I think the Democratic party may well be better off with Sestak as the candidate in November, and the Democratic voters in Pennsylvania may simply have felt the same way.
This evening, Arlen Specter lost his Senate seat in Pennsylvania's Democratic primary. His rival Tom Sestak defeated him in the Democratic primary. I have to say his defeat saddens me.
He belongs to a flaggling tradition of reality-based, moderate conservatives
For that reason, it's hard to draw firm conclusions about whether Specter was primarily rejected for being a Washington insider or for being a life-long Republican.
The conventional wisdom: This was a stunning repudiation of the Democratic establishment.
The reality: Certainly, Specter had the support of a lot of Very Important People, including the President, many unions, and the mayors of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. But in many cases, it seemed perfunctory. The White House elected not to send either Barack Obama or Joe Biden to the state in the closing days. The unions were nominally supporting Specter, but were concentrating their cash in Arkansas and elsewhere. As Sestak began to emerge as the superior general election candidate, their support grew even more tepid. This was an important win, and the netroots progressives who championed Sestak's campaign deserve all the credit in the world. But something can be dramatic without being especially surprising. Joe Sestak is a mainline, lunchpail Democrat who defeated a very unpopular Republican-turned-Democrat who ran an awful campaign and who Pennsylvania Democrats weren't used to punching their ticket for. No huge shock there.
Most of the conservatives trust in free market economy and want the world deregulated and that aint ever going to work.
Are "moderate conservatives" like accountants who are moderately accurate
or like trial judges who are moderate in how many bribes they extort ?
However, Arlen Specter is 80. It is time for him to retire. WHile a young person could die suddenly in office, Specter was pushing the possibility of special election having to be held were he to have won his seat this time.
The problem with CONSERVATIVE is that not everyone can swallow the whole list of stuff that makes up (mostly) the GOP and libertarian movements. Each of us has respect for a small or bgger portion of a conservative platform but I dont think anyone but a brain-dead automaton follows the entire menu.(Thats until I actually met someone who believes everything that Limbaugh says)
His age would have certainly been a factor for me if I was voting in the PA Democratic primary.
and the original anti-incumbent ... Mr. Obama!
He started a trend, and you're digging it. He's your hero.
That's a fair point. I just hope Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine won't be next.