Arlen Faces the Specter of Defeat

by Mike on August 13, 2009

in Election 2010,Politics

Arlen Specter has taken a political beating lately.  Like other Democrats who are actually brave enough to face their constituents, Specter recently attended a series of town hall meetings where he should have discovered that applying Barack Obama’s government-knows-best philosophy to the greatest health care system in the world isn’t exactly the kind of hope and change people voted for last November.  At least that’s what a normal person would conclude when faced with the wrath of those who put him into office in the first place. But being the sheltered, walking advertisement for term limits that he is, Specter didn’t react very well to being put in his place.

Rather than rethinking his position, respectfully disagreeing with his constituents, or even just smiling and nodding, Specter decided to remind them of how lucky they were to be in his presence.  Now he’s fallen back on the position that the town hall meetings are “not necessarily representative of America.”  For Specter’s sake, I hope his Congressional health plan covers tin ear replacement.

Not that it would help him.  According to the latest Rasmussen poll, incumbent Democrat-turned-Republican-turned Democrat Specter now trails Republican challenger Pat Toomey by twelve points in the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race despite the fact that he led Toomey by eleven in June.  As I’m sure most of you recall, Specter left the Republican Party because he thought he would lose to Pat Toomey in the primary but crush him him the general.  Specter must have done something in the last two months to lose 23 points in that blue state of Pennsylvania, but I just can’t put my finger on it.  Must have been something Specter said that wasn’t representative of America.

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