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Specter's final pitch to Pa. voters: 'Experience and seniority'


Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa), right, campaigns outside the Consol Energy Center construction site in downtown Pittsburgh on May 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Post has reporters in three states covering Tuesday's elections. Read the feeds on the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary, the Kentucky Republican Senate primary, and the PA-12 special House election.

Earlier: Campaigns trade jabs as Sestak rallies in Philly; In Pa., 'Surging Sestak' tries to close the deal

Updated 8:18 p.m.
By Paul Kane
Amid a slight drizzle, Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) closed out his campaign for the Democratic nomination Monday the same way he began his campaign 15 months ago for the Republican nomination: selling his nearly 30 years of experience in the U.S. Senate.

Without Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Jimmy Rollins to lead off and no Gov. Ed Rendell (D) to hit clean-up, Specter, 80, capped his bid to beat back a challenge from Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) by touting his "experience and seniority" in the chamber, rattling off decades of accomplishments before several dozen supporters outside Citizen' Bank Park, home of the Phillies.

"I'm a lucky guy. I don't predict the weather. I just predict a victory," Specter said to cheers at the last of five events Monday in almost every corner of the state.

Polls continue to show Sestak and Specter in a neck-and-neck race, with as much as 15 percent of Democratic voters being undecided on whether to back the five-term incumbent or the junior congressman.

Sestak, 58, painted that as a blow to Specter, suggesting those remaining voters who cannot make up their mind must not like the incumbent. "They made their verdict already by being undecided," the second-term lawmaker said at a South Philadelphia rally, outside a church where more than 10 African-American clergy backed his upstart campaign.

Specter contended he was "a little bit ahead ... but it's tight", saying that voter turnout in his key areas of support -- particularly among African Americans in Philadelphia -- could prove decisive Tuesday.

Specter had hoped to have Rollins, the Phillies shortstop, introduce him outside his home ballpark and to have Rendell there to cap off the event. The men are two of the more beloved figures in Philadelphia sports and politics. Rollins, however, is back from an injury so he needed to take batting practice at the time of the rally, while Rendell was stuck in traffic.

Unfazed, Specter launched into a recitation of his more than 40 years in public service. Bucking conventional wisdom that voters have become anti-incumbent, Specter is staking his political life on what he has done for Pennsylvania.

He has run the same campaign for more than 20 years, including in a successful 2004 primary against former representative Patrick Toomey (R). He was delivering the same message in early 2009 but Toomey pulled far ahead of Specter after his vote for President Obama's stimulus bill, so Specter crossed the aisle, with Obama and Rendell's blessing.

Instead of a clear field, he found Sestak playing a similar role as Toomey, except from the left.

Throughout his closing argument, Specter mentioned numerous times that he has cast more than 10,000 votes in the Senate, including 22 votes in support of union organizing laws and his "biggest vote" to support the stimulus plan. He said he was inspired to get into public service after President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; that his 1987 opposition to Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork altered the course of legal history; that this is his 14th contested election, six of which were decided by 3 percentage points or less. His supporters chanted "six more years" as he took to the podium to speak.

He accused Sestak of suggesting in a Sunday interview with CNN that he would not support Specter if the incumbent won the primary. "There's been some debate as to who's the real Democrat, the good Democrat. I think that answers the question," Specter said.

Earlier Monday, Sestak clarified his remarks. Without directly saying he would endorse Specter, the challenger said he would "do anything" that is legal and ethical to ensure "Patrick Toomey is beat."

As Phillies fans headed into Monday evening's game against the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Pirates, some cheered the senator: "Give 'em hell tomorrow, Arlen," one female fan yelled as his supporters chanted "Arlen, Arlen, Arlen." Another yelled "bye-bye, Arlen," predicting defeat, while another used the famous home-run call of the late Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas to predict Specter's fate: "You're outta here!"

5:20 p.m.: Campaigns trade jabs as Sestak rallies in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- To calls of "amen" from one of Tuesday's most critical voting blocs, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) accepted the endorsement of a dozen African-American clergy members and officials as he barnstormed the state in the campaign's heated final hours.

"Hope's not enough," Sestak said Monday outside New Hope Baptist Church in South Philadelphia. While the city's largest black clergy group has aligned itself with Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in Tuesday's down-to-the-wire primary, Sestak has targeted Specter's positions from the 28 years the senator was a Republican to try to peel away voters worried about violent crime and jobs programs in the inner city.

