Arlen Specter

McCain in fight for his political life

McCain in fight for his political life

A serious re-election fight wasn’t what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency. But the four-term senator is battling for his political life in a race that embodies the volatility of an unpredictable election year. He’s facing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a fellow Republican pushing him farther to […]

White House admits using Clinton to pressure Sestak

White House admits using Clinton to pressure Sestak

Forced to disclose backstage political bargaining, President Barack Obama’s embarrassed White House acknowledged on Friday that it enlisted Bill Clinton to try to ease Rep. Joe Sestak out of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary with a job offer. The admission left many questions unanswered, however, and Republicans aren’t likely to let the issue rest. For Obama, the […]

The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?

The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?

The Obama administration’s apparent attempt to bribe Rep. Joe Sestak with a plum federal appointment if he dropped out of the race against Sen. Arlen Specter is a simmering scandal that’s threatening to boil over. Republicans, and even some Democrats, want to know more about Sestak’s claim that the White House tried — and failed […]

Memo to political parties: Adapt or die

Memo to political parties: Adapt or die

Since the birth of the American political party, its primary mission has been to amass power by recruiting candidates, raising money and spreading messages. In short, a holding company that elects people — with a monopoly for a century and a half by Democrats and Republicans. But a chain of events in recent history — […]

Obama endorsement not worth much

Obama endorsement not worth much

President Barack Obama may end up playing a rather hands-off role in this fall’s elections, a surprising turn for a political phenomenon who excited millions of voters just two years ago. Recent elections have tarnished Obama’s luster a bit, and Democratic candidates are likely to be selective in seeking his help. Sen. Arlen Specter of […]

Parties find some hope in primary results

Parties find some hope in primary results

Both Democrats and Republicans found glimmers of hope for November’s midterm elections amid the political rubble on Wednesday, the day after an anti-establishment wave crashed over the two parties. In Senate primary elections, disgruntled voters dumped one Democratic senator, Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and forced another, Blanche Lincoln, to a run-off in Arkansas in races […]

Washington establishment gets kick in the ass from voters

Washington establishment gets kick in the ass from voters

Voter anger crossed party and ideological lines Tuesday, tossing out Democratic and Republican incumbents and establishment candidates while cementing the message that they are mad at the whole damn mess in Washington. Voters issued fired Republican-turned-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas into a runoff and rejected Republican Senate […]

Warning to incumbents: You got trouble

Warning to incumbents: You got trouble

Go home. Stick to your guns. Keep your nose clean. Distance yourself from Washington, or even better, your own party. That’s the advice political operatives are giving incumbents and establishment-backed candidates after voters delivered a harsh message to insiders Tuesday night: Enough! One Senate incumbent, Arlen Specter, lost his seat in Pennsylvania. A second, Blanche […]

Obama runs and hides from Specter campaign

Obama runs and hides from Specter campaign

President Barack Obama has become the “coward in chief” when it comes to supporting candidates in trouble. After wooing Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter to switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic side of the fence, Obama pledged that Specter would “have my full support.” But Obama, as he so often does, lied. With Specter’s […]

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

President Barack Obama‘s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court seat is elevating touchy social issues in an election year, just as the tea party is showing how volatile and unpredictable the political landscape has become. Any Supreme Court confirmation battle stirs a pot of issues important to conservative and liberal activists. Kagan can […]