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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Primary Delights

Posted by on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Sen. Arlen Specter got his old, useless, opportunistic ass handed to him by Democratic primary voters in Pennsylvania today. And over in Arkansas pseudodem Sen. Blanche Lincoln failed to clear 50% of the vote in the Democratic primary—she's tied at 43% with her actualdem challenger—and faces a June runoff against Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. And Democrats held onto the seat of recently deceased Dem Congressman John Murtha in a special election—a special election previously spun as "a preview of how the midterm elections could go this fall." So, hey, good preview. And in Kentucky tea party favorite Rand Paul, son of Ron, beat the GOP-backed candidate in the Republican primary for an open US senate seat.

Seems like pretty good news all around. So long, Arlen.


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Max Solomon 1
i told motherfuckers to chill. don't believe the hype.
Posted by Max Solomon on May 18, 2010 at 9:53 PM · Report this
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 18, 2010 at 9:54 PM · Report this
Bub 3
I love that Tea Party favorite Rand Paul is planning on having his victory celebration at a country club. But I question CNN's description of Teabaggers "championing the under-represented."

Paul is a favorite of the Tea Party activists in the state, who believe in fiscal discipline and championing the under-represented, but Paul said he didn't think his choice of venue sent an unusual message. "I guess some people could argue that. But I think it is a beautiful place."
Posted by Bub on May 18, 2010 at 10:10 PM · Report this
venomlash 4
@3: That's a guy who wants to get rid of the Department of Education, so hey, he's an idiot.
Posted by venomlash on May 18, 2010 at 10:22 PM · Report this
I'm proud to say I'm one of the PA Dems who voted against that asshole Specter!
Posted by pavoter on May 18, 2010 at 10:51 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 6
3, he also has advocated for repeal of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A real brain trust there for sure.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on May 18, 2010 at 11:02 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 7
And down in Oregon, the Republicans failed to take the State Schools Superintendent position.…

Also, anti tax conservatives failed to defeat two moderates who had raised taxes to avoid budget cuts:

"Nine legislative incumbents survived their primary challenges Tuesday, including veteran Rep. Bob Jenson, who appeared to have won his hotly contested race in eastern Oregon against newcomer Mike Mathisen.

Anti-tax groups from around the state had vowed to unseat Jenson, R-Pendleton, from his House District 58 seat because he voted last year to increase business and personal income taxes on high-earners.

Mathisen is new to the district and to politics. But he won key endorsements from Oregon conservative groups -- including the Oregon Family Council and Oregon Right to Life.

In neighboring House District 57, incumbent Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, also won even though the state's GOP leader said both Smith and Jenson should be kicked out of the party for supporting tax increases."…
Posted by passionate_jus on May 18, 2010 at 11:44 PM · Report this
eclexia 8
Specter wasn't such a bad guy. He was a thinking man, and a huge champion of the National Institute of Health.
Posted by eclexia on May 19, 2010 at 12:03 AM · Report this
So let's hope this is how the enthusiam gap works in the mid-terms, too.

No one could have predicted that Democratic voters are enthusiastic when given the choice between a Progressive and Conservative Dem, or between a Conservative Dem and not-quite-conservative Dem, or a Democrat and a Republican: they vote for the closest thing to a real Democrat they can find, outside the cracker barrel districts, in any case.

Ya think the Obama administration and the DCCC will take note, or just continue to ride the corporate pigs they came in on?
Posted by judybrowni on May 19, 2010 at 12:42 AM · Report this
Good news?

Obama backed Specter.
Obama's endorsement has been
the kiss of death in EVERY ELECTION.
And what's up with backing turncoat Specter?
Obama is a poltical whore,
just a very ineffective whore....

So yeah,
if you think having your party leader,
President and FARCE ADVOCVATE's
balls cut off (again) is Good News
then we guess it was your night....
Posted by Eunuch in Chief (do they make political Viagra?...) on May 19, 2010 at 5:56 AM · Report this
Good News?

Looks like the 32% of Americans who identify as TeaBaggers are taking their votes and enthusiasm to the Republican Party.

But if your real talent is being a smug whining prick who loves to make fun of Real Americans then, yeah, good news cause that gig is still open.....
Posted by looks like the party is passing you girls by.... on May 19, 2010 at 6:02 AM · Report this
Pretty good news all around.

