U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, trying to knock off a veteran Democratic incumbent senator in the primary, will get an endorsement Monday from somebody who succeeded in doing just that: Connecticut’s Ned Lamont.
Lamont defeated Sen. Joseph Lieberman in the 2006 Democratic primary, largely by running against the Iraq war and Lieberman’s support of the Bush administration’s war policy. But Lamont did not win the general election. After losing the nomination, Lieberman ran as an independent in the fall, defeating Lamont and the Republican nominee.
Sources close to the Sestak campaign confirmed that Lamont is the “mystery endorser” it announced would be coming to Independence Hall Monday.
The strange thing here is that there are some eerie parallels to the Ned Lamont versus Joe Lieberman versus Republican Dude** campaign that was waged in 2006.
B-Diddy [a conservative contributor at my site] and I have talked about this before (because we are both from Pennsylvania). Take a walk down Hypothetical Lane with me here, won’t you?
What happens if (when?) Arlen Specter gets beaten by Joe Sestak in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senatorial primary election? The answer is simple, or at least obvious: Specter switches his party affiliation (again) to Independent — a la Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut Senatorial election in 2006.
After Senator Specter puts an ‘I’ after his name for the general election, we’ll have a three-way-race between Sestak (the Democrat), Pat Toomey (the Republican) and good ole Arlen, fresh off of the Independent Express.
The question then becomes more complex; will Specter be able to defeat a Democrat who vanquished him in the primary as well as a Republican challenger? Things will indeed get interesting if it comes to this.
If all of the above indeed comes to fruition, Specter will have a rough time defending his multiple party-switcharoos. He started as a Democrat, switched to a Republican in 1965 when he ran for District Attorney in Philadelphia. In April of this year Specter returned to the Democratic party saying that he found himself “increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy”. If he were to change (yet again) to Independent, he will be all-but-writing the attack ads for his political opponents.
Or, as I have suggested before, if Senator Specter loses the primary next spring, perhaps it is simply time for him to hang up his proverbial spurs. Personally, I don’t mind Specter (except for all of the party-swapping). He is a moderate
Republican Democrat, and I usually find myself gravitating toward politicians that sit somewhere in the middle of the road. However, Specter has indeed had a looooong career in Pennsylvania politics. Maybe we need some fresh blood in there to replace him…
** does anyone remember the Republican candidate’s name from that election? Yeah, I had to Google it — the guy’s name is Alan Schlesinger.