Senator Bob "Junior" Casey of Pennsylvania now has a prime, Tuesday night speaking spot at the Dem National Convention in Denver. As a Pennsylvanian who ahs experienced the Senators oratory, I am nonplussed.
Why Casey? That's a question with the emphasis on "WHY?!?!" Perhaps it is because Axelrod wants to give the appearance of his candidate reaching out to conservatives, though Junior Casey is in no way that. But his father, then-Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey, was prevented from speaking at the 1992 DNC because as a practicing Roman Catholic, he was pro-life, would speak at the convention about life, and would not support the party's nominee because Bill Clinton was pro-choice.
The late Governor Casey's son, Bob Junior, defeated incumbent Senator Rick Santorum in the 2006 election to become the latest U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. He did this by being named Bob Casey, sharing the name of his late father. This left Pennsylvania with a liberal Junior Casey as its junior Senator, a man who asserts that he is pro-life but seems unsure if he's much of anything but a drone who'll support the party line and vote, I presume, how his staff advises him to vote.Junior has been a big Obama supporter, though he's never really explained why. This makes him a nominal pro-life U.S. Senator who backs a Presidential candidate who actively supported infanticide. Casey's speech at the Dem National Convention is part of the grand ruse, which began with this:
The proposed Democratic platform to be voted on by delegates has a plank for abortion rights that is stronger than usual. "The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right," it says.
Could this backfire? Junior Casey is not a dynamic speaker. Yes, he has been considered to be a somewhat motivational speaker… by cats seeking further impetus to sleep in the afternoon. He is not as bright as most door knobs and tubes of spackle, and his expressed thoughts often tend to linger aimlessly for several moments before disappearing into his vacuum.
This is another nifty idea from Team Obama, and this campaign is shaping up to be more entertaining than the finest writer could have concocted. (Mind you, this news is entertaining for the concept of Junior Casey rousing the crowd prior to Hillary's speech, not for anything… Junior… Casey… will… say. Zzzzzzzzzz.)