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EXCLUSIVE: New Sestak ad plays the Santorum, Palin cards

EXCLUSIVE: New Sestak ad plays the Santorum, Palin cards

Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak is up with a new TV ad that seeks to remind voters of Republican rival Pat Toomey’s affinity for Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin.

The 30-second spot, which was not released by the campaign but was airing Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in the Philadelphia media market, refers to Toomey as “Pennsylvania’s most right-wing congressman”—a reference to an American Conservative Union rating that has put him to the right of former Senator Rick Santorum.

It goes on to air a clip in which Toomey says “my voting record’s pretty heard to distinguish from Rick Santorum’s,” and reminds viewers that Toomey called Palin “a spectacular governor.” It also airs a clip in which Toomey voices support for outlawing abortion and enacting penalties for doctors who perform them.

With most public polls showing Toomey leading Sestak one month before Election Day and with the race expected to tighten, the new ad underscores a key pillar of Sestak’s strategy: make Toomey unacceptably conservative to Pennsylvanians.

“Pat Toomey,” the ad says, “he’s not on our side.”

See the ad below.

October 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

--pa2010.com Staff

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  1. Ryan_in_DelCo

    Oct 6th, 2010

    This is all they got? The problem is that from a personality perspective, Toomey is the exact opposite of Santorum and Palin. He is not a blowhard that gets himself into trouble by making man on dog love style statements. Toomey is kind of boring, which plays to his strengths, where as Santorum and Palin are attention wh*res.

  2. delco observer

    Oct 6th, 2010

    @Ryan-this is a powerful gut punching ad…talks about all the things Toomey does not want to talk about…and it is just the beginning.
    One thing to know for sure is that the Campaign Group has much more and better coming. By the time they are done with Toomey, his own mommy wouldn’t vote for him. And the best part about this all is that they got nothing on Sestak that has not been beaten to death since the primary, and the race is still a toss-up. Watch out for the train…it is coming…fast.

    Now, Diano, make a juvenile comment.

  3. Jake

    Oct 6th, 2010

    video isn’t working for me dan

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  5. Anon

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Didn’t work against Christie in a much more pro-choice state, didn’t work against Brown in a much more pro-choice state, didn’t work against McDonnell and they had a smoking gun. Why would it work in a state where the life issue is a toss up?

  6. Pennsylvania Man

    Oct 6th, 2010

    All Sestak has to do to win the election is stress to voters that he was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He’s a lifelong Pennsylvania man.

    Toomey was born and raised in Rhode Island. He’s not a Pennsylvania man.

    That would win Sestak the election in a landslide.

  7. 1994 Again

    Oct 6th, 2010

    The fundraising juggernaut Toomey campaign will completely saturate the airwaves with ads featuring the increasingly unpopular Obama and Sestak in the final weeks of the race. The spots will dominate TV outside of Southeast PA.

    Nobody really cares about Santorum except for far left activists. Sestak’s support of Obama’s agenda that has been a disaster for our economy will destroy the Dems’ chances in this political environment.

  8. David Diano

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Delco unobservant-
    That’s Toomey’s platform. Toomey will pretty much acknowledge and repeat these conservative positions in his debate with Sestak. That ad is like free advertising for Toomey.

    Santorum and Palin are very popular with the Republican base. Casey beat Santorum because he was able to neutralize the pro-life issue and got their votes.

    They’ve got “nothing on Sestak”? Are you kidding?

    This election is a referendum on Obama/Pelosi and the Democratic agenda. Period.

    Sestak’s got over 99% voting record with Pelosi. Sestak’s on record as saying he wished the stimulus was bigger. Toomey’s already played the clip of Sestak saying he’d be Obama’s “strongest ally” in the Senate. Sestak supported the assault rifle ban.

    While Joe’s positions sound great to hard-core Democrats, Toomey’s positions sound equally great to Republicans and a lot of the conservative Dems in the Western part of the state. The pro-life + pro-gun issues have generally been a winning combo in Pennsylvania.

    It’s difficult for hard-core Dems to understand anyone buying into Toomey’s conservative philosophy. Do you realize that half the people in this state don’t even believe in evolution?

