September 20, 2010 |
When it comes to discussing the man who is running to replace him, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter would prefer the aptly named game of squash. Specter, 80, was among those who greeted President Obama on Monday when the president arrived in Philadelphia to campaign for Joe Sestak, who defeated Specter in the Democratic primary. The White House had strongly backed Specter, who converted to the Democratic Party last year, helping it to control the Senate where he had served as a top Republican since 1980.
May 31, 2009 |
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who aggressively campaigned last year for Barack Obama, has decided to enter his party's primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by 79-year-old Republican-suddenly-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter. President Obama, as part of the well-publicized allegiance switcheroo to get Democrats closer to the magic 60-vote Senate margin, has already promised to campaign down the line for Specter. So loyal Joe may be out of luck. For now.
May 9, 2012 |
The easy - but still important - thing to say about Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's involuntary retirement is that it deprives the Senate of a long-serving, studious and open-to-compromise wise man. In an eloquent statement after his defeat by conservative State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Lugar echoed retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) in decrying partisan extremism and polarization. “ If that attitude prevails in American politics,” he warned, “our government will remain mired in the dysfunction we have witnessed during the last several years.” But there seems to be more to Lugar's defeat than impatience with his bipartisan approach.
August 28, 2012 |
Arlen Specter, the storied Pennsylvania politician who was a state institution for decades before switching political parties and losing in a Democratic Senate primary two years ago, is hospitalized with a very serious illness. Specter, who survived a brain tumor and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, is ailing from another form of cancer that flared up several weeks ago, according to CNN. Several sources at the Republican National Convention who know Specter confirmed that he is very sick. Specter, 82, famously co-authored the "single-bullet theory" during the investigation into President Kennedy's assassination.
September 19, 2010 |
Endorsements. One of those evergreen political gimmicks that can consume almost as much time in a political campaign as shredding documents. Campaign staffers collect these things as if they were scalps in a 19th century war. From other politicians. From celebrities. From newspaper boards, as if anyone follows editorial page endorsements anymore. These endorsements are then trotted out one by one in staged events designed to elicit free media attention on the assumption that some voters might possibly be swayed positively.
November 21, 2009 |
Rep. Joe Sestak needs a comb. His wavy, graying hair has been through a hectic morning, and the Pennsylvania Democrat is racing toward his third interview of the day, this time with ABC News. "Nobody under 40 carries a comb," he says. "See, watch this." Sestak, 57, looks at one of the young aides rushing ahead of him up an escalator in the Capitol Visitor Center: "Do you have a comb?" The staffer answers nervously: "No, sir." Primped or not, Sestak's life as a Senate candidate is a constant scramble to get his face on the air or his words in print, a frantic push to paint a portrait of himself for state voters -- and anyone else with the time to listen -- as he fights to get noticed.