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Joe Sestak defeats Arlen Specter, Rand Paul wins, Democrats claim victory in PA special election

Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic Senate primary, a large-scale political upset that ends the career of one of the most enduring figures in Pennsylvania politics.

"This election is about you," said Sestak in his victory speech. "This is what democracy looks like: a win for the people, over the establishment, over the status quo, even over Washington, D.C."

Specter, who is 80 years old and has served in the Senate since 1980, called it a "great privilege" to have served in the chamber; he added that he would "be working very, very hard for the people of the commonwealth in the coming months."

Specter had built a reputation over his decades in Congress as a quirky but effective legislator. He played a prominent role in a series of Supreme Court confirmation hearings -- including those of Robert Bork and Justice Clarence Thomas -- from his perch atop the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In other Pennsylvania news, former Congressional aide Mark Critz (D) soundly defeated businessman Tim Burns (R) in a special election in a southwestern Pennsylvania House race to replace his late boss -- Rep. Jack Murtha (D) -- a race that had drawn considerable national attention from both parties.

Across the country, ophthalmologist Rand Paul soundly defeated Secretary of State Trey Grayson to claim the Republican Senate nomination in Kentucky while state Attorney General Jack Conway claimed the Democratic nod. In Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter will face each other in a June 8 runoff after the incumbent failed to break 50 percent tonight. On the Republican side, Rep. John Boozman won the nomination without a runoff. In Oregon, former Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) easily won his party's nomination to seek his old office and will face former NBA player Chris Dudley (R) in the fall.

The marquee contest of the night was -- without question -- in Pennsylvania where Specter's career came to an abrupt end.

Following his party switch last spring, Specter was seen as a strong favorite in his primary fight against Sestak. President Barack Obama did quite a bit for Specter -- appearing at a rally with the incumbent and on radio and television for him in the Philadelphia area in the final weeks of the campaign. Obama resisted making a final stop in the last 48 hours of the race -- traveling instead to Youngstown, Ohio to make the case for his economic stimulus package.

Sestak overcame his early deficit in polls by tying Specter closely to George W. Bush in one particularly devastating ad -- reminding Democrats of their trust issues with the newest member of their party.

Sestak will move onto face former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) in the general election. Toomey said that he and Sestak have "clearly very different approaches to our view on public policy."

The story early in the night was Paul's strong victory.

Paul, unlike some other Republican candidates for office, wholeheartedly embraced the tea party crowd, channeling the energy captured by his father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, during the 2008 presidential race.

"I have a message from the tea party," said Paul at his victory speech. "We've come to take our government back." He added: "This tea party movement is a message to Washington that we are unhappy and we want things done differently."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) had endorsed Grayson as had a number of other GOP establishment figures including former Vice President Dick Cheney. In recent days, however, McConnell had made clear that he would back either Republican -- a recognition of Paul's frontrunner status.

"Dr. Paul ran an outstanding campaign which clearly struck a chord with Kentucky voters," McConnell said in the wake of Paul's across-the-board victory.

Grayson quickly called for the Republican party to unite behind Paul. A unity rally is scheduled for Saturday.

Conway, who trailed for much of the race, came from behind to oust Mongiardo in an extremely close contest.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (N.J.) compared Paul to the outgoing senator, citing retiring Sen. Jim Bunning's (R) "erratic behavior" and drawing parallels to Paul.

"Republicans nominated a very problematic candidate whose irrational policy positions generate national headlines, but hurt the people of Kentucky," Menendez said.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) said Paul's resounding win shows he has the momentum heading into the general election.

"Jack Conway was dragged across the finish line by his Democrat bosses in Washington and liberal interest groups that championed his candidacy -- despite the fact that he has only won a single race during his career against an extremely weak opponent," Cornyn said.

With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 18, 2010; 11:14 PM ET
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SENATOR BROWN WON BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT CHANGE NOT ONE PARTY RULE

REPUBLICANS LOST BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T LISTEN [CHANGE IS THE GAME] NOT THE PARTY OF NO OR THE DEMOCRATIC CONTROL

PEOPLE WANT REAL CHANGE

INDEPENDANTS WILL GROW IF DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS KEEP FIGHTING EACH OTHER.

SENATOR BENNETT WOULD PROBABLY WIN IN UTAH IF HE COULD RUN AS A INDEPENANT.((WRITE IN VOTES]] IS NOW HIS ONLY WAY TO GO.

Posted by: theoldmansays | May 21, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The notion that Owens has slipped considerably is sort of laughable. He did manage to put up 829 yds receiving with a 15yd/reception average and 5 touchdowns on a bad team with a below average QB. It reminds me of when Randy Moss was traded to Oakland and they didn't have a QB. People thought he was washed up. Then they put him with an elite QB in NE and all he did was catch 22 tds his first year in NE.

Put TO with a decent QB and his good for over 1000 yds and 8-10 tds. The only problem is does your team want to deal with the potential headaches?

Posted by: 6thsense79 | May 21, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Since when is less than a ten point spread _roundly beating_ someone? Why is it necessary to insult the other party? Obama is just as bad as everyone else making the republicans the bogeyman. And the republicans are equally guilty.

WE HAVE BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN PARTY LOYALTY! America is struggling financially. People can't feed their kids and are losing their homes and you people are pointing fingers. If you aren't lending a hand to fix the problems move out of the way of those of us who are and I don't give a hang what party you claim is better. Neither of them are fixing this mess.

Posted by: webfool | May 21, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Since when is less than a ten point spread _roundly beating_ someone? Why is it necessary to insult the other party? Obama is just as bad as everyone else making the republicans the bogeyman. And the republicans are equally guilty.

WE HAVE BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN PARTY LOYALTY! America is struggling financially. People can't feed their kids and are losing their homes and you people are pointing fingers. If you aren't lending a hand to fix the problems move out of the way of those of us who are and I don't give a hang what party you claim is better. Neither of them are fixing this mess.

Posted by: webfool | May 21, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"2010 Dems can quite safely run against Bush and win, no matter who their Republican opponent is."

Of course, for sure. These hypocrites are still trotting out Jimmy Carter as a straw man to run against and he is just a piker compared to the economic damage done by Cheney/Bush.

Weirdly, Republican people like Meg Whitman are still accepting endorsements from Cheney. They trot out polls, citing numbers of people who wish Bush/Cheney were back in office, as if those were days when things were working and government was ok.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 19, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Critz may have won, but it was a really, really UGLY win.

Of the 82,694 people who voted in the democratic primary ONLY 71,584 voted for CRITZ in the special election


Burns put together ALL his votes in the primarie, all his Republican opponents' votes AND 13,000 votes from those who voted in the democratic primary.

OUCH

That is really really ugly.

That might spell REAL TROUBLE FOR CRITZ in the fall when the Independents are voting.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 19, 2010 12:12 AM
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37th is desperately trying to spin the devastating loss by Burns as some sort of positive for the tea baggers and their moderate cousins the Republicans.

Wait until November and see how these guys try to spin the results. I can see it now "well we did pick up 10 seats in the House and one seat in the Senate so this clearly shows that America wants to get rid of Social Security, the SEC, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education and we need to stop building them socialist roads!"

Just wait and see.

November will come all in good time.

Posted by: Observer001 | May 19, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

It will bea easy to beat Rand Paul -- he is an elitist creep, not at all what he preends to be. The baggers are biggers fools than anyone in the country.


'So is Rand Paul, on a personal level, just a deeply unlikeable guy? One of the weird things about his acceptance speech last night was that he held it at the local country club -- to a members only crowd. This morning he defended the venue by saying that Tiger Woods has made golf a lot more popular. More to the point, news came out overnight that Paul allegedly refused to take Trey Grayson's concession phone call last night."

Posted by: drindl | May 19, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"Sestak overcame his early deficit in polls by tying Specter closely to George W. Bush..."

Watch that same formula work over and over again for Dems in November. The Bush/Cheney neocons and their minions who installed Bush may well be the very class of people the teamob actually hates, but they don't realize it.

There are so many Bush rubber-stampers running for higher office and hoping the truth of the destructive nature of the Bush years remains forgotten in an historic acoustic shadow, we are too close to the event to remember it because we are essentially still suffering in it.

Or something like that...

But one way or another, Dems should be able to conjur up Bush, quite accurately, as the man their opponents loved to enable.

No matter how much the t(R)olls want to deny it, Bush and Cheney's damage has yet to be finished, especially in their own party.

2010 Dems can quite safely run against Bush and win, no matter who their Republican opponent is.

Posted by: JEP07 | May 19, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Conway is going to need a lot of help to win KY. He is pro- Obamacare, pro-Cap and Trade, and pro-Wall Street (just look at the money trail).

When Conway ran for Congress in 2002, he proposed cutting Social Security benefits and raising the retirement age. So, he will have a tough time using Rand's similar view point on this issue.

Posted by: tkhanson1998 | May 19, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Critz had to run as a conservative to win. He is pro gun, pro life, against Obamacare and for offshore drilling even after the oil spill. Way to go progressives! You have to be soooo proud of your winner. LOL!

Posted by: tkhanson1998 | May 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Critz had to run as a conservative to win. He is pro gun, pro life, against Obamacare and for offshore drilling even after the oil spill. Way to go progressives! You have to be soooo proud of your winner. LOL!

Posted by: tkhanson1998 | May 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

'the fact is that Jack Conway has won the Democratic primary against a far more conservative opponent --- and Dem turnout was way higher that GOP turnout, Paul-mania notwithstanding. The November narrative is turned on its axis.

Teabaggers may be sending their party a message, but progressives are sending one to theirs as well and it isn't to be more conservative.'

Posted by: drindl | May 19, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

He's running as a progressive, leapin -- to the LEFT of Obama, got it?

Posted by: drindl | May 19, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, leapin -- Sestak ran to the left and that is why he won. Try to spin it any way you want, but Democrats won big last night -- and both Dems in Kentucky got a lot more votes than Rand Paul. This is what will happen in November as well.

Posted by: drindl
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"This election is about you," said Sestak in his victory speech. "This is what democracy looks like: a win for the people, over the establishment, over the status quo, even over Washington, D.C."

Sorry drindl - In his own words.

