A bipartisan health care summit today is expected to be high political theater, with both sides digging in for what many are skeptical will be productive public talks. Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) remarked recently that he was going to pop some popcorn in anticipation of the event’s theatrics. Think of when Republicans bounced questions off President Obama in Baltimore a couple weeks ago. Of course, “political theater” is in the eye of the beholder and the news media, and much of the perception of the event will rest on the latter. We’ll see who can spin this one the best; the stakes are high.
The most interesting race in the country
More intrigue in Florida, where leaked documents from the state party show former state House Speaker Marco Rubio spent $110,000 on the state party’s credit card in a little more than two years. Rubio’s campaign barked back, accusing former state party Chairman Jim Greer, a Charlie Crist ally, of being behind the leak. Republican National Committeewoman Sharon Day defended Rubio and said Greer had promised to bring others down with him when he was being removed as state party chairman. This is getting ugly.
The Pennsylvania problem
Both Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) now trail former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) by double digits, according to a new Franklin and Marshall poll. Specter is behind 44-34, while Sestak is back 38-20. If you had told anybody that Toomey would have that kind of lead a year ago, you might have been shipped to the mental institution. Recall that some Republicans, when Specter was their man, openly questioned whether Toomey could even win a general election in Pennsylvania. And those were just the ones saying it publicly. Of course, there are plenty of undecideds here, and Sestak remains largely unknown. But still, perhaps more than any other state, the polls in blue Pennsylvania have been shocking.