Specter Ousted in Backlash


arlen-specterA growing wave of discontent with government crashed down on “establishment” candidates running in primaries Tuesday as voters turned five-term Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter out of office and

nominated a populist “Tea Party” candidate in Kentucky.

Few races represented the political backlash sweeping across the country better than Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary, in which Specter was defeated by Rep. Joe Sestak. Specter, who bolted from the GOP in 2009, vowed to support Sestak over Republican Pat Toomey in the fall.

“This is what democracy looks like,” a beaming Sestak told supporters. “It should come as no surprise to anyone that people want a change.”

Primaries in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky were the latest sign of the nation’s political mood, as high unemployment and President Obama’s ambitious agenda allowed a new crop of candidates to claim the mantle of change.

“We’ve come to take our government back,” said Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, who courted the anti-tax “Tea Party” movement to defeat Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the GOP Senate primary. “We want things done differently.”

Paul will face Democrat Jack Conway in November in a race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Jim Bunning. All three states featured veteran officeholders with party support against insurgents fighting the status quo – a formula political experts say will dominate the fall election for control of Congress.

“Distrust of all things Washington seems to be the theme,” said Michael Franc of the conservative Heritage Foundation, noting a Pew Research Center survey last month that found 22% of Americans trust the government.

Specter’s defeat follows losses this month by GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah and Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter were headed to a June 8 runoff after neither candidate secured 50% of the vote. Halter has criticized Lincoln, a centrist, particularly for her positions on health care.

The president’s party has lost seats in Congress in 10 of the past 12 midterm elections. Jennifer Duffy with the non-partisan Cook Political Report says the results show if “your name starts with ‘senator’ or ‘congressman,’ voters view you as part of the problem, regardless of party.”

{USA Today/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. People, this is not anti-incumbent. This “anti-incumbent” hogwash was invented by the liberal pro-Obama media to spin their losses.

    This is a tea party backlash against anyone who is pro taxes. This is anti anyone who is not a true conservative.

    The liberals can’t take that, so they call this anti-incumbent, trying to deflect blame for this mess they got us into, onto all incumbents.

    Yea right.

    You watch this November….. every Republican incumbent will be re-elected. Only Dems will be ousted.

    What is happening now is that the RINO’s (Republicans In Name Only)are being ousted in primaries.