Sestak brings with him to every stop in Philadelphia a Specter campaign flier criticizing Sestak for getting an "F" grade from the NRA. Distributed in gun-friendly western Pennsylvania, Sestak is using it as a wedge against Specter in Philadelphia, citing the five-term incumbent's past opposition to the assault weapons ban.

Some African-American clergy cited Specter's role supporting Republican nominees to the Supreme Court -- including Justice Clarence Thomas -- as reasons for opposing him.

Clarence Pemberton Jr., New Hope's pastor, pointed to Specter's 1991 cross-examination of Anita Hill, the law professor who accused Thomas of sexual harassment. "I don't understand how a black woman can vote for him," Pemberton told reporters.

That said, Specter is believed to have a sizable edge among African American voters. A Suffolk University poll last week showed Specter with a more than 15-percentage-point lead statewide among minority voters, an edge most strategists believe is higher among blacks in Philadelphia, where Specter has in the past won NAACP support as a Republican. In addition, state experts believe Obama's endorsement of Specter carries more weight among African Americans.

Sestak's campaign is hoping to put a dent in that margin, putting the race's decisive voting blocs in the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and in clusters around Scranton and Harrisburg. "There's no more kings, there's no more kingmakers," Sestak said before Monday's event, brushing aside Obama's endorsement of Specter.

Contesting for the right to take on former representative Patrick Toomey (R) in what is likely going to be one of the most closely watched Senate races, Specter and Sestak have traded personal jabs in the race's final hours.

Sestak made reference to Specter -- who, at 80, is still battling the effects of Hodgkin's Disease -- as a "dead man walking" on Sunday.

Pemberton compared Specter to "an old glass of wine" that needed to be refreshed. Bishop Leonard C. Goins, head of the Pentecostal Clergy Political Awareness Committee and a Sestak backer, said the state needed "young, energetic ideas."

Specter's campaign has called such age and health-related comments "below the belt."

Sestak made an argument from electability, pointing to polls showing he currently would perform better than Specter against Toomey. "Politically, he will take down the whole ticket," Sestak said in an interview.

State Rep. Tony Payton Jr., 29, a second-term lawmaker, said Sestak's key will be reminding voters, particularly African-Americans, of the contrast between the two candidates' voting records on key domestic policy issues.

"There's a stark comparison there," Payton, who represents North Philadelphia, said.

7:20 a.m. In Pa., 'Surging Sestak' tries to close the deal

PHILADELPHIA -- When freshman state Rep. Frank Burns (D) held a cookout-fundraiser last summer, he invited every Democrat seeking statewide office to speak before 300 or so of his constituents in Johnstown. No one came except for a guy no one had ever heard of, from nearly 200 miles away.

"The only person to show up was an unknown person named Joe Sestak. He asked to speak for five minutes, and he wowed them," Burns recently recalled of the suburban Philadelphia congressman's upstart bid for the Senate.


(Paul Kane/Washington Post)

With that, the freshman lawmaker and his Cambria County Democratic organization lined up behind Sestak against the institutional favorite, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

It was the dog days of August when Sestak announced his bid against Specter, who had the backing of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), the state party organization and almost every key labor union.


(Paul Kane/Washington Post)

Many national party leaders believed the backing of such prominent figures would overcome doubts about the more than 28 years Specter spent as a Republican representing Pennsylvania in the Senate. But those party leaders at the so-called "grass tops" have not exactly nailed down support for Specter at the true grass-roots level.

Many Democratic officials never warmed to the idea of Specter as a Democrat. The incumbent has the backing of 22 Democratic state representatives heading into Tuesday's primary election, far more than Sestak. But, in a state House with 104 Democrats, more than 70 Democratic state representatives stayed neutral and are not helping Specter whip up votes.

One such example is state Rep. Joshua Shapiro (D), from vote-rich eastern Montgomery County, northwest of Philadelphia. An acolyte of Rendell, Shapiro, in just his third term, is widely touted as a future statewide candidate. He remained neutral in the race.

While many party strategists spent the winter and early spring wondering when Sestak would uncork the more than $5 million he collected on an advertising campaign, the two-term congressman instead went to work meeting the Frank Burnses of the world.

As he told a small crowd outside Johnstown 10 days ago, Sestak entered the race with 8 percent name recognition and had to go to every possible local Democratic meet-and-greet across the state, more than 500 since January, to overcome a polling deficit of more than 40 percentage points compared to the well-known five-term senator.

