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Lynn Swann, Little Ricky in trouble in PA

It’s hard to be a winger running for office in Pennsylvania these days I guess; it was formerly very fertile ground. Look at this:

The survey of 1,200 voters by Strategic Vision, a Republican consulting and public affairs firm, found that Gov. Ed Rendell led Republican Lynn Swann, 49 percent to 36 percent, while Democratic challenger Bob Casey was ahead of Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., 50 percent to 40 percent.

Things are going so poorly for the former Steelers wide receiver Swann that Dear Leader is going to show up on the stump to raise some dough.

Actually, I don’t know if cozying up to the 36% approval rating Chimperor is the kind of help Swann, who was appointed a while back as chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, needs. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):

Rumors about Mr. Bush’s Aug. 16 visit have circulated for weeks, but the campaign declined to confirm the event until an Associated Press reporter obtained a copy of the invitation yesterday afternoon.

Tickets for a private reception and photo opportunity with the president are $10,000 per person or couple.

Tickets for a subsequent general reception are $650 a person or $1,000 for a couple. Both events will be held at the Eden Resort Inn and Suites in Lancaster.

“We welcome the opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with the commander in chief,” Swann campaign spokesman Leonardo Alcivar said.

Yeah, well, you should see the fundie-kissing letter that is being emailed out to potential Swanny voters. Holly passed it along to me. Hold your nose for this snippet…

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Dear Fellow Conservative,

I believe it is important that the next Governor of Pennsylvania share the traditional values that we hold dear. My faith and Christian values were instilled in me at a young age, and they continue to serve as my moral compass today. As Governor, these core conservative values will continue to guide the important decisions that I will make for the Commonwealth.

To spread my message of traditional values, I need support from conservative activists like you. That’s why I’m asking you to please make a secure online contribution today.

I believe that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has an obligation to protect its citizens, including the most innocent among us – the unborn. I believe we should look for alternative measures other than abortion, and I support extending protections to the unborn. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, I will sign a bill the legislature sends me extending additional protections to the unborn.

Until that time, I will continue attempting to create a culture of life. I will work to reduce the numbers of abortions by encouraging alternatives, including adoption and abstinence.

Meanwhile, Little Ricky’s ship is sinking…boo-hoo. He’s getting desperate, and doing some entertaining push polls in his state; Maria at 2 Political Junkies received one of those calls.

The poll started out innocently enough, but I started to have my doubts when one of the initial questions was how likely would I be to vote for Carl Romanelli, the Green Party candidate, if I heard that he was the only pro choice candidate running for Senator.

Midway through the rather lengthy survey, they asked how do the following attributes accurately describe Santorum. There were about ten or so and only two were negative: “doesn’t represent people like me” and “is out of touch.” I guess not even Ricky’s supporters think that associating these qualities with Tricky Ricky could put ideas in people’s minds that weren’t already there. There was no corresponding list for Casey (or Romanelli).

But of course, they saved the best for last. There were ten or twelve questions that were the real “push” as in “pushing” voters away from Casey. They would read a statement and you were to answer if that statement made you more likely to vote for Santorum or Casey. All of the statements were Rick-positive and Bob-negative along the lines of “Santorum wants to insure that terrorist don’t creep across our border, but Casey wants to let millions of aliens in. Would knowing this make you more likely to vote for Santorum or Casey?”


After the second or third question like this, I interrupted the interviewer and said to her, Jesus! This is such a push poll! You know the definition of push poll, don’t you?”

She responded with, “Ma’am, I’m just doing my job.”

The post goes on to explain how the telepolling company, VentureData Telephone Collection Experts, claims it doesn’t do push polling, something the firm was accused of doing in a recent Philly Inquirer article. Here’s the update from 2PJ.

So, did Sugar Lips Dole as head of the behind-the-8-ball in fundraising National Republican Senatorial Committee, endorse and commission this poll for Man-on-Dog?

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