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A little on Ole’ Arlen’s loss yesterday…..An Editorial…..

Arlen Specter.…The distinguished Senior Senator from Pennsylvania lost his bid for another six years in the Nations Congress….

The Democrat voters of his state have paved the way for him to end his career in early January of next year……

While the media talking heads and net’ Doctor’s scream about all the Bullshit…..

The Dog would like to say his piece…

Arlen Specter a lot of people don’t know…….’ran for District Attorney (of Philadelphia ), on the Republican ticket as a registered Democrat ‘….a won  big….In 1965 ……He served in that position for eight years……for the next seven years after he left the DA’s office he lost several chances to get elected to public office as a Republican…..

He won election to the US Senate in 1980 and has been there ever since…..

While the media crows about Ole’ Arlen..the fact is the man has severed his country and state well…

He is 80 years old, tough, erasable and pretty sharp….

But the real reason he lost yesterday isn’t about the national incumbant wave like the media and GOPer’s would like you think…

It’s about basic politics…

Ole’ Arlen IS old….That he couldn’t get away from….

Sestak is a fairly young man who  is a Democrat and doesn’t have the baggage of being a REPUBLICAN for the last 30 years…

In this day and age in of politics the simple fact of having a history is a disadvantage period…..

Arlen leaned on Obama…who needed him for Healthcare and few early votes…..

But could not or would not come back to his rescue for his own personal gain…..

Healthcare is going to demonstrate repaeatily the fact that presidents have a different constituency that congressmen…

They all know that…

But it’s terrible to watch in action….

Congressmen ARE expendable to president’s ..they always have been…..

The final fact is primaries themselves….

Because the dynamic for primaries favor the more involved REGULAR party voters..which never go above about 20 to 25% of the general voting public…..a lot of politicians find primaries the toughest race they have to run…

They must please the party people who don’t necessarily agree with what can be ACTUALLY passed in Congress…then track back with the knowledge that their opponent and the media will hold them accountable for the BS they needed to say to the primary voters….

Ole’ Arlen did his stay……

Now it’s time for a new batter……..

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May 19, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Editorial, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Good summary of the multiple factors that ended Arlen Specter’s political career. Snarlin Arlen just narrowly dodged some bullets in the past (Dem Anita Yerkel in 1992, Pat Toomey in the GOP primary in 2004). This time the baggage of three decades in the Senate coupled with what the voters viewed as his opportunistic switching of parties last year simply was too high a hurdle for him to get over. Early on I was rooting for Specter, but he never gave a good reason for switching parties other than to save his own skin. To be honest, I liked him better when he was a moderate Republican back in the 90’s running for Prez. At least then he was taking chances and standing on principle. Now he just seemed to be grasping at straws. But in the end we should look at the whole of a man’s career rather than the final moments where it ended and overall he’s been a good public servant. I wish him well in his retirement

    Comment by Scott P | May 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Excellent Scott…….You got my point……Thank You

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Yeh I pretty much agree.Time ran out for ol Arlen.Sestak has a better chance of beating Toomey in my view.

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 19, 2010 | Reply

    • We’ll see…I hope so…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply

  3. Specter’s loss is the best thing that could have happened to democrats. At least they have a chance to win in November now–A.S. was going to lose by 20% or more.

    Comment by slamdunk | May 19, 2010 | Reply

  4. We all knew that in the end…..But 20%?

    No way…he would have pulled a few GOP voters that still liked him…..

    He’s out be kind to the guy..he was a hell of a politician…….

    Weither you liked him…or not

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 20, 2010 | Reply


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