Last night had its good news and bad news.
The good news? We’re done with Arlen Specter, once and for all.
It’s sad. Almost. No matter his politics, the guy had a long and storied career in politics, and his last major act of switching parties for his own personal gain backfired in dramatic style. How pathetic to go out in such a way.
The bad news? We lost PA-12 by 7 points. No matter how you look at it, the win has to give Democrats some hope. If there’s a silver lining, the seat is an R+1 seat and the 60th or so on the GOP target list on a PVI basis. So not necessarily a must-win for a House takeover, but still a clear target in November. Remember, this race was the only big race in Pennsylvania. The Dem Senate primary likely attracted a lot of Democrats to the polls. Republicans only had this single GOP race to inspire them. And it didn’t work. Not a huge deal, but still a bummer.
Then Rand Paul crushed Grayson in the Kentucky GOP Senate primary. To be honest, I haven’t followed this one too closely. From what I understand, Grayson is a clear conservative, but one backed by the establishment. Paul, while attempting to distance himself from his Dad on foreign policy/defense issues, still makes me a little nervous when it comes to those issues that make his Dad a weee bit scary. Rand will be one to keep a close eye on.