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Goodbye!

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 18:17:42 UTC

2008-08-15T18:32:48Z

After two years of writing the Pennsyltucky Politics blog and 13 1/2 with The Patriot-News, this is my last post. It's been a lot of fun. I've enjoyed interacting with many of you, including those who did not always appreciate what I was reporting. In the future, I can be reached at Brettdlieberman@gmail.com Thanks for a good ride. - 30...

After two years of writing the Pennsyltucky Politics blog and 13 1/2 with The Patriot-News, this is my last post.

It's been a lot of fun. I've enjoyed interacting with many of you, including those who did not always appreciate what I was reporting.

In the future, I can be reached at Brettdlieberman@gmail.com

Thanks for a good ride.


- 30 -




What's the frequency?

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:08:06 UTC

2008-08-14T11:15:06Z

Self-promotion warning: We'll be on XM Satellite Radio's POTUS '08 sometime during the 11 a.m. hour to discuss Pennsylvania politics and the presidential race. It's on channel 130.

Self-promotion warning: We'll be on XM Satellite Radio's POTUS '08 sometime during the 11 a.m. hour to discuss Pennsylvania politics and the presidential race. It's on channel 130.




Bob Barr hopes to liberate taxpayers

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 05:04:29 UTC

2008-08-14T05:29:45Z

All you ever hear these days is Barack Obama this and John McCain that, so we thought we'd pause for a moment and give Bob Barr a few seconds of love. Barr, the former Georgia congressman and Libertarian Party presidential nominee, is irate over the $32 million that the federal government will give the Democratic and Republican parties to...

(image) Libertarian Presidential nominee Bob Barr sits in a really ugly chair.

All you ever hear these days is Barack Obama this and John McCain that, so we thought we'd pause for a moment and give Bob Barr a few seconds of love.

Barr, the former Georgia congressman and Libertarian Party presidential nominee, is irate over the $32 million that the federal government will give the Democratic and Republican parties to put on their national conventions in the coming weeks. That doesn't include another $50 million for security.

"My party has already held its convention without a single taxpayer dollar in its support," said Barr.

You don't say. Of course, how many people really thought he was serious about running for president.

Barr, who calls it "obnoxious" to force taxpayers to underwrite other people's political opinions, says he would end the practice of federal subsidies for the conventions.

We now return to the regularly scheduled campaign between Obama and McCain.




Pennsylvania 'McCain Nation' events set

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 04:42:02 UTC

2008-08-14T05:29:45Z

It's probably not a good sign of a campaign's strength when it announces an event like Thursday's first ever "McCain Nation" events and the entire population of that country can squeeze into the Kingston, Pa. home of Sandy Kase. Well, not quite everybody. They've also got some room at the Colonial Country Club outside Harrisburg, where no doubt folks will...

It's probably not a good sign of a campaign's strength when it announces an event like Thursday's first ever "McCain Nation" events and the entire population of that country can squeeze into the Kingston, Pa. home of Sandy Kase.

(image) Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks with teens at the Broadway Diner in Red Bank, N.J. on Tuesday.

Well, not quite everybody. They've also got some room at the Colonial Country Club outside Harrisburg, where no doubt folks will empathize with struggling working class families, and in King of Prussia at Peppers Italian Restaurant, where the baked manicotti sounds good.

McCain supporters in all 50 states will meet Aug. 14 for these house parties to organize volunteers, register voters, distribute lists of voters to call and basically try to excite the GOP grassroots.

If that's not enough to excite you, Cindy McCain and a senior McCain adviser to be named in a trade later will participate via conference call.

There's a grand total of six such events planned in Pennsylvania. Keep reading for details.