By early April, Sestak's name recognition grew to 55 percent among Democratic voters. At that point, he unleashed a more than $1.6 million campaign of mostly positive campaign ads touting his experience as a Navy admiral. Overall, he spent more than $2.4 million in April, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Sestak, 58, campaigns against the entire Washington establishment, Democrats included, pitching himself as the angry populist calling for a "new generation" of leadership other than the 80-year-old Specter.

"They lost a lot of faith in Washington," Sestak said in a recent interview, describing voter anger on everything from Wall Street bailouts to the process of passing health-care legislation.

The contrast is intentional, casting himself as the true Democrat who doesn't change his views -- or his party affiliation -- to win votes. Whether true or not, the effort worked on many Democrats who had spent decades trying to find the right candidate to beat Specter. "He's sincere, less like a politician," Rep. Burns said.

As the polls tightenend, the national party apparatus continued to back Specter. Biden made a campaign appearance in his native Scranton and Rendell has been at Specter's side throughout the final days of the campaign. But there is a serious question about how much weight these endorsements carry.

Despite the backing of every major national labor union, Specter trails Sestak badly among union households, 60 percent to 36 percent, according to one poll released last week.

More than a dozen local unions bucked national leaders and endorsed Sestak, as have a handful of county Democratic organizations.

After Sestak had established himself to voters as a recognizable alternative to Specter, he launched a string of tough advertisements in the last 10 days that have reminded Democratic voters of Specter's nearly 45 years as a Republican. The now-infamous ad of Specter holding hands in 2004 with then-President Bush and then-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) ran countless times the last few days, on everything from cable news to Philadelphia Flyers' NHL playoff games.

The onetime underdog has taken to calling himself "Surging Sestak," as some polls show he has edged slightly ahead of Specter.

In advance of what they now believe will be a Sestak upset win, Republicans are taking note of Obama's decision to not make a late campaign visit for Specter. "On Tuesday, instead of rallying voters to go to the polls for Senator Specter, the president is scheduled to fly right over Pennsylvania and visit a factory in Youngstown, Ohio," Rob Jesmer, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, wrote in a memo scheduled to be released Monday.

But the race remains tight. From Rendell in Shanachie Irish Pub in the Philadelphia suburb of Ambler to Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in Allegheny County outside Pittsburgh, senior Democrats were at Specter's side over the weekend vouching for his liberal credentials.

Specter's campaign pitch is simple: He delivers. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Specter has steered billions of dollars to Pennsylvania's towns. The anti-incumbent environment has made that campaign pitch more difficult than in most years, but Specter is sticking to his script down the stretch.

Sestak's supporters worry that, while many local officials are neutral in the race, Specter's big trump card at the grassroots could well be those dollars he delivered to their communities.

"He's done a lot of good for a lot of people," Burns said. "That's why he can switch parties and still keep this a close race."

By Paul Kane  |  May 17, 2010; 7:20 AM ET
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Sorry about the multiple comments. My computer just froze, in the process I thought I closed out of the page, and wow I see the results of what happened.

Such was not intended. That said it was a 'Trilla' for Joe Sestak. Insurgents can win! And pretty big. http://www.zipinpolitics.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 19, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about the multiple comments. My computer just froze, in the process I thought I closed out of the page, and wow I see the results of what happened.

Such was not intended. That said it was a 'Trilla' for Joe Sestak. Insurgents can win! And pretty big. http://www.zipinpolitics.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 19, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Dems have a ton of problems in this race. "Sphincter" or the fired Admiral. I am a retired Navy guy and I can tell you I knew plenty of people who worked for this jagaloom. He was a complete ass and this was the greatest move that Mullin ever did. I worked for plenty of CO's like this and it was my job to protect the crew from them as best as possible. Don't talk to me about effectiveness as their behaviour is more detremental to command achievement. Mullin isn't stupid and I am amazed that Stupecks behaviour doesn't make more news in the media.

Posted by: OldSalt7 | May 18, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I am anxious to hear the polls are closed. This is going to be "Trilla". Not to mention, what message is sent given the upcoming mid-terms.

It would have been smart for Specter to exit gracefully --but putting up a fight certainly makes this race more interesting.
May the best candidate win.!
Now it's time to go for a walk.. want to be ready to take in! http://www.zipinpolitics.com
http://manchestersquare.blogspot.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 18, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Get "Taxed Enough Already!", "Don't Blame Me, I Voted For The American!" and other great stickers at http://www.keep2theright.com

Posted by: NYC_CON | May 17, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

A response to Sproing: You posted several times, so I guess you are a supporter of Rear Admiral (not Vice Admiral) Sestak. Have you actually worked for the guy? I did, until he was sacked by Admiral Mullen the day after Mullen took over as the Chief of Naval Operations (same guy who is now the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs). My office cheered when we found out Sestak was fired. Yes, fired. The link you provided has the following statement: "'He has one of the most impressive resumes, kindest hearts and smallest egos of anyone I've met in Congress or Washington,' said Michael O'Hanlon, a defense and foreign policy specialist at the Brookings Institution..."

