Which way do I go????

Well, the Pa state Democratic Party machine endorsed the turncoat Specter. Now what? I am certainly not voting for him! Changed parties because he was afraid he couldn’t win re-election as a Republican. Mind you, as far as I know this is not the first party switch for the old fart. I could put in a bunch of clichés, but why bother? I think he made a huge mistake given the results of recent races in other states- the Dems are not so popular right now- and people are sick of Specter anyway.

So- what are the choices??? Here is the list I found at Politics1

U.S. SENATOR:

Arlen Specter (D)* – (Campaign Site)
Michael Lamb (D) – Pittsburgh City Controller

Mike Mentzer (D) – HVAC Contractor & Navy Veteran
Joe Sestak (D) – Congressman & Retired Navy Admiral
Joe Vodvarka (D) – Machinist & ’04 Candidate
Wendell Banks (R) – Minister & Frequent Candidate
John Kensinger (R) – Pharmacist & ’01/’02 US Rep. Candidate
Peg Luksik (R) – Conservative Activist, Businesswoman & Frequent Candidate
Larry Murphy (R) – Businessman
Pat Toomey (R) – Ex-Congressman, Club for Growth President, Businessman & ’04 Candidate
Robert Townsend (R) – Retired Police Officer & Navy Veteran
Mike Yilit (Indep. American) – Pastoral Degree Student & Construction Worker

I noticed there is ONE woman running- but I went and looked at her web page- she is anti-choice- so not for me. What’s left? Men with the same old, same old. I haven’t had time to look through them all- but not holding out hope for finding anything new. About all I know at this point is I am NOT voting for Specter.

There is a LOT going on in PA this cycle- but again- no female candidate for Governor. There are two women, one Dem, one Rep running for Lt. Gov.

Am I specifically looking for female candidates? You bet I am! I am sick to death of government run by the men, for the men. If I can’t find a woman to back, then I will look at the males, but all bets are off. If I can not find a candidate who will represent me- then I just won’t vote. I am not going to settle or as Uppity Woman says- “hold my nose.”

As some of you may know- I live on the main drag in and out of our little town. Hence I get pleas every election cycle for space for signs. I ran off the Democratic Party co-coordinator who wanted to take my Hillary signs and replace them with signs for the appointed one.  Right now I am considering putting up a hand-made sign expressing my discontent, anger, disgust, fury at the system that discounts our wishes and takes our votes for granted.

Leave your sign suggestions in the comments please!

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Arlen- Can you hear us now???

There are lots of interesting news  of a political nature every day. Tea Party, Obama’s falling numbers, Chicago races and here in PA- news of Arlen Specter’s battle to retain his seat. As we all know, Arlen switched parties after the 08 election for fear he could not win re-election as a Republican.

Here is a snippet from an article I ran across today

‘I’m running like I’m 20 points behind and I’ll continue to run like I’m 20 points be hind,” says Pat Toomey, the presumptive GOP nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania — who in fact now leads Sen. Arlen Specter 45 percent to 31 percent among likely voters in the latest Frank & Marshall College poll.

Specter, who switched parties last year for fear of losing a Republican primary to Toomey, still has to finish off a challenger from the left, Rep. Joe Sestak, in the May 18 Democratic primary. Meanwhile, as the nation turns sour on the Obama agenda that Specter has helped enact, Toomey’s been charging up — six months ago, he was down eight points.”

Had Sen. Specter bothered to look at the county-by-county results of election 08, he would, perhaps, not have made such an abrupt about face.
In the Primary, Hillary beat the media and DNC’s choice by almost 10 percentage points. And while Obama beat McCain in the general election all is not as it seemed. If one takes a look at the map- as Specter should have- you can see that even then large swaths of the Commonwealth of PA were red. Obama won only because he took the large cities- Philly, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Erie.
One can go Here to the Pa results and look county-by-county or- as much as I dislike CNN one can see the map in all it’s redness  Here
What was it that caused so many counties to declare red? Being called bitter hicks clinging to our guns and religion? Distrust of a candidate nobody had ever heard of before (and who comes across, still, to this day, as an elitist who thinks we are all dumb?)
Or perhaps Pennsylvanians, like so many others, don’t want big government! Apparently Sen. Specter miscalculated and backed the wrong horse in this race. Voters here may be giving the Senator a “change” he was not expecting! The signs were there before Scott Brown even began his run for the seat in MA. But, like so many other career pols, Specter could not- or would not – listen.
Can you hear us now????????