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Rendell: Tea Party candidates will be easier to beat in November elections
The Hill ^ | 5/23/10 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 05/23/2010 11:23:51 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Sunday that the results of his home state's special election show that the Tea Party's electoral influence is limited.

Mark Critz, a Democrat, won the election Tuesday to fill the seat of the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.). Rendell also said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the post-election controversy with Rand Paul and his comments about the Civil Rights Act shows that the Tea Party will flail come November elections.

"The Tea Party candidates are going to be more easy to beat in the general election" than Republicans such as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Utah Sen. Bob Bennett, Rendell said.

He pointed out that Murtha's district had gone to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the general election but, while acknowledging that the conservative Tea Party movement had influence in GOP primaries, said "the Tea Party was not a factor at all" in Pennsylvania.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said that while Paul's comments were "unfortunate," the Tea Party still represented new ideas and a fresh passion in the political arena.

"We'll take that energy," Pawlenty said. "It's still a little chaotic in some ways, but it's a good thing."

But Pawlenty noted that the shift away from a Democratic president and his policies didn't necessarily drive voters to the GOP.

"We have to address the bread-and-butter issues that people are most concerned about," he said, including jobs.

"The best advice for anyone running is to be for change," Pawlenty said, adding that incumbents suffered at the polls because of a "sense of a commitment to flawed strategies."

Rendell said that voters weren't against government spending, but just wanted "effective government" that invested in the wisest way possible.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; candidates; november; rendell; teaparty
Rendell said that voters weren't against government spending, but just wanted "effective government" that invested in the wisest way possible.

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Sorry, Ed. No cigar.

1 posted on 05/23/2010 11:23:52 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Djou you think so Mr. Rendell? Djou you think so?


2 posted on 05/23/2010 11:25:48 AM PDT by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for, it matters who takes office.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It does help when the takers outnumber the givers by a 2 to 1 margin in the district. Sorry Eddie, you’re full of it. That district is not the norm in America.


3 posted on 05/23/2010 11:26:41 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Kiss my AZ!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

So what are they really saying, that they didn’t actually expect to win any races? They won one in a solidly Dem district and they’re acting like they won it from a district that’s gone Republican for decades.

The truth is Fast Eddy, you might win one here and there. If Murtha’s seat indicates anything it’s that the Dems are going to have to have 2:1 majorities and run as conservatives to even win the occasional seat.


4 posted on 05/23/2010 11:28:48 AM PDT by Kenny
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To: NormsRevenge

Although Murtha’s old seat is disheartening. The dem primary that ousted specter brought out more dems than GOPers.


5 posted on 05/23/2010 11:28:52 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Fast Eddie is just blowing smoke.


6 posted on 05/23/2010 11:29:37 AM PDT by bmwcyle (NJ Governor Chris Christie for President)
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To: NormsRevenge

Rendell is living a fantasy.


7 posted on 05/23/2010 11:29:45 AM PDT by b4its2late (Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey, Fast Eddie, PA got a budget yet...?


8 posted on 05/23/2010 11:30:07 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good God, I’ll be glad when that slob Fast Eddie is gone...


9 posted on 05/23/2010 11:30:54 AM PDT by THX 1138 ("Harry, I have a gift.")
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To: AmishDude

This is the same Ed Rendell who put money in the transportation budget under the assumption the Feds
would approve the tolling of I-80. Guess what, Feds
denied the request - mucho $$$$$ now have to be
acquired some other way. So much for Fast Eddies
assumptions


10 posted on 05/23/2010 11:32:37 AM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: NormsRevenge

Just keep telling yourselves that Eddie! Sounds more like a wish than a fact!


11 posted on 05/23/2010 11:33:02 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: bmwcyle
Thankfully Rendell is going away to a cushy job somewhere.

Word around here is he might take a full time sports talk job in Philly.

12 posted on 05/23/2010 11:34:34 AM PDT by AGreatPer (Impeach Obama)
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To: NormsRevenge
Image and video hosting by TinyPic Crazy Eddie's losing it. IF he ever had 'it' (sanity) in the first place! LOL. ;-)
13 posted on 05/23/2010 11:34:53 AM PDT by pillut48 ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: NormsRevenge
If that were really true, he'd keep his mouth shut about it. Why warn us? I suspect Tea Party candidates will do just fine...
14 posted on 05/23/2010 11:34:58 AM PDT by GOPJ (...man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth-Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: GOPJ

Hey,Eddie:the whole country ain’t Philly.Now please shut up and go away.


15 posted on 05/23/2010 11:38:57 AM PDT by pistolpetestoys (Outside of a dog a book is a mans best friend;inside a dog it's too dark to read.)
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To: stevio

Old eddy was smart. He packaged the primary and the special election into one day of voting. It gave them the edge on who showed up to vote.


16 posted on 05/23/2010 11:43:13 AM PDT by linn37 ( "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Eddie its comments like this which is going to make beating you and your whole decadent cabal even the more sweet.


17 posted on 05/23/2010 11:54:18 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Mr. Wright

Do you remember his first year in office when he vetoed his own budget?


18 posted on 05/23/2010 11:57:09 AM PDT by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for, it matters who takes office.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good one Fast Eddie! So is PA in the running for the ‘what state will go bankrupt first race’? Although there’s stiff competition with CA & NY I’ll bet yer a contender.


19 posted on 05/23/2010 12:13:28 PM PDT by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / I'm not anti-government, I'm anti-democrat!)
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To: Kenny
The truth is Fast Eddy, you might win one here and there. If Murtha’s seat indicates anything it’s that the Dems are going to have to have 2:1 majorities and run as conservatives to even win the occasional seat.

. The pubbies are also going to have to choose the right candidates. Probably the guy who ran a close race against Murtha in '08 should have been given another shot.

20 posted on 05/23/2010 12:15:36 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Tea Party candidates will be easier to beat in November elections “

Isn’t that what they said about Reagan? Sleeps through cabinet meetings, is stupid, nothing more than a “B” movie actor?


21 posted on 05/23/2010 12:35:29 PM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They keep moving the goalposts. Remember the Tea Party was nothing but a just few angry racists? Remember then they were illigitimate Teabaggers? Now were going to lose in November, huh?

Pffft... which is it Democrats??


22 posted on 05/23/2010 12:36:50 PM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Every philly cop I have met has insisted that it was a know fact that Rendell was a homosexual.

Just sayin’.


23 posted on 05/23/2010 1:00:25 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Obadiah

I’m struck by the complete arrogance of the Democrat’s responses.

Between the marginalization of the Tea Party movement to the “economy is better” mantra, it’s almost as if the Democrats are trying to antagonize voters.


24 posted on 05/23/2010 1:27:12 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: NormsRevenge

Wishful thinking Rendell, wishful thinking.


26 posted on 05/23/2010 7:10:55 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: NormsRevenge

IMHO that means as clear as can be, exactly the opposite is the case.

180 degree opposite. Dems are getting spooked by the possibility the GOP may move right. Because then, they would have actual opponents.

And people would even consider voting for Republicans, who aren’t fraidy cats, of their own shadows.

My question: why is it, the article identified everyone’s party affiliation.

Except Rendell’s.

Just saying.


27 posted on 05/23/2010 7:15:45 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: Oceander

if anything it says that the dems are toast, because the Rat that won in PA 12 ran as a conservative to win in a 2:1 dem district, sounding off to the right of the Republican...


28 posted on 05/23/2010 8:44:47 PM PDT by Schwaeky (The Republic--Shall be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure Society!)
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