Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Who is this winning over?

With all the complaints about Bob Casey's invisibility in recent months, you'd think that his rare appearances or statements would be those carefully calculated to win him significant votes. But who exactly is he courting by taking a position on the Alito nomination, which will be long over before he's even up for election? Liberals already depressed by his abortion stance will see this statement of support as unnecessary salt in the wound, real social conservatives are probably already Santorum pals, and how many centrists are paying attention yet? But perhaps I show my naivete, and lots of mid-staters will see this as a sign of his centrism. Would certainly love to know.

(via a Medley furling)

Update: heh, Dan at YPP is even more irate than I am...

Update 2: Atrios/kos are also perplexed and peeved, though they put it more eloquently than I...


Anonymous albert said...

not that he had a chance of winning me over, but this just blew me over the top of absolute hatred for this guy.

1:47 PM  
Blogger ACM said...

that's exactly my point. if he ends up the winner, then he's only got June-October to undo all the damage he's done to possible supporters on the left, that is if he hopes to have any ground troops working to turn out the Democratic vote in the general election. why do the damage? surely the jabs for taking no stance on this one are no worse than the general criticism for his bunkered-down approach generally. ride it out!


1:52 PM  
Blogger Neighborhood Civic PAC said...

PoliticsPA has learned that several influential members of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO have clashed with local, state and national leadership regarding the endorsement of Bob Casey Jr. over Rick Santorum for United States Senate. The divergence has become so great that the Philadelphia Building Trades, led by Pat Gillespie, threatened to split from the Philadelphia AFL-CIO at the endorsement meeting Tuesday night. Leaders representing unions including the Sprinklerfitters, Cement Masons and Longshoremen strongly opposed the endorsement of Casey.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous albert said...

undo the damage? no way. he/they are taking the liberal wing of the Democratic party here in PA for granted and trying to steal votes from $antorum which will _never_ happen.

5:07 PM  

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