Posted by: leapin | May 19, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

BYE BYE BENEDICT ARLEN!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: KrisinAL | May 19, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, leapin -- Sestak ran to the left and that is why he won. Try to spin it any way you want, but Democrats won big last night -- and both Dems in Kentucky got a lot more votes than Rand Paul. This is what will happen in November as well.

Posted by: drindl | May 19, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Sestak will be running “to the right” as is the historic nature of a lefty to gain office. In their souls they know that true transparency is not an option. Of course, if elected, Stretch Pelosi will sit on his face and he will conform to new radical democratic left and become a good neocom statist or else.

Posted by: leapin | May 19, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The REAL story here is that both Democratic Party candidates got more votes than Paul. The GOPers nominated a wingnut teabagger who will get hammered in November. The GOP death spiral continues.

Posted by: KenG1 | May 19, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse


Specter a victim of anti-incumbency or special circumstances? Vote


http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

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Posted by: usadblake | May 19, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"wouldn't be too quick to dismiss the Paul victory. What it really points up is the dissatisfaction people have with the status quo. Their movement does seem to be building rather rapidly."

No, what it demonstrated is the dissatisfaction people have with REPUBLICANS, got it?

Democrats pretty much swept this -- despite all the media cheerleading for Rs.

Posted by: drindl | May 19, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Fun posts last night, particularly the math lessons. Right out of Tom Lehrer.

J3D

Posted by: JakeD3 | May 19, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Rand Paul and his father, Ron Paul, are cranks who represent Idiot America. Neither one understands the Constitution. They represent the Know Nothing Baby Boomers who are upset that a biracial man is POTUS. As soon as he starts spewing garbage, the majority will understand that he is a crank that should be kept on the outskirts along with the other idiots that make up the Tea Baggers.

Posted by: missgrundy | May 19, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Being upset with conflicting and incoherent goals doesn't translate to much of a movement. Wait till KYers get to know Rand Paul.

The teabagger thing peaked at its beginning.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 19, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss the Paul victory. What it really points up is the dissatisfaction people have with the status quo. Their movement does seem to be building rather rapidly. Many people are upset.

Posted by: rocco411 | May 19, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss the Paul victory. What it really points up is the dissatisfaction people have with the status quo. Their movement does seem to be building rather rapidly. Many people are upset.

Posted by: rocco411 | May 19, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss the Paul victory. What it really points up is the dissatisfaction people have with the status quo. Their movement does seem to be building rather rapidly.

Posted by: rocco411 | May 19, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Parents, keep your kids off hard drugs.

You wouldn't want them to end up like 37th.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 19, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Obama and his people are begining to talk about all the GREAT INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION they got from the Times Square Bomber.

Well......

This more looks like the case of the IDIOT LEADING THE IDIOTS.

If this bomber can't build a bomb, what possible intelligence help could he be???

IS THIS WHOLE STORY FOR REAL ??? It plays into Obama's hands - a bomber they caught right away - who they read his rights to - WHO IMMEDIATELY STARTS TALKING - and gives OBAMA EVERYTHING HE WANTS.

Could Obama ASK for a better terrorist ???


There is something seriously WRONG with this story.

First of all, if he isn't some sort of plant - I wouldn't believe ANYTHING this guy has to say.


Then the Feds are like raiding a gas station in Massachusetts - no

No there is something really wrong here.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 19, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

DDAWD


You moron in PA 12 the registered democrats outnumber the Republicans 2-1.

Yet, Critz was unable to hold onto 13,000 democrats who voted in the democratic primary.

Those voters went over to vote for Burns.


If you had bothered to look at the numbers, you wouldn't be talking the way you are -

Sort of like going on the Sunday talk shows and talking about about the Arizona law without reading it.....

Or a State Attorney General who lies about being in Vietnam.

The horrible part about Blumenthal was that it was so UNNECESSARY - he NEVER HAD A DIFFICULT RACE IN HIS LIFE -


He was lying just for the sake of LYING.

A REAL DEMOCRAT FOR YOU - ONE THAT WOULD MAKE BILL CLINTON PROUD.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 19, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Bwahahahaha

doesn't look like "Obama is a socialist" carried the day, Gomer.

Burns lost in a McCain district, no less.

Go punch a wall.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 19, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Specter's major error was putting on commercials with BO in them. BO is political poison now that most people with a brain know that he is socialist. BO was able to fool people during the Pres campaign by posing as a centrist. The major media refused to investigate his background, so the people remained ignorant. Now it's out in the open for all to see. He is socialist, always has been, always will be. This is political poison in the US. If your going to have BO endorse you anywhere but Vermont and CA, your candidacy is DOOMED.

Posted by: boutros1 | May 19, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Specter's major error was putting on commercials with BO in them. BO is political poison now that most people with a brain know that he is socialist. BO was able to fool people during the Pres campaign by posing as a centrist. The major media refused to investigate his background, so the people remained ignorant. Now it's out in the open for all to see. He is socialist, always has been, always will be. This is political poison in the US. If your going to have BO endorse you anywhere but Vermont and CA, your candidacy is DOOMED.

Posted by: boutros1 | May 19, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Specter's major error was putting on commercials with BO in them. BO is political poison now that most people with a brain know that he is socialist. BO was able to fool people during the Pres campaign by posing as a centrist. The major media refused to investigate his background, so the people remained ignorant. Now it's out in the open for all to see. He is socialist, always has been, always will be. This is political poison in the US. If your going to have BO endorse you anywhere but Vermont and CA, your candidacy is DOOMED.

Posted by: boutros1 | May 19, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

@DDAWD: already started. Behold the home page.

@Cletus: Brown, Christie, McDonnell. Was it good for you?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 19, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Mark my words: The two party stysem will continue to fail you. Simple as that. If Democrats don't represent you and Republicans don't represent you don't vote for them. Widescale voting for third party candidates is the only way anything will change. Voting for a different candidate is still voting for the same, broken system.

Posted by: btfbonzo | May 19, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Not enough bourbon in Kentucky to get people to elect Rand Paul.

Cillizza is going to be seriously challenged to spin this as "bad news fir Demicrats," but we know he'll give it his best shot.

Don't have a coronary, brigade.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 19, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, looks like the dust has settled. I think things went about as well as they could for Dems. They nominated the guy who was faring best in general election polling in both PA and KY. Republicans picked the guy polling worse in KY. They didn't really have a choice in PA. But those two races are tossups.

Rs got it right in Arkansas, however. Boozeman is probably the best candidate in the R field. Meanwhile, Dems still have an undecided spot for Boozeman's challenger was the race will go to a runoff between Lincoln and Halter.

And in the one election between a Dem and a R, the Democrat won pretty handily. And these aren't the dominant Obama districts that Dems have been winning in. This was a district that was carried by McCain in 2008. With the pendulum supposedly having swung in the GOP direction, you'd expect something at least a bit more competitive in PA-12. You certainly didn't expect the district would move towards the Dems.

I think Republicans needed to have had these midterms in like January.

A majority of the country wants the new health care law to remain, not be repealed.

Jobs have been rising for two straight months now and will continue to rise.

Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot over FinReg

Most Americans say they want a Democratically controlled Congress.

But hey, I'm willing to bet the major headline tomorrow will be about how Obama failed to deliver PA for Specter.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 19, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Specter is the traitor who voted for Obama's health care plan - and provided the crucial 60th vote in the Senate.

If Specter had any integrity, he would have stuck with the party which elected him.


Instead, Specter BETRAYED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY SWITCHING SIDES AND HELPING OBAMA - THE BENEDICT ARNOLD OF HEALTH CARE.

Rightly, Specter has been thrown out by the voters.


Let's just watch and see the other people who voted for Obama far-left wing policies get thrown out off office.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 19, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a total loser.

It's long past time for him to resign.

Obama is a complete, total, and utter failure.

Posted by: tarded2much | May 19, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

So much for "Republican Rising.". Phssssst.

Welcome Congressman Critz!

Posted by: Noacoler | May 19, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Chris IS THE CENTRIFUGE


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 19, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Critz may have won, but it was a really, really UGLY win.

Of the 82,694 people who voted in the democratic primary ONLY 71,584 voted for CRITZ in the special election


Burns put together ALL his votes in the primarie, all his Republican opponents' votes AND 13,000 votes from those who voted in the democratic primary.

OUCH

That is really really ugly.

That might spell REAL TROUBLE FOR CRITZ in the fall when the Independents are voting.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 19, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I am hugely enjoying the spectacle of angry defiant wingnuts churning the waters. So long Tim Burns, so long Arlen, and so long Kentucky.

Rand Paul now has six months to turn Kentucky blue.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Crank up the centrifuge, Cillizza.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 19, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

PA - 12 has some interesting results

In the special election it was Critz 70 K Burns 58 K - Agoris 3 K

However in the primary - Burns got 26 K to Russells 19 K that is a TOTAL of 45 K


So BURNS PULLED IN AN ADDITIONAL 13,000 DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY.

Critz got ONLY 59 K IN THE PRIMARY - with 16 K for Bucchianeri and Mackell got 6 K

SO OF THE DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED FOR OTHER CANDIDATES, ONLY 10 K voted for Critz in the Special election - and the 13 K went over to the other side to vote for Burns in the Special


TO BE HONEST, that is really really troubling for Critz come November.

And it shows how bad the position of the democrats is.

It may be difficult for Critz to appeal to Independents in the fall IF he can not hang on to his own democratic primary voters.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

At the risk of repeating myself, must I say, once again, WHY WOULD the people of Penn. elect

someone to a six year term who was 80 years oid? Regardless of everything else in his whole entire history?
Please, people, think about common sense, for once. The people in Penn. seem capable of doing so, why can't you?
It MATTERS whether or not not your representative is capable of thought, action, or wisdom. Give it away, that they are all corrupt ethically, (think the latest example of that from Indiana today) but yet, there may be but one, of how many hundreds, who is actuallu an American, like ypu?

Posted by: cms1 | May 18, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul a chip off the old block. Daddy Ron, with the most conservative voting record in congress somehow has the temerity to look people in the eye and maintain he's a Libertarian. The two political philosophies are mutually exclusive. His supporting Texas constituents aren't paying attention.

