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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Newsmax Eager to Call Election Results Bad News for Obama
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax's David Patten gets into the "news analysis" piece with a predictable May 18 piece declaring Sen. Arlen Specter's loss in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic primary as bad news for Obama and, bizarrely, good news for Hillary Clinton:

The Specter defeat also is a blow to Barack Obama’s political power. Specter strongly backed Obama’s $787 billion stimulus package and his massive healthcare overhaul.

Though Obama strongly backed Specter, and put his political muscle behind the turncoat Republican, along with the powerful political machine of Democratic Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, Democratic voters sent a jarring message Tuesday night by picking maverick and conservative Joe Sestak as their nominee.

Initially, Specter's April 2009 abandonment of the Republican Party appeared to be a Houdini-like escape. 


In the end, however, what spelled Specter's doom was the wave of voter frustration with Washington and growing worry, even among Democrats, that Obama has gone too far left. Pennsylvania Democrats had strongly backed Hillary Clinton in the heated Democratic primary during the 2008 race. Sestak has long been aligned with the Clinton wing of the party.

Specter’s defeat will only give greater currency that if Obama’s approval falls further, Mrs. Clinton may have the support to challenge Obama in 2012.

News would love another Hillary Clinton run at the presidency, wouldn't it?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:00 PM EDT

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