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Olympia Snowe Party Switch: Worth It?

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Rumors are circulating that Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine may be contemplating a switch to the Democratic Party, or may be being wooed to do so. Unfortunately, I suspect the Dems would simply be getting another Blue Dog who was less helpful than otherwise.

JESSICA BADER: While it’s interesting to speculate about what would happen if Olympia Snowe switched parties, it’s pretty much an academic exercise. In fact, I’d be shocked if any member of Congress were to switch parties over the next two years. Continue reading

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PA-SEN Favorite: Toomey Or Sestak?

HOWARD MEGDAL: The Democrats chose the stronger general election candidate by nominating Congressman Joe Sestak, rather than Arlen Specter to face Republican Pat Toomey. But the combination of Toomey’s strength and the climate for Democrats makes keeping Pennsylvania in Democratic hands an uphill fight.

JESSICA BADER: The Senate race in Pennsylvania is definitely shaping up to be a close, hard-fought battle between Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey, but it’s a battle in which Sestak has the upper hand in a number of ways. Continue reading

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Specter Spectre Retrospective Spectacular

HOWARD MEGDAL: I was surprised that of all the emotions I felt Tuesday night, watching Arlen Specter give his concession speech, sympathy wasn’t one of them. In short, it was just too hard to develop feelings of attachment for Arlen after decades of thinking of him as a man apart from what I wanted to happen in the country. I’m guessing that’s as good a reason as any for his defeat in the Pennsylvania Senate primary.

JESSICA BADER: When the polls began to indicate that Arlen Specter might not be the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat he had held for so long as a Republican, my first concern was for how this might affect the Democratic agenda going forward. No, I’m not talking about the shallow “Obama endorsed Specter and he lost the primary, so this is bad for Obama” pronouncements that were flying around today. Let’s not forget that Specter will still be a Senator for the remainder of the year and that some pretty important matters will be dealt with by the Senate between now and then, including but not limited to a Supreme Court confirmation. What I’m wondering is what kind of votes Specter will cast now that he no longer has a political career to fight for. Continue reading

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Toomey Or Not Toomey

CHRIS PUMMER: While Pennsylvanians have strong strains of conservatism, they are overall moderate and pragmatic. Patt Toomey appears to be neither of those thing, preferring instead to brand himself as an extreme conservative ideologue.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
Chris’s analysis of Pennsylvania is spot-on. But that is merely the playing field, and other dynamics point to Pat Toomey having a far better shot than he typically would- in 2010, Toomey may indeed have a friend in Pennsylvania. Continue reading

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