho68 on May 18, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Yes democraps go further left. There’s a pot of electoral gold at the end of your rainbow. You’ll see Stalin and Mao and Ho Chi Minh and Allende and Czauczeschu and Lenin all sending their votes for you. Why you’ll get a landslide this November, and 2012, why you’ll get a veto proof majority along with the Presidency.

eaglewingz08 on May 18, 2010 at 11:51 PM

can’t wait for Barack Obama to start campaigning for HIMSELF for 2012. Hopefully his “winning streak” will continue!!!!

poppieseeds on May 18, 2010 at 11:52 PM

I could care less about Specter, Burns losing is NOT whatI want to see. those types of districts need to be picked up if this “Red Wave” is actually going to crest. I have no idea what kind of campaign Burns truly ran, but his loss is not encouraging.

Daemonocracy on May 19, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Hump bot.


Hump
bot.

My reaction to Sir Arlen the Brave’s fate this evening? The exact same resigned, satisfied sigh offered by Admiral Ackbar at the end of the Battle of Endor.

Victory, at heavy cost, at last.

juanito on May 19, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Maybe we can get a start getting things together. Have a look at this quote:

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do.

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

Amen

LarryG on May 19, 2010 at 12:24 AM

I could care less about Specter, Burns losing is NOT whatI want to see. those types of districts need to be picked up if this “Red Wave” is actually going to crest. I have no idea what kind of campaign Burns truly ran, but his loss is not encouraging.

don’t be discouraged, Murtha might be gone but the machine remains. for the republicans to win they need to fight the machine, and play by the rules they set.

RonK on May 19, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Blanche Lincoln forced into runoff…bwahahahaha

SouthernGent on May 19, 2010 at 12:33 AM

Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC:

“Obama decided he would not make any more campaign visits for Arlen as the primary drew closer. Many think if Obama had made a trip to campaign for Specter in Philadelphia, he would have won.”

Arlene should now screw Barry over in revenge.

bayview on May 19, 2010 at 12:34 AM

It probably was very unrealistic to expect Burns, an OUTSIDER to that district, to come in and win where there is a 2 to 1 party registration in favor of the Dems.

karenhasfreedom on May 19, 2010 at 12:34 AM

PA-12 needs to be re-drawn because that is jerry meandering to the core. Rather the district look like a “dragon” should be reshaped to a square. Like others have said dems out number GOP 2 to 1 so any district reshaping won’t come about.

b1jetmech on May 19, 2010 at 12:42 AM

The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

Amen

LarryG on May 19, 2010 at 12:24 AM

Dude! I’m putting that on a T-shirt. Thanks.

Maquis on May 19, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Not surprised by the Burns loss…it is what the PA GOP wants….he will lose again…that is why the PA. GOP & NRCC feared Bill Russell so much…when the PA. GOP is in bed with the defense contractors…because they also backed Murtha…what do you expect. The GOP & NRCC are sh*t for allowing the PA. GOP to also be in Murtha’s back pocket…Rob Gleason is the head of the PA. GOP…friend of Murtha & very wealthy from….hmmmm….defense contracts in the area. Do a little research if you don’t believe me…it’s easy to find if you want to take the time…

DCJeff on May 19, 2010 at 12:51 AM

You know what though? The more I think about it the more mad I get about people commenting on Spector’s age. Being a douche and a traitor is not age-specific, so please leave that part out.

WaltzingMtilda on May 19, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Sean Trende got it right on his RCP column. There’s a whopping 69 Democrats sitting in R+ districts. Obviously, the GOP doesn’t even have to win all of that, just 40 to gain a House majority. So that’s the silver lining. This is one of those seats that we’d lose that should be “ours” (when it really isn’t). However, all polling showed the Democrats and Obama to be stunningly unpopular. The fact that the voters in PA-12 at least voted blindly for the Democrat has to cause concern. It’s like Detroit in PA-12.

Apologetic California on May 19, 2010 at 1:20 AM

Looking at the results there was never any reason to think that Burns would win.

There are 66% more D’s than R’s…look at the results of the primary in PA-12…76K vs. 46K.

There is something called triage…don’t waste money on districts that are bought and paid for by the Left.

The bigger threat is that the Left will use the script they did last time…I’m a conservative..like the NY-23 guy who then stabs his voters in the back.