O'Hanlon must be talking about a different guy. And I'm in my 40's, so my memory isn't that bad. It wasn't a cheap shot, it's fact. My office of 50+ people cheered, literary cheered, when Sestak was fired. His demeanor as a Boss was atrocious.

At least I retired at the paygrade to which I was appointed, and not reduced to.

Posted by: NavAviator | May 17, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

An 80-year old running for a six-year term. Surely, age has to be a factor.

Posted by: bperk420 | May 17, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

At 80 & with a history of health problems, It's time for Spector to retire, not be defeated. Unfortunately, he's not letting go.
Still, Arlen for a few years is still better than loony Toomney for 6!

Posted by: Denswei | May 17, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

This is an exciting time for those of us who follow politics. There are continued reports of an "angry electorate" that is going to throw all incumbents out. Are these people rally angry with government - or are they just angry? .........

http://thefiresidepost.com/2010/05/17/angry-at-government-or-just-angry/

Posted by: glclark4750 | May 17, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Specter is one of the main reasons the moron Clarence Thomas is on the Supreme Court today. So I say good riddance to the old goat.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 17, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

How do you support someone when you do not know what they stand up for from day to day?


Look at Mc Cain here

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=63522


which shoved Obama into LaRAZA's Mecha Vice President out of Los Angeles, of AZLAN, into a power position for the conversion.


http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/003025.html

Posted by: dottydo | May 17, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

How do you support someone when you do not know what they stand up for from day to day?


Look at Mc Cain here

http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=63522


which shoved Obama into LaRAZA's Mecha Vice President out of Los Angeles, of AZLAN, into a power position for the conversion.


http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/003025.html

Posted by: dottydo | May 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

At least Dodd had the foresight to just retire. I don't know if this is can really count as a "purge" move by Democrats. This dude was a Republican a short time ago!

Posted by: theobserver4 | May 17, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Spector invented the wall of sound and incredibly big, bad wigs. He is now in jail for murdering a waitress.

SPECTER is the Senator who never wears wigs and has been married to his wife Joan for many decades. He is running for reelection and the primary is Tuesday.

It is amazing how much difference one letter makes.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | May 17, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The OBOTs only support the guys on 'their team' and falsely believe (like children & tooth fairy) that any and all Dems will make their life cushy, safe with free stuff for all. Wake up fools, the elites in both parties have their best interests at heart - not yours. We need to reboot Congress & discard all the Corruptocrats before all is lost in america. Don't let the MSM tell you what to think, use your mind and free will; stop trusting 'nice' politicians and lawyers-wether they're on 'your team' or not. Look at the history of man & his relationship w/ those in power-never pretty. Democrats are no better than Republicans, they're just better at pretending to represent you while accumulating ever more power & control over your individual lives - "for the collective good." The Dems in power now are absolute control freaks and the great unwashed masses will be the ones that suffer from their monstrous ego's, ambition & incompetence. Both parties are full of basically corrupt politicians (redundent). I hope we at least give the newcomers a chance to save america, the old guard in both parties project no real hope just decay into a bankrupt welfare state while they become ever more powerful and wealthy at our expense - which is in fact the inevitable evolution of 'democracies' which is why our founders despised true 'democracies' and created instead a constitutional republic, once we started to ignore the constitution, rule of law and promote a mob-rule style 'democracy.' our decay was inevitable as you Obots shall see once the printing presses stop.
"Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a
little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin

Posted by: surfdumb | May 17, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

With Spector and Sestak you have to figure the Republican candidate will have to be named Smersh.

Posted by: 44fx290 | May 17, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

At last, someone puts a meaningful squeeze on the consummate Senate sleaze.

Oh, to be lucky enough to be regstered and live in PA (if only for Tuesday!)

Posted by: jayjay9 | May 17, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

We can all attempt to write about Admiral Sestak, and all end-up doing a poor job. I'd rather just post a link to a very thorough article that gives a pretty good thumbnail sketch of the man and to some extent his hard working personality.

I'm also taking part as a result of a couple of ignorant cheap shots about his service to America and his demeanor as a boss.

