From Talking Points Memo.
The numbers: Toomey 41%, Specter 27%. Specter’s loss of his Republican base also leaves him with weak numbers for a general election, with only 31% against a generic Democrat’s 33%.
Keep in mind that Pennsylvania uses a closed primary, and the number of registered Republicans has fallen since 2004 — when Specter only held off Toomey by a 51%-49% margin — leaving a very conservative base. And Specter’s vote for the stimulus bill certainly can’t have helped him.
I believe we should fear this. Just last week, a “union consultant” was willing to consider endorsing Specter. That’s gone, because Specter said he won’t for the Employee Free Choice Act, but it speaks volumes that they were willing to dangle the prospect of union support for a Republican.
The Republican Party is clearly at a crossroads, and we don’t want it thinking it needs fewer Specters and more Toomeys.
Specter is far from perfect, of course, but he is generally reachable and willing to negotiate.
Toomey, by contrast, leads the Club for Growth.
Club for Growth Policy Goals:
– Making the Bush tax cuts permanent
– Death tax repeal
– Cutting and limiting government spending
– Social Security reform with personal retirement accounts
– Expanding free trade
– Legal reform to end abusive lawsuits
– Replacing the current tax code
– School choice
– Regulatory reform and deregulation
Dashes are bullets in original; sorry, CGF.
“School choice,” aka “vouchers for private schools.” Ick …