Another fun moment from this morning’s forum was when Allyson Schwartz claimed that Tom Corbett is the most scared of running against her.
I’d be saying the same thing if I were Schwartz, because this is politics, but it’s worth noting that the Republicans are straight up saying that they want to run against her. And not in some bluffy way, but for the totally sensible reasons that she has a long long voting record that they look forward to lying about, and that her identity as a Philadelphian Jewish woman pegs her as a liberal before anybody knows anything else about her.
They’re not wrong about this. This is the flip side of how progressive activists can’t make the message stick that Schwartz’s House record is too conservative. Her personal identity and her zipcode are a shortcut that non-political junkies are using as a heuristic for her political beliefs. That’s why Democrats keep rating her as the most liberal candidate in all the polls, to the great confusion of those left sputtering about her Third Way and New Democrat allegiances.
There’s something to be said for rewarding politicians for a long record of service, and I appreciate that Schwartz has been a friend to progressives for a very long time, even when her opinions on “social issues” weren’t shared by the public at large. But there’s no doubt that she brings the most liabilities to the general election of any of the top tier nominees, even though they’re certainly not insurmountable liabilities in my opinion.