R’s need to attack the honesty of the D candidates…bascially, s/he says they are conservative, but when will Nancy call on them to sell you out? Cap/Trade, bail out CA, the list is long…the Left is smart at gaming the system…it is their job, their lives…but they will sell you out.

r keller on May 19, 2010 at 1:21 AM

I’ll take the Pyrrhic victory thanks. Specter is a douchebag, who doesn’t deserve to be known as a retired senator.

I’ll take the fight in November.

Important thing is Specter lost. Should have lost a long time ago.

Humpbot is deservedly appropriate.

Next appearance? After Blance loses the runoff? Bwaaahaaahaaa!!

Pablo Snooze on May 19, 2010 at 1:24 AM

Whoops. Blanche. Sorry.

Pablo Snooze on May 19, 2010 at 1:25 AM

BS…the only people who thought Burns would win are people on the internet. No one here in PA really thought he had a chance. And he didn’t put up much of a campaign. He didn’t go after Critz like he should have. He was so polite and nice I thought he was a Quaker. And as others have said, Critz kept spouting his Conservative bonfides, and Burns never really challenged him.
The real possible pick-up in November is Dahlkemper’s district. She’s not popular outside of Erie and even there she’s not over-whelmingly supported. That was a Repub district for years before she came along and ran on her family’s name.
Deanna on May 18, 2010 at 11:09 PM

I guess then my question for someone like you who is more familiar with the district, is it winable with the right R candidate?

Obviously someone that runs hard & holds their opponant accountable. Or is the district so corrupted by pork it’s a lost cause? Not all districts are winnable.

Plus, I’d thought the obvious affection that the district had for Murtha & his memory worked for Critz since he was closely associated with MuBS…the only people who thought Burns would win are people on the internet. No one here in PA really thought he had a chance. And he didn’t put up much of a campaign. He didn’t go after Critz like he should have. He was so polite and nice I thought he was a Quaker. And as others have said, Critz kept spouting his Conservative bonfides, and Burns never really challenged him.
The real possible pick-up in November is Dahlkemper’s district. She’s not popular outside of Erie and even there she’s not over-whelmingly supported. That was a Repub district for years before she came along and ran on her family’s name.
Deanna on May 18, 2010 at 11:09 PMrtha.

lizzie beth on May 19, 2010 at 1:32 AM

Looking at the results there was never any reason to think that Burns would win.

There are 66% more D’s than R’s

But they went McCain in the presidential. I saw an analyst say it was basically national Republicans supporting Burns and the Democrat Murtha buddy basically promising the locals he was going to get them goodies that Burns wouldn’t be able to deliver. I pray to God we don’t get the same with Rubio/Crist – a nationwide machine for Rubio and Crist going local promising goodies and handouts and payoffs, that they fall for.

Marcus on May 19, 2010 at 1:34 AM

The big things in Pa. really are the state House races and the Governor’s race. The GOP can’t lose control of the Senate and they only need to turn a handful of House seats to reclaim the House. Control redistricting and Murtha’s district will be the first one to disappear. There’s no need to keep Murtha’s district alive now that he’s not alive to bring back the pork.

either orr on May 19, 2010 at 1:38 AM

Sorry for the double quote, couldn’t get my phone to cooperate.

I was going to end with while much of the country thought Murtha a douche, he was obviously held with some degree of affection by his district, even if it was pork based. Some of this had to help Critz.

lizzie beth on May 19, 2010 at 1:39 AM

Good riddance.

How do you know when the chair Specter’s sitting in is level?

He’s drooling out of both sides of his mouth.

infidel4life on May 19, 2010 at 1:43 AM

You know what though? The more I think about it the more mad I get about people commenting on Spector’s age. Being a douche and a traitor is not age-specific, so please leave that part out.

WaltzingMtilda on May 19, 2010 at 1:13 AM

I share you dislike for ageist comments, but I think there is a combination of age and long-term incumbency that is distasteful. Specter was getting into the territory of Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond. I think we can say in a non-partisan, non-ageist and even if wish not a term limit advocate sort of way that Byrd’s and Thurmond’s last terms were big mistakes/ is a big mistake.

thuja on May 19, 2010 at 2:41 AM

Idiots in my state of AZ, decided to raise taxes by 18%. I freakin’ hate what my state has become.

If Jan doesn’t lose the primary, I’m seriously considering going to Texas and never looking back. Goldwater’s AZ is turning into Arnold’s Kalifornia.

Tim Burton on May 19, 2010 at 3:14 AM

What taxes did AZ Raise?

karenhasfreedom on May 19, 2010 at 3:33 AM

Not surprised by the Burns loss…it is what the PA GOP wants….he will lose again…that is why the PA. GOP & NRCC feared Bill Russell so much…when the PA. GOP is in bed with the defense contractors…because they also backed Murtha…what do you expect. The GOP & NRCC are sh*t for allowing the PA. GOP to also be in Murtha’s back pocket…Rob Gleason is the head of the PA. GOP…friend of Murtha & very wealthy from….hmmmm….defense contracts in the area. Do a little research if you don’t believe me…it’s easy to find if you want to take the time…

DCJeff on May 19, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Why was it Burns rather than Bill Russell in this race? Since Russell had just run and done OK against Murtha, he would have had better name recognition with the voters.

funky chicken on May 19, 2010 at 3:44 AM

What taxes did AZ Raise?

karenhasfreedom on May 19, 2010 at 3:33 AM

18% sales tax increase, because the governor decided to contract Washington Monument Syndrome and had 60% of the teachers laid off, plus like 40% of police in next year’s budget.

Idiots in AZ, got scared and voted the way she wanted. Brewer is a RINO!

We need to defeat her in the primary.

Tim Burton on May 19, 2010 at 3:46 AM

This is nice news to wake to, the wins that is. We must keep up the momentum until the next ones. The Arkansas runoff situation is take or leave, but let the chips fall where they may.

johnnyU on May 19, 2010 at 4:05 AM

The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.
Amen
LarryG on May 19, 2010 at 12:24 AM

After working the polls today, I could not agree more. The Dems are dim bulbs.

HellCat on May 19, 2010 at 4:55 AM

thanks for the humpbot AP…it is pyrrhic as you say. Sestak must be tattooed with the “insider” label and Toomey has a tougher road, but I hope he can get it together and do well there in PA.

ted c on May 19, 2010 at 5:31 AM

Don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out, Benedict Arlen!

Stepan on May 19, 2010 at 6:09 AM

LarryG on May 19, 2010 at 12:24 AM

That is right on. It’s liek that book that just came out, ‘How Obama brainwashed my generation’.

I haven’t read the book, but a question that people should be asking is how did a generation of young adults get to be so stupid, and unthinking propaganda machines.
It’s truly disturbing. They’re incapable of critical thinking and independent thought. The kids that I grew up with were not like this.

Until this country fixes that post talks about, there will be more Obamas.

It’s just reminds me of when Obama spoke to the nations kids back then. People were so mad about that. Every day kids are brainwashed into being sheep because of what they’re taught in school.

B Man on May 19, 2010 at 6:12 AM

Good to see Burns spin out. Always be suspicious of any candidate backed by Scottie Brown and the GOP establishment.

This seat goes to the Dems for only a few months – it’s up for grabs again in November. The GOP has plenty of time to find the correct candidate for this district.

HondaV65 on May 19, 2010 at 6:51 AM

PA-12 needs to be re-drawn because that is jerry meandering to the core. Rather the district look like a “dragon” should be reshaped to a square. Like others have said dems Soviets out number GOP Anericans 2 to 1 so any district reshaping won’t come about.

b1jetmech on May 19, 2010 at 12:42 AM

FIFY

TugboatPhil on May 19, 2010 at 6:55 AM

My neighbors must be idiots.. really i don’t know how to explain it. This is the third election for that seat in-a-row that i felt the GOP should have taken. They had the energy and they had a message that not even the thick headed Johnstown people could not have missed. My neighbors overwhelmingly elected Murtha after he called all of them racists and readnecks, they have to be living on Mars to keep pulling for Democrats.

tflst5 on May 19, 2010 at 7:22 AM

I am pis$ed at PA-3, because Dahlkemper won comfortably. Last time I checked it was like 70-30%. The one that got us Stupack’d and won anyways.

Cross fingers that next elections, PA kicks another Dem out of office. Big support for her in Erie, her hometown-and daughter of a jewelry empire helps too.

