Thursday, April 22, 2010

The time of the season

In less than a month, voters will be going to the polls for the Pennsylvania primary, and the pre-vote TV ads are showing up full force. A few observations about some of the early offerings:

– Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, who is running for governor, has an ad in which he talks about growing up in a home that is shown on the screen. Later he says that he still lives in the same neighborhood, a few miles away. Now, is it just me, or is that the biggest neighborhood known to man? I'm thinking that if you have to drive several miles away, you're NOT in the same neighborhood.

– Does anyone know what party Mark Critz belongs to? It's really hard to tell based on the advertisements being run by the former Murtha aide who is running for the late, legendary congressman’s old seat. The answer to my original question: Critz is a Democrat. He just doesn't seem to be very proud of it.

– Finally, has anybody seen the hatchet-job advertisement Sen. Arlen Specter has rolled out to target his Democratic primary opponent, Congressman Joe Sestak? No touchy-feely stuff from Arlen. He's going straight to the brass knuckles. The Specter ad starts by attacking Sestak’s military record, then goes on to chastise him for missing a lot of votes in the House. Here's the deal. To have any chance at unseating a guy like Specter, who has been in the Senate since the Iron Age and has a big old campaign war chest, a challenger has to spend countless hours raising money and actually campaigning. The big-money politics of our time demands it. If any challenger in Sestak's position played by Specter's rules, he would have little or no chance of unseating an incumbent. Oh, yeah, I get it now.

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Blogger MJ said...

1: I'm not a fan of Onorato, but I can only imagine he meant that he still lives on the North Side. Sure, it's not the same block, but I guess it's still the same Pittsburgh neighborhood?

2: My jaw dropped when I saw the Critz ad where he proudly proclaimed to be pro-life and pro-guns. Then he proclaims that he was against the health care bill? I don't live in the 12th, so my opinion doesn't matter. But he should probably realize that Republicans aren't going to vote for him, and he's making a pretty strong case for no Democrats to back him either.

3: Hardly anyone knows who Joe Sestak is, so Specter needs to frame his character for him. If you notice, most candidates are running 30 second ads, but Sestak is running minute-long ads that give a biography of his career and family. He has enough money to introduce himself to statewide voters and launch a few attacks at Specter. The incumbent is worried, and that's why he's immediately gone negative.

April 22, 2010 at 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no respect for any senator who changes parties just to improve his chance of being re-elected. Specter was a Democrat until he decided he could challenge the Dem Philly DA by turning Republican. Then he stays Republican till he figures it'll cost him his cushy job. This is a bit like a Nazi backing Hitler till the Russians arrive outside Berlin, turning Commie and then switching defecting to the US because we have better benefits.

April 28, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

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