    If you think that ad is “powerful” “gut-punching”, then I think you’ve taken a few too many punches to the head.

  9. David Diano

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Anon-
    Exactly.

    Pennsylvania Man-
    Sestak was born, and raised in PA, then he left for 30 years, and now lives in Virginia with his wife and kid. Wife registered in PA in 2006, then dropped her registration when Sestak bought the Edgmont house in 2007.

    Ironically, being a Virginia resident with a little used house in PA, makes Sestak more like Santorum. :-)

    1994-
    As usual, you are wrong about the effects of Obama’s plans, which have saved the economy. You are however correct in that the public has a perception that is counter to the actual truth, and they will vote based upon this false perception.
    You are also correct that the association with Santorum is not the poison it used to be. If Santorum were running, he’d have a decent shot of winning. Rick’s exploring a Presidential run, with the expectation of winning Pennsylvania.

  10. Nic

    Oct 6th, 2010

    This election is about fiscal issues. The fact that they are running this type of ad just shows that calling Toomey “Wall Street” is not working so they are trying something else.

    Among many problems the Sestak campaign has is that Sestak cant talk intelligently about the economy, he just rambles in circles without saying anything. When Toomey speaks whether you agree with him or not you at least get the feeling that the guy understand how private enterprise works.

  11. sue

    Oct 6th, 2010

    he also understands how to make it work for himself at your expense!

    i think being a santorum-palin fan is NOT attractive to the vast majority of women and being wall street royalty isn’t either!

  12. flynnbw

    Oct 6th, 2010

    This ad is all about mobilizing Democratic voters in the Philadelphia suburbs.

  13. Ryan_in_DelCo

    Oct 6th, 2010

    flynnbw… the problem is that such tactics did not work in New Jersey, Virginia, or Massachusetts. If they failed in New Jersey, there is no way their going to work in the Philly suburbs. If anything, this ad might hurt Sestak more than help. It really shows he is trying to pull voters off economic issues when people are obsessed with them. Sestak cannot articulate an economic stance period. It is not even like he is articulating a left leaning stance. He just goes in circles as one poster said.

    When voters are focused on an issue and you try to pull them off that issue, you better have a good reason. Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin are not going to cut it. Now if you had a clip of Toomey saying something that Palin would say, that would work. The problem is that the Democrats cannot paint Toomey as scary as he has not spent his political life railing on social issues. No man-dog love quotes out there.

  14. Serious Question

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Prosecute doctors for performing one of the most common medical procedures in America? Huh.
    Is Pat Toomey more concerned with selling personal freedoms or coat hangers?

  15. David Diano

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Nic-
    You are right. The election boils down to the economy. Even though without stimulus and Obama’s efforts unemployment would be around 12%, the average voter is going to blame the Dems for the 9.5% we have now.

    sue-
    The Dem women aren’t going to get off their asses to topple Toomey (the men aren’t either).

    flynn-
    I agree that may be the goal, but Sestak’s not going to be able to overcome the right-wrong direction issue when the majority of voters think the right direction is wrong. Philly is going to have very low turnout.

    Ryan-
    Sestak’s ONLY economic talking point is a 15% cut for small business. Toomey’s talking about bigger cuts for everybody. Nobody is explaining how to pay for this, and the voters aren’t asking.
    Letting ALL the Bush tax cuts expire and getting us back to the rates under Clinton is probably the best economically, but it’s a non-starter politically.

    If the Dems lose Congress, they should let the Bush tax cuts expire and then filibuster any attempt to bring them back unless the GOP details all their spending cuts first.

