And it’s an open question who’s happier about this: us, or them. Via Dan Riehl:
Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) will challenge Sen. Arlen Specter in a primary for the second straight cycle, according to Pennsylvania GOP sources.
The Allentown Morning Call reported Thursday that two friends of Toomey’s have said the Club for Growth chief has decided to enter the race.
Democrats would be happy, of course, because this means another primary fight – and if Toomey wins, he’ll not have an incumbent advantage in the general. Given the way that Menendez ran off his mouth about how he’s going to run the tables again in 2010, their own supporters would probably disown them if the Democrats didn’t dump money into the PA race. Meanwhile, Republican activists are happy because Specter’s independence from his own caucus just took a big hit. This poll suggests that PA Republicans aren’t happy with Specter’s vote on the recent debt bill, and he barely survived Toomey last time. If Toomey gets the nomination, then we get to run a complete slate of candidates in 2010 who didn’t vote for the Democrats’ debt bill.
So, who’s right to be happy?
Let’s just say that it’s not a political question at this point.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.