Cutting Their Losses: WH Abandons Specter in 11th Hour?

Posted: May 17, 2010 10:55 PM
That's the rumor being spread by the Washington Post:

If this is true, it's significant: CBS chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer is now saying that he has it on good authority that the White House is privately bracing for Arlen Specter to lose tomorrow.

Schieffer, to my knowledge, has not said this on national TV yet. But he made the claim in an interview with the local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. "I have been told on background that the White House is preparing for a Specter loss here, and that the president doesn't want to be associated with that," Schieffer said. ...

...[A] Biden aide confirms for me that no campaign events are scheduled, even though Biden will be in Pennsylvania tonight speaking at his daughter's graduation. Biden has done radio interviews on Specter's behalf.

As for Shieffer's claim that the White House is preparing for a Specter loss, keep in mind that the White House decided against a last-minute visit to Pennsylvania by Obama. Also, the White House would presumably have access to the best intelligence on the race from the DSCC, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, all of whom have thrown their weight behind Specter.

So if Shieffer's right, all these people may be privately telling the White House Specter may be going down. Which means it just may be true.

Oh, please let this be true.  Though I'd miss watching Pat Toomey destroy Specter in a general election match-up, I'll get over it.  Either way, Specter deserves what's coming to him.

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