  16. Matt M.

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Dave Joe by 8667485976568594384376869603867439365937393768609%

  17. DELCO OBSERVER

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Davey…are you done insulting women by calling them lazy and not engaged? No wonder you like Toomey…you have things in common.
    The purpose of this ad, and it is effective, is to remind people that Pat Toomey is not what he is trying to trick people into believeing…he is no moderate…he is a take away your freedoms kinda guy who wants to have a small class of haves (including him) and a large class of have nots (everybody else) wiht nobody in the middle…
    The repubs and their illegally funded interest groups already saturated the airwaves and bomnarded us with so much Sestak and Obama and Sestak and Pelosi and Sestak and Healthcare since May it is all now white noise…the law of diminishing returns has begun…there’s nothing new or more for them to say about Joe…they still can’t put him away. Think Joe played Toomey with the Rope-a-Dope.
    Be watchful folks. I know Sestak and the Campaign Group have a plan…he has it funded already. Specter and Casey and Schumer will go along way to remind people how important it is that Toomey go down. I am sure the Democratic Machine is well-funded.
    Dave-check the votomatic again…

  18. IntelligentVoter

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Once people in PA (mostly registered Dems) see how conservative Toomey is they will be mobilized to vote for Sestak. And frankly, most moderates will too, no matter how much they might disdain Obama or Pelosi. Rick Santorum once said that Toomey was too conservative for PA. Regardless of national momentum and the current polling the trend favors and will continue to favor Sestak. The real question is if there is enough time for Sestak between now and the election to get that momentum. And will the economy continue to improve. Absent of any real economic tragedy or more Obama gaffs, Sestak wins this race.

  19. Ryan_in_DelCo

    Oct 6th, 2010

    IntelligentVoter… Pennsylvania does not vote for progressives. Lets get this straight. Casey – faux conservative Democrat. Rendell – corporate Democrat that seems to like Republicans more than Democrats at times. Wagner – conservative Democrat. Casey Sr. – conservative Democrat. Wafford was the only thing close to a progressive ever elected in this state and he was elected during a special election then promptly lost to Santorum.

  20. David Diano

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Delco non-observant-
    I said the women AND the men. The Dems are going to be very lazy compared to the Republicans this cycle. Sestak’s not going to get them rushing out to the polls on the abortion issue this cycle. With Obama in the White House, it’s less of an issue than when a Republican is in the White House.

    It’s not “white noise” at this point. It’s sunk in. It’s not “diminishing returns”. At this point, Toomey is getting “return on investment”.

  21. Ryan_in_DelCo

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Sestak needed to go negative on Toomey right after the primary and nuke his favorables before then. Being broke after slaying Specter, he could not. Now Toomey and his allies have nuked Sestak for months.

  22. delco observer

    Oct 6th, 2010

    @Ryan-Problem for the Toomer is he shot all his nukes and could nto seal the deal…there’s nothing left…sorry Dave…white noise it is.
    Sestak has a fw tomahawks to go at Toomer…this will be fun to watch Toomer go down…will Diano Leave the State when Sestak wins…and take the votomatic with him.
    btw-Diano clearly threw in men as an afterthought…his misogyny is truly showing…like his hero the Toomer.

  23. bill healy

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Toomey has no where to go but down, he peaked and is fading, Joe Sestak by 8

  24. bill healy

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Toomey has no where to go but down, he’s peaked and is fading, Joe Sestak by 8

  25. AintGonnaHappen

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Observer, you’re smoking crack if you think Sestak will win. This race is over.

  26. David Diano

    Oct 6th, 2010

    Unobservant-
    Sestak already shot all his nukes: into the PA Democratic party

    Bill-
    Actually, Toomey’s poll numbers are going strong and Sestak’s barely scratching 40%.
    Sestak can’t even make up the gap by getting ALL of the “undecideds” because 4% don’t want either candidate.
    Toomey 49% Sestak 40% Undecided 7% Neither 4%.

    That’s called “you can’t get there from here”.
    With 4% taken off the table, you have to divide the percentages by 96%
    49/96 => 51% Toomey
    40/96 => 41.7% Sestak
    7/96 => 7.3% Undecided

  27. delco observer

    Oct 7th, 2010

    Davey-I am a democrat…hardcore…the Democratic Party ceased functioning as a Party under the leadrship of Rendell and Rooney. It is only now wiht Sstak purging the Party of them and their crew (we just need to jettison Saidel) and we can begin anew. The Specter experiment was a disaster in national politics and the Pennsylvania Dmocratic Party. Maybeb Arlen can start to make it right mnday when he endorses Sestak.
    You still have not acknowledged that these polls are all over the palce because they can’t figur the turnout model. Th polls mean nothing my friend. 1.2M edge cannot be overcome by the ever-shrinking nthusiaism gap.

