Most of the Philadelphia vote is in, and Arlen Specter didn’t get the turnout he needs to beat Joe Sestak. AP is calling it for Sestak.

Ed Rendell has a few words to eat from May 2009:

ED SCHULTZ: Is this going to be a slam dunk for Arlen Specter, or you think that Joe Sestak — if he jumps into this, and it looks like he will — do you think he can mount a serious threat to the political future of Arlen Specter?

ED RENDELL: Well let me say that I’m a great admirer of Joe Sestak and worked hard to get him elected and re-elected, and I’m going to work hard to get him re-elected when he runs for Congress next year. Not for the Senate. Joe should not run for the Senate in the Democratic primary. He’d get killed.  He doesn’t want to be marginalized.  He doesn’t want to get 15 or 18 percent.  Joe should run for Congress again; establish some seniority. His time will come.  He’s a terrific guy, his time will come.  But it’s not this year.

Four of the most beautiful words in the English language:  Future ex-Senator Arlen Specter.

Ed Rendell couldn’t deliver the seat for Specter.  Today the NY Times reports that Rendell claims “Mr. Specter’s difficulties should not be taken as evidence of any kind of a national trend, but rather of Mr. Specter’s unique challenges…If it’s about anything, it’s about the difficulties of party-switching.”

And thus Rendell comes to the realization that seems to evade party leaders again and again: Democrats like Democrats who act like Democrats.
h/t Scarce

Most of the Philadelphia vote is in, and Arlen Specter didn’t get the turnout he needs to beat Joe Sestak. AP is calling it for Sestak.

Ed Rendell has a few words to eat from May 2009:

ED SCHULTZ: Is this going to be a slam dunk for Arlen Specter, or you think that Joe Sestak — if he jumps into this, and it looks like he will — do you think he can mount a serious threat to the political future of Arlen Specter?

ED RENDELL: Well let me say that I’m a great admirer of Joe Sestak and worked hard to get him elected and re-elected, and I’m going to work hard to get him re-elected when he runs for Congress next year. Not for the Senate. Joe should not run for the Senate in the Democratic primary. He’d get killed. He doesn’t want to be marginalized. He doesn’t want to get 15 or 18 percent. Joe should run for Congress again; establish some seniority. His time will come. He’s a terrific guy, his time will come. But it’s not this year.

Four of the most beautiful words in the English language: Future ex-Senator Arlen Specter.

Ed Rendell couldn’t deliver the seat for Specter. Today the NY Times reports that Rendell claims “Mr. Specter’s difficulties should not be taken as evidence of any kind of a national trend, but rather of Mr. Specter’s unique challenges…If it’s about anything, it’s about the difficulties of party-switching.”

And thus Rendell comes to the realization that seems to evade party leaders again and again: Democrats like Democrats who act like Democrats.
h/t Scarce

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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