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In an article supporting a story about incumbents facing a difficult challenge this election season, CNN reports the following crud:

"In Pennsylvania, voters rejected longtime incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter's bid to run for a sixth Senate term, choosing Rep. Joe Sestak as the Democratic nominee for Senate in November." ... "Sestak called his victory 'a win for the people, over the establishment, over the status quo, even over Washington, D.C.'"

But, kicking out a Senator and nominating a Congressman instead isn't exactly giving the incumbents the boot it's just picking one incumbent over another. Also, Sen. Specter was elected by Republicans last time around, so it's no surprise he failed to get the Democratic nod.

"Also in Pennsylvania, Democrat Mark Critz defeated GOP businessman Tim Burns in a special election to fill the House seat held for more than three decades by Murtha, who died in February. Critz worked for Murtha and has vowed to continue his legacy if elected to complete Murtha's term. He will have to defend the seat in November."

Again, this hardly qualifies as kicking out the incumbent; Critz was doing a significant amount of the behind the scenes work for Murtha anyway.

"There is no question. There is, at this moment, an anti-incumbent mood," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, recently said.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, concurred. This year, "It's politicians beware," he warned.

Except we're still electing politicians.


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May. 20th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
But he was endorsed by Sarah Palin, that's a strike against him in my book.
May. 20th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
I do find Sestak's victory interesting, given that Specter has way, way more name recognition, not only for switching parties, but being a reasonably famous cancer survivor, and the whole Judiciary Committee thing. It's not that Sestak doesn't count as an incumbent, but people outside Pennsylvania will go "Oh, yeah, Specter" but "Sestak who?"

(Shameful Scrabble confession: I can't stop remembering that ARLEN SPECTER anagrams to RENAL RESPECT... be nice to your kidneys?)
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