MCCAIN NATION EVENTS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia
Pepper's Italian Restaurant
239 Town Center Road
King of Prussia, PA, 19406

Harrisburg
Colonial Country Club
4901 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg, PA, 17112

Kingston
Home of Sandy Kase
416 N. Maple Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704

Strasburg
Fireside Tavern at Historic Strasburg
1 Historic Drive
Strasburg, PA, 17579

Bethel Park
Home of Victoria Goodman
211 Navajo Road
Bethel Park, PA, 15241

Coopersburg
Home of Rosemarie and Gregory Ebert
2192 Pine Tree Road, Coopersburg, PA, 18036





Screaming Howard Dean heads to the 'burgs

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 04:30:28 UTC

2008-08-14T05:29:45Z

Don't worry about that shrieking noise you may hear this evening on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh or interrupting your Friday lunch hour on Market Street in Harrisburg. It's just Howard Dean. The chairman of the Democratic National Committee, aka The Screamer, will be visiting the two 'burgs as part of a cross-country "Register for Change," bus tour to register voters....

Don't worry about that shrieking noise you may hear this evening on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh or interrupting your Friday lunch hour on Market Street in Harrisburg. It's just Howard Dean.

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee, aka The Screamer, will be visiting the two 'burgs as part of a cross-country "Register for Change," bus tour to register voters.

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The tour started in Crawford, TX, and will end in Denver for the Democratic National
Convention.

Keep reading for the details...

Thursday, Aug. 14:

GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING EVENT
The Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Event Time: 6:15 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15:

REGISTER FOR CHANGE VOTER REGISTRATION CANVASS LAUNCH
Sci Tech High
215 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA




Rendell, Casey tappped for convention speeches

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 19:12:50 UTC

2008-08-13T20:27:54Z

Sixteen years after his father was denied the opportunity to speak at the Democratic National Convention that nominated Bill Clinton to be president, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. has been tapped for a feature assignment speaking to the convention and the nation about the economy and energy. Joining Casey, D-Pa., in the spotlight will be Gov. Ed Rendell, a former...

Sixteen years after his father was denied the opportunity to speak at the Democratic National Convention that nominated Bill Clinton to be president, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. has been tapped for a feature assignment speaking to the convention and the nation about the economy and energy.

Joining Casey, D-Pa., in the spotlight will be Gov. Ed Rendell, a former Hillary Rodham Clinton backer, who will "discuss how the failed policies of the last eight years have betrayed our values and left an economy out of balance," Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Convention confirmed today.

They will address the convention on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Other featured speakers that day will include Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, the convention co-chair, and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. They will talk about Obama's economic proposals to "grow the economy, create jobs, restore fairness and expand opportunity."

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will join Rendell talking about what they view as the failures of the Bush years.

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will also speak that day as will Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana and Federico Pena, former Mayor of Denver and Secretary of both Energy and Transportation.

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Senate candidate, will deliver the convention's keynote address, and Sen. Clinton will be Tuesday night's prime-time headliner.




Dems convention to feature Pa. 'rising stars;

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 06:20:26 UTC

2008-08-13T07:23:42Z

It's not quite the same as on-demand cable TV special, but you will soon be able to watch U.S. Reps. Allyson Schwartz and Patrick Murphy to your hearts content on-demand. The two Pennsylvania congress-peoples (yeah, we know it's not a real word but it's what happens when you can't sleep and blog at 2 a.m.) will be part of...

(image) U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Philadelphia.

It's not quite the same as on-demand cable TV special, but you will soon be able to watch U.S. Reps. Allyson Schwartz and Patrick Murphy to your hearts content on-demand.

The two Pennsylvania congress-peoples (yeah, we know it's not a real word but it's what happens when you can't sleep and blog at 2 a.m.) will be part of "Countdown to America's Future," a series of daily 15-minute webcasts that will air from Aug. 24-28 on DemConvention.com and Comcast's Video On-Demand as well as via satellite.

We anticipate they will be well-watched...in the Schwartz household.

(image) U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Bucks County.

Schwartz and Murphy are two of the "rising political stars" who will host the daily appearances and interviews with convention and Obama campaign insiders "who know what's happening behind the scenes and the inside scoop to watch for during each night's televised Convention program."

We imagine it will be riveting.