  28. Rick

    Oct 7th, 2010

    Very effective ad…Toomey may not have the fiery rhetoric of Santorum, but he is every bit as far right, probably even further right than Ricky was..

    Sestak 2010

  29. Jim

    Oct 7th, 2010

    Why only run this ad in the Philly market? Because Sestak is a left-wing piece of philly scum. He knows that running this pro-choice crap in the rest of the state is a sure way to lose. Before this campaign I thought Sestak was a decent person, but now I’ve changed my mind. His nasty, negative ads are disgusting. No wonder he was relieved of his command in the military. I wouldn’t want to serve under this wacko either. You actually have to have some ethics to be a leader in the military.

  30. Ryan_in_DelCo

    Oct 7th, 2010

    david’s analysis is correct. He actually forgot to point out that Toomey’s gap has been widening for months. Out of the 30 some polls done over the last two months, Toomey has went up about a 1.5% when all the polls are aggregated. The only polls that show it closer are university polls, which as Charlie Cook says, are generally junk with a few exceptions, like Quinipiac.

  31. David Diano

    Oct 7th, 2010

    observey-
    Sestak wants to “purge” anyone who won’t swear loyalty to him.

    Who says the polls are “all over the place”? The polls are actually VERY consistent. They show an energized Republican base. In PA, 30% of Republicans showed up for the virtually uncontested May Primaries, but only 27% of Dems showed up despite both heavy campaigning for both Senate and Governor.
    Here is an excellent article. You should read it and learn, so you don’t embarrass yourself here:
    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/understanding-and-misunderstanding-the-enthusiasm-gap/

    As for the 1.2 million edge… did you see the results of the statewide election in 2009?
    The edge is a phantom statistic because there was a 400,000 shift from Rep to Dem in 2008. Those people aren’t straight-ticket Dem voters. Many are still Republicans who just haven’t bothered to switch their registration back.

    Ryan-
    Not only has Toomey been widening the gap, but he’s doing it closer to the magic 50% mark. Sestak still in the basement struggling to stay above 40%.

    538 should be releasing it’s updated Senate predictions later today. The new one will incorporate the recent +9 by Rasmussen. Look for Sestak’s chances to drop below 5%.

  32. Rick

    Oct 7th, 2010

    Jim,

    You want to talk about a filithy ad..In 2002 GA senate race, Saxby Chambliss compared his challenger Max Cleland to Osama Bin Laden..Cleland was a double amputee from the Vietnam war..So before you get on your high horse, republicans run FAR worse ads..

    And Toomey is a piece of garbage, BTW

  33. bekka

    Oct 7th, 2010

    It’s funny that Sestak, votes lock-step with Pelosi, on everything, yet, he brings in two politicians that don’t even hold an office at this point in time? WTH? Sestak voted to stimulate the taxpayers’ money right out of their wallet whether it be bailouts, cash for Clunkers and our brand-spanking new healthcare law to the food that we eat. Now, China is holding the debt. And he has the nerve to attack Toomey via “voice over” comments about jobs/china. When our debt is directly with China now. Good try, Sestak. Once the mid terms are over, Next up, Robert “All things Obama” Casey,is next up on the political ousting at the polls.

  34. Mike

    Oct 8th, 2010

    Casey has name recognition. You have to screw up really bad to lose when you have name recognition. Casey hasn’t come anywhere close to scewing up really bad yet.

    Santorum lost with name recognition, but he screwed up really bad. He was exposed as a bigot. A misstep like that combined with running against someone else with name recognition = a landslide defeat.

    The only way Casey can lose if he makes a misstep like that and the GOP puts up someone with name recognition against him, like a Tom Ridge. That’s unlikely.

