Monday, May 08, 2006

The Sodom & Gomorrah Solution?

New and recommended:

Steve Goldstein's interview with former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, who says there is a "distinct possibility" that Republicans could lose control of one or both houses in the fall election.

Reading between the lines, I hear the conservative Toomey almost wishing for a Republican defeat to purge the party of its evil ways of profligate spending and abuse of power it has picked up in its years of control of Congress.

Is he wishing for an Old Testament moment?

As Twoomey told Goldstein:

"There's a lack of partisan intensity on the part of Republicans compared with Democrats. And I believe it's because Republicans have abandoned the principles of limited government and fiscal discipline that historically have united Republicans and energized the Republican base."

Toomey's message surely will resonate with fiscally conservative Republicans. And he should know something about revving up that base.

In 2004, the former Lehigh Valley congressman came within 2 points of knocking off Arlen Specter in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

toomey is just playing the expectations game. I think the GOP will run another scorched earth election strategy with the goal of turning off voters to both sides and whole process. Then they can declare victory when the status quo remains.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous phillydem said...

The GOP is obvioulsy trying hard to figure out a way to "energize" their
base voters. It seems the theme they are settling on is scaring R voters with the thought they'll lose control of one or both houses of congress.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toomey and Santorum have always struck me as people who would make good members of the House of Representatives from super conservative districts.

The problem is - Pennsylvania as a whole - is a politically moderate, blue-leaning state, and both gentlemen are WAY out of touch with the median PA citizen.

While it disturbs me that Santorum has been our Senator for the past twelve years, what's even more scary to me is that Toomey is likely the favorite to replace Specter in 2010.

12:54 PM  

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