Monday, October 23, 2006

New & Recommended

The Times of London dips into the Senate race in Pennsylvania and pronounces it a harbinger of a return of Reagan Democrats to the Democratic fold. It's a bit of a stretch to me, but it's worth reading.

My colleague Carrie Budoff's profile of Rick Santorum in the Sunday Inquirer. And Tom Fitzgerald's profile of Bob Casey Jr. in the same paper on the same day. A great headline over these pieces: The Megaphone Meets the Metronome.

Brad Bumstead's piece in the Tribune-Review indicates the Republicans are worried that they may lose control of the state House. These local elections don't get much attention in the media, so it's good to see this analysis.

A piece in the New York Sun, of all places, about a Republican mailing that blames Chris Carney for starting the Iraq War. Carney is the Democrat opposing the mistress-impaired U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood in PA10. The mailing signals a new shrillness in the race, probably due to the fact that Sherwood is down (and appears nearly out) in recent public polls.

A piece by Dennis Roddy of the Post-Gazette on Curt Weldon, an essay on the congressman's tendency of lurching towards "the dark corners of conjecture." (also known as the Wacko Factor.)

My colleague Mario Cattabiani has a nice piece in today's Inquirer about Lynn Swann's days as a Pittsburgh Steeler. Short sum: His former teammates love the guy, but some of them just don't see him as governor.

Finally, a link to the weekly Pennsy Political Podcast, which has a take off on Santorum's latest TV commercial, "Bicker," where he pronounces himself a fighter.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, sounds like Bono supports Santorum.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Anon 2:45,
I doubt it. Bono would just make a good politician. He's not going to criticize Little Ricky just because they disagree on certain issues. Bono knows how to get what he wants, and what he wants is publicity and money for his causes.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you think Bono supports Bob Casey?

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Bono wants money for his causes. Don't forget that, in that respect, Bono IS a politician.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Santorum's been getting him money for his cause, apparently. He also said it would be hard to find somebody as committed as Santorum.

So I ask again, is Bono supporting Santorum or Casey? Or neither one? Please explain (20 points).

1:42 PM  

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