Thursday, May 13, 2010

Specter in trouble

The closer we get to the primaries, the more it looks like Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic party is not gonna save him. According to polls, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak has come from a double-digit deficit to pulling ahead. Consensus is that two television ads have helped propel Sestak in front of Specter. The first is an ad Specter ran, attacking Sestak's military career (he was a 2-star Admiral in the navy) and congressional record:

"Joe Sestak, relieved of duty in the Navy for creating a poor command climate," says the ad's narrator. "Joe Sestak, the worst attendance of any Pennsylvania congressman. ... Let's say no to No Show Joe."
We think it was a mistake for Arlen to go so negative when he was up in the polls. We assume he figured he could run that ad and sink the nails in Sestak's coffin. It backfired. Instead, what he did do, was help Sestak out by helping his name recognition. And then, Sestak countered with the ad below, which we have to pretty damn effective. Arlen has tried to stop the bleeding with an ad that has President Obama supporting him, but we don't think that is gonna work. may be time to start planning that retirement.

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