It will be interesting to see how Rand fares with the Libertarian bull in Kentucky on a state wide basis as opposed to Ron hoodwinking rural ranchers and farmers.

Posted by: Reesh | May 18, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Someone pointed out to me that b/c TX is an open primary state this is more meaningful in TX than in states where you must vote a party registration, Ddawd.

Are KY and AR "closed" primary states?


Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 18, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Mark, I'm surprised at the D turnout. I wonder if these primary turnouts have any predictive effect in the midterm generals. I know that primary turnout does have some predictive value for Presidential elections. Not so sure about these Senate races.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Critz Beat a Republican For Murtha's Seat.

Sestak Beat Specter.


Lincoln is Forced into a Run Off.

Rand Paul: A Libertarian Posing as a [Tea Party Senator] Beat a Real Republican.

This Year will be a Hodge Podge Of Losses On Both Sides, this will Not be [1994]

Republicans are going to be Ousted this year.

John [Career Politician] McCain, will Lose to a Democrat.

Americans are Screaming For Term Limits, The Message is Crystal Clear.

Posted by: omaarsblade | May 18, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Halter and Lincoln will square off a second time. Doesn't seem like Lincoln is going to hit 50%

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Mark Critz said he would have voted no on the health care law. But he opposes repeal as well. Burns supports repeal.

Critz is much like Murtha was until 2003 when he turned to the left. Critz was a Murtha staffer, remember.

But this district has moved consistently to the GOP in national races. Most prognosticators expected Burns to win - by a sizable margin.

The opposite happened. Why? Partly because of the contested Democratic Senate primary, which drew Democrats to the polls. But also because anti-Obamaism - even in a district famous for rejecting Obama to Hillary and to McCain in 2008 - will not be enough for the GOP in the fall.

Posted by: ElrodinTennessee | May 18, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama's national security policy has amounting to relying on t-shirt vendors.


Case closed.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

ddawd, three times as many people voted in the contested D primary in AR as in the contested R primary. I am guessing the D Primary was the "hot" spot, however, unlike KY.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 18, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

funny how the dumbest posts are alway all CAPS!

But tonight put the lie to all the wingnut and teabagger bs about taking the House or Senate.

Posted by: cartercamp | May 18, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

No comments on Gerrymandering? PA12 drawn in conjunction with PA18, a vacant seat for a Republican State Senator, Congressman Murphy ever since. Every R precinct went into the 18th. Every D precinct into the 12th. You really should show a picture of these two worst shaped districts in the nation. Obviously the Rs never expected Murtha gone before they would get a chance to change the lines in 2011. This result is no real surprise.

Posted by: fthr_bob | May 18, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Final Results in PA-12:

Critz: 53.3% - 69,700
Burns 44.4% - 58,000
Agoris 2.6% - 3,100

http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=13&ElectionID=35&OfficeID=11

For some strange reason, more people voted in the Primary races than in the Special Election races.

Looks like some who voted for other candidates in the Primary race, declined to vote in the Special.

Posted by: Washington13 | May 18, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Specter walks off the stage with a knife in his back from Obama - a fitting end to the TRAITOR SPECTER who betrayed the American People by switching parties and voting for Obama's health care plan.

For all your democrats, you just saw what the creep Obama is all about.


thanks !


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

"Hell, if you nominate enough Democrats like this, you won't have to worry about Republicans."

Sadly, Americans will always have to worry about Republicans. You see, eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty.

Justice and Freedom are not free. Republicans can not be eliminated by any one vote, they are all around us, a menace to society.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Too bad PA continues to choose Democrats. Apparently they still can see the communists command the D party, and unfortunately, congress and the White House.

Posted by: lel2007 | May 18, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

The failed economy, the failed (illegal and immoral) wars, the Gulf environmental disaster, the corruption, the lying (death panels, Kenyan birth, communism, socialism, fascism), the illegal domesticate spying, the out of control SCOTUS for it's order to stop counting ballots in Florida and it's assumption of divinity for transforming corporations into humans beings, who would consider voting Republican except a madman. One definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. After 30 years the GOP failed to ever balance a budget, shrink government, downsize the military, improve US quality of life, protect the environment, protect human and civil rights, improve education, improve health care or lower it's costs (we we all pay more for insurance because of the GOP death grip on Congress), or provide a safe and stable investment environment (the crooks and mega-corporations play the market like a fiddle). Thirty years ago, too big to fail was not even a dream for the fat cats. Under the GOP, we have virtual monopolies in too many areas. Progressives a 100 years ago worked to destroy such anti-competitive monsters and did by supporting antitrust laws.

Arlen Specter has been one of Washington's leading GOP rats for decades. It was a disgrace to allow him into the Party of Jefferson, Jackson, Van Buren, FRD, and JFK. Shame on the DNC. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: Reesh | May 18, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm in accord with Sestak's position on most issues. But I still feel some regret about Specter's defeat who I respect as an independent voice. Although it cost him tremendous hate from right wing Republicans, I think Specter deserves a great deal of appreciation for his stand against Robert Bork's nomination for the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan. If Bork has been confirmed, many of the most important Supreme Court precedents since the late 1930s might have been overturned, and the nation could well be back still fighting the battles for civil rights, reproductive rights of women and many other things that Bork adamantly opposed. I will always remember Specter for the integrity, independence and devotion to principle over partisanship that he displayed through most of his career. Like myself, he left the Republican party because the Republican party left him as the lunatic far right has gained increasing control.

Posted by: twm1 | May 18, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is just like Larry Craig. If you get my drift.

Posted by: harryejones | May 18, 2010 11:14 PM
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You're confusing McConnell with Koolkat_1960.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has PA-12 ranked 60th on their list of seats to pick up in 2010.

Posted by: Washington13 | May 18, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

dugger1: You make no sense at all or you don't understand politics. Critz win was not in a "democratic stronghold". That district voted for Kerry in '04 and McCain in '08. The Rand victory was lame if you look at the amount of votes in the Republican primary and the amount of votes in the Democratic primary, the Dems out-voted the the Reps. The press keeps telling us that the Reps are more motivated to vote, but, the Dems actually came out more than the Reps. As for Specter, his loss is not bad news for Dems, the guy was still thought of as a Republican throughout the state. Bring on November!

Posted by: jillcohen | May 18, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

The gift that keeps on giving. LOL.

More wit and wisdom from the "Ron Paul Newsletters":

"In this piece he criticizes Martin Luther King as a pro-communist philanderer and says the MLK holiday is “Hate Whitey Day.” This is in great contrast to 2008 when he told Wolf Blitzer that Martin Luther King was one of his heroes. When activists suggested naming a city after Martin Luther King Paul suggested other names such as “Welfaria,” “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” “Dirtburg,” and “Lazyopolis” "

http://newsone.com/nation/casey-gane-mccalla/ron-pauls-racist-newsletters-revealed/

The newsone.com article features photos of pages from the actual Paul newsletters. Crazy, unhinged stuff. Still cheerleading for Paul, Fix?

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

owsmokey: "CYA SPECTER you lying dirtbag!!!"

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Ah, yes, more Jesus-like compassion from the *Moral Majority*

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

Man, three posts in five minutes with spin on PA-12. The RNC was right on the ball with getting that talking points fax out. A Democratic stronghold, eh?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

2006: Murtha Won 60-40
2008: Murtha Won 57-43
2010: Critz Won 52-46 - Not final results.

Posted by: Washington13 | May 18, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

"The Specter lost was massive for Obama - and it shows that Obama has NO CONTROL OVER HIS ORGANIZATION - AND EVERYONE IS SICK OF OBAMA."

Yes...that's why he has majority-approval ratings in virtually all nationwide polling.

And the people spinning these results as some great rejection of Obama's supposed socialism (which isn't even mildly socialistic by any reasonable standard) should note that all the Democratic primaries involve more liberal candidates succeeding.

Posted by: SeanC1 | May 18, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is just like Larry Craig. If you get my drift.

Posted by: harryejones | May 18, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is just like Larry Craig. If you get my drift.

Posted by: harryejones | May 18, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Specter walks off with a knife in the back from Obama - another unbelievable story from Obama.

The situation with Obama now is the stories are becoming so outrageous that few people actually believe them.

Like the one about Obama apologizing to China about Arizona.


OK, now what is Obama going to say to the Mexicans about Arizona?

I would tell them - when you treat the Guatemalans the same as Arizona treats the Mexicans, then you can bring up the subject. NEXT.

Then I would had the Mexicans A BILL FOR ALL THE GOVERNMENT SERVICES MEXICO'S CITIZENS USE HERE IN THE US.


thanks !


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Critz ran on a platform that made him sound like a conservative Republican. I wouldn't put a lot of stock in the special election. Dems far outnumber Republicans in PA 12, and Critz beat Burns by eight points, a solid win, but should the GOP learn the lesson they SHOULD have learned in VA ( Bob's for Jobs, hint, hint.) they could probably take the seat in the Fall. Not only that, but Critz will have votes to defend. So, we'll see. I say the district is up for grabs. Had Burns won, THAT would have been big.

Posted by: HillaryClintonSuppoter | May 18, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, Paul and Conway were tied in the most recent poll at about 40% each.

That Dem turnout will be causing some people to lose some sleep.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Critz's BIG victory in the PA 12th special election is a strong view that the pundits predicting a Republican romp in the Fall may be more than slightly off the mark.

The Tea Party taking over the Republican Party could be a real disaster for the GOP. Look at the Maine GOP platform after the Tea Party putsch. Right out of wacko land. Google "Maine GOP platform" to read this masterpiece!

Posted by: transtique1 | May 18, 2010 10:51 PM
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I guess you didn't notice that Critz tried to run to the right of Burns. Pro-Gun, Pro-Life, anti-Health-Care, a deficit hawk.
Hell, if you nominate enough Democrats like this, you won't have to worry about Republicans.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Arlen Specter retired at the ripe young age of 80. Finally, change that I can beleive in.

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

Mark Critz model from PA-12 for Democrats:

1) Be anti-Obamacare
2) Be anti-Cap & Trade
3) Accuse GOP of Tax Hikes

Pretty much run as a Republican who can't stand Obama and you will win.