We'd rather watch Murphy and Schwartz, two lawmakers with visions of grand political aspirations, knife each other in the back as they battle for top billing in some future statewide office.

Other rising stars will include Reps. Artur Davis of Alabama and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.

Lest we forget, some Pennsylvanians will also be playing key roles at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

State Senate Majority Whip Jane Orie isn't one to be content doing the political equivalent of Dick Clark's New Year's Countdown like Schwartz and Murphy.

She'll be there "Protecting Our Families, Preserving Our Values" as chair of a very important subcommittee with that very same name. Because who can really be against protecting families and preserving values?

Of course there's no mention of who's values and families she'll be protecting, but that could be the source of an entire volume.

Thankfully, Robert Gleason Jr., chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania cleared matters up for us.

"The topics that will be discussed in this subcommittee deal with issues like traditional marriage, the culture of life, the right to bear arms and many other matters that Republicans, especially in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, consider the backbone of our Party," he said in a statement.

So Orie will be standing up for your family and values so long as you fit into one of those neat categories.




McCain making up for lost time in Pennsylvania

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 06:05:44 UTC

2008-08-13T07:23:42Z

When Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton were in Pennsylvania so much that they nearly hitched (the obsolete) "You've Got a Friend" license plates to their campaign buses last spring, the best that Republican John McCain could muster was a few quick fund-raising drive-bys. For a guy who could barely find the state on the map a short... APRepublican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., flanked by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn, right,and Rep. Todd Platts, R-Pa., gives the Manheim Central High School football team a pep talk football during practice, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, in Manheim, Pa. When Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton were in Pennsylvania so much that they nearly hitched (the obsolete) "You've Got a Friend" license plates to their campaign buses last spring, the best that Republican John McCain could muster was a few quick fund-raising drive-bys. For a guy who could barely find the state on the map a short while ago, the senator from Arizona sure has been spending a lot of time these days in Pennsylvania, an increasingly crucial state for the electoral map McCain needs to be elected president. Tuesday's visit to the Harrisburg, York and Lancaster region was McCain's 10th campaigning in Pennsylvania since the April 22 primary. Some have been for fund-raisers, but others like the York Expo town hall-style meeting provided ordinary folks an opportunity to take a measure of the candidate. It's no coincidence that McCain's latest tour took him through central Pennsylvania, where he needs to lock up the still elusive and restless Republican base, and Erie, the oft neglected and distant part of the state that's watched its manufacturing and jobs dwindle. APSen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, shop at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Monday, Aug. 11, 2008, in Harrisburg, Pa. For good measure, former Gov. Tom Ridge was there at his side to remind voters of the Halcyon days of the 1990s, when the economy and the state GOP were booming, and of course basking and feeding into the ridiculous home-state speculation that McCain might choose Ridge as his vice presidential running mate. Ridge on the GOP ticket would either put Pennsylvania in the red column for the first time since 1988 or it would make the fight for the state pretty damn close. And its something that political insiders say that McCain would love to do with Ridge, a close personal friend. Elsewhere, though, selecting the moderate, pro-choice running mate would prove disastrous for a McCain still trying to prove his conservative bonafides. It's a smart strategy though for McCain (and Ridge). He's spending time on the ground in a critical state, where voters like to feel they're not being ignored. He's telegraphing to Republicans and other voters that he plans to compete in the state, though it's far too early to really say how seriously the GOP will play in Pennsylvania in the final weeks of the campaign. He's also offering wavering conservative Democrats, Catholics, blue collar, working class and independent voters a viable alternative. He's also serving notice that Obama and the Democrats shouldn't feel too comfortable with their million-plus registration advantage and 20-year history of winning presidential elections. At the same time that McCain's been plowing the fertile fields of Republicans, Independents and working class Pennsylvanians, Obama's been AWOL. APDemocratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., waves to people as he leaves Punahou School after playing basketball in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008. Sen. Obama is in Hawaii for a vacation. Since clinching the Democratic nomination, Obama's Pennsylvania visits can be counted on exactly two fingers. Both of those stops were around [...]



