The chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued a stern warning to members of his party this week, declaring that nominating Rep. Joe Sestak over Sen. Arlen Specter could have "cataclysmic" consequences for the party's ability to hold the Senate seat this fall.
As polls show Sestak, a second-term House member from the Philadelphia suburbs, cutting Specter's advantage to single digits, Chairman T.J. Rooney told POLITICO in an interview that "if we want to keep this seat in Democratic hands, the only person capable of delivering that victory is Arlen Specter."
"I can't say, honest and true, if the shoe's on the other foot, that we'll have the same race in November," Rooney said. "The results could be cataclysmic."
Rooney logic: the candidate who lost a 20-point lead in one month is more electable than the guy who candidate 20 points in one month. Kind of feels like the logic used by the Black Knight in Monty Paython's Holy Grail:
It is also worth noting how Rooneyy's currrent brand of concern trolling differs from his concern trolling in January. Back then, Rooney expressed concerned for Sestak because Sestak wasn't making up any ground in the Senate campaign:
"Looking specifically at the poll numbers, Sestak has picked up no momentum," Rooney said. "He's actually fallen behind ... if Joe Sestak were to run for re-election to Congress, he'd win."
So, Rooney is concerned when Sestak isn't making up any ground, and when Sestak is making up ground. Rooney is very concerned.