  35. bekka

    Oct 8th, 2010

    Here’s another view, Mike. This is my personal view. Casey has already messed up royally. Casey has been forever linked with “All Things Obama.” His voting record proves it. As for political recognition, that doesn’t matter any more. IE: Specter,Castle,Murkowski,
    so on. They had recognition and they have been ousted in their primaries. People are out of work. They are hurting, losing their homes, being taxed at every turn, national debt so high that our children are going to be paying for this mistake and Casey couldn’t say stop this madness! I’m not voting for this? This isn’t good for the people of this country? No, he didn’t. He voted for it anyway against his constituents’ wishes. He voted against his catholic values by voting for federally funded abortions in the healthcare bill. Mandates and fines if you don’t buy health insurance. Taken away our freedom of choice, regulate this and regulate that. What foods are we going to eat. What are we going to grow? Can we grow. Spread the wealth. He’s just like Sestak. Both men are Lock-step liberals who don’t understand the US Constitution. After Sestak falls to Toomey in November, next up at the polls: Robert “All things Obama” Casey.

  36. David Diano

    Oct 8th, 2010

    Bekka-
    Specter lost in a PRIMARY because he changed parties and Sestak spent millions of dollars to misrepresent Specter. Sestak has failed to deliver on his promise to “lead the Democratic ticket”, bu refusing to work with the coordinated campaign and by dropping “Democrat” from his ads and new t-shirts.
    Sestak is trailing consistently by about 7 points in the polls and is losing among Independents (Specter’s base) because Sestak can’t appeal to the moderates, after running a hard-Left primary.
    Castle lost his PRIMARY because of extremism within the GOP base (supported by Palin). That race when from an 90% GOP winner to a 99% Dem victory (Coons is polling near +20).
    Murkowski lost to extremism within her party (again the Palin Tea Party crowd), though she’s polling decently as a write-in candidate.

    All of these were based on ideological extremism overcoming common sense. The impending defeats of Sestak and O’Donnel will hopefully cause a reset, allowing common sense to prevail in our choices for 2012. Remember, a LOT of us were unhappy with getting Casey pushed on us in 2006, but in retrospect, I think he was the only one who could have defeated Santorum. Also, Casey supported ACORN when p*ssies like Sestak ran scared, before all the facts were in and ACORN was vindicated. Now, the Dems don’t have ACORN helping out with voter registration and they are suffering for it.

  37. PeoplePA

    Oct 9th, 2010

    Ryan- you are right about PA. But santorum got trounced badly once people realiEd how extreme he was. It was more than just man on dog.

    I do agree that toomey has notihing left in his arsenal. A few well placed ads by sestakjust two weeks before the election

  38. PeoplePA

    Oct 9th, 2010

    DD – moderates can’t relate to Sestak but relate even less to Toomey’s extreme right. This race all comes down to voter turnout.

  39. David Diano

    Oct 9th, 2010

    People-
    The moderates really don’t realize how extreme Toomey is. That’s why he’s ahead among Independents. It always “comes down to turnout”, but Sestak is not going to change the mood of the country, the unemployment #, or Obama’s approval rating in the next 24 days.
    At the end of the day, a lot of Dems (under 25%, but still a lot) that voted for Obama are going to vote for Toomey to express their misplaced dissatisfaction.

    EVERYBODY knew what a right-wing nutjob Santorum was (still is). Toomey just doesn’t give off the crazy vibe for people to pick up as easily. Unlike Santorum, Toomey’s actually intelligent (wrong on the issues, but still smart). Toomey’s repeating discredited economic theories to people that don’t know it’s bunk (and don’t believe in evolution either). Toomey’s pro-life statements are going to HELP him, not hurt him in PA, especially with turnout.

    Toomey’s “arsenal” is running against Obama/Pelosi. Joe’s made enough statements and votes on that score during the Primary run-up for Toomey to fill the airways.
    Sestak’s “prize” quote was that he’d be “Obama’s greatest ally in the Senate”. Now, that’s a fine statement for a primary, but Toomey’s going to kill Sestak with that during the General.
    They’ve also got Joe boasting that he would have pushed for more money for the stimulus package (up to 1 trillion total). There’s two problems there. The first is that Joe is beyond naive if he thinks it could have passed a 1 trillion with the difficulty getting conservative Senate Dems behind it, let alone Collins and Snowe. The second problem is that the “perception” of the stimulus with the voters is so negative that Joe’s going to experience serious blowback in the voting booth.