Morganelli to Barnes(torm) AG over gallery issue

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 06:01:16 UTC

2008-08-13T07:23:42Z

If you've got a little time on your hand and have an interest in culture or the fight over keeping the Barnes Foundation located in Montgomery County, you might want to stop by the gallery while it's still at its current site at 275 N. Latch's Lane Lower Merion Township , Montgomery County, this afternoon. Northampton County District Attorney...

(image) The Barnes Foundation

If you've got a little time on your hand and have an interest in culture or the fight over keeping the Barnes Foundation located in Montgomery County, you might want to stop by the gallery while it's still at its current site at 275 N. Latch's Lane Lower Merion Township , Montgomery County, this afternoon.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, will be there for a brief press conference at 1:30 p.m. on what he's calling Attorney General Tom Corbett's failure to "protect the public interest."

In particular, Morganelli plans to discuss what he views as the Republican incumbent's failure to fight to keep the gallery and its acclaimed Impressionist collection from being relocated to Philadelphia.

We know this is a big deal to some, which is why we're posting it. But quite frankly we've never paid attention to the issue.

Morganelli didn't help us either. Though we have to confess to be relieved after receiving what has to be his shortest e-mail - a paltry 72 words not including the subject line.




Sunday dinner with the Ridges and McCains

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 18:04:55 UTC

2008-08-11T18:26:26Z

We usually try to keep our Sunday night dinners a low-key affair given that we've got to work the next day. We also don't usually invite a gaggle of reporters along. But then again, we're not running for president and we're not John McCain, who obviously wants to do all he can to remind Pennsylvania voters that he and...

(image) Sunday dinner in Erie -- Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,with former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, second from left, his wife Michelle, left, and daughter Lesley at the Smugglers Warf Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008.

We usually try to keep our Sunday night dinners a low-key affair given that we've got to work the next day. We also don't usually invite a gaggle of reporters along.

But then again, we're not running for president and we're not John McCain, who obviously wants to do all he can to remind Pennsylvania voters that he and Tom Ridge are good buddies.

So it was that McCain broke bread, or rather yellow perch dinners with Michele Ridge, the former governor and Homeland Security secretary's wife, and their daughter Lesley Ridge at the Smugglers' Wharf restaurant in Erie.

It's probably best that we not mention that the famous celebrities who have dined at the restaurant include Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown, the former California governor and 1992 presidential candidate.

Better to stick with the fact that actor/director Danny DeVito and actor Peter Fonda have been there.

McCain was in town for a tour this morning of where locomotive engines are manufactured and town hall meeting at GE Transportation at the start of a trip that will take him to Harrisburg and Carlisle today. He'll hold another town hall meeting in York and another stop in Lancaster on Tuesday.

McCain picked up the roughly $85 tab for dinner, which included Michele Ridge's walleye dinner and Lesley Ridge'scrab cakes, a shared order of yellow pike appetizers, a round of crab bisque soup for everybody, and they split desserts of peanut butter pie and strawberry yogurt pie.

Ridge tried to grab the check, but (say what you will about the old guy running for president) McCain beat him to the punch, whipping out his American Express card.

For those of you interested in celebrity tippers, McCain gave waiter David Buona, 29, about 20 percent.

"Not bad at all,'' said Buona, according to a pool report.

"It was pretty neat to meet the guy I'm ... going to vote for,'' said Buona, a Republican.




Rendell appearance on tap for Sunday talk show

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 21:11:17 UTC

2008-08-09T21:17:27Z

If it's Sunday, that means Ed Rendell is back on TV again. This time the governor will be appearing on CNN's "Late Edition" to talk about the presidential race with Wolf Blitzer. Sunday's "Late Edition," airing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also includes interviews with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, Texas...

If it's Sunday, that means Ed Rendell is back on TV again. This time the governor will be appearing on CNN's "Late Edition" to talk about the presidential race with Wolf Blitzer.

