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Did Bill Clinton leave a number when he called Joe Sestak about that Obama job offer?

June 4, 2010 |  6:12 pm

Gee, maybe Democrat Joe Sestak wants to reconsider that infamous Obama/Emanuel/Clinton job offer after all.

Democrat Pennsylvania Senate candidate Joe Sestak

A new poll out today shows the representative's bounce after thumping the old ex-Republican out of Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary didn't last very long.

In fact, it's gone in that Keystone state so full of what Obama once infamously described as bitter small-town people clinging to their guns and religion.

Now, Sestak significantly trails the Republican, Pat Toomey, in their Nov. 2 matchup, 45-38, with only 12% left undecided five months out, according to Rasmussen Reports. Right after the Democratic primary held a hypothetical 4 point lead over the conservative, former congressman Toomey.

Perhaps worse for Sestak, at this point fully 19% of Democrats are undecided or favor someone else, a sign that the former admiral has some ship repairs to do within his own political crowd. Only 7% are in the same category for Toomey.

Almost 3 out of 4 Pennsylvania voters say they've been following the revelations about the Obama administration's job suggestions if Sestak would have abandoned his primary challenge. A reflection of the Obama/Emanuel Chicago politics style, as described here.

And of Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomeythose who think that issue is very important to their vote, 69% favor Toomey. Of those who dismiss the job-offer issue, 61% like Sestak. 

Sestak revealed the offer when he was a rebel Democrat running against  Obama-backed Arlen Specter. Obama is now 0-4 in backing Democrats in major races since November.

Watch for Sestak to be unable to find the time to cozy up to the 44th president before November, although as a House member he voted in favor of Obama's healthcare legislation. Fifty-six percent of Pennsylvania voters now favor repeal of that expensive law.

As one possible route indicator for Sestak, in last month's special election in Pennsylvania's 12th District, Democrat Mark Critz won the old John Murthaseat by running against virtually all Obama initiatives, including the healthcare bill.

Toomey now leads among both female and male voters and also among independents.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photos: NBC (Sestak); Associated Press (Toomey).

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