Pennsylvania primary voters hit the polls tomorrow, and Sen. Arlen Specter, who bolted the Republican party in 2009 after realizing he couldn't beat Pat Toomey in a primary, may very well lose to U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary. And they say irony is dead! Mr. Sestak has been pulling ever closer to Mr. Specter in polls for two weeks, during which time he's deployed this nuclear option of an ad, showing Mr. Specter with Bush-Santorum-Palin (though he looks pretty unhappy with Mrs. Palin). The Philadelphia Daily News's Will Bunch was not surprised by Mr. Specter's apparent turn of fortune. In retrospect, I guess I'm not, either -- Mr. Specter has always been the "at least he's not" choice; the electorate would settle for him (as they clearly did in 1992 and 2004, for example), but no one would run through a wall for him, and upstart challengers always have folks who'd run through a wall for them.
In more important news, Mr. Obama apparently reserves the right to kill American citizens he deems a terrorist threat, and, moreover, has authorized the CIA to kill Islamic cleric Anwar al-Alwaki wherever he is. Mr. Bush also reserved the right to kill American citizens deemed a terrorist threat, but as far as we know he never targeted anyone. So Mr. Obama has surpassed Mr. Bush yet again! Seriously, though a Gawker headline read "Obama Does Something Bloodthirsty Enough to Please the Psychos," Mr. Obama probably knows by now that the far right will never be pleased with him, no matter how much he compromises with (or embraces) evil. No, Mr. Obama aims salvos like these squarely at that overrated specimen, the inhabitant of the American "middle," who of course would never support the assassination of an American citizen under any reasonable circumstances but does of course understand the difficulty of the decisions Mr. Obama has to make and appreciates that Mr. Obama keeps trying.
UPDATE. I thought you might not get that I was trying to be, you know, sarcastic in the last sentence above -- and if you didn't, that's my fault -- so I applied that most ubiquitous of tools, the italics hammer. Thanks for reading!