Sunday's "Late Edition," airing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also includes interviews with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Housing Secretary Steve Preston and T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman now pitching wind power.




Top Democrats headline Obama open houses

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 15:29:01 UTC

2008-08-07T15:51:09Z

Ignoring the fact that the doors have been open for some time now, Barack Obama's campaign plans to hold grand openings tonight at all 29 of its offices across Pennsylvania. Many of the events will be headlined by top Democratic leaders including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed. Of course, the... Ignoring the fact that the doors have been open for some time now, Barack Obama's campaign plans to hold grand openings tonight at all 29 of its offices across Pennsylvania. Many of the events will be headlined by top Democratic leaders including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed. Of course, the quality of the headliner varies greatly by location. "These 29 field offices are in every region of the state, including towns that have never seen a presidential campaign office before," said Obama's Pennsylvania State Director Craig Schirmer. According to Obama's campaign, 93 percent of the campaign volunteers live within 30 miles of a field office. Click the jump for event details. Event: Details: What: Campaign for Change Office Open House and other events When: 6-8 p.m.. Thursday, August 07, 2008 Allentown Speakers: Don Cunningham, County Executive of Lehigh County Rick Daugherty, Democratic County Chair Sam Bennett, Democratic Nominee for the 15th Congressional District of PA 4140 West Tilgham Street Allentown, PA, 18104 Office: (610)-564-4361 Altoona 1017 Logan Blvd Altoona, PA, 16602 Office: (814)-769-6177 Ardmore Organizational Meeting/Canvas Kick Off 6 Greenfield Avenue Ardmore, PA, 19003 Office: (610)-564-4890 Beaver Speakers:Party Chair Dr. Mike Sisk County Commissioner Joe Spanick County Commissioner Tony Amadio 1701 Third Avenue Beaver, PA, 15009 Office: ( 724)-413-8774 Bethlehem Organizational Meeting/Canvas Kick Off 531 Main Street Bethlehem, PA, 18018 Office: (610)-564-4563 Chester City Organizational Meeting/Canvas Kick Off 401 Avenues of the States Chester City, PA, 19013 Office: 610-564-4704 Doylestown Speakers: Congressman Patrick J. Murphy (PA-8) John Cordisco , Bucks County Democratic Committee Chairman Det Ansinn, Doylestown Borough Councilman 72 North Main Street Doylestown, PA, 18901 Office: 267-975-8895 Erie Speakers: County Executive Mark DiVecchio Mayor Joseph Sinnott 25 East 10th Street, 1st Floor Erie, PA, 16501 Office: (814)-769-6415 Greensburg Speakers: Westmoreland County Democratic Chairman Danny Bertani County Commissioner Tom Balya County Commissioner Tom Ceraso 113 North Main Street Greensburg, PA, 15601 Office: (814)-769-6075 Harrisburg Speakers:Mayor Stephen Reed Ms. Roni Hamiel, SEIU Member 22 South 3rd Street, 2nd Floor Harrisburg, PA, 17101 Office: (717)-823-9284 Jenkintown Organizational Meeting/Canvas Kick Off 1647 The Fairway Jenkintown, PA, 19046 Office: (610)-564-4118 Johnstown Speakers: State Senator John Wozniak County Controller Ed Cernic, Jr. 508 Main Street Johnstown, PA, 15901 (724)-244-8646 Lancaster Speakers: Mayor J. Richard Gray 252 Harrisburg Avenue Lancaster, PA, 17693 Office: (717)-606-9393 Lewisburg 120 Market Street Lewisburg, PA, 17837 Office: (717)-823-9653 Media 362 East Baltimore Avenue Media, PA, 19063 Office: (610)-564-4520 Norristown Organizational Meeting/Canvas Kick Off 1790 Markley Street Norristown, PA, 19401 Office: (610)-564-4516 Philadelphia-Center City Speaker: Mayor Michael Nutter 1500 Sansom Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA, 19102 Office: (267)-975-8867 Philadelphia-North East 7727 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19136 Office: (267)-980-0124 Philadelphia-North West Speaker: [...]