Posted by: Washington13 | May 18, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Arlen Specter retired at the ripe young age of 80. Finally, change that I can beleive in.

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

Obama goes 0-4!! Obama loses, America wins!! If you question just how bad of a night this was for Obama and the radical socialist left, read the hate-filled, scared comments from the bitter, angry, white libs. They had convinced each other that the Tea Party was a paper tiger, but we now see the truth- it represents a majority of Americans and will sweep the Dems out of power in November.

Quick Obama, you'd better play an emergency round of golf or go on vacation for 8-10 months

Posted by: Truthmonger1 | May 18, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget - the MSM/WAPO they all wrote off the tea party. "Oh their just a bnuch of wackos" That was the line.

Well tonight with the win by Rand Paul we are seeing the tea party come to life.

Let's take back our government. Vote the special interest owned congressman/bums out office.

Posted by: Jaymand | May 18, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul won? Hilarious! It's like watching Pac-Man (in this case, Paul) gobbling up the dots that are the GOP. I mean, really, GOP, you can't even win against your own fringe; no wonder you produce major failures like that moronic quitter governor. Paul's just as weird, and just as hypocritical: charging that his opponent is part of the country club set----only to turn around and celebrate victory in a country club! Gawd I can't stop laughing at the gullibility of the teabagging set . . .

Posted by: SaffronLove | May 18, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

There was a strong message delivered today, despite the attempts to downplay the effects of the Tea Party and to play on the Crist victory which was was any thing but a victory, just survival. For that race to be within 10 points in a Democratic stronghold is a sign of things to come. The Rand victory and the Spector defeat were more reflective of reality at this point as the momentum builds.

Posted by: dugger1 | May 18, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

NaNaNaNa NaNaNaNa Hey hey GOODBYE!!! I love to see a career politicians' tactics blow up in their face. CYA SPECTER you lying dirtbag!!!

Posted by: owsmokey | May 18, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

More wit and wisdom from the "[Rand's Dad] Ron Paul Newsletters":

"In this article Paul uses the “carjacking” epidemic to put fear into white people. He advises them to carry guns and shoot “carjackers” illegally and then dispose of their weapons. He also refers Black people as “animals” and directly refers to his home town of Lake Jackson, Texas.

The newsletters also contained the quotes:

opinion polls consistently show only about 5% of blacks have sensible political opinions

if you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be,

This is only the first skirmish in the race war of the 1990s"
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As for the claims of Paul fans that he has denied any connection to the newsletters' content, that's not quite true...

"There has been controversy over Ron Paul’s ties to racism for some time now. Many people have pointed to Ron Paul’s Newsletters as proof of his racism. Paul has previously admitted to writing the newsletters and defended the statements in 1996, then blamed them on an unnamed ghostwriter in 2001 and then denied any knowledge of them in 2008. He has given no explanation, for how the racism entered his newsletter. If we are to take Paul at his word, he is guilty of at least promoting racism on a large scale. Paul earned almost a million dollars a year from the racist, conspiracy theorist newsletters."

http://newsone.com/nation/casey-gane-mccalla/ron-pauls-racist-newsletters-revealed/

Ron, tell us what you really think. Or not.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 18, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

So, in spite of the media predictions, Democrats held the 12th by a comfortable margin. Republicans ran a campaign demonizing Speaker Pelosi there and lost. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Democrats decided to run a Democrat for the Senate and unlike the Republican who became a Democrat, but sometimes forgot, the real Democrat is outpolling the Republican Candidate Pat Toomey.

In Kentucky, the Democrat, won his primary with 227,000 votes (44% of the total vote) while Paul, the Tea Party Republican won 206,000 votes which represented 59% of Republican primary voters. This will be a good math/spin problem for Chris--turnout usually indicates which party is more energized, so in a marginally Republican state like Kentucky, what does it mean that there were about 514,000 Democrats voting compared to 349,000 Republicans?

I cannot wait to see the Republican dreams evaporate over the coming months, as the economy continues to improve and the country finally starts to get over the hangover caused by 8 disastrous years of Republican control. Thank goodness the voters in Pennsylvania and Kentucky are energized and turning out in droves for Democrats!

Posted by: Prosperity2008 | May 18, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

No one cares about PA12 - because the democrats held a 2 to 1 registration edge in a gerrymandered district. The reason McCain won the district is so many people were tired of Murtha's investigations there - it was a unique district.

Obama really took a serious hit tonight.

The Specter lost was massive for Obama - and it shows that Obama has NO CONTROL OVER HIS ORGANIZATION - AND EVERYONE IS SICK OF OBAMA.

THE DEMOCRATS ARE STUCK WITH OBAMA UNTIL 2012.

The Republicans just might prefer to keep him around longer.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Specter should come out now and admit the reckless government spending that has mortgaged the future of all Americans especially future generations was wrong. Specter should come out now and admit it was wrong to ram into law a healthcare bill the American people did not want. Specter should come out now and admit the dirty, secret backroom deals and the legislative tricks used to ram the healthcare bill into law were wrong. Specter should come out now and admit the current Administration and Congress are out of step with the American people and are moving the country in a direction that is contrary to the Constitution and the ideals of the Founding Fathers. Mr. Specter, it is your last chance to say and do the right thing.

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER…VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | May 18, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

"And looks like Specter's career is over. Wow. Just like that."


Yeah, you just wake up one day and "holy crap - like 40 years went by!"

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 18, 2010 10:31 PM
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I'll take my hat off to Obama on this one. Some will try to say that Specter was Obama's choice, but the way I see it, he used the old fool for a few votes and then backed off and watched him fall.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

So long Specter. Hopefully Charlie Crist is next.

Posted by: moebius22 | May 18, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

And looks like Specter's career is over. Wow. Just like that.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:24 PM

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And none too soon. He would have lost in November. No one likes a traitor. You can never trust them.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

And Tim Burns concedes. Yet another special election win for the Dems. And this time, it was in a McCain district.

Critz got 54% of the vote. Murtha himself got 58%.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

"Sux it libs . . . Barack Hussein Obama-destroying the demoCRAP party one day at a time!"

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Wow--that's a pretty vitriolic comment from the crowd that demands a re-instatement of school prayer and the posting of the Ten Commandments in public places, and that insists that this is a Christian nation. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: morals are standards we set for people we don't like.

Posted by: SaffronLove | May 18, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

If Obama had run on a platform of keep the war going, expand the powers of the patriot act, silence free speech and spend us into oblivion would real Democrats have voted for that?

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 10:13 PM
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"real Democrats" could care less as long as there's a 'D' after his name; it's the Independents he was B.S.ing.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Specter should have had the self-respect to STICK WITH THE PARTY WHICH ELECTED HIM.


Specter BETRAYED THE NATION BY VOTING FOR OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE BILL.


WITHOUT SPECTER, OBAMA WOULD HAVE BEEN FORCED TO BE BIPARTISAN, AND FORCED TO COMPROMISE.


(FUNNY HOW ONE HAS TO FORCE SOMEONE TO ADHERE TO THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES.)


SPECTER CAN BLAME TONIGHT ON HIMSELF - HIS BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE - AND HIS VOTE TO SPEND A TRILLION DOLLARS ON OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN.


HOW MANY OTHERS CAN WE GET ????


GO AMERICA


TAKE BACK AMERICA


TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

"when will people wake up and realize it's divide and conquer we argue about left and right while the so called elites in government, big financial, and central banking are perpetrating the greatest heist in the history of the world. They have looted the western civilization into bankruptcy. The worst is coming.

Posted by: seanmn"

Thanks for for the election day democracy buzz kill seanmn.

Were you aware that all people already know this? Pyramid builders were trying to hedge...this fact of life.

As for whether massive looting and taking and exploiting is new, or worse than ever, well it really is not.

Thanks for coming. Everyone knows people are atrocious. Religion is our answer. Or not.

The Great Religions all murder each others' partisans over which solution to the human disaster is the one that will get them out of reality.

Hey, you want to go negative? I can beat anyone in hopeless helpless rhetoric.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

PA-12 wasn't even close.

So much for the death knell for Democrats in culturally conservative swing districts.

In the PA-12 general election, and the Senate Primary, the Democrat won.

I feel sorry for Specter, not because he lost the Democratic primary - he in fact did pretty well with Democrats who have always voted for him - but because there was no place for him in the GOP.

The Democratic party is STILL the big tent party. The GOP has morphed into an ideologically pure monster that spat out not only Specter but even Robert Bennett of Utah, someone almost as far to the right as Atilla, the Hun. If this continues, the Maine twins - Snowe and Collins - will be having heart attacks.

Posted by: jaysit | May 18, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

"In other Pennsylvania news, former "Congressional aide Mark Critz (D) won a special election in a southwestern Pennsylvania House race to replace his late boss -- Rep. Jack Murtha (D) -- in a race that had drawn considerable national attention from both parties. Businessman Tim Burns (R) conceded the race to Critz just before 10:30 pm eastern time."

Fix, that can't be right. What about the GOP comeback? Dems in trouble? What about the Drudge/FixWorld narrative: Burns (R) will win as real Americans send message they hate our 44th President? You know, the whole--every election is a referendum on BHO. You know, whit-, er, tea bag power.

What gives? Voter fraud maybe? Failure to count military ballots? Trilateral Commission? The Communist mafia?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 18, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Conway vs Paul. Probably the best matchup for the Dems, no?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 9:52 PM

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If you figure the Dems would otherwise have voted for a Republican who managed to get 35% of the vote in the primary, then yes, probably the best matchup.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I'LL SAY IT AGAIN...IGNORANCE CAN BE DANGEROUS.

Posted by: skinfreak | May 18, 2010 9:50 PM
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I'm sure you've had a lot of first hand experience.

Posted by: Brigade
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Brigade you are on a roll!

Posted by: houston123 | May 18, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


Broadwayjoe's SMEAR CAMPAIGN GOES ON

He has nothing to go on - so he has to talk about a newsletter - NOT FROM THE TEA PARTY - BUT FROM 1992 - 18 YEARS AGO


AND FROM SOMEONE'S FATHER.


