Crashing The Party
I had an interesting weekend. Saturday, I headed to Lancaster, PA to do some early canvassing of 2008 voters; Sunday, among other things, I did some phone banking for Joe Sestak's campaign.
While at both places, I mentioned that the upcoming PA Senate Election could be a real chance to show how much the "Tea Party" is a fringe element that may only be hurting the GOP in the long run.
With the PA race, we have "True Democrat" in Joe Sestak, whose campaign relied heavily on support from groups like MoveOn, and beat the Democrats establishment candidate. And Pat Toomey, with his ties to the "Tea Party" and the big business interests that, in my opinion, fund it.
We also have the fact that Specter needing to run as a Democrat may have a lot to do with the GOP in effect letting the "Tea Party" become the party. Specter knew he couldn't win his party's primary, as the GOP, lacking new ideas, had resorted to obstruction, fear, and manufactured anger. Specter, as Sestak said in the campaign, switched parties to save his political skin. Obama, seeing a way to get closer to the 60-seat majority that seems to be necessary to pass anything anymore, made him an offer.
Now the "Tea Party" will counter with successes like Utah, Kentucky, and Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Utah and Kentucky, were primaries, which bring out folks like the Tea Partiers, and are more conservative states. In Virgina, New Jersey and Massachusetts, the Democrats lacked strong, popular candidates.
In PA, we have a general election, usually won by moderates and independents. We have a state that has large urban areas, and a candidate in Joe Sestak that can inspire. To me all opportunities to crash the Tea Party, in the sense of how a computer crashes.
- Joe Sestak
The Democrat for PA Senate