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Polls Not Looking Good for “Benedict” Arlen Specter

February 11th, 2010

Senator Specter thought it would be a good idea to switch to the Democrats side last year. He helped them gain a supermajority in the Senate and has voted along side them all year. Some say he wanted join the side that was “winning,” and others just said he was afraid of losing his Republican primary to Pat Toomey. Well, right now it looks like he is going to lose to Toomey, it just won’t be in the primary.

‘I’m running like I’m 20 points behind and I’ll continue to run like I’m 20 points behind,” says Pat Toomey, the presumptive GOP nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania — who in fact now leads Sen. Arlen Specter 45 percent to 31 percent among likely voters in the latest Frank & Marshall College poll.

Specter’s reason for switching parties last year:

As the Republican Party has moved farther and farther to the right, I have found myself increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party.

As America) more than a little concerned.

Campaigning across the state, Toomey says he’s hearing time and again that it’s Washington’s “lurch to the left” that “Pennsylvanians don’t like.” The bailouts and ObamaCare are both flashpoints. The effort to pass the “card-check” bill to ease union organizing is a loser for Specter, too, even in this union-friendly state. Above all, Toomey reports, voters are asking the government, Why aren’t you focused on the economy?

Much as with the Massachusetts voters who sent Scott Brown to the Senate, Pennsylvanians are unhappy with one-party rule. “People are looking for balance” and for some serious “fiscal discipline,” Toomey notes.

Fiscal discipline, that would be a great thing. Balance sounds like a pretty good idea as well. I’m certainly not advocating for a 60 seat supermajority for the Republicans. I wouldn’t upset with them taking back the majority though.

Toomey was a small business owner which gives him a huge advantage in my book. We need more of that in D.C. right now. Somebody who actually has an idea of what it takes to create jobs would be good for the Senate, as opposed the President’s cabinet who’ve never been in private business. Hopefully the change we get this election year is for people who have a clue as to how the economy works.

Author: Derek Clark Categories: Finance, General Politics Tags: