Rendell Says Democratic Machine Days Here Are Over

The New York Times Sunday magazine features a profile of U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's bid to claim U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's seat.  The advance version of the story can be read here.  The story focuses on how Democrats courted Sestak to run against Specter and then encouraged him to drop the race after Specter left the Republican Party behind for the Democratic Party. 

Gov. Rendell, according to the story, sees Sestak's victory over Specter in the May 18 Democratic primary election as a sign that the Democratic political machine no longer controls what happens in Philadelphia on election  day.  Here's the relevant section of the story:

"Sestak’s victory exposed the Democratic organization’s weakness as an Election Day force. 'You can’t really say there’s a Philadelphia machine anymore, because if there was one, Arlen would still be standing,' Rendell said. "We backed him, and the turnout in Philadelphia was less than 17 percent.'"