Read the following if you want to know about this candidate.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/09/sestak_damn_the_torpedoes_full_speed_ahead_96907.html

Posted by: Sproing | May 17, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Cutting off support for welfare moms is the last rallying cry of the Republican party, they have nothing else to say. Most of its members believe that their taxes are going to support overweight mothers with a bunch of kids born out of wedlock. That image is a powerful one, but it is not strong enough to win them elections. An appeal to racist taxpayers is all that is left for a once progressive Republican Party.

Posted by: melpol | May 17, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

We can all attempt to write about Admiral Sestak, and all end-up doing a poor job. I'd rather just post a link to a very thorough article that gives a pretty good thumbnail sketch of the man and to some extent his hard working personality.

I'm also taking part as a result of a couple of ignorant cheap shots about his service to America and his demeanor as a boss.

Read the following if you want to know about this candidate.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/06/09/sestak_damn_the_torpedoes_full_speed_ahead_96907.html

Posted by: Sproing | May 17, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If I lived in PA, I would vote for Stesak because Obama never pushes anybody but repugs, blue dogs or dinos.

Posted by: solsticebelle | May 17, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I served on the Navy staff under then Vice Admiral Sestak, until he was demoted to two-star and forced to retire. The absolute, worse boss I had in 20+ years in the Navy.

I wouldn't vote for Rep. and Rear Admiral (Ret) Sestak to be a dog catcher, never mind a Senator.

Posted by: NavAviator | May 17, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Arlen was a Democrat in the 1960's then changed parties when it benefited him, then Republican and now back to Democrat.

Arlen Specter (born February 12, 1930) is the senior United States senator from Pennsylvania. Specter is a Democrat, but was a Republican from 1965 (when he changed parties in order to challenge the Democratic district attorney of Philadelphia until switching back to the Democratic Party in 2009. Elected to the Senate in 1980, Specter staked out a spot in the political center.

Posted by: mortgestar1 | May 17, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Specter's impending loss to Sestak is great news for Pennsylvania and America!

Specter's lifetime of sleazy, opportunistic political posturing is finally coming to an end!

Good Riddance!

Posted by: JC505 | May 17, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse


Dear PA Voters,

Please DO NOT VOTE for that TWO-FACE,

FORMER BUSH-CRONIE, SPECTER..


HE is the supreme example of an

OPPORTUNISTIC PARASITE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bsbuster | May 17, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Arlen Spector, under the Bush I administration, sent more Irish visa workers on secret overnight flights to Long Kesh prison and British torture than anybody else in congress. Nice guy, huh? Sestak gets my vote, as Arlen was always out for himself.

Posted by: MickNamVet | May 17, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Well our Great Divider-in-Chief and the Democrat Party machine is fully behind Spector...........

So who will win in PA tomorrow?

Has any of the candidates that our Great Divider-in-Chief endorsed won yet?

I don't think so............thanks Obama.

Posted by: allenridge | May 17, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Throw all the BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BUMS OUT!!!

If your and incumbent, trying to get rich off of Wall Street and Corporate handouts, pandering to the largest bidder, trying to make a career out of politics GET THE F OUT!

Your gone, IT'S TIME WE THE PEOPLE ARE TRULY REPRESENTED, GET ALL THESE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR SCUM AND SEND THEM PACKING!

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | May 17, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Let's recall that Sestak was fired by the Navy? Why? Because he was a serial abuser of his subordinates and an all around awful person. Perhaps he was marginally effective, but at what cost? At least with Arlen you know what you're getting (more or less). Sestak is a wild card lunatic who, no matter what he keeps claiming, did NOT retire as a 3 star. He briefly served as a 3 star before getting fired, and then had to retire as a 2 star.

Posted by: Patriot9 | May 17, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Let's recall that Sestak was fired by the Navy? Why? Because he was a serial abuser of his subordinates and an all around awful person. Perhaps he was marginally effective, but at what cost? At least with Arlen you know what you're getting (more or less). Sestak is a wild card lunatic who, no matter what he keeps claiming, did NOT retire as a 3 star. He briefly served as a 3 star before getting fired, and then had to retire as a 2 star.

Posted by: Patriot9 | May 17, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Let's recall that Sestak was fired by the Navy? Why? Because he was a serial abuser of his subordinates and an all around awful person. Perhaps he was marginally effective, but at what cost? At least with Arlen you know what you're getting (more or less). Sestak is a wild card lunatic who, no matter what he keeps claiming, did NOT retire as a 3 star. He briefly served as a 3 star before getting fired, and then had to retire as a 2 star.

