All these rumors have me cracking up:
Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge (R) is seriously considering a 2010 bid for the Senate seat held by Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter and will make his decision in the next two weeks, according to several sources familiar with his thinking.
Ridge is perhaps the state’s most decorated Republican, having held a House seat for more than a decade, spent eight years as governor and served as the first secretary of homeland security under President George W. Bush. He was also mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in 2008.
If he ran, he would almost certainly face primary opposition from former congressman Pat Toomey, a conservative who came within two points of knocking off Specter in the 2004 Republican primary. Toomey has made it clear that he is in the race regardless of whether Ridge, who is considered to be a moderate, runs.
Polling suggests that Ridge would be more competitive than Toomey against Specter, who left the GOP last week, in a general election. In a new survey by Quinnipiac University, Specter leads Ridge by a narrow margin of 46 percent to 43 percent, while he holds a 20-point margin over Toomey.
To recap, Specter, who voted with the Republicans 70% of the time, was essentially pushed out of the party for his stimulus vote. They will then run the reactionary lunatic Pat Toomey, who can never win the general election. Deciding that doesn’t make sense after seeing polling data suggesting Ridge will be more competitive, the idea of Ridge running is floated. Small problem. Ridge isn’t an anti-abortion fanatic, which means that he is also a dread RINO. This will be fun to watch.
Having said all that, I have been less than impressed with Joe Sestak’s little shtick the past few days, showing up on every talk show possible and hinting that Specter isn’t a real Democrat and the like. He has a D after his name. He is a real Democrat. Now, if you don’t think he is a good fit for the Democratic party, and think you would be a better Senator, then run. But quit playing these little games. You’re an admiral, for goodness sakes. Quit sounding so whiny.