March 6, 2006


A new twist for Pennsylvania's Senate race? (Tom Curry, March 6, 2006, MSNBC)

Abortion rights leader Kate Michelman is thinking of jumping into the Senate race in Pennsylvania as an independent.

Michelman is appalled by Democratic Party leaders’ selection of anti-abortion candidate Bob Casey Jr. as their choice to try to unseat two-term Republican Sen. Rick Santorum.

For Michelman and other supporters of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision, the final straw came in late January when Casey endorsed President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.

If Democrats are going to run as Republicans in order to try and win elections, then doesn't the Left deserve its own candidates?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2006 11:44 PM

This may be Santorum's salvation to get re-elected. Kinda reminds me of how Perot enabled Clinton to get into office.

Posted by: obc at March 7, 2006 12:14 AM

Run, Kate, run!

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 7, 2006 6:00 AM

It will be fun to hear what Kate has to say during the campaign about non-abortion issues (assuming she actually thinks about anything that doesn't have a connection to abortion rights). If she actually runs a campaign that is more than just "kill the fetuses", it could force Casey to the left on other issues, giving Santorum more room to manuever in the run-up to November.

Posted by: John at March 7, 2006 9:28 AM

If Kate is in the race, and she runs hard against the "anti-choice DINO" Casey, doesn't that force the national Democratic party--which is in thrall to the Peculiar Institution--to disavow or even torpedo their own candidate? Can't be seen embracing those anti-choice breeder Christers, after all.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 7, 2006 9:56 AM

Barbara Hafer must be swallowing bile today.

And Ed Rendell might just be ready to punch Chucky Schumer in the nose. If Michelman does last until November, and gets maybe 100,000 votes (which is a real possibility), Rendell could go down, too. Plus, the Dems are going to have to defend Murtha, who is becoming crazier with each passing day.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 7, 2006 10:08 AM

This sort of self-destructive ideological purity is supposed to be a Stupid Party$#8482; monopoly. If you are going to steal your opponent's strategies, shouldn't you steal the winning ones?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 7, 2006 10:37 AM

Nader/Michelman '08!!

Posted by: ratbert at March 7, 2006 12:56 PM