BROADWAYJOE - YOU GIVE LIARS A BAD NAME.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I learned from the master, 37th. Or should I say sensei.

By the way, care to spin the PA results?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 18, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

pumor. of course, I think you and I are right. And, rightly questioning why no one else seems to think that the American people in state after state are, seemingly, incapable of recognizing the same thing we SEE. ???
According to the Washington D.C. pundits, AGE means NOTHING?
Here these pundits are, age what? 30? 35? 40? 45? or, even, like David Broder much, much more than that? and they "think" that being 80 years of age means NOTHING to the voters?
Personally, I have known a lot of eighty year old people who had a lot of wisdom, but NOT a one of them would I put in the United States Senate.

Posted by: cms1 | May 18, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see one less Israeli in the US Senate.
Too bad we're getting another Israeli on the US Supreme Court.

Posted by: brattykathyi1 | May 18, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse


Wow! Critz's BIG victory in the PA 12th special election is a strong view that the pundits predicting a Republican romp in the Fall may be more than slightly off the mark.

The Tea Party taking over the Republican Party could be a real disaster for the GOP. Look at the Maine GOP platform after the Tea Party putsch. Right out of wacko land. Google "Maine GOP platform" to read this masterpiece!

Posted by: transtique1 | May 18, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I had to click through three levels to get to a page that finally admitted the truth in the only PA race that mattered. Critz slaughtered the GOP opponent in PA.

Why does the Post consider this to be a secret?

Posted by: Andrea_KC | May 18, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

"In other Pennsylvania news, former Congressional aide Mark Critz (D) won a special election in a southwestern Pennsylvania House race to replace his late boss -- Rep. Jack Murtha (D) -- in a race that had drawn considerable national attention from both parties. Businessman Tim Burns (R) conceded the race to Critz just before 10:30 pm eastern time.

Critz led Burns 54 percent to 44 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting.

The GOP's losing streak in special elections now stands at 10. And over the last two-plus years, Democrats have won four GOP-held seats in special elections, while Republicans haven't won any Democratic seats. "


YES!

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You said this race was a bellwether, Chris. You said it would determine the direction the wind was blowing in November, buddy. Well, guess which way it's blowing, now?

And now, it's just a footnote to your column, isn't it -- just something to brush under the rug. Not like the headline you wanted to make it.

Well, the truth is, that this isn't 10 special elections the Republicans have lost -- it's 12.

I would like to ask you to make that correction.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

And I hope what happened here does not go unnoticed. They all endorse their own. Regardless. That is the real crime here.

Bush stands up and says "oh Spector is a great guy"

But low and behold - Mr Savior himselm does the same thing. We heard the commercials.

Obama stands up and says "Spector is a great guy"

What does this say??

It says that neither side is worth their own a damm.

Let's take back our government. Vote them all out of office. Let's send a message.

Washington no longer represents America.

Posted by: Jaymand | May 18, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I'LL SAY IT AGAIN...IGNORANCE CAN BE DANGEROUS.

Posted by: skinfreak | May 18, 2010 9:50 PM
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I'm sure you've had a lot of first hand experience.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

"exactly how is the tea party waking up the democrats?"

Yes, it's a silly thing to say.

First of all, most of the Democrats these days don't speak a word of English, and some don't vote, as they are illegal aliens.

Or the phrase that the Democrats dread:

Ellos no me dejaron votar, porque descubrí que era un ilegal

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | May 18, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Specter should have had the self-respect to STICK WITH THE PARTY WHICH ELECTED HIM.


Specter BETRAYED THE NATION BY VOTING FOR OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE BILL.


WITHOUT SPECTER, OBAMA WOULD HAVE BEEN FORCED TO BE BIPARTISAN, AND FORCED TO COMPROMISE.


(FUNNY HOW ONE HAS TO FORCE SOMEONE TO ADHERE TO THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES.)

SPECTER CAN BLAME TONIGHT ON HIMSELF - HIS BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE - AND HIS VOTE TO SPEND A TRILLION DOLLARS ON OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN.

HOW MANY OTHERS CAN WE GET ????

GO AMERICA


TAKE BACK AMERICA


TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

ddawd writes
"Yeah, the Dem turnout for the Kentucky primary was astonishing. That race got so little attention in an environment where Rs supposedly are a hell of a lot more enthusiastic than Ds and yet the Dems still got 50% better turnout than the Rs."


I saw that elsewhere; its something of a shock. Kindof makes a guy start to think el Fix missed the boat on that one.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | May 18, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

"In other Pennsylvania news, former Congressional aide Mark Critz (D) won a special election in a southwestern Pennsylvania House race to replace his late boss -- Rep. Jack Murtha (D) -- in a race that had drawn considerable national attention from both parties. Businessman Tim Burns (R) conceded the race to Critz just before 10:30 pm eastern time.

Critz led Burns 54 percent to 44 percent with 75 percent of precincts reporting.

The GOP's losing streak in special elections now stands at 10. And over the last two-plus years, Democrats have won four GOP-held seats in special elections, while Republicans haven't won any Democratic seats. "


YES!

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You said this race was a bellwether, Chris. You said it would determine the direction the wind was blowing in November, buddy. Well, guess which way it's blowing, now?

And now, it's just a footnote to your column, isn't it -- just something to brush under the rug. Not like the headline you wanted to make it.

Well, the truth is, that this isn't 10 special elections the Republicans have lost -- it's 12.

I would like to ask you to make that correction.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Great day for the democrats!

Posted by: sgtpepper23 | May 18, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

The liberals were right about that but now they don't say a peep. Its ok to go to war as long as we have a liberal president? How about the Patriot Act Obama seems to like it now. Lets end the war and repeal the Patriot Act.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 9:40 PM

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Libs are not strong on principles. Much better at boot-licking.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

The country is finally rid of that TRAITOR SPECTER

SOON OBAMA WILL BE OUT OF OFFICE TOO.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Spin it all you want, but fact of the matter is that voters don't like false advertising and political opportunism. Specter betrayed the voters who put him in office and switched parties in order to gain more power. Bald power grabs like this are simply obnoxious and I applaud PA voters for seeing through his facade.

So long, Arlen.

Posted by: diehardlib | May 18, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

leichtman, if a contested D primary out drew a contested R primary in TX by nearly 30%, you would write about it.

Well, the contested D primary in KY outdrew the contested R primary by that margin. More folks voted for the losing D than voted for Paul.

Maybe that does not mean anything in KY.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 18, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Critz is up 54-44 with 75% reporting. I don't know what the population makeup is for the remaining 25%, but it looks like this one is done and it wasn't even close.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

A twofer for Pittsburghers! Zach Duke spanks Roy Halladay and Arlen Specter gets sent packing!

Couldn't happen to a more deserving hack.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | May 18, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Has Rand had occasion to update his Dad's "Ron Paul Newsletter" which may provide insight into the Pauls' opinion of their fellow man? Er, guess not...

From the CNN web site:

"The controversial newsletters include rants against the Israeli lobby, gays, AIDS victims and Martin Luther King Jr. -- described as a "pro-Communist philanderer." One newsletter, from June 1992, right after the LA riots, says "order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks."

Another says, "The criminals who terrorize our cities -- in riots and on every non-riot day -- are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to 'fight the power,' to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible.""

Uh, tea anyone?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 18, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Your failed 'free-market' ideology led our nation to economic near-destruction, especially under your fellow extremist W. Bush.

Posted by: revbookburn | May 18, 2010 9:39 PM
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What's wrong, your welfare check got cut?

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Farewell, Specter, you Republican you. Bring on a real Democrat and bring on the Fall when Democrats with ideas and backbone face the chickenhawk WWJD adulteroring teapartying lunatic fringe. Suddenly, the Fall is beginning to look a lot like a Democratic romp.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | May 18, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"...I believe everything we dream
can come to pass through our union,
we can turn the world around
we can turn the earth's revolution,
we have the power
People have the power..."

Patti Smith

Posted by: WhatAreYouPeopleSmoking | May 18, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Pennsylvania Dems,
for sending that dinosaur Specter
and his 'magic bullet'

straight to hell.

Posted by: daveque | May 18, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Dem turnout for the Kentucky primary was astonishing. That race got so little attention in an environment where Rs supposedly are a hell of a lot more enthusiastic than Ds and yet the Dems still got 50% better turnout than the Rs.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

This has been an incredible day for we Democrats.

It's everything we were hoping for.

Seriously, we here in Seattle are very jubilant over all the results so far - WOO HOO!

Posted by: WillSeattle

Must have voted to legalize pot.

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 18, 2010 9:17 PM

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Crack.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

cms1..."I know this is not spoken of at all, but, really, Arlen Spector is 80, yes,
EIGHTY years old. and I cannot help but think that this DOES have something to do with why voters may choose someone else."...

I could not agree with you more and don't understand why no one seems willing to address the issue of age. I believe age was a factor in the Bennett loss in Utah, too.

Posted by: pumor | May 18, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

His last name was appropriately Specter because this little kosher ghoul haunted Washington way too long. Bye Arlen Sphincter I mean Specter.

Posted by: SSTK34 | May 18, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Thank you people from PA. It's hard to understand but when people go to Washington and serve in congress at some point they believe they are entitled to the office they hold.

I don't understand it, but clearly Spector showed us he stand for for one thing and really only one thing - Alan Spector.

Let's take back our government - Vote the bums out of office.

Posted by: Jaymand | May 18, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh for goodness sakes. Arlen Spector is 80 years old and has been in Congress long enough. It is way past time for these old men to go home, relax and enjoy their retirement. Frankly, there should be an age limit on Congress and the Supreme Court. I wouldn't read too much into him losing since a Democrat has the spot anyway.

It is funny listening to the talking heads trying to make this about President Obama. My goodness !!! People are finally seeing the light and making informed decisions rather than just sending someone back just because. People have been hyperventilating all day over this. Now the real question is what about Rand Paul........

Posted by: catmomtx | May 18, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

cms1..."I know this is not spoken of at all, but, really, Arlen Spector is 80, yes,
EIGHTY years old. and I cannot help but think that this DOES have something to do with why voters may choose someone else."...

