Time's Newton-Small: 'Toomey/Sestak Race Starts Ugly'

The general election campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania between Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Sestak has started "ugly," according to Jay Newton-Small. In her May 20 Swampland blog post, the Time magazine staffer offered as evidence the former's press conference yesterday in which:

[H]e spent much of the speech blasting Sestak. In his 7-minute opening remarks he said “I” or “me” 52 times – including the thank yous – and “Joe or “he” 43 times.

Newton-Small did go on to note that "the beginning of a general election is all about defining your opponent" and added that:

For John Kerry in 2004, for example, the label flip-flopper proved fatal. And Barack Obama successfully portrayed McCain as part of the status quo, the establishment problem.

All the same, Newton-Small portrays Toomey as inordinately "blunt" in his talk about Sestak and concludes that "this is shaping up to be one nasty contest to replace Specter."

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.