The Democraps are busily purging moderates and hunkering down in their base- the 19% of Americans who call themselves Liberals.

But that is good news-
having that SuperMajority created nothing but performance anxiety and stress; having that huge 60 vote Senate doesn't really do any good when it just lies limp and flaccid in your pink panties now, does it?
Don't worry, come November we'll see that monster on a Party that knows what to do with it.
Posted by save time- lubricate generously and bend over now.... on May 19, 2010 at 6:07 AM · Report this
Frau Blucher 13
Uh-Oh. Where is our resident "unregistered" SLOG troll that is always touting how the conservatives will reclaim our Government? The one erroneously touting that 41% of Americans identify as "conservative" bullshit?

Possibly in some dark corner, licking his wounds or licking his balls.
Posted by Frau Blucher on May 19, 2010 at 6:09 AM · Report this
Frau Blucher 14
Well, well, looks like the unregistered troll and I posted around the same time.

There's our nitwit boy who never fails to provide the necessary fodder for our reading enjoyment.
Posted by Frau Blucher on May 19, 2010 at 6:13 AM · Report this
Unfortunately, much like McCain, Specter changed his colors in recent years somewhat and bent over for the hardcore right. That is of course until the hardcore right turned on him so he switched parties. In the end I'm happy to see new Specter get beat but I still miss old specter. Old Specter spent decades in Congress as a very moderate Republican. He would buck his party and make his own decisions. He was a real thinking man back in the day. I miss old Specter. I'm happy to see new Specter gone. Now just keep your fingers crossed that this new guy can win in Nov.
Posted by Root on May 19, 2010 at 6:37 AM · Report this
from the Gallup website:

Conservatives Maintain Edge as Top Ideological Group

>>Compared with 2008, more Americans “conservative” in general, and on issues
by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ -- Conservatives continue to outnumber moderates and liberals in the American populace in 2009, confirming a finding that Gallup first noted in June. Forty one percent of Americans describe their political views as conservative, 36% as moderate, and 19% as liberal. This marks a shift from 2005 through 2008, when moderates were tied with conservatives as the most prevalent group.

>>Independents Inch to the Right
Changes among political independents appear to be the main reason the percentage of conservatives has increased nationally over the past year: the 35% of independents describing their views as conservative in 2009 is up from 29% in 2008. By contrast, among Republicans and Democrats, the percentage who are "conservative" has increased by one point each.

As is typical in recent years, Republicans are far more unified in their political outlook than are either independents or Democrats. While 72% of Republicans in 2009 call their views conservative, independents are closely split between the moderate and conservative labels (43% and 35%, respectively). Democrats are about evenly divided between moderates (39%) and liberals (37%).

Posted by Fat, Liberal and Stupid is no way to go through life.... on May 19, 2010 at 6:49 AM · Report this
raindrop 17
Whether on the left or on the right, you are not inclined to vote for someone that only matches your political dispositions in a tainted pseudo way.
Posted by raindrop on May 19, 2010 at 7:08 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 18
Notwithstanding all of Dan's "spin," the only message I'm taking away from this is that all incumbents - in both parties - are in for a very rough time of it this November.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on May 19, 2010 at 7:33 AM · Report this
Vince 19
I agree that CNN and MSNBC et al, say Tea Baggers are a force to bring change, blah, blah, fucking blah. They're just a bunch of disaffected right wingers who hide behind a new name but are really the same old backward moralising bullshit Republicans.
Posted by Vince on May 19, 2010 at 7:53 AM · Report this
ssssssshhh, Vince!
don't spill the beans-
these are New and Improved disaffected right wingers ;
with Extra Brighteners!!
Posted by eat our dust on May 19, 2010 at 8:04 AM · Report this
Baconcat 21
If we're such a centrist nation, why is the GOP so gleefully marching to the hard right?
Posted by Baconcat on May 19, 2010 at 8:12 AM · Report this
Because 41% (and increasing every day...) of America lives on the Right and the Right is much more energized and will turn out to vote in greater percentages than the discouraged whining Left and, most important, because it is the Right Thing to do for America....

