Maybe he forgot what ‘specificity’ means

MAYBE HE FORGOT WHAT ‘SPECIFICITY’ MEANS…. Pennsylvania’s 3rd congressional district is home to one of the most likely Republican pick-up opportunities, with Nate Silver giving the GOP a 93% chance of flipping the seat from “blue” to “red.”

Locals had a good opportunity to learn more about the man likely to win the race, Republican Mike Kelly, at a debate the other night. The moderator noted Kelly’s intention to cut spending, and asked the candidate to offer voters some specifics. Kelly replied, “Sure, I’ll address that, and I’ll address it very specifically.”

And here’s what that effort at specificity amounted to:

“Absolutely, there’s stuff to be cut. What is it right now? I can’t tell you. […]

“Specifically what would you do? Specifically, what I would do? I would be the most responsible legislator who’s out there.”

Well, it’s clear Mike Kelly has given this a lot of thought, and has clearly done his homework.

He’s ahead in the polls, and voters probably no longer care, but perhaps sometime before he’s sworn in, someone could take Kelly aside and explain what “specific” means.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.