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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Like a blog over troubled waters ...

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 6:32 PM

So there've been some reports about the lingering resentment between the Democratic Party establishment and Joe Sestak, the party's nominee for Senate. And things don't seem likely to improve anytime soon, now that idiotic statements by the Dem's outgoing state committee chair are popping up in attacks by Sestak's GOP rival, former Congressman Pat Toomey.

Does this sort of thing worry me? Sure. Even before the May primary, I was curious about how Sestak and the Democratic establishment might get along. ("It'll be interesting to see how Sestak will adjust to representing a party whose leaders have taken such strong positions against him.") And I'm on record now as worrying that Sestak may not, by himself, have the ground game to win in November.

But on the other hand, Sestak seems to be doing OK on his own. Consider this little online commercial, which is timed to coincide with Toomey's visit to Erie today. Visually, the spot is nothing to write home about, but it raises a timely issue. In 2001, Toomey was one of 140 Republicans who voted against an amendment to prevent gas and oil drilling beneath the Great Lakes. The measure passed anyway, thanks to overwhelming support from Democrats and some Republicans.

Interestingly, among the GOPpers who voted in favor of a drilling ban was Phil English. English actually represented the Congressional district abutting Lake Erie. I'm gonna guess that even for a Republican, drilling for oil beneath Lake Erie didn't look like a winner in 2001 ... and looks even less like a winner now. 

If Dems can stop poisoning their own well, and focus on how Toomey's votes could poison everyone else's, there's a good shot here. 

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