A better question is why are the Democraps so gleefully dumping moderates like Lincoln for Lefties who have no chance to win in November?
Posted by America on May 19, 2010 at 8:27 AM · Report this
raindrop 23
@21: Centrist nation, perhaps. But Obama wants to leads us over the edge of a Venezuelan cliff!
Posted by raindrop on May 19, 2010 at 8:49 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 24
Reagan vows to make gov't smaller. Gov't grows larger during Reagan's terms.

Bush I vows to make gov't smaller. Gov't grows larger during Bush I's term.

Bush II vows to make gov't smaller. Gov't grows larger during Bush II's terms.

Teabaggers vow to make gov't smaller...
Posted by Urgutha Forka on May 19, 2010 at 9:15 AM · Report this
passionate_jus 25

This WAS a great night for Democrats. In KY and PA we got the stronger candidate. In both those states the Republicans got the most extreme and most conservative candidates.

And Rand Paul is known as a nut job. He already stepped in it by having his victory party at an exclusive country club for the mega rich. Then he defended that be mentioning Tiger Woods! I hope this is how he runs his campaign!

Oh and we won the PA-12 special election.

So Dan is not spinning anything, just stating facts.
Posted by passionate_jus on May 19, 2010 at 9:45 AM · Report this
The Dems also lurched, to the left.
The diff is a lurch to the right takes you closer to a 41% slice of the country (and independents are moving right as well) while a move to the left is taking you to 19%ville.
Democrap "victories" last night are planting seeds of disaster in November.
Posted by Go ahead. Drink ALL the bubbly.You won't be needing it later on May 19, 2010 at 9:52 AM · Report this
venomlash 27
@26: I love how you guys can muster the cognitive dissonance to on the one hand claim that Republicans becoming less moderate will make the GOP stronger, but that Democrats are shooting themselves in the feet by kicking out Blue Dogs.

The trend among the Democrats does not really reflect a shift to the left so much as a shift away from corporate interests; that's only going to make them more popular.
Posted by venomlash on May 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM · Report this
attitude devant 28
I went to school in PA, and God! how I hated Arlen. From the Warren Commission's "magic bullet" (peerlessly satirized by Seinfeld) to Anita Hill to his weird vote on the Clinton impeachment to his opportunistic switch to the Dems, this is one guy I am glad to see gone.

On the other hand, he was better than our favorite former junior Senator, Rick Santorum.
Posted by attitude devant on May 19, 2010 at 11:35 AM · Report this
This is America.
It is not France.
Or Denmark.
Or Canada.
Real Americans are a Conservative people.
Two to One.
And, under Obama, getting more and more so every day...
Shifting to the Right and shifting to the Left are not equivalent or equal actions.
Which is why every successful Democratic President of the past half century governed as a moderate. And was usually a Southerner.
Never as a Liberal.
Posted by America is Right. on May 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 30
Stipulating that there are some serious loonies in the Tea Party, I still don't understand what looks to be a rather strong liberal reaction to Rand Paul. It's Kentucky, fer cryin' out loud...they aren't going to elect Barbara Boxer. At least Paul's brand of fiscal conservatism includes putting the DoD on the table for budget cuts...much more than can be said for 99% of the GOP. I'll take that over the typical Republican that talks a good game about government spending while handing out billions in corporate welfare and refusing to even entertain the idea that maybe we don't need to spend more on the military than the rest of the planet combined any day of the week.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on May 19, 2010 at 2:46 PM · Report this
venomlash 31
@29: And did any recent successful Republican Presidents govern as strict conservatives? (Key word: successful.) Every leader governs as a moderate to some degree.
And do you know why that is? Because the moderates are the swing voters. Sure, the GOP might lose a few conservatives to the Libertarians, and the Green Party might take some votes from the Democrats, but for the most part, conservatives vote R and liberals vote D. Where the moderates fall depends on what the two main parties offer them. So when the Republicans purge all those who don't mindlessly follow the party line, they lose a lot of moderates who aren't particularly fond of the GOP's party line.
The metamorphosis of the Democrats is less purist and more anti-big-business. And frankly, I don't think that the Democrats will suffer from that decision, given Wall Street's poor image in the eyes of America.
Besides, if America loves the Republicans so much, how'd they manage to drop what could have been an easy victory in Pennsylvania?
And please cite your source for your assertion that ~.667 of America is conservative. I'll be waiting.
Posted by venomlash on May 19, 2010 at 4:20 PM · Report this

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