The Democrats have done everything possible to screw up their race in Pennsylvania. Had they not enticed Specter to cross party lines, Republicans would have had the big primary fight this year, with Toomey possibly unseating the incumbent and eating up most of his resources while straining party loyalties. Democrats could have had Sestak sailing to an easy nomination and enough momentum to overcome the hostility towards Democrats in the midterms.
Instead, they angered Sestak first with their open-arms embrace of Specter, and then with the clumsy bribe offer to get Specter a clear shot at the nomination despite Specter being a Democrat for less than a year. Party leaders in the state had little choice but to play along with the White House while their party divided. They wound up hitching their wagon to a weak horse that was on his last political legs no matter which party he attached himself like an old carbuncle.
Now the same party leaders whine to Politico that Sestak hasn’t called to get them on his side. Well, perhaps he’s waiting for some apologies, from both the party leaders and from the White House, which are pretty clearly in order. Still, though, politics ain’t beanbag, and Sestak won’t win a US Senate race by pouting. The longer the Silence of the Sestak continues, the more Pat Toomey will fill the vacuum with Pennsylvania voters — and don’t expect Republicans to celebrate that quietly when it succeeds.