For U.S. Senate: Nominate Sestak & Toomey
Pennsylvania Democrats have a chance to end the commonwealth's longest-running joke on May 18 by rejecting Arlen Specter for nomination to a sixth term to the U.S. Senate. And Pennsylvania Republicans have the opportunity to nominate a real-deal conservative in hopes of returning an important voice to Washington.
Mr. Specter, a Democrat turned Republican, turned again a year ago when he came to the astonishing conclusion that Republicans had had their fill. Faced with polling numbers that showed he would lose, and lose badly, in a GOP primary rematch with former Congressman Pat Toomey, Specter did what most self-serving political ferrets do -- he sought refuge with his political homies and rejoined the Democrats.
But Specter, ever the clever dick, miscalculated. He thought party muckety-mucks could quash any primary challengers and give him a free ride into November. Joe Sestak had another idea. The congressman representing Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District refused to play the game and is nipping at Snarlin' Arlen's wingtips.
Mr. Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, could not be a better messenger for the Democrats' agenda. He's incredibly intelligent, thoughtful and articulate. And his expertise on matters military is impressive. Pennsylvania Democrats would be wise to nominate the public-service minded Joe Sestak and reject the personal opportunism of Arlen Specter.
Mr. Toomey faces modest competition from Peg Luksik, the perennial one-issue candidate (abortion) who's so inconsequential in this race that one poll had Toomey running unopposed.
Simply put, Toomey's conservative credentials are rock solid and he's a voice of economic sanity so rare in politics today.
Republicans should do on May 18 what they should have done in 2004 -- make Pat Toomey Pennsylvania's Republican nominee to the U.S. Senate.