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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Time to donate to Joe Sestak
Posted by Jill | 5:18 AM
It's not unusual for a President to lend his supposed clout to state electoral contests. While political parties may have titular heads, a sitting president usually trumps the "official" head of the party. But while Jeff Zeleny and Adam Nagourney, the New York Times tag-team of journalistic hackery, may be fanning themselves on a chaise longue about how Barack Obama trying to influence state candidates is just SO un-bipartisan, they also point out that Obama is backing some pretty ugly horses out there:
The president’s top strategists have recruited candidates — and nudged others to step aside — in races in Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. They said they intended to continue this practice heading into the 2010 midterm elections, as well as with an eye to the redistricting fights that will go on within states early in the next decade.

The intense involvement reflects the tactics and style of the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who helped Democrats win the House three years ago as chairman of the Congressional campaign committee.

While some party officials applaud the White House for its efforts — there is widespread concern among Democrats that the party could suffer if Mr. Paterson runs — the actions are drawing alarm from some Democrats who believe they cross a line and run contrary to Mr. Obama’s often-stated pledge to rise above partisan battles.

“The Democratic Party under Barack Obama did not come into office because of political calculation; it got there because of audacity,” said Representative Joe Sestak, a Pennsylvania Democrat who ignored White House efforts to urge him to stay out of a primary race against Senator Arlen Specter. “To be seen like you are selecting winners and losers in a party-boss way will breed some resentment, and in a longer term it won’t bode well.”


In Pennsylvania, the White House has rallied behind Mr. Specter, a Republican-turned-Democrat, as he faces off in a Democratic primary against Mr. Sestak. The support from the president reflects a promise Democrats made to Mr. Specter earlier this year in persuading him to switch parties.

“An endorsement by the president is a tremendous boost,” Mr. Specter said. “He’s the captain of the team.”

More than anything, though, the interventions reflect a controlling style of this White House and of Mr. Emanuel, who employed similar hard-ball tactics to recruit candidates when he was running the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In addition to Mr. Emanuel, the White House political director, Patrick Gaspard, and deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, keep close watch on all political races.

Yes, and Arlen Specter is nothing but a craven political opportunist. Backing him is textbook Rahm Emanuel -- forget about change, forget about anything but perpetuating the entrenched power structure.

We don't have to go along with this crap. If you have some shekels to spare, you could send some to help Joe Sestak break this monster. Choose your sponsoring organization here.

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Blogger Barry said...
Wow, I agree with you. I don't usually give money to politicians, but I'm tempted to make an exception in this case. Besides, he has a cool name that sounds like "Sleestack." (Remember those?)

Anonymous Charlie O said...
I'm with you Jill. I live in PA. I liked that Specter abandoned the Repugnant party, but I can't see supporting against Sestak. I'll voting Sestak in the primary.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I love the smell of liberals fuming in the morning!

Anonymous Cheap Soma said...
It'll be Sestak for me too. Might change my mind tomorrow morning before I have my coffee but be assured I change back to Sestak after my dose of caffeine.

Blogger Dave said...
I love the smell of liberals fuming in the morning!

Because we all know how much the wingnuts LOVED Arlen Specter when he was a Republican....