ProudPalinFan on May 19, 2010 at 7:23 AM

ahhhh..humpbot in the am :)

cmsinaz on May 19, 2010 at 7:29 AM

dang it…
not happy about pa12…really thought we were going to pull that through…now how does burns play this out in nov?

cmsinaz on May 19, 2010 at 7:31 AM

B Man on May 19, 2010 at 6:12 AM

Take it from me (a retired and disgusted teacher), kids of a whole generation have been “educated” (cheated) under the latest wacky theories coming from the “education” establishment. Learning has shiftted away the pursuit of individual excellence through competition to group-think of cooperative learning. (A whole generation “thinks” in pods, and these young people reinforce their cohesion of shallowness via today’s technical tools. “Research” to them means grabbing the first hit they find on Google.) The collective becomes the means and the end. Process over product is valued more. “Communication” means whatever the reader or writer thinks at the moment– even if the two entities have no objective connection with each other. Instead of cultivating rigorous analysis and critical thinking, boosting (phony) self esteem becomes the yardstick of success. Writing becomes an exercise in self-expression rather than one of logic, coherence, solid content, and precision. True reading comprehension has been replaced with subjective interpretation unmoored from the text itself. Social studies has replaced the discreet subjects of history and geography.

Newer teachers came from “schools of education” (propaganda producers) where fewer credit hours are devoted to mastering subject matter than to adopting the latest gimmick in method. Post-graduate work and inservice training are devoted to more of the same nonsense.

The collectivists have seized control of our schools, and they are turning out even more mind-knumbed robots who will be easily manipulable by an ever-growing State. “Thinking” has been replacing sloganeering. (“Yes, we can.” “We are the people that we have been waiting for.”)

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 7:40 AM

Make that “mind-numbed robots.”

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Everyone, PA is not a state on which to base any predictions concerning the November elections. The idiot population is just too great. Those in the west are largely union members who vote for pork, even if it means the destruction of their own livelihood. Those in the east are too self-absorbed to pay attention to politics in May.

I live in PA and have resigned myself to never understanding the level of cluelessness here. I try not to think about it. Thinking of taking up drinking as a vocation. Am considering medical marijuana…

ROCnPhilly on May 19, 2010 at 7:42 AM

For Specter, a fitting end for this self serving, traitorous leach

rplat on May 19, 2010 at 8:00 AM

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 7:40 AM

I know a handful of teachers outside of a school setting, and the ones getting into teaching have all of these great ideas that are instantly shot down by the school for going against what the code is.

I know a principal and a teacher who only teaches online classes and they both know what’s going on.
My niece said one day “I want to be a teacher!” and the guy who was the pricipal of the public high school said back to her “no, you don’t!”

The only bright spot is some kids are just naturally smarter and can see the stupidity for what it is.

It’s not just in school either; it is in all aspects of life. Everything is political today. We are in the midst of a war for the hearts and minds of a new generation.
It sound dramatic, but it’s true.

What’s amazing to me is that we’re only a year and a half into Obama’s term and the entire MSM is still more or less on his side, and the sh!t is going to hit the fan in Nov.
We’ve gone from 75% approval to 45% in a year and a half.
And he’s probably going lose the house at least.

That’s what gives me hope. I think the aura of Obama has gone and the kids are waking up more now.
You’re always going to have the myopic far-left ‘I’ll only listen to MY p.o.v’ people, but they won’t elect anyone.

B Man on May 19, 2010 at 8:02 AM

B Man on May 19, 2010 at 8:02 AM

It’s been my experience that the only enlightened kids are the ones with enlightened and engaged parents. Sadly, the population of those has been thinning for years.

ROCnPhilly on May 19, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Well, when these kids who have been taught how amazing socialism is can’t get a job, their eyes might open up.

B Man on May 19, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Has anyone thought about the necessity of putting a suicide watch on Arlen Specter?

I mean seriously – when you are addicted to political power as much as he is – to the point where you’re willing to sell out your own party and whore your principles out to the highest bidder in order to keep your seat …

It’s got to be a brutally crushing blow when it turns out that the ultimate level of political prostitution only resulted in him STILL BEING REJECTED by Pennsylvania voters.

I mean – I can’t think of a rejection more devastating than that. Not even if your wife packs her bags and says “Seeya Shorty” as she walks out the door! :P

HondaV65 on May 19, 2010 at 8:28 AM

Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC:

“Obama decided he would not make any more campaign visits for Arlen as the primary drew closer. Many think if Obama had made a trip to campaign for Specter in Philadelphia, he would have won.”

Of course Andrea . . . we all know how well the others he campaigned for made out. Change your supplier Andrea, I think you got some bad grass.

rplat on May 19, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Good summary-analysis re why Critz defeated Burns in PA-12:
http://spectator.org/archives/2010/05/19/the-triumph-of-murthanomics

The commentary following is good also.

Critz ran very misleading ads, flooding radia and television outlets, claiming that Burns would increase taxes by 23% when, in fact, Burns was promoting the Fair Tax in place of the current system.