Posted by: Patriot9 | May 17, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Arlen Spector, the 80 year old geezer, a fork tongued, self interest , self righteous has his days numbered and it is high time that the good people of PA use their common sense to boot this SOB out. But the alternative of this hypocrite Sunday Christian is even less appealing.

Posted by: winemaster2 | May 17, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Arlen Spector, the 80 year old geezer, a fork tongued, self interest , self righteous has his days numbered and it is high time that the good people of PA use their common sense to boot this SOB out. But the alternative of this hypocrite Sunday Christian is even less appealing.

Posted by: winemaster2 | May 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

What a choice: a geriatic sell out, or a failed Admiral who was fired by the Navy. THe obvious choice: Republican in the fall.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | May 17, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

If Spector and/or Blanche Lincoln from Arkansas loses I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for all the hand-wringing op-ed columns lamenting the loss of Democrat moderates at the hands of candidates more liberal from people like David Broder and others. It's only when conservatives challenge Republican moderates that we get those types of lamentations.

Posted by: Eric12345 | May 17, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The good people of Pa know all about snarlin Arlen and he is toast. 80 year old who doesnt know when to exit the National Stage ...we are sick of these life long politicans who have done nothing but ruin our country. Take a cruise Arlen - we dont want or need you .... Rendell every ime you open your mouth you lose respect and as far as Obama goes - most of us know that he isnt even qualified for office and that Pelosi changed the wording when he was sworn in. All of these liars need to be kicked to the curb .

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | May 17, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

It's galling to see the Democratic establishment stump for the 80-year-old Specter, a Republican who has mostly supported the GOP agenda for 30 years, despite some nod to liberal ideas now and then. Who can forget his savaging of Anita Hill and his support of Clarence Thomas, Scalia, Roberts, and Alito. Who can forget his support of the Reagan and Bush tax cuts for the rich, which accounts for much of our debt, and his hearty support of futile wars abroad?

I will vote for a real Democrat, Joe Sestak, 30-year navy veteran and three star admiral.

Posted by: DWSouthern | May 17, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Unions have a bad habit of getting too involved in primaries.

Waste of money!

Posted by: daveg000 | May 17, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Sestak or any RepubliKKKan will do.

WORK AND VOTE AGAINST EVERY INCUMBENT YOU CAN FOR THE NEXT THREE ELECTION CYCLES.

TIRED OF PARTY HACKS? TIRED OF THE DNC AND THE RNC COMMANDING MORE LOYALTY FROM PEOPLE YOU ELECT THAN YOU DO?

SICK OF UNETHICAL CONDUCT?

PLEASE. WORK AND VOTE AGAINST EVERY INCUMBENT YOU CAN.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | May 17, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Specter is a LIAR AND BACKSTABBER that needs to go !!!!


Posted by: yourmomscalling | May 17, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I don't have much interest in this race. Specter's 80 years old and has battled cancer. It's probably more likely than not that he doesn't survive another term. Some people simply can't walk away gracefully. Give it up, Arlen.

Posted by: randysbailin | May 17, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

..."I support both men, both men are good men, only one can be elected, just as long as it's not a Republican!!!!!

Posted by: ztcb41 | May 17, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

"From Rendell in Shanachie Irish Pub in the Philadelphia suburb of Ambler "

Hmmmm, thats suspiciously close to Maple Glen, Mr. Kane. ;)

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | May 17, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Specter cares only about Specter. Pennsylvania deserves better.

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Posted by: Henry_of_BrowardCounty | May 17, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Democrats deserve to be represented by Democrats.

Obama is losing political capital and the voters respect with his support for Lincoln and Spector.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | May 17, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Sestak is a winner - woohoo!!

Posted by: angie12106 | May 17, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

The moral of the story, children? RINOs are NOT wanted by EITHER the republicans OR the democrats*. So why do mindless moderates, when addressing republicans/conservatives/Constitutionalists/Libertarians and others with a complete and intact brain housing group, insist that we should all be overjoyed that they exist?!?!?!?

RINOs = absolutely useless!

Moderates = absolutely useless!

“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” - Barry Goldwater.

*although democrats will tolerate them as long as they remain RINOs and also remain on THEIR side of the aisle.

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Posted by: bonilla201027 | May 17, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

The People want to be represented in Washington by their Senators and want the wild spending to stop!! Spector is the poster boy for why we need term limits!

Posted by: CayC | May 17, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

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