Obama’s Super Bowl Party: Should Pat Toomey Attend?

posted at 5:22 pm on February 4, 2011 by Matt Lewis

President Obama will host an eclectic crowd to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers square off on Sunday.

As ABC News reported,

among the usual guests, including members of Congress, Cabinet Members and White House staff are J-Lo and Marc Anthony, the First Lady’s Office confirmed today.

Some members of Congress and their families, most of whom have a particular allegiance to their home state’s team, were also invited.

Those members of Congress who have so far RSVP-ed are the Senators from Pennsylvania – Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Democrat Sen. Bob Casey. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc) and  State Rep Rafael Anchia (D) from Dallas, TX will also attend.

This, of course, raises a couple questions…

First, will J.Lo — who can’t seem to say “no” to anybody on American Idol this season — be rooting for a team?  (My guess is she won’t be able to bring herself to root against either side).

More importantly, is this a smart move for newly-elected Republican Senator Pat Toomey?

Last year, Rep. Joseph Cao was the lone Republican to attend Obama’s Super Bowl Party.  (That was, perhaps, the highlight of his career).

Cao, of course, wasn’t just the only Republican to attend Obama’s Super Bowl party (in fairness, he is from Louisiana and the Saints did win the Super Bowl) — he was also the only House Republican to vote with Obama on health care reform.

… Rep. Cao then went on to lose his re-election.  (Cao was reportedly surprised and ‘hurt’ when Obama supported his Democratic opponent).  Is Toomey in danger of going down the same road?

My guess is that Toomey is merely attempting to represent his state, and to advance the cause of civility in politics.  I can’t imagine Toomey, who was formerly a U.S. Rep. and head of The Club for Growth, would be easily seduced by Obama’s hospitality. What is more, unlike Cao last year, Toomey isn’t up for re-election this year, nor does he represent such a Democratic-leaning district.

On the other hand, prior to his election, Toomey did say he would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court — and that he would have voted to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

So who knows what the future may hold.  Maybe Obama’s charm offensive will some day result in persuading Pennsylvania’s newest senator to cross party lines on a key vote?

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Why aren’t the “New Hired Help” of HA not talking about the US selling UK nuke secrets to Russia?

Like a GAS about J-Lo.

upinak on February 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

… Rep. Cao then went on to lose his re-election. (Cao was reportedly surprised and ‘hurt’ when Obama supported his Democratic opponent).

Bad Optics

Is Toomey in danger of going down the same road?

See above.

Geochelone on February 4, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Will Obama be toasty warm during the SB? That is the question.
Meanwhile, think of the poor suckers unlucky enough to not live in a Sports Stadium will have their power cut on & off during the cold times in E. TX.
Meanwhile, SuperBowlers will be nice & warm.

Badger40 on February 4, 2011 at 5:26 PM

WTF, when we start petty crap like not attending a function at the request of the President over differences in politics, we are really in bad shape. Of course he should attend. And once there, he should wander around the West Wing and turn down all the thermostats.

GO PITTSBURG!!!!

hawkdriver on February 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM

If he’s never tried Wagyu/Kobe beef before… yes!

mjbrooks3 on February 4, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Who the phuk cares! I wouldn’t cross the street to pee on his sneakers.

(happy belated birthday Chief)

darwin-t on February 4, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Why not…they’re all part of the same club as far as I’m concerned.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 4, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Why aren’t the “New Hired Help” of HA not talking about the US selling UK nuke secrets to Russia?

Like a GAS about J-Lo.

upinak on February 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

They’re auditioning for MSM jobs so they can’t report real news. Not that we get a lot of that around here since the ‘takeover’ anyway.

darwin-t on February 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Obama parties while the middle east burns… sounds about right.

Chip on February 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Heh, hawkdriver, I like your reasoning.

Toomey is not a squish. I doubt if he would be dazzled with bs.

onlineanalyst on February 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Actually…

GO PITTSBURGH!!!

hawkdriver on February 4, 2011 at 5:37 PM

The US selling UK nuke secrets to Russia?

upinak on February 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

That’s certainly a ‘Win The Future’ issue.