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM

LOL at that video

visions on May 19, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Great news to wake up to! See ya, Arlen!

NavyMustang on May 19, 2010 at 8:40 AM

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM

thanks for the heads up….

critz will show his true colors once he’s sworn in

cmsinaz on May 19, 2010 at 8:43 AM

B Man and ROCnPhilly: Please understand that I loved teaching and that until I finally hung up my shingle, I pushed my students to strive for excellence and to rise above the mediocrity that the system was rewarding. When I run into former students and learn of their successes, I feel most gratified by their appreciation for my role in their achievement. They knew that they were valued as individuals, and while they may have at the time resented the demands to meet or exceed their potential, they came to realize after their post-high school cocoon that they had learned a repertoire of skills and a lifelong appreciation of curiosity and mastery.

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Update: Enjoy Specter’s humiliation, because in the most important race of the night — the bellwether — the GOP has flamed out.

PA 12 is 2 to 1 Dem, and Critz is prolife, progun, and anti-OboobaCare.

Akzed on May 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM

I’m wondering how Arlen Specter will legislate and who his alliances will shift towards now that he is a lame duck. Will he be supportive of ObaMao’s policies and of Kagan?

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 8:48 AM

I agree with Sean Trende’s analysis, this isn’t an anti-incumbent year, it’s an anti-liberal year. Critz rejected both the TARP bailouts and Obamacare, while his opponent tried to paint him as an Obama-Pelosi Democrat. That would have been a good strategy in an anti-Democrat year, but was a bad one in an anti-liberal year. Similarly, Rand Paul ran a more anti-liberal campaign than his opponent.

If this is true, Sestak’s victory makes Toomey more likely to win in November, as Sestak is even more liberal than Spectre. Republicans need to run first on addressing voter’s concerns (jobs, the economy) and the liberal policies that are destroying them.

Jason on May 19, 2010 at 8:52 AM

PA 12 is 2 to 1 Dem, and Critz is prolife, progun, and anti-OboobaCare.

Akzed on May 19, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Then again, so was Burns.
Critz played the Dem playbook game of class warfare in this special election. I have no doubt that he will do the same when he runs for the general election come November.

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Sweet.

So glad to see Spector kicked in the arse.

Saltysam on May 19, 2010 at 8:52 AM

My friends, our long national nightmare is over.

It won’t be over until that corrupt, inept, race-baiting, America-hating, Commie demagogue and his fat-a$$ wife back the U-Haul up to the White House in 2013.

AZCoyote on May 19, 2010 at 8:54 AM

“Too many career politicians are a bit too concerned about keeping their jobs rather than serving the public…” Sestak said

I found something I agree with Sestak on.

Vashta.Nerada on May 19, 2010 at 9:01 AM

I haven’t really been paying much attention to these particular elections lately, been too busy, but I’m glad that Specter lost.

What a phony and creep. Get out.
It’s funny hearing/seeing all the left spin. Republicans are pretty lucky to have such morons as opponents, really.

If the left had any brains (funny, I know) they’d wake up and right the ship. But they are awash in a sea of denial about it all.
It doesn’t mean anything! It’s NOT anti-Obama or anti-democrat! It’s anti-everybody!

Minimizing all of this will just make Nov. worse for them.
Obama is a true rigid ideologue so he’s not changing.

He knows he’s a one termer.

B Man on May 19, 2010 at 9:01 AM

I found something I agree with Sestak on.

Vashta.Nerada on May 19, 2010 at 9:01 AM

I will not agree with anyone (Sestak) who got FIRED as a 3 star admiral due to a “poor command climate”… Translation: screamer who worked his people WAY TOO HARD in the Pentagon… He’s STILL famous there…

Khun Joe on May 19, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Is this one of those Stalinesque “purges” where fringe-wingers push all the reasonable moderates out of the party?

Oh-this was a Democrat primary–nevermind.

Noel on May 19, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Being a douche and a traitor is not age-specific, so please leave that part out. WaltzingMtilda on May 19, 2010 at 1:13 AM

“There’s no fool like an old fool.”

So…

Akzed on May 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM

LarryG on May 19, 2010 at 12:24 AM

That quote succinctly states what a lot of Hot Air commenters have been saying since Nov ’08.

IOW, you can’t fix stupid.

And we aren’t going to try.

But we can, and have influenced a lot of people who, with an honest love of our country and the Constitution, voted for a man who promised change only to see that man drag our country down.

