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Democratic polls close in Pennslyvania at 8 o’clock. The big question on MSNBC earlier today, from Andrea Mitchell, was can Arlen Specter even stay awake that late? A question of that nature, at least, to which Specter replied, “If you talk about Sestak being more vigorous, you must be smoking Dutch cleanser.” Can’t Specter just win the primary for saying that epic thing?

Because why Joe Sestak, really? Perhaps more rigorous followers of this race can explain it, but why is “the Left” supposed to be so excited about voting for a really annoying and arrogant congressman who just says whatever the left flank wants to hear, whether he believes it or not, as opposed to a modestly annoying, opportunist senior senator who’s still voted reliably for the past year and without whom there would have been no health care reform bill, period? (And maybe not a stimulus package, either!) Seems like a win-win. And yes, Joe Sestak, we know that Arlen Specter used to be a moderate Republican. But Dick Shelby was a Democrat until he switched in 1994, and he seems to have had no problem dropping his love of socialism and homosexuality. (Can’t confirm that entirely.)

It must just be fun to kick out incumbents. Yeah, they’re all pigs! Vote ’em all out! They’re idiots and Joe Sestak will change America! Eh, maybe.

Anyway.

We’ll have a liveblog in a bit, huzzah.

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  • bfstevie

    Yeah, but Spector made up that stuff above fighting in the Civil War when he was just in the reserves.

  • bfstevie

    And of course I was referring to Phil Spector.

  • blinky_twinkie
  • Extemporanus

    Is “Dutch cleanser” what one uses to clean a “Dutch oven”?

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    A few more minutes and he would have whipped out his Viagra saturated wiener.

  • Troubledog

    What’s with the squamous cell carcinoma under his left cheekbone?

  • Wonderman

    Everyone knows that using “Dutch Cleanser” leads to “Scouring” and “Rinsing”. Sex code does not become you, politics man!

  • Suds McKenzie

    meh, Robert Bird has been “asleep” since 3pm.

  • Crank Tango

    Is Dutch Cleanser the same thing as Hashish? Cuz that’s what I am smoking.

  • populucious

    And a 23 Skidoo for good measure!

  • ThePuckStopsHere

    I’m convinced. Arlen Specter? This is ONE TOUGH MOFO! Arlen Spector for Alabama Ag Commissar!

  • windupbird

    Dutch cleanser was like Comet in the 20s and 30s (I just Googled it).

    BOO-urns! BOO-urns!

  • V572625694

    Mrs Greenspan is in great shape so long as you don’t look at her face at about 0:30.

  • Vartan84

    Amen Wonkette, beautifully put. Go home Sestak- did you know he didn’t even live in PA until he was recruited to run for Congress? And now two years later he’s going around trying to knock off an incumbent senator of his own party, just for the heck of it. He’s a retire navy guy, nothing better to do anyway. That’s what this race amounts to in my opinion.

  • Jim89048

    Christ, I miss the days when all I cared about was my own state. Damned internets, anyway.

  • Gratuitous World

    give the man a break. he has been on a 72-hour ether bender.

  • Army of None

    This guy is 80 years old–right? And still he wants to cling to power. Why? So he can ask more embarrassing questions on the Judiciary Committee the next time someone’s up for the Supreme Court?

  • JMP

    Why, Sestak’s big support is among the young people, who are all too busy packing in phone booths to care much about politics!

    Actually, besides being a former Republican, Specter’s advanced age and senility is a big reason I voted for Sestak. 80 is far past retirement age, and our Senate has far too many out-of-it old men.

  • Radiotherapy

    Dutch Cleanser was the Dawn of the 30’s. Great for cleaning up those oil spills in Western PA, yet, gentle on the bird’s skin.

  • Mull_Man

    Andrea knows all about vigor, being married to Alan Greenspan and all.

  • lamoll

    My dad, who was from PA, used to say that all the time: What’re you smoking? Dutch cleanser? Since he was a jazzbo kind of guy, I am pretty sure it was a hipster expression of his time. Would LOVE to hear if it refers to our richly-metaphored Mary Jane.

  • Troubledog

    Apparently Specter is the guy, the only guy ever, to say “smoking Dutch Cleanser” and it’s his finishing move.

    previous dutch cleanser sighting

    He’ll be shilling for AETNA before sundown.

  • Lazy Media

    Ex-Republican who switched only because he would lose an R primary, check. 80 years old, check. What am I supposed to like about this guy, again?

    Sestak may be an asshole, but at least he’s OUR asshole, and not from the Pleistocene.

  • Tundra Grifter

    [re=580147]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Agreed! He should have said “Vigor? Vigor? Climb into the backseat of my limo for a Buck Loner Special and I’ll show you VIGOR!”

    Too late now…

  • Accordion-o-rama

    Dutch cleanser = Amsterdam enema

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