Chip on February 4, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Who the phuk cares! I wouldn’t cross the street to pee on his sneakers.

(happy belated birthday Chief)

darwin-t on February 4, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I’d be right there with you.

ericdijon on February 4, 2011 at 5:38 PM

onlineanalyst on February 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM

And the thermostats.

All kidding aside, I doubt a Super Bowl Party would turn a Conservative like Toomey into Arlen Specter.

hawkdriver on February 4, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Sure Toomey should attend…..and watch as the PACK takes it 45-3.

Limerick on February 4, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Obama is so much a cult of personality, and less a man of substance. It’s not working for me.

Paul-Cincy on February 4, 2011 at 5:40 PM

The only thing interesting about this story is that we get to wonder about Senator Toomey, as opposed to Senator Spector.

txmomof6 on February 4, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I’m sick of his parties. And her vacations and clothes. And the whole fiddling while Rome burns thing.

Alana on February 4, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Good lord if watching a football game at the WH is enough to turn a conservative senator into a liberal we’re in pretty bad shape.

angryed on February 4, 2011 at 5:46 PM

If I were Toomey, I would have prearranged plans to watch the game with my peeps back home.

GO PACK!!!

stvnscott on February 4, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Of course he should attend. And once there, he should wander around the West Wing and turn down all the thermostats.

GO PITTSBURG!!!!

hawkdriver on February 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM

i like your thinking hd :)

cmsinaz on February 4, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Why aren’t the “New Hired Help” of HA not talking about the US selling UK nuke secrets to Russia?

Like a GAS about J-Lo.

upinak on February 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Betraying our ally? Shouldn’t that be an impeachable offense?

And I’m rooting for Puppy Bowl VII

rbj on February 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Why aren’t the “New Hired Help” of HA not talking about the US selling UK nuke secrets to Russia?

Like a GAS about J-Lo.

upinak on February 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

It’s all over Drudge…my God, no wonder no one was allowed to be at the treaty signing, I wonder did Russia give Obama 30 pieces of silver?
Betraying one of our closest allies…an unforgivable sin.

right2bright on February 4, 2011 at 5:50 PM

More importantly, is this a smart move for newly-elected Republican Senator Pat Toomey?

Is that even a smart question? He’s a senator from PA who’s been invited to watch his state’s team play football game at the White House. Nothing more, nothing less. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and not everything has to have some deeper political meaning.

RadClown on February 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and not everything has to have some deeper political meaning.

RadClown on February 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Cigars in the West Wing. Made me laugh.

hawkdriver on February 4, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Why aren’t the “New Hired Help” of HA not talking about the US selling UK nuke secrets to Russia?

Like a GAS about J-Lo.

upinak on February 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.

I guess we had to sign the START treaty to find out what’s in it. I wonder what they are saying at #10 Downing Street about this.

Sorry for the interruption. And now back to J Lo and the eclectic gathering for teh SuperBowl. I wonder what kind of dip they will be serving?

Geochelone on February 4, 2011 at 5:57 PM

ENERGY CRUNCH

NM declares state of emergency over natural gas shortage…

Rolling blackouts for hundreds of thousands in TX…

Outage in AZ…

SHELL oil postpones drilling in Arctic; Dem Sen. blames White House…

Just a few things other than Palin and football.

darwin-t on February 4, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Wonder what his party will cost us taxpayers? The man is a traitor and a disgrace. Unbelievable that such a morally bankrupt person is in the White House. Thanks to moronic liberals who wanted their rent paid and their gas tanks filled.

ultracon on February 4, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and not everything has to have some deeper political meaning.

RadClown on February 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM

But sometimes a Cigar does go deeper. :)

Geochelone on February 4, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Is that even a smart question? He’s a senator from PA who’s been invited to watch his state’s team play football game at the White House. Nothing more, nothing less. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and not everything has to have some deeper political meaning.