Those people have listened to the voices of conservatism and, like what happened to many of us here, realized they too embrace the ideals of limited government and personal responsibility.

These early electoral battles have shown both hope and concern.

Be thankful for the victories and examine the losses. We have much work yet to do.

davidk on May 19, 2010 at 9:38 AM

I am pis$ed at PA-3, because Dahlkemper won comfortably. Last time I checked it was like 70-30%. The one that got us Stupack’d and won anyways.

Cross fingers that next elections, PA kicks another Dem out of office. Big support for her in Erie, her hometown-and daughter of a jewelry empire helps too.

ProudPalinFan on May 19, 2010 at 7:23 AM

No big deal. She never had any real competition from the Dem, but she will have some from the Repub in the Fall. She isn’t liked outside of Erie. Kelly won because he’s from Butler county which has a sizable population while Huber is from Meadville which is more rural. If Huber and the rest of the Repubs throw their support behind Kelly, Dahlkemper can be defeated this Fall and make it a Repub district again.

Deanna on May 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I’m confused about PA-12. Last time I sent Bill Russell some $ because of Murtha calling the Haditha Marines murders (since exonerated) and never apologizing. And the Navy naming a ship after this guy is appalling.

I know it was a special election but why didn’t PA GOP put Bill up again??? Despite Tea Party support for Burns, I was not impressed when seeing him on FOX (Hannity, I believe). Like someone posted here, he seemed like a Quaker (no offense to Quakers) but he didn’t seem to have the “fire in the belly” and left Critz’s “conservative stands” on the issues go unchallenged.

Because this district will probably become extinct after the November elections because of the census; I’m still gonna send some $ to Bill Russell at http://www.russellbrigade.com. I’d rather go down swinging. Besides, by then, Critz will have a voting record and I bet it will be straight Obama party line.

Bob in VA on May 19, 2010 at 10:51 AM

“Sestak actually polls slightly better against Toomey than Specter does and doesn’t have to shoulder the burden of incumbency in this very anti-incumbent year.

WTF Allahpundit! You wrote that? Why?

I’d expect that from AP, but you don’t recognize this as Democrat propaganda?

It’s not a very “anti-incumbent” year. It’s an “anti-progressive” year.

elfman on May 19, 2010 at 11:15 AM

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter has been defeated in a Pennsylvania primary in his bid for a sixth term after taking the risky step of switching to the Democratic Party.

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

ButterflyDragon on May 19, 2010 at 11:15 AM

And the SECRETARY OF THE Navy naming a ship after this guy is appalling.

FIFY…

Khun Joe on May 19, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Buh Bye, Benedict Arlen.

hillbillyjim on May 19, 2010 at 11:38 AM

So long, you rat bastard!

Darksean on May 19, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Bob in VA on May 19, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Excellent questions, and I haven’t seen any answers either.

funky chicken on May 19, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Bob in VA on May 19, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Excellent questions, and I haven’t seen any answers either.

funky chicken on May 19, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Even though Bill Russell comes from an adjacent district, I have sent his campaign money since his last defeat to Murtha (and even before). However, he lost in the primary to Burns, so Burns will be running against Critz in Novemeber.

Even if the special election had had only one Republican candidate in the special election, the combined tallies of Burns and Russell still would have lost to Critz. Nevertheless, given how heavily weighted the districts is toward Democrats, the showing by the Republicans was remarkably good.

onlineanalyst on May 19, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Seeeeeya, Arlie!

All the guy had to do was to vote “no” on the Crapulus and he probably would’ve been fine.

Hope Collins and Snowe are taking note.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 19, 2010 at 7:06 PM

The ads are all ready in the making for Nov.comparing what Critz said in the campaign VRS. how he votes on everything.These side by side ads will be used over and over.Critz gave himself absolutely no wiggle room even to be a so called moderate.In every campaign stop and ad he went all out against Obama,the dems,spending,Obana care,taxes,cap & trade,gun control,pro-life stance,illegal immigration,bailouts.He did not agree with Obama or the Democrats on anything so he says.be very careful Mr.Critz all eyes are on you.

thmcbb on May 19, 2010 at 7:26 PM

DCJeff,

Give up on Russell. Anyone from Johnstown or anywhere in PA-12 know that Russell has no chance of ever winning in this district. Murtha was correct when he called Russell a “carpetbagger”. You are correct on the Gleason’s though….

joest73 on May 20, 2010 at 6:36 PM

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