Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Meehan's Meaning

Pat Meehan declares for Congress.

A few observations:

1. He gives the GOP a great shot to reclaim the seat they lost three years ago when an ambitious Joe Sestak knocked off a wounded Curt Weldon.

2. Sestak's giving up the seat to run for Senate shows how, bad judgement and personal ambition have hurt Democratic chances to hold Congress for long. Meehan might have ambitiously jumped into the governor's race, but was talked in to settling for a less difficult congressional run, thus increasing GOP's chances in both races. Democrats on the other hand are invovled in internecine fights throughout the party.
The party's liberal leadership is at war with its more moderate members.

3. Sestak challenging Specter is a great example of two men who put themselves before party. There is plenty of vanity to go around in politics but never was it more on display than in this race.

4. At 80 years old Specter jumped parties to stay politically viable. Sestak, Mr. Ants in his Pants, jumped in to challenge Specter against the wishes, advice, and demands of party leaders like Ed Rendell. It was Rendell who cleared the way for Sestak to run against Weldon when Swarthmore's Bryan Lentz was gearing up to run. Lentz took the second banana role of running for state rep instead.
Was there ever any chance the Sestak would listen Rendell and others to wait for his chance to run for Senate? Probably not.

5. Meehan, the former Specter chief of staff, county DA, and U.S. Attorney, has been more respectful, politcally cautious, disciplined and smart. He runs for Congress now, has a good shot at winning and can go anywhere from there. He is well known in the 7th, well-regarded, and despite the Democrats growing edge in voter registration, likely to beat either Greg Vitali or Lentz, both state reps.

6. Vitali, in particular, seems too liberal to beat Meehan, especially, given the growing public backlash against the statist policies promoted by this Democratic president and the very unpopular Democratic leadership in Congress. Lentz appears to be more of a moderate than Vitali, has the military background that mollifies right-leaning Independents, but isn't particularly well known.

7. All around, Meehan's run is a good example what the GOP needs to do nationally to rebuild itself. Get good, sensible, respectable candidates who know the values and interests of their districts. The GOP has been in disarray the last three years after the 2006 mid-terms, thanks to George Bush's mealy-mouthed compassionate conservatism and big spending. (The Iraq war didn't help either.) Republicans are lucky to have opponents who as arrogant and out of touch as this bunch of Democrats. They are spending the country into oblivion and grabbing more and more power for the state. The voters, especially a growing number of Independents, know it and don't like it.

Game on.

5 Comments:

Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Sestak would have defended his seat against Meehan, who is more known in the area than Craig Williams. His decisison to run for Senate is a wasted effort.

September 15, 2009 at 3:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meehan was afraid to run against Sestak in 2008, and Williams became the sacrificial lamb.

If Sestak wasn't abandoning his seat on a fool's errand, Meehan would still be afraid to challenge him. Meehan didn't even get in until he cut a deal with Welch.

September 15, 2009 at 9:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee Gil, I am surprised by your opinions...not. What will the GOP and their "new" leadership do when Meehan loses? He is their only hope, but he will fail. people in this county are tired of the old boy network and thatis what he is.
I disagree wiht you about vitali. he's a great guy, regular guy and will make a great congressman. As for lentz being an "unknown" so was sestak (even more so). and stop thinking that but for his ethical lapses weldon was winning...the tide turned that year and it just keeps rolling. Goodbye to the old boy network. Meehan's defeat will be the stake in the gop heart...you heard it hear first.

September 17, 2009 at 1:08 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

watch where you're swinging those pom-poms diano, your allegiences are showing...

September 17, 2009 at 4:41 PM 
Anonymous jake said...

Reilly, Pileggi, Killion, Green, and Meehan demonstrate depth, experience and rock-solid conservative values as Delaware County's next generation of Republican leadership.
The Democrats have nothing remotely comparable. Vitali's record is off-the-charts liberal, incompatible with the vast, overwhelming majority of Delco/Chesco voters and Lentz is an unknown, unproven commodity.
Admiral Shipwreck was a Democrat "Hail Mary" until the FBI handed him the election. Now, he is confirming everyone's unspoken opinion that he is a little too full of himself, deciding he was ready for a promotion based upon some very self-indulgent reasoning. That hubris was why he was reduced in rank and pushed out of the military.
Things are definitely looking up for the good Republicans of Delaware County.

September 17, 2009 at 6:33 PM 

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