Friday, May 8, 2009

Heartbreak Ridge

Former Governor Tom Ridge, Republican of Pennsylvania, said yesterday that he will not run in the primary that his party will hold next year, to choose a candidate for the Senate seat held by Capitol Hill's newest Democrat, Arlen Specter.

Earlier this week, I wrote about speculation regarding a potential Ridge candidacy, in this post.

On another topic in that post, Specter has been named chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs of the Senate Judiciary Committee. That's a bit surprising, on the heels of the Democrats' decision not to recognize Specter's seniority.

But it's not all that far out of the ordinary. A freshman among the 435 members of the House of Representatives usually must wait a while before getting a leadership position. But in the Senate, with its smaller membership, there's less of a waiting line. Therefore, it's not unprecedented for a freshman senator (which is the status that his new party has, in effect, bestowed on Specter) to chair a subcommittee.

Nate Silver, in the 538 blog, speculates about whether Ridge is keeping his powder dry for an attempt to get on his party's national ticket in 2012. Seems to me a bit unlikely, but the Republican field will be about as wide open as can be, so I suppose no one can be ruled out.

1 comment:

Terry L. Johnson said...

clever title.

not too surprised about ridge not being up to the task. at dhs he always seems a little tired and i don't think there is that much drive left in the man.