  40. bekka

    Oct 9th, 2010

    David – Specter lost the primary because he thought his name and voting record would be welcome with the dems. So he turned dem thinking his name would win. Dems didn’t trust him either and he lost. Sestak probably put this thing about a job offer out to get name recognition. And that backfired. Sestak’s voting record is also “All things Obama” too! Anyway, Sestak’s gonna lose in November to Toomey. Give the PA people credit for the Specter ousting. EOS
    O’Donnell/Castle: Castle tried Name recognition to pull through but Castle didn’t turn dem. Castle’s RINO voting record sunk him big time. O’Donnell won. DE Spoke.
    O’Donnell/Coons: Coons is known as Harry Reid’s Pet. With that and a possibly far left agenda, the race is probably lost for Coons. No Palin effect here. I don’t really think ‘right-wing extremism’, as you put it, is an issue in this race. DE has a choice. Far far left? Or Right. Moderates had better hop off the fence and decide vote for our country or a further left wing agenda. That’s the choice. No murky waters in this race. DE voters do matter in this race. Not polls or endorsements. EOS
    Murkowski is a sore loser. She thought her RINO voting record and her dad’s name was gonna help her too and she was also sunk at the polls. Whether you, Dave, feel it’s the palin effect doesn’t matter. The AK people have spoken. Miller was their chosen candidate. They said no to Murkowski. Polling doesn’t matter in this instance either. People who vote know it takes a while to write out Murkowski. Truthfully, do you think AK voters will write her in when all they want to to do is get in the polls vote and get out? It’s gonna be between Miller (R) and the Democrat. Miller will probably win.
    And, finally, if all Casey has is ACORN to hold to his political case, he’s still a loser. Our federal taxmoney going to ACORN to get out the vote to help transform America? Robert “All Things Obama” Casey’s voting record will be enough for his upcoming political ousting. He won’t have his dad’s name or Obama’s coattails to ride on this time when it comes to elections. Santorium won’t be around to help either. He’s on his own. And the PA people will speak loudly. EOS

  41. Lance Chang

    Oct 9th, 2010

    Bekka

    Save that right-winged tea-bagging garbage for Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck. Conservatives are the ones sending this country to hell in a hand basket. Progressives like Obama are doing the right thing to get this country back on track. But the ones who listen to and believe the lies on FOX News and right-winged radio talk shows are the real fools because in actuality they’re supporting people who work against the interest of the common man while giving tax breaks to corporations and the wealthies of people who are a bunch of parasites. The right-winged agenda is what put us into this situation and its progressive like President Obama who will save it.

    B

  42. Kip Leitner

    Oct 11th, 2010

    Lotta truth written here by everyone. I think we can also analyze voter sentiments according to the broad sweeps of government action, and the way the electorate holds the duopoly parties accountable (or not).

    Historically, the Democrats aided and abetted the Republican efforts to remove restrictions and oversights on the economy; thus, NAFTA, WTO Glass-Steagal, and the beginning of the disappearance of the middle class in America more than 30 years ago. These structural adjustments in the macro economic realm, exportation of business to countries with cheaper labor, resulted in the accelerated disappearance of the American middle class. At first, since most people aren’t macro-economic theorists, people don’t know what’s going on when they find that even though they work harder and longer hours, their purchasing power is less. However, the moneyed elites, the plutocracy, understand how the game works and hire mathematicians to game Wall Street, the mortgage business and investment in “must have businesses” like Health Care and Warfare; they build up political support for these business sectors to such a degree that the military keeps getting more money than they want, even while the recession is increasing and the economy melts down and investment freezes.

    The real loss of American wealth through false property values, coupled with exorbitant spending for expensive wars of choice, lead to a collapsed financial situation.

    The Republicans are mainly responsible for allowing these conditions to occur, which tripled the national debt, from $13,000 per person to an unmanageable $45,000. However, since the Democrats were compliant with starting these wars, the deregulation of economic oversight, the deregulation of Wall Street, they are responsible in part, but they lack the ability to say “We screwed up too.”