I could not agree with you more and don't understand why no one seems willing to address the issue of age. I believe age was a factor in the Bennett loss in Utah, too.

Posted by: pumor | May 18, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Chicago block captain we have a president will see that the Tea Party is not the "teabagger" party. Hey Obama, the handwriting is on the wall. 1-term for you.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | May 18, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I await a response.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | May 18, 2010 9:17 PM
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Be drinking while you're waiting, bozo.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

One day,
Democracy will rule the world.

These are free and fair elections
to celebrate.

Fresh air and sunshine, lets keep it up.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 18, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Specter should have had the self-respect to STICK WITH THE PARTY WHICH ELECTED HIM.

Specter BETRAYED THE NATION BY VOTING FOR OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE BILL.

WITHOUT SPECTER, OBAMA WOULD HAVE BEEN FORCED TO BE BIPARTISAN, AND FORCED TO COMPROMISE.


(FUNNY HOW ONE HAS TO FORCE SOMEONE TO ADHERE TO THEIR CAMPAIGN PROMISES.)


SPECTER CAN BLAME TONIGHT ON HIMSELF - HIS BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE - AND HIS VOTE TO SPEND A TRILLION DOLLARS ON OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN.


HOW MANY OTHERS CAN WE GET ????


GO AMERICA

TAKE BACK AMERICA

TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Say it's so, Joe. Say it's so.

Senator Sestak, your desk on the Senate floor is here, sir...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 18, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

koolkat, go have a beer with Leichtman. Both of you need a shoulder to cry on. Report back when you're done.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 18, 2010 9:04 PM

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And stay out of the bedroom.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

And in the one race where a Democrat is facing a Republican, the Democrat is winning 53-45 with 70% of precincts reporting.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

The tea party is taking charge and people are wakeing up to these Marxist.

Posted by: samuellenn | May 18, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

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exactly how is the tea party waking up the democrats?
these are intraparty races. d v d and r v r.
The only people the tea party is weakening is your own side as that race has nothing to do with us.
Accept that both candidates in the democratic race garnered more votes each then Paul did on your side.

Posted by: greenbug2 | May 18, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse


"I take it you don't do a lot of betting or you'd already be broke. Or maybe that's why you're a Dem. On the dole?

Posted by: Brigade |"

et tu, zouk?

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

If this is a victory for anything, it's a reminder that we still have quite a few stupid, ignorant, and bigoted Americans among us.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | May 18, 2010 8:28 PM
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Go look in the mirror, and you'll see a perfect example.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

"And looks like Specter's career is over. Wow. Just like that."


Yeah, you just wake up one day and "holy crap - like 40 years went by!"

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 18, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

John1263 wrote,
"So KY is now a pretty safe bet for the Dems. Only the loony fringe want tea baggers in office which means traditional Rs ad Independants wil overwhelmingly break D even in that conservative state, or more likely they will just stay home."

I take it you don't do a lot of betting or you'd already be broke. Or maybe that's why you're a Dem. On the dole?

Posted by: Brigade
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Brigade, you have class!

Posted by: houston123 | May 18, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I know this is not spoken of at all, but, really,
Arlen Spetor is 80, yes,
EIGHTY years old. and I cannot help but think that this DOES have something to do with why voters may choose someone else.
Nothing against him about this, but, think about it: he is asking to be elected to a position for SIX years, he expects to be able to work effectivelly when he is 86 years old?
Really? Why should ANY state, anywhere, expect a man to perform up. and WAY up, given our tremendous problems when he is 81, 82, 83, 84, 85. 86 years old?
Really, this is a situation that the national press has seen fit to entirely ignore. They seem to think the whole thing is about "politics" but, really, what about the people in Penn. who NEED to have someone who is capable of a youthful energy?
I am not kidding you, if I was a voter in Penn;.(which I am not) I would not vote for an eighty year old man, period, no matter how much I loved him. It is just too darn risky. He is too old.
I am going to end up voting for someone who is going to be replaced by my governor? Great. Someone I don't know, never voted for and never knew to begin with?
I think voting ANY eighty year old person into office is MORE than risky, it is simply stupid.

Posted by: cms1 | May 18, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I feel sad for Specter. It was time for him to go and I like Sestak but, in these things, you feel bad for the other guy sometimes.

Posted by: greenbug2 | May 18, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Specter was a Republican until about 5 minutes ago -- jut thought you'd like to know.

Posted by: drindl | May 18, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

John1263 wrote,
"So KY is now a pretty safe bet for the Dems. Only the loony fringe want tea baggers in office which means traditional Rs ad Independants wil overwhelmingly break D even in that conservative state, or more likely they will just stay home."

I take it you don't do a lot of betting or you'd already be broke. Or maybe that's why you're a Dem. On the dole?

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I can't win in the battle of ideas so here goes you racist, ignorant, greedy, mean spirited, hateful, tea bagging people can all just move to Cuba where they really have a nicely working corrupt out of control government and no chance of freedom with poverty for all. Except the Elite government crooks they are rich. You can't change the fact that their will be haves and have not's it's just with freedom the have nots live pretty darn good in corruption and big government everybody suffers but the kings and queens of government and their crooked central banking cartel.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade


You fail to realize how much of a troll you are.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

there's no point in debating with the far left. tea bag terrorists, racists and bigots? Seems to me that making broad sweeping generalizations (particularly negative ones) about people who you don't agree with , based on extremely rare outliers if on anything, is pretty bigoted. It's such a blatant contradiction that cuts to the very core of what the left claims to be that I don't see the point in even acknowledging them anymore.

Posted by: batigol85 | May 18, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

knocking out the Republicant incumbents.

Much appreciated, footsoldiers!

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 18, 2010 8:11 PM
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Specter was an incumbent. Just thought you'd like to know.

Posted by: Brigade | May 18, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

And looks like Specter's career is over. Wow. Just like that.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

A fun night of politics. And a fun day on the comments section which the usual trolls were unable to spam. Looking forward to hearing more.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 18, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse


yea the democrats wanted the FAILED COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AS PRESIDENT.


Someone with NO ECONOMIC OR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE EXCEPT FOR BUYING COCAINE.


And the attitude of the democrats was "let's stick it in your face, YOU RACIST."


OK - so now let's see what the country says in response.


Obama is like a CHAIN AROUND THE NECKS OF THE DEMOCRATS.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Joe Sestak the Winner!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | May 18, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

If Obama had run on a platform of keep the war going, expand the powers of the patriot act, silence free speech and spend us into oblivion would real Democrats have voted for that?

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

And Sestak takes a small lead with about 40% reporting.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

'skinfreak


That was not the only reason Bush gave to go to war in Iraq


AND you have to remember that CONGRESS TOOK THE VOTE TO GO TO WAR -


Bush did NOT do it all by himself.

And the democrats in Washington VOTED FOR THE IRAQI WAR - THE DEMOCRATS RUSHED TO WAR TOO.

So, you are re-writing the history.


OBAMA NEEDS TO BE THROWN OUT OF OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE - HIS BUDGETS ARE DESTROYING THE NATION.


OBAMA IS THE LIAR

TAKE A LOOK AT OBAMA'S PLATFORM AND WHAT HE HAS DONE.

OBAMA IS THE LIAR.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

More news

Looks like Dem turnout is crushing R turnout in Kentucky despite the Dems having a much less heralded primary race.

The Dem Critz is crushing Burns in a congressional district that McCain took in 2008. Still early, though with only 21% of precincts reporting.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

LMAO Toomey takes PA! CYA wouldn't wanna be ya libs

Posted by: Straightline | May 18, 2010 9:28 PM
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Well DUH Toomey took the Republican primary. Now that is an upset! Geesh dude look at the overall turnout numbers numbnuts before you start trumpeting victory in the election.

Today, you see, the voting was for something called "primaries" in various races for national office. So here's how it works. Democrats and Republicans each choose their own candidates for the upcoming actual election, which takes place in November (late fall early winter). In November (brrr) the actual winner will be chosen by the voters. So try this, look at the total numbers that turned out for EACH party and you will get an idea of the respective voter "enthusiasm". That number my friend is far more predictive than the results of any inter-party primary.

So now look at the total numbers for the Kentucky Republican senatorial primary and, well, you can do the math.

Sorry tea bagger.

Posted by: Observer001 | May 18, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

when will people wake up and realize it's divide and conquer we argue about left and right while the so called elites in government, big financial, and central banking are perpetrating the greatest heist in the history of the world. They have looted the western civilization into bankruptcy. The worst is coming.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

when will people wake up and realize it's divide and conquer we argue about left and right while the so called elites in government, big financial, and central banking are perpetrating the greatest heist in the history of the world. The have looted the western civilization into bankruptcy. The worst is coming.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse


yea the democrats wanted the FAILED COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AS PRESIDENT.


Someone with NO ECONOMIC OR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE EXCEPT FOR BUYING COCAINE.


And the attitude of the democrats was "let's stick it in your face, YOU RACIST."

OK - so now let's see what the country says in response.

Obama is like a CHAIN AROUND THE NECKS OF THE DEMOCRATS.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

I must admit the 20th century was a who's who of horrible presidents on both sides

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

there's no point in debating with the far left. tea bag terrorists, racists and bigots? Seems to me that making broad sweeping generalizations (particularly negative ones) about people who you don't agree with , based on extremely rare outliers if on anything, is pretty bigoted. It's such a blatant contradiction that cuts to the very core of what the left claims to be that I don't see the point in even acknowledging them anymore.

Posted by: batigol85 | May 18, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The big questions is still unanswered who is the majority we the people or we the sheeple. Like hitler said good thing for dictators people don't think. It doesn't take much thought to realize you can't spend your way to prosperity. If that were possible we could all stay home and the government would print us money.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

bourassa1

The libertarians definitely want the US military to pull out of our overseas wars.


That is no doubt.

So are you saying that if the Tea Party wants out of Iraq, you will join the tea party and AGREE TO ALL THE FISCAL RESTRAINT THEY WANT, INCLUDING DUMPING THE HEALTH CARE BILL ???

Just asking, because I think things are very fluid at this point.

