Recently several states have held senatorial primary elections. For those of you that are not familiar with this concept, each of the parties in an effort to choose who they are gonna send out as their candidate have their own little election. And to train them and to get them ready for the months long road of lying, debating and attack ads; the candidates of each parties debate against, lie to and attack each other. Let’s hear it for partisan unity!
Due to geographical location there are two senate primary races I have been paying some attention to. The first being the primary in Pennsylvania between Joe Sestak and incumbent senator Arlen Specter. The other in Connecticut between Richard Blumenthal and Linda McMahon. That’s right, the wife of the ‘rasslin promoter. I will get to that in a minute.
As you probably have read somewhere else by now, thirty-one year naval veteran Joe Sestak has beaten the grizzled old warhorse Arlen Specter for the Democratic nomination. Not too surprising. Since the 2008 election incumbent politicians have had a rough go of it. Sentiment towards them has generally been, “the hell with you, we want someone different”! So a great deal of them have or will fall by the wayside. Poor Mr. Specter has not been immune to this.
After recently switching parties, the senator has been the victim of some Gerald Ford type blunders. First off the switching of parties which he has done before in the past gives voters the feeling of “what side is he on”? Then the recent blunder at a campaign stop where he accepted the Republican nomination at a Democratic campaign rally. This just gives people the feeling of “does HE know what side he’s on”?
Then there’s the attack ads against Admiral Sestak. One of them I believe went so far to say that he wasn’t really an admiral and that he just played one at boat shows. The other being that Sestak paid members of his family several thousand dollars a month to work on his campaign while some staffers, probably interns, were only paid four dollars an hour. This would naturally infuriate the long standing Senator Specter who in his day was only given two nickels and a root beer. But at the end of the day the cagey admiral beat the grizzled warhorse. At least this means we wont have to hear about an old man’s flip flops for a few more weeks until beach season starts.
The second act in this live action political comedy involved Richard Blumenthal and Linda McMahon. That’s right, you read that correctly. Vince McMahon’s wife. This just has hilarious written all over it. When asked not too long ago as to her qualifications as a candidate; Mrs. McMahon answered that for several years she has been the CEO of a publicly traded company that has employed several hundred people. I don’t necessarily believe that telling a grown man to dress like a clown or a pirate gives you much cause to say you deserve a seat in the Senate. Sure, Jesse Ventura became a governor and we all saw how well that went. He didn’t even bother to wear the feather boas OR the giant sunglasses. People seem to think that her association with professional wrestling means that if Linda McMahon gets elected that there will be live steel cage matches on the Senate floor. And why not, there’s been duels and knife fights, and people beaten with canes during Senate proceedings. Why not a steel cage? Then again, you cant fit a wrestling ring on the floor of the Senate. There’d be no place to put all the podiums!