    The damage to the economy is done and the aftermath is terrible, and will continue to be be severe. Those jobs aren’t coming back. Ever. Because neither party is in a position now to undo basic economic reality (and couldn’t even if they tried) the political question comes down to “who will get blamed for the situation we are in?”

    In truth, the Democrats, in order to develop the trust of the American people, would need to have admitted partial responsibility for the situation (for instance, repeal of Glass-Steagal), and repented. It really is a religious error to believe that if you remove all restrictions on what essentially amounts to high-finance gambling, that little people — you know, homeowners, citizens, small businesses — aren’t going to be victims of the ‘collateral damage’ that occurs when the big investment banks, their basic greed impulses unchecked, drive their humvees off the cliff, towing the country behind them.

    The ‘business as usual’ attitude of Obama and the Democrats comes through loud and clear. Even though the superheated burnout of the economy was destined, irrevocably, to cause immense pain and suffering for millions of ordinary Americans, they talked as if we had a technical economic problem instead of a moral, national emergency regarding the stabilization of the state, in every way as severe and compelling as having the country at war. While many people worked hard to stabilize the economy, the fat cats got off with no penalties, and the American people finally realized that the major parties do their song and dance, but are in cahoots with the plutocrats. The electorate grows immediately distrustful of Washington, which is a good thing in the long term, but paralyzing in the short term.

    Basically, if the Democrats had apologized for their role in the debacle, it would have given them room to move the government in a different direction. Since they didn’t apologize, they left themselves open to being assigned responsibility for the disaster.

    The Republicans and the Tea Party have done this, and it has worked. It’s basically a case of the drowning man panicking and trying to drown the lifeguard who comes to save him. Since the Democrats jumped in (with the 2008 elections) and passed legislation, they needed to be straighforward and say either: “I’m here to save you” or “I’m here to help you tread water and hopefully you’ll use this interim period to figure out what to do before you drown more slowly.” Unfortunately, for them, they said the former, when the latter is really closer to what they could really have offered.

    The Democrats allowed themselves to become portrayed by Republicans as Saviors Who Have Not Delivered Salvation. We all know what America does to false messiahs – we mercilessly crucify them for what are basically our own sins.

    In the event that the Republicans resume control, and continue to do basically nothing to change macro-economic conditions (which they can’t, anyway) the public will begin to see that the problem is policy, not party, and there will hopefully be a resurrection of common sense.

    But for now, we’re going to have to go through the ring of fire and let everyone blitz out their anger somewhere, trying not to burn down the house in the process. Then we can get back to work.

    For what it’s worth.

    Kip

  43. bekka

    Oct 13th, 2010

    Lance, you are a typical liberal. When in doubt, degrade (tea bagger’s reference) and blame (all is wrong with conservative talk radio, republicans and Fox news). How disappointing I expected more from your post. And what I read is a poster not ready to grow up and see the world for what it really is. This is good debate on this forum. And not one of these people were degrading; that is, until you. They expressed their points of view and I truly do appreciate it even if we don’t always disagree. So, when you decide to speak with something that I can learn from, or debate, I will not lower myself to your level of “Oh, the Government is is gonna save me” and “all progressives good, conservatives bad” mentality. I will not respond. If you want a response I’m sure you’ll be welcome at the Huffington Post or your other leftist websites where they will pat you on the back for your immaturity. If other posters, here, want to endulge your rhetoric that’s fine. I will not.

  44. David Diano

    Oct 14th, 2010

    Toomey +10 in latest Rasmussen poll.

    The ship is sinking quickly.

  45. bekka

    Oct 14th, 2010

    Dave, have you heard when Toomey and Sestak are going to debate?

  46. David Diano

    Oct 14th, 2010

    Nate Silver devotes entire blog article to Sestak:
    Second Sestak Comeback Is Unlikely
    http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/14/second-sestak-comeback-is-unlikely/

  47. Diogenes

    Nov 4th, 2010

    How’d that work out for ya, Joe?

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