Obama Has Specter’s Back

In the little world of Washington, D.C. the power grab and political machinations are so predictable, but the selected resident is so confident that imitating a mafia Godfather encouraging a primary candidate to step aside does not even make him blink.  Obama is in his realm when “persuading” or forcing opponents off the ticket.

DSCC, White House want Sestak sidelined

Word out of Washington, D.C., is that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the political wiseguys from the Obama administration plan on “visiting with” Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak.

Their objective is clear: Get him off the stage and out of a primary race against incumbent (and now Democrat) Sen. Arlen Specter.

“I have received a call” from DSCC chairman Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, Sestak said, “but we keep missing each other.”

So the battle lines are drawn: Sestak is not inclined to be pushed out of the race, and Menendez’s marching orders from the White House are to shove, not just push.

“Joe Sestak is a very credible candidate,” said Larry Ceisler, a Philadelphia-based political consultant. “If Specter would have stayed in the GOP, I believe Sestak would have been the Democratic nominee.”

Ceisler said part of Sestak’s appeal is that he is outside the traditional Democrat establishment and doesn’t owe anyone anything: “He is sitting on enough cash to lay the foundation for a good campaign.”

Ceisler predicted that President Obama will try to shut Sestak off from traditional campaign fundraising sources. But Sestak still could produce a strong fundraising showing.

Would it be enough? “To be determined and tested,” Ceisler said.

As of last week, Sestak had no plans of going anywhere but forward. “I felt when everyone was told to get out of the race that it was violating a principle of why I got into politics. Rather than being upfront and letting Pennsylvania Democrats have a choice in an election, they have cut a deal,” he said.

The downside for Sestak is that he would have to give up his House seat to run. But fear is no deterrent for a guy who was a Navy admiral and won his House seat by defeating an incumbent, Curt Weldon, in eastern Pennsylvania’s 7th District. “Last time I checked, there was no anointing of individuals to seats in America,” Sestak said. “Washington is trying to be a kingmaker. … This is a primary; it is open to all.”

Here is to hoping that the admiral does not have a Kellerman or Levy moment, and “crack” under the pressure.

Americans: Ignore The Polls Redux

Last Friday, October 24th, I wrote a piece called Americans: Ignore the Polls.  Here’s a small piece of that to refresh and introduce:

Earlier today, I thought it was time to write this post about ignoring the polls and not letting the Borg Collective get you down with their second wave of voter suppression tactics.  I spoke with a couple of friends that are in the thick of the fight and are getting worn down by “All Obama, All The Time”.   This evening, lo and behold, the collective unconscious is operating at light speed.  American Thinker has just posted an excellent article about this very subject, and I could not have done a better job if I tried.  I have shameless reprinted the article.  I am sure American Thinker will get back to me if there is a problem.

Now today, we have a new video showing the internal polls in PA are still really close even though the external national polls show Obama ahead by 10pts.  The only reason that Team Obama has descended on Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida is because the numbers are quite a bit closer than the polls are showing.  I wonder how many people are saying they will vote Obama and won’t, and I wonder how many former HRC supporters aren’t even getting polling calls?

here is another one about polling irregularities…

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