Blumenthal should be DRIVEN OUT OF OFFICE AND SENT TO NOACOLER'S HOUSE IN VIETNAM.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Conway vs Paul. Probably the best matchup for the Dems, no?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 18, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

there's no point in debating with the far left. tea bag terrorists, racists and bigots? Seems to me that making broad sweeping generalizations (particularly negative ones) about people who you don't agree with , based on extremely rare outliers if on anything, is pretty bigoted. It's such a blatant contradiction that cuts to the very core of what the left claims to be that I don't see the point in even acknowledging them anymore.

Posted by: batigol85 | May 18, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

TAKING BACK THE WHITE HOUSE? ARE YOU SERIOUSLY STATING THAT THE ONLY BLACK RUN ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN? YOU ALLOWED GEORGE W TO RUN HIS POLITICAL IDEALS ROUGHSHOD OVER THE GOVERNMENT, BUT CHOSE NOW TO SAY IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE? YOU NEED TO BE TRUTHFUL; EVERYBODY WITH A BRAIN SEES THE RACISM DRIPPING FROM EVERY WORD YOU SAY. WHEN BUSH SENT OUR CHILDREN TO FIGHT IRAQ BECAUSE HE KNEW THEY WERE HIDING IMAGINARY WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, HE SHOULD HAVE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP ON CHARGES OF LYING TO THE PUBLIC AND GETTING OUR ARMED SERVICES PERSONNEL KILLED. BUT HE RESTS IN HIS RANCH WITHOUT A CARE IN THE WORLD. THE TEA PARTY MAY BE RUN BY REDNECKS, BUT I'LL SAY IT AGAIN...IGNORANCE CAN BE DANGEROUS.

Posted by: skinfreak | May 18, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Throw the bums out of office - ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE!!

Take our government back from the special interest!

Posted by: Jaymand | May 18, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

bourassi your right to some extent its about half and half on the tea party being neocons but those people can be shown that the founding fathers wanted a republic not an empire. The problem is the Dems like war too in actual policy from Woodrow Wilson to FDR the REPS and DEMS love war . War is the health of the state.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

“You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there
is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old
dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant
heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those
who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path.
Plutarch warned, ‘The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads
among them bounties, donations and benefits.’” Ronald Wilson Reagan —October 27, 1964

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | May 18, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

“You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there
is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old
dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order – or down to the ant
heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those
who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path.
Plutarch warned, ‘The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads
among them bounties, donations and benefits.’” Ronald Wilson Reagan —October 27, 1964

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | May 18, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Get on board. It's far past time we take our government back. We look at Washington and we out of control spending. We see special interest controlling everything. We see no representation of the American people.

Take back our government - vote the incumbent bums out of office.

ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE!!

Posted by: Jaymand | May 18, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The free market ended in 1913 if you want to know the facts.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Libertarians are the ONLY party that wants to bring home the troops Obama is like Bush 3 on the war. What happened to all the screaming about endless wars. The liberals were right about that but now they don't say a peep. Its ok to go to war as long as we have a liberal president? How about the Patriot Act Obama seems to like it now. Lets end the war and repeal the Patriot Act.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't get too excited Paul. Like your equally whacked father, you represent a dying way of thinking, except in 'tea party' psycho circles and the tantruming party of no. Your failed 'free-market' ideology led our nation to economic near-destruction, especially under your fellow extremist W. Bush.

Posted by: revbookburn | May 18, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

yea the democrats wanted the FAILED COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AS PRESIDENT.


Someone with NO ECONOMIC OR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE EXCEPT FOR BUYING COCAINE.

And the attitude of the democrats was "let's stick it in your face, YOU RACIST."


OK - so now let's see what the country says in response.


Obama is like a CHAIN AROUND THE NECKS OF THE DEMOCRATS.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

If Rand Paul shares his father's views on the wars and on military spending, then I say more power to him.

I'd even say Go Tea Party ... if I thought for one minute that the average Tea Partier agreed with Ron or Rand Paul on these matters.

Sadly I know that the average Tea Partier is really a conventional Bush-base militarist maniac who loved it when trillions of Americans' tax dollars were wasted and stolen in their phoney Iraq war.

The average Teabagger would take every penny he saved by abolishing the Dept of Education etc, and give it to Lockheed Martin for more nonfunctional white elephants like the F22.

The average Teabagger waffles about liberty, yet somehow always comes out to defend wire-tapping, drug testing, police brutality, new stop-and-search powers etc.

No, the Paul family and the real Tea Party are two very different things. The Pauls are libertarians - The Teabaggers are just angry Republicans.

Posted by: bourassa1 | May 18, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse


The tea party is taking charge and people are wakeing up to these Marxist.

Posted by: samuellenn | May 18, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

==

So Mitch McConnell is a Marxist. Establishment Republicans like McConnell and Dick Armey have created a monster which is now devouring them.

Posted by: twm1 | May 18, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes non interventionism mind our own business including welfare for corrupt countries and the UN. Forcing freedom on countries is as stupid an ineffective as welfare here at home welfare warfare state must end. Only way to do it is end the federal reserve which is congresses credit card.

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

jmdziuban1


I am not going to speak for the tea party


however, the libertarians want to pull ALL our troops out of overseas.

I would say the standard TEA PARTY person wants a STRONG AMERICA -


They want the federal government to stick to JUST THE POWERS ENUMBERATED IN THE CONSTITUTION - THE MILITARY IS ONE.

But CUT everything else.

I would imagine they would cut HALF the federal government - AND YOU WOULD NOT NOTICE IT ONE BIT.

Except your taxes would be lower.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

LMAO Toomey takes PA! CYA wouldn't wanna be ya libs

Posted by: Straightline | May 18, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Didn't think the edukatsun state could sink any lower, but I will admit when I'm wrong.
Who will be appointed to change this idiot's diapers?

Posted by: pjohn2 | May 18, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Is the tea party in favor of a smaller military? The founding fathers did not set out to become a superpower, in fact the founding fathers were what might be termed isolationists, even the Monroe Doctrine came much later. The US was still unprepared to declare war on Britian in 1812, but did it anyhows in a pique of fervor. We did not want confrontation with Mexico but had to save Texas from itself. The Civil War was not a war of choice, or fully militarized for at the outset, by either side. The Spanish-American War was intigated by William Randolph Hearst because Hearst was an Imperialist. Woodrow Wilson was derided for entering WWI. Wendall Wilkie ran for president as on isolationist before WWII. Are the tea party traditional American small military isolationists? Or, does the tea party wish to pick and choose what they want out of the founding fathers as suits their purposes. I await a response.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | May 18, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

One poster here had an excellent point - at how ironic it was to see the democrats who claimed to hate name-calling against blacks so much were apparently so happy to accuse the tea party of name-calling -

while using the term tea-bagger to refer to the tea party.

First, these people are really NOT against name calling - because they do it almost every hour of every day - including on this blog.

Instead, they are just looking for another avenue TO EXPRESS THEIR HATE. - THEY HATE THE TEA PARTY NOW.

HOW IS THAT ANY DIFFERENT FROM RACISM ? It isn't different at all. Anyway - keep up with your name-calling - you are only exposing yourselves.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Sux it libs, you wanted a failed community organizer as POTUS, now deal with the consequences.


Barack Hussein Obama-destroying the demoCRAP party one day at a time!

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 18, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

While it does my black heart good to see Mitch McConnell's view of the world on the losing side, isn't it a bit ironic that the "tea party guy" was the rich on, barely from Kentucky, who outspent the local guy with funds gathered mostly from out of district?

Posted by: wd1214 | May 18, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

While it does my black heart good to see Mitch McConnell's view of the world on the losing side, isn't it a bit ironic that the "tea party guy" was the rich on, barely from Kentucky, who outspent the local guy with funds gathered mostly from out of district?

Posted by: wd1214 | May 18, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Lots of ugly lib mo fo's whistling past the grave yard... in their own disturbed way...

LOL WAPO comment boards are going to be so much fun in November. The weeping, the wailing the gnashing of neo-commie teeth. The libs already kill their own now they will have to eat them too.

Posted by: Straightline | May 18, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

E-mails from editors at the Politico and Wash Post just went out: "Give me another 500 words on how the Tea Party is a spent force."

Posted by: relictele | May 18, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Republicans . . .

The other white meat.

Posted by: palmtree2001 | May 18, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy your victory, tea tards. The general voting public can't stand you freaks.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

This has been an incredible day for we Democrats.

It's everything we were hoping for.

Seriously, we here in Seattle are very jubilant over all the results so far - WOO HOO!

Posted by: WillSeattle

Must have voted to legalize pot.

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 18, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Pretty scary. At best the Tea Party is a 18th century movement of illiterati who claim that they can govern in the 21st century by pushing our country backward in time (a physical impossibility). At worst, the Tea Party is an anarchist movement that will "lead" us to chaos and violence.

Posted by: jjedif | May 18, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Is the tea party in favor of a smaller military. The founding fathers did not set out to become a superpower, in fact the founding fathers were what might be termed isolationists, even the Monroe Doctrine came much later. The US wa sstill unprepared to declare war on Britian in 1812, but did it anyhows in a pique of fervor. We did not want confrontation with mexico but had to save Texas from itself. The Civil War was not a war of choice, or fully militarized for at the outset, by either side. The Spanish-American War was intigated by william Randolph Hearst because hearst was an In=mperialist. Wilson was derided for entering WWI. Wendall Wilkie ran for president as on isolationist before WWII. Are the tea party traditional American small military isolationists? Or, does the tea party wish to pick and choose what they want out of the founding fathers as suits their purposes. I await a response.

Posted by: jmdziuban1 | May 18, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

This is perfect! I hope every candidate with any association with the tea baggers wins a Republican primary!

While hypocrisy, infidelity and bald-faced lying have not been enough to undo the GOP, guilt by association with the right-wing fringe most certainly will!!

WooHOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Go nutburgers . . . GO!

Posted by: palmtree2001 | May 18, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

DUH, doi, I have a message from the *burp* tea party: we've come to eat our own. Republicans taste a lot like chicken. *ppft*

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | May 18, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

This is perfect! I hope every candidate with any association with the tea baggers wins a Republican primary!

While hypocrisy, infidelity and bald-faced lying have not been enough to undo the GOP, guilt by association with the right-wing fringe most certainly will!!

WooHOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Go nutburgers . . . GO!

Posted by: palmtree2001 | May 18, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Funny, while the press spills endless amounts of ink on and wastes incredible amounts of time on the silly tea party and trying to pump them up into something more then just a bunch of spoiled brat republicans making fools of themselves, if you look at the total votes cast for Paul and then the total cast for both democrats in the kentucky race, the democrats are both garnering more votes each then Paul!

Posted by: greenbug2 | May 18, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

This has been an incredible day for we Democrats.

It's everything we were hoping for.

Seriously, we here in Seattle are very jubilant over all the results so far - WOO HOO!

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 18, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Election 2010: Kentucky Senate

Rand Paul (R)

Rand Paul (R) 48%

Daniel Mongiardo (D) 32%

Some Other Candidate 8%
Not Sure 12%

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Suzy you're a loser regardless of who is president.

Posted by: koolkat


Pot meet kettle.

Today's democRAT party, going down quicker than a cheap ho on Slick Willy!

Posted by: cschotta1 | May 18, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

"Serious question for tea tards: What does a teabagger victory in a Republican primary have to do with Barack Obama?"

I will ignore the name-calling and clue you in. What it has to do with Obama is Rand Paul's win says that repeating "Change, Change, Hope, Change," then carrying on exactly like G.W. ("War and Medicaid") Bush does not hack it. In 2006 and 2008 the voters threw out Republican bums and elected Democratic bums. Throwing out the Democratic bums and replacing them with carbon copy Republican insiders no longer has much appeal.

Posted by: jdadson | May 18, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The second paragraph says "Paul's victory is widely credited to the strength of the tea party movement in the state and amounts to a rebuke of the party establishment -- both in Washington and in Kentucky." {Now the truth.} Tea Party not needed. Any clear minded American has witnessed first hand the fear tactics, obstuctions, and financial handling of the GOP. So much so the current administration was forced to spend in its first year to halt a total collapse of the U.S. economy. Preventing Washington from solving problems facing us all in a Bi-Partisan way,McConnell, the half Gov of Alaska, Beck, and the like have led the way in name-calling,protecting non-regulation,stalling healthcare reform, and protecting other interests and policies of the last administration. Folks chose the current president because they witnessed the last 8 year path and the result. Again Tea party or any other party not needed.

Posted by: str82it | May 18, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

T He He. Where all these Huckberries goin' to go once they figure out that the T-ballers can't fix all their gumball cumplaints?

Posted by: SickofFatCats | May 18, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

One cuckoo Tea Republican, Rand, beats another Republican, thereby delivering a blow to Republican Party of No leader McConnell...this is too good to be true! The Barry Goldwater of his day!

Posted by: dudh | May 18, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


You personally represent everything that is wrong with Obama -


Complete obsession with racial issues -

Every little perceived slight is a "RACIAL PROXY"

When someone does not agree with you, the vicious name-calling begins.

It is a disgusting way to lead your life.

Too bad Obama is the same.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Suzy you're a loser regardless of who is president.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 8:50 PM


koolkat, go have a beer with Leichtman. Both of you need a shoulder to cry on. Report back when you're done.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 18, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Things just started to look up for the Dems.

Posted by: hansenderred | May 18, 2010 8:53 PM

When you're that far down in the hole, the only place you can look is up. Getting out is a different story.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 18, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Seems that the message from the tea party is that they're racist scum:

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/05/tea_party_leader_allah_is_monkey_god.php?ref=fpb

Posted by: tracymohr | May 18, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Things just started to look up for the Dems. They can take KY now and who knows perhaps ME as well. Keep up the good work teabaggers, you are destroying the GOP from within.

Posted by: hansenderred | May 18, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Suzy you're a loser regardless of who is president.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The only freedom that libertarianism offers is the freedom to starve and to be uneducated.

Posted by: hansenderred | May 18, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I sense some anger management issues

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Serious question for tea tards: What does a teabagger victory in a Republican primary have to do with Barack Obama?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 18, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Where were the people who were so inflamed...
Went to work, stayed home, picked their kids up from school, planned on going to the softball game, planned on going over to their elderly parents' home...

Posted by: cms1 | May 18, 2010 8:33 PM

no work, no home, no kids in school, no softball game, elderly parents home foreclosed...welcome to obamaland

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 18, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is Rand Paul's Kentucky a socialist welfare state?

**Kentucky taxpayers receive more federal funding per dollar of federal taxes paid than the average state. Per dollar of federal tax collected in 2005, Kentucky citizens received approximately $1.51 in the way of federal spending. This ranks the state 9th highest nationally and represents a rise from 1995 when Kentucky received $1.28 per dollar of taxes in federal spending (ranked 13th nationally).**

http://www.taxfoundation.org/research/topic/30.html

Can we any longer afford the Republican Party?

Posted by: lichtme | May 18, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I saw this victory two years ago at the Fancy Farm Picnic. Rand Paul was reaching to the people. McConnell had to struggle to win in his re-election. Jim Bunning was cursed out on the stump trying to help McConnell.


People are saying to government that has cameras on every corner and monitors every transaction: Leave us alone. Rand will take this message to congress.

Posted by: Phred2 | May 18, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Humm, 30% or less turnout does NOT a firestorm make for ANY candidate. Seems pretty typical to me, year after year after year, of low voter turnout for the primaries.
Where were the people who were so inflamed about the whole situation that they believed their nation and their homes were about to be destroyed by politicians doing this-or-that to them?
Went to work, stayed home, picked their kids up from school, planned on going to the softball game, planned on going over to their elderly parents' home to visit and see if everything was all right, planned on living life as usual.
Free, independent, self sufficient, Americans living everyday life and unmoved by panic.

Posted by: cms1 | May 18, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


You can stop your griping - no one likes Obama anymore.


You might as well accept it.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Libertarianism is Freedom!!! Freedom rules because you can't kill an idea!!!!!! Rand Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Hurray for the flea blaggers!

Posted by: yawhosthere | May 18, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Too funny- teabaggers think this means something. It doesn't. We all know what you're about, and what kind of people you are.

If this is a victory for anything, it's a reminder that we still have quite a few stupid, ignorant, and bigoted Americans among us.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | May 18, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

LIBERTARIANISM IS ANARCHY FOR RICH PEOPLE

Posted by: hansenderred | May 18, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

LIBERTARIANISM IS ANARCHY FOR RICH PEOPLE!!!

Posted by: hansenderred | May 18, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul a true victory for freedom. A glimmer of hope in a Hurricane of Tyranny and Reckless Spending!! Hooray for Rand Paul

Posted by: seanmn | May 18, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Statists, go ahead. Enjoy your foul mouth name-calling ("tea baggers"), and gloat about an easy win for the D's in the Kentucky Senate race. It ain't gonna happen. Both arms of the uni-party (the Republicrats) are going the way of the dinosaurs.

Posted by: jdadson | May 18, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

L1, the Fix is a fact free zone. You know this. That the RNC talking points and press releases are accurately typed in here is all you can expect.

Ironically, as the Fix bleats about the Tuesday results being a referendum on this that and the other, his Post coworker E.J. Dionne is saying just the opposite: there are local reasons for the final votes.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 18, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The Libertarians are going to be a force in this country for a long long time - there is no way around it now.


This country WILL end up with LESS GOVERNMENT, LOWER TAXES, LESS OVERSEAS INVOLVEMENT.


This will be Obama's ultimate legacy - the REACTION TO OBAMA WILL SHAPE THE NATION FOR DECADES.


UNPRECEDENTED.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 18, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Congrats!

A Democratic sweep in all three races!

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 18, 2010 8:11 PM


Yes, the democrats swept right into the garbage. Let's keep sweeping. Go Tim Burns!!!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 18, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

So KY is now a pretty safe bet for the Dems. Only the loony fringe want tea baggers in office which means traditional Rs ad Independants wil overwhelmingly break D even in that conservative state, or more likely they will just stay home.

And when Sestak beats Specter it makes another safe seat for Ds. toomey did not have a tea bagger challenge because he is farther off into looney town than santorum, who lost to an unknown by 19% last time around...

Good stuff.

Posted by: John1263 | May 18, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul wins! WOW!

I am ecstatic on soooo many levels:
1. KY Voters soundly rejected McConnell and his handpicked man! McConnell first forced out sitting US Senator Bunning (yeah Bunning is zany, wacky, anomalous...but that is another story) and then handpicked Greasy;-)!
2. Now the more important point: Paul is outside of KY mainstream voters. He is just sooo out there... Democrats now have a genuine chance to pick up this seat.
3. Did I mentioned the KY voters rejected the chin-less, turtle looking dude?

Posted by: KaneMan | May 18, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Congrats!

A Democratic sweep in all three races!

And a big hand up the backside to all the incumbents.

I'd like to congratulate Rand Paul on everything he's done to help we Democrats keep the House and Senate and all the Tea Bag Terrorists for their hard work in knocking out the Republicant incumbents.

Much appreciated, footsoldiers!

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 18, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The tea party is taking charge and people are wakeing up to these Marxist.

Posted by: samuellenn | May 18, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The tea party is taking charge and people are wakeing up to these Marxist.

Posted by: samuellenn | May 18, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

The tea party is taking charge and people are wakeing up to these Marxist.

Posted by: samuellenn | May 18, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Can't you just imagine Harry Reid trying to control Rand Paul??? That would be a treat to watch -- but, do not want Harry outside the funny farm after November!

Posted by: wheeljc | May 18, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Your Rendell quote about bad weather depressing
turnout is just as incorrect CC as your statement to look at Indy votes in Pa. Pa
is a closed primary state and only allows
registered voters to vote in the primary where
registered. THIS MORNING"S turnout was apparently low.
Chuck Todd and Rendell just reported on
Hardball that turnout is just fine and should
exceed 30% overall in the state contrary to what was reported this a.m. Come on get your act together Blake and Somnez. As to the inner city Pa vote where Fineman says there was only a 10% turnout at 4 pm that report, IF ACCURATE would spell major trouble for Specter. So which is it WP? Rendell and Todd claiming over 30% turnout, or a horrible turnout of 10%?

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 18, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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