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  •  Well based on this post (1+ / 0-)
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    Gygaxian

    it's pretty clear how the Dem establishment feels about Sestak. But that's no surprise given that they tried their best to get him to change his mind about running for Senate after the D leadership came up with that brilliant idea about turning Specter into a Democrat.

    It was so gracious when Ed Rendell went on tv to threaten him not to run and such.

    And it was so nice of Rahm to tell him to stay out of the race to begin with in 2006 and the Dem establishment was so helpful to him (not).  He went on to win the race and become the first Democrat to hold that seat since the Civil War.

    But Sestak is not in with the right clique in the Dem party, so before  announcing that he will run, you do a little hit piece first.  How classy of you.


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:36:47 AM PDT

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      How bizarre.  I'd say many here have complicated feelings about Sestak.

      Also, Sestak was recruited to run in that district in 2006; it was Bryan Lentz who was asked to step aside.

    •  I don't see this as a hit piece. (1+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40

      You have to be honest and say that Sestak was way too coy about running for his old seat.  I chalk that up to being a bit "fresh" on the political scene - I mean they all do coy but at some point he have to put your position out.  And now we announce this far in advance?  Optically it is odd - taken together.  I guess you can say he's getting out of the way in the Gov race but he could do that and not announce for Senate.  It doesn't matter a great deal to me either way.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:34:54 AM PDT

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        The Caped Composer

        His aim with announcing this early is to clear the field. If most of the top of the bench in the state is running in the gubernatorial race this year because they smell blood and he spend all of 2013 and 2014 raising money and rebuilding his organization, he's going to be an insurmountable favorite in the 2016 Dem primary--and everyone will know it.

        I think that's all there is to this. He wants an honest, head-to-head contest with Toomey where he isn't scrambling to recover from a hard fought primary and the turnout in the state is historically favorable to his party.

        Every human being must be viewed according to what it is good for; for none of us, no, not one, is perfect; and were we to love none who had imperfections, this world would be a desert for our love.

        by Daniel Roche on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:41:07 AM PDT

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        •  Makes sense. (0+ / 0-)

          I think that he is going to have a better go at it this time around.  By 2016, we should be tired of Toomey.  And Sestak will have a chance to expand his recognition.  I wish a candidate would emerge to oust Gerlach.  That is tougher than you'd think as he does not do anything to make waves and there is a general "good guy" sense that people in my area have about him.  It is false, but since he flies under radar people don't pick up on that.  More that they know someone who knows him or they've met him and he's comes across as good.  Except when he votes to screw everyone over.

          "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

          by newfie on Wed May 15, 2013 at 08:23:39 AM PDT

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