Morning Jay: Electoral Review Part 2, The Northeast
6:30 AM, Nov 12, 2010 • By JAY COST
I think the lesson for Republicans about the difference between Corbett and Toomey is pretty straightforward. Corbett wound his way to the top of the political ladder via the attorney general position, while Toomey was a member of Congress. This meant that the latter had to take all sorts of votes on divisive issues, including trade issues. Joe Sestak hit Toomey very hard on this.
This ad played frequently in Western Pennsylvania, and I think it was very effective.
The lesson, in my opinion, is that the Republican Party should look outside the U.S. Congress for its first choice for president. Members of Congress take too many tough votes, and the Obama-Biden campaign can use them against the Republican candidate with ease.
As I said in Part 1, I don’t think this has a heck of a lot to do with ideology. To the extent there were ideological differences between the two, at least in terms of campaign pronouncements, they were pretty fine-grained. This is about background, and I think it indicates that governors make for better candidates than senators. Remember: In the last 30 years, when Republicans have run non-senators for president, they have gone five out of six. Senators have gone zero for two!
Check back in on Monday for the next installment.