Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010

             Well, Arlen Specter lost.  The Pennsylvania Democrat, thirty years in the Senate, spent twenty-nine of them as a Republican.  He switched parties last year to avoid a tough primary fight against Pat Toomey, who almost beat him six years ago.  So instead of an easier win, he lost the Democratic primary to two-term Congressman Joe Sestak.   Now Sestak will face Toomey in the fall.  Go figure.      Arkansas Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln faced a tough challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.  Neither got a majority;  there'll be a runoff next month.      The Tea Partiers have a race to brag about.  In Kentucky their man, Rand Paul, won the Republican primary against Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who had the support of orthodox Republicans like Senate leader Mitch McConnell.  It wasn't close;  Paul got 59% of the vote.      One House race got lots of attention.  Pennsylvania Representative John Murtha died this year.  He'd held the seat for about ever and was famous, not for issues, but for funneling pork to the folks back home.  The district is littered with John Murtha Institutes for the Study of this, that or the other.  To succeed this fountain of jobs and money, voters elected Democrat Mark Critz, who used to work for Murtha.  One voter said, "He knows all the stuff that Murtha's accomplished, and I think he'll do a good job too."  Keep those goodies coming, Mr. Critz.      But the last word goes to Specter, one of the losers. "I wasn't sent to Washington to play it safe," he said, "I have something to show for what I've done."  Got that right, Senator.
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