Along with the endorsement of Patrick Murphy by the Bucks County Courier Times (still in shock a bit from that), another Democratic candidate in an extremely high-profile race for Congress picked up an critical newspaper endorsement yesterday.
Joe Sestak was endorsed by the Delaware County Times in the PA-07 U.S. House contest against Crazy Curt Weldon.
In both instances, it looked to me like each newspaper was definitely leaning towards the incumbent Republican, but at a certain point they each said enough is enough for different reasons. In the case of Fitzpatrick, it was Kevin Kelly’s swift-boating of Patrick Murphy (probably shouldn’t use that term as a verb since the actual item itself is a noun referring to a piece of military equipment…after the election, I’ll try to stop doing that) as well as the trashy Republican National Campaign Committee mailers (what works in red states doesn’t necessarily work in blue ones too, Karl – I’m surprised a genius like you hasn’t figured that out yet); Mikey’s servile endorsement of Bushco’s conduct of the Iraq war lost the nod also (if you’re going to criticize the plan, you’d better have one of your own, especially since your challenger has been out front with his own for months already). Also, the paper noted that Fitzpatrick has never contested Dubya on his cruel and utterly brainless tax cuts.
In the case of Weldon, it becomes clear as you read the endorsement that the Delco Times isn’t in love with Sestak (though there IS much to admire about Admiral Joe, and for what it’s worth, his YouTube campaign videos have been terrific – Patrick’s have been good also, but Sestak, by virtue of his vast, high-profile military experience, is more accomplished at this sort of thing right now; in no way, though, is that meant as a knock on Patrick). However, the paper plainly felt that there was absolutely no way they could grimace and squirm and endorse Weldon any more in light of the FBI investigation. That would doom any candidate, as it probably should.
So congratulations to both Patrick and Admiral Joe, as well as Lois Murphy who, along with Sestak (albeit in an utterly tepid fashion), were both endorsed by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
We’ll see how that comes into play next Tuesday (certainly can't hurt).