Friday, August 27, 2010

Democrats Should Not Throw Senatorial Baby Out With The Dingy Gubernatorial Bathwater

It is understandable that Pennsylvania Democrats would lack enthusiasm with respect to the race for governor; relatively few Democrats could be expected to be excited by a nominee whose record consists of regressive taxes, unlawfully regressive assessments and solid support of the Republican Party's platform.

The reported lack of Democratic interest in the Senate campaign, however, is puzzling. The distinction between Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey is vivid and important; Sestak's record and platform should inspire Democrats as much as Toomey's record and platform should repulse them.

Sestak is at times a shambling and surprisingly disorganized campaigner, but his resume, voting record and insights should be enough to overcome a lack of polish and rally more Democratic energy as Election Day nears.

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