Skip to comments.Rendell: Tea Party candidates will be easier to beat in November elections
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.
Sorry, Ed. No cigar.
Djou you think so Mr. Rendell? Djou you think so?
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.
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.
Although Murtha’s old seat is disheartening. The dem primary that ousted specter brought out more dems than GOPers.
Fast Eddie is just blowing smoke.
Rendell is living a fantasy.
Hey, Fast Eddie, PA got a budget yet...?
Good God, I’ll be glad when that slob Fast Eddie is gone...
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
Just keep telling yourselves that Eddie! Sounds more like a wish than a fact!
Word around here is he might take a full time sports talk job in Philly.
Hey,Eddie:the whole country ain’t Philly.Now please shut up and go away.
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.
Eddie its comments like this which is going to make beating you and your whole decadent cabal even the more sweet.
Do you remember his first year in office when he vetoed his own budget?
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.
. 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.