Yesterday was Super Tuesday. There were elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Arkansas. And the message sent by voters is the one of the grassroots TEA Party Movement:
If you’re not a Conservative — if you’re not for limited government, individual liberty & responsibility, pro-life, and pro-gun rights — we will vote you out regardless of your party label!
Here are the results:
In Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary election, 5-term Sen. Arlen Specter, a turncoat Republican and the longest serving senator in the state’s history, was defeated by maverick conservative Rep. Joe Sestak, a retired admiral. The Specter defeat is a blow to Obama. Specter strongly backed Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package and ObamaCare, and Obama returned the favor by putting his brownshirts, Organizing for America, behind Specter, along with millions of dollars and the powerful political machine of Democratic Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell. Obama, VP Biden, and Rendell all campaigned for Specter. In a campaign ad, Obama said “I love Arlen Specter” and credited him with helping to “pull us back from the brink” because of his vote for the stimulus package. Obama even tried bribing Sestak by offering him a high-level government position in return for dropping out of the race. Democratic voters were faced with a choice, picking the principled Sestak or Specter, who brazenly bragged to reporters that he switched parties simply to win re-election. Even the Democratic left broke from the party’s establishment to vote for Sestak, a conservative on foreign and military policy. [Source: David Patten, “Analysis: Spector’s Defeat Bad News for Obama ,” NewsMax, May 18, 2010]
In Kentucky’s Republican Senate primary, political novice Dr. Rand Paul rode support from tea party activists to victory, defeating Trey Grayson who was the choice of the GOP establishment. Grayson was recruited to run by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), but Paul had endorsements from TEA party activists, Sarah Palin, and conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). Paul, the son of libertarian Sen. Ron Paul, ran on an anti-Washington “abolish the Federal Reserve” campaign theme. [Source: “Paul Victory in Kentucky Major Show of Tea Party Clout,” NewsMax, May 18, 2010.”]
In Arkansas’ Democratic Senate primary, Sen. Blanche Lincoln failed to win the majority of votes and now faces a three-week fight with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in a run-off. Lincoln was heavily supported by labor unions, including the AFL-CIO. [Source]
In Pennsylvania’s special election to fill the final months of the term of dead Democratic Rep. John Murtha, Democrat Mark Critz brushed back a strong challenge from Tim Burns, a Republican businessman and TEA party supporter. The pro-life, pro-gun Critz was a longtime aide to Murtha in a district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2 to 1. Critz and Burns will square off again in the fall after each man easily won his respective party’s primary. Recent voting trends made the race unpredictable. Republican Sen. John McCain won the district in the 2008 presidential election after Democratic Sen. John Kerry carried it four years earlier. [Source]
H/t beloved Fellowship member May!