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View Diary: PA-Sen: PPP Has Joe Sestak (D) Tied With Pat Toomey (R), Toomey Trails Kathleen Kane (D) (22 comments)

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  •  Sestak is a horrible campaigner (4+ / 0-)

    I did like him and supported him for Congress and Senate with money and votes, but his speaking style is poor and he simply was not aggressive enough. What's way worse, in my opinion, is that he failed to tie Toomey to the Club for Growth and its anti-Social Security and anti-Medicare stance in a state with the the number of elderly second only to Florida. In fact, I don't think he ever mentioned it.  Kane is much more charismatic and I doubt she would hesitate in nailing Toomey with whatever there was to nail him.  On the other hand, if the governorship stays Republican, she's better in place.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 11:22:28 AM PST

    •  Disagree, Sestak nailed Toomey on his role in (4+ / 0-)
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      pushing the effort in repealing Glass Stegall and kept tying Toomey to Bush and Santorum, especially with this ad:

      Sestak campaigned in every county and fought hard.  Now his mistake may have been trying to tie Toomey to Christine O'Donnell.  Toomey's smooth, he can come off as a Tea Party Republican moderates can trust.  Him and O'Donnell are still in the same Tea Party nut bowl but Toomey's not O'Donnell as a candidate.  Sestak said he wants to run again and do it right.  I trust him and I think he can run a better campaign.  Still, even for a bad year for Democrats, his race was one of the closest and he's running in a Presidential year this time.

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      by poopdogcomedy on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 11:39:46 AM PST

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    •  Sestak Spent All His Time Preening On Fox News (1+ / 0-)
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      basking in the attention over whether Obama had "bribed" him, as if that was going to win him a single vote.

      I don't keep bringing that up just to be a dick - I want people to remember what a weird self destructive campaign he ran and the need for substantially better handlers.

      Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

      by bernardpliers on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 12:54:28 PM PST

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      •  As I remember, Sestak didn't want to talk about (1+ / 0-)
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        that after the primary.  Now during the primary he brought it up because he had to make the case that he's not an establishment candidate.  Yeah, he was on Fox News but a lot of central Pennsylvanians, including old school Democrats, watch Fox News.  Arlen Specter's stronghold was central PA and Joe had to appeal to them.  Sestak isn't like Dennis Kucinich who decided to be a Fox News talking head because he was pissed about losing his seat due to a gross GOP gerrymandered map that Kucinich supported and even campaigned for the OH GOP.  He also had to bring up the job offer because the PA Democratic Party was spreading lies about Sestak and making robocalls claiming that Sestak said he would support Toomey if he lost the primary.  Sestak never said that.  Joe may have had his bumps along the campaign trail, I admit that.  But the PA Democratic Party deserves some blame as well.  I understand why Rendell and the party heads wanted Specter.  Specter and Rendell have a long and strong working relationship.  Hell, Ed owes Arlen for his political career.  Specter was the one who gave Rendell his first job.  If Specter had switched parties after the 2006 election (especially since he was way more popular with Democratic voters than Republican voters) like Rendell had been begging him to do so for a while instead of wait until Jim DeMint told him they would be backing Toomey over him, Specter may have survived in 2010, both the primary and the general.  Specter's part switch was the right thing to do but it came too little too late.  PA Democrats knew that but just couldn't admit it.

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        by poopdogcomedy on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 01:10:42 PM PST

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        •  He Should Have Appeared On Local TV Stations (0+ / 0-)

          Jesus, there's Philly, Pgh, Altoona, Harrisburg, Scranton, and State College. None of them are far from DC.

          He was on Fox getting a hostile reception to talk about a classic bullshit inside-the-beltawy nontroversy that was of no interest to the voters in PA.

          Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

          by bernardpliers on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 02:21:16 PM PST

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