RadClown on February 4, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Ogabe is a scumbag commie socialist and going to the WH taints Toomey. One is known by those they keep company with. Is Toomey foolish enough to be a photo-op with the Douchbag in Chief?

darwin-t on February 4, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I’m a Bear fan. He was for the Bears. They lost!

Now he is for Pitt. The Pack is looking very good.

lilium on February 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Why aren’t the “New Hired Help” of HA not talking about the US selling UK nuke secrets to Russia?

Like a GAS about J-Lo.

upinak on February 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM

That is OUTRAGEOUS, for the first time in my adult life, I am ashamed of my country. No wait, I’m not, it’s the continued shame for this pathetic administration.

Daemonocracy on February 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Boy, HA is riiiiiight on top of the news today.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/02/we_are_witnessing_the_collapse_1.html

http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/files/filesSavage/Savage-ObamaGivingMiddleEastToIslamistRadicals-Rev03.pdf

Gob on February 4, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Seriously, Hotair feels like Politico today with worthless gossip passed off as news.

Daemonocracy on February 4, 2011 at 6:06 PM

What’s the problem? Trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill again?

Get a life!

Kermit on February 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Get a life!

Kermit on February 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM

phuk auf

darwin-t on February 4, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Daemonocracy on February 4, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Right on, Daemon!

Gob on February 4, 2011 at 6:16 PM

I love Robin of Berkeley!

Gob on February 4, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Hawkdriver, even though we cheer for the same team, unfortunately Obama jinxed us when he visited Pittsburgh for clean energy nonsense in nuclear and coal-power Pennsylvania.

This goes back to the BCS, if I’m not mistaken.

ProudPalinFan on February 4, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Yes, he and others should go. Even Reagan had cocktails with Tip O’Neil after work, back when they could disagree without being hateful to eachother.
Oh, where is Reagan when you need him.
Happy Bithday Mr. President!!

mmcnamer1 on February 4, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Shouldn’t Obama have cancelled this frivolous party while the Middle East burns?

What a superficial glam queen he is.

Toomey should have suggested that “the White House party be put aside because the president and his staff need to be kicking in and working on the Egyptian crisis more than kicking back and relaxing with celebrities“.

Barry the Boy King deserves a smack.

profitsbeard on February 4, 2011 at 6:50 PM

mmcnamer1 on February 4, 2011 at 6:44 PM

O’Neil was a jerk, but he wasn’t anti-american like Barry.

darwin-t on February 4, 2011 at 6:52 PM

profitsbeard on February 4, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Good Point. Its that kind of principled swordsmanship that is sorely lacking today. We should not miss an opportunity to flounce the Man-Child.

Geochelone on February 4, 2011 at 7:15 PM

He is a US Senator the NFL would not comp him tickets? Is he too lazy to fly to Dallas? That he and Casey would not go to Dallas to cheer on the Steelers will hurt them both.

Jdripper on February 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

He better not be wearing a Steeler’s jersey. Everything he roots for, touches, or comments on turns to crap.

tommer74 on February 4, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Of course he should attend. Why not?

lexhamfox on February 4, 2011 at 7:23 PM

ProudPalinFan on February 4, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Growing up in the home of the Little League World Series (Williamsport PA) it was hard being a Dallas Cowboys fan. (loved Roger Staubach)

Anytime the Steelers are in the Super Bowl, and the Cowboys are not, (which has been the norm for some time now) I am required by law to root for the Steelers. By law!

hawkdriver on February 4, 2011 at 7:52 PM

The Butt Bowl: J-Lo vs M-O

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiTiK9orZ1Y

No Niks on February 4, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Sure Toomey should attend…..and watch as the PACK takes it 45-3.

Limerick on February 4, 2011 at 5:40 PM

+1

NebCon on February 4, 2011 at 9:52 PM

So why are we questioning Toomey’s attendance? After all Reid Ribble is a newly elected Republican Congressman and supposedly Conservative too, and he’s attending. Stupid article and a waste of space.

Deanna on February 4, 2011 at 10:19 PM