McCain to court the central Pennsylvania base

Thu, 07 Aug 2008 14:34:23 UTC

2008-08-07T15:18:47Z

Republican presidential candidate John McCain will make a swing through a swath of Pennsylvania next week that has historically been fertile ground for GOP candidates. The Arizona senator will start out campaigning in Erie with Erie-native, long-time friend, national co-chair of his campaign and former governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge at his side for a Monday event. McCain...

Republican presidential candidate John McCain will make a swing through a swath of Pennsylvania next week that has historically been fertile ground for GOP candidates.

The Arizona senator will start out campaigning in Erie with Erie-native, long-time friend, national co-chair of his campaign and former governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge at his side for a Monday event.

McCain will then fly to Harrisburg on Tuesday, hold a town hall meeting at the York Expo Center (doors open around 9:30 or 9:45 a.m.) and then head to Lancaster before flying to Newark, N.J.

Republican-heavy central Pennsylvania has always been an important region for statewide GOP candidates to counterbalance the usually strong Democratic turnout from Philadelphia. It's expected to be more important than ever this year with record Democratic registration numbers particularly in the southeast, where support for Democrat Barack Obama also runs strong.

But Republicans have seen their registration numbers dip in the midstate as well with more Democrats than Republicans currently registered in Dauphin County.




Poll: Bill DeWeese should go

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 10:00:01 UTC

2008-08-05T10:08:37Z

A majority of Pennsylvania voters say House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese shares some of the blame for the corruption and other problems in the Legislature and should give up his leadership post. By 53 percent to 11 percent, Pennsylvanians believe DeWeese should step down, according to the Quinnipiac University poll of nearly 1,600 voters. On Monday, up-and-comer state Rep. Josh...

A majority of Pennsylvania voters say House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese shares some of the blame for the corruption and other problems in the Legislature and should give up his leadership post.

By 53 percent to 11 percent, Pennsylvanians believe DeWeese should step down, according to the Quinnipiac University poll of nearly 1,600 voters.

On Monday, up-and-comer state Rep. Josh Shapiro, D-Montgomery County, became the latest House Democrat to call for DeWeese to step down.

With only 24 percent of voters saying they are confident the Legislature can clean up their own mess, 76 percent want Gov. Ed Rendell to call a special session to pass legislation to prevent corruption.

By a 51 to 32 percent margin, voters disapprove of the Legislature's job performance compared to a 54 to 37 percent margin that approve of Rendell's performance.




Specter leads Chris Matthews in Senate match-up

Tue, 05 Aug 2008 10:00:00 UTC

2008-08-05T10:47:06Z

The only thing certain about a new Quinnipiac University poll is that it's likely to bruise the egos of both U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and cable talker Chris Matthews of MSNBC. The poll of nearly 1,600 Pennsylvania voters shows Specter leading 41 to 36 percent with 19 percent undecided in a potential 2010 U.S. Senate race match-up that...

(image) MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews with his wife, Kathleen, a Marriott executive. Matthews is considering challenging U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010.

The only thing certain about a new Quinnipiac University poll is that it's likely to bruise the egos of both U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and cable talker Chris Matthews of MSNBC.

The poll of nearly 1,600 Pennsylvania voters shows Specter leading 41 to 36 percent with 19 percent undecided in a potential 2010 U.S. Senate race match-up that Matthews is mulling.

The bad news for Specter is that he's far below the 50-percent mark, where an incumbent is considered vulnerable. Even worse, for both, is that 55 percent of those surveyed say they haven't heard enough about Matthews, a Philadelphia native and brother of Montgomer County Commissioner Jim Matthews, to form an opinion.

Amazingly, 16 percent of those polled say they haven't heard enough about Specter, who has only been in the Senate since 1981, to form an opinion. Maybe if he sticks around a few more years...