Where the hell is Bobby Casey?As I saw that George Bush is coming to Montgomery County for a big dollar fundraiser for Santorum, something ran through my head.
Let me paint you a scenario, and see if this sounds familiar:
A right-wing incumbent enters a pre-election year with some pretty weak polling numbers, showing a clear ability to be beaten. This incumbent says some questionable things, and makes policy decisions that seem far out of the mainstream. He is a polarizing figure, who only barely got into office in the first place, and Democrats are pretty confident that they can win.
His Democratic opponent seems like a good guy. Maybe a little boring, but generally a decent man. He supposedly has certain elements to his candidacy that will help eliminate the incumbent's biggest advantages. He is the most "electable" candidate.
And so, the race begins. The incumbent says off the wall, nutty things, and proves himself far out of the mainstream with policy after policy, speech after speech. Seeing this opening, the Democratic challenger takes the opportunity to A)go for the kill, or b) stay positive, and assume his opponent will just hang himself with his own rope? The challenger takes choice B, stays positive, to the point of barely even mentioning his opponent, and instructing his supporters to do the same. (The challenger eventually changes this tactic, but, it seems to be a little late in the game for that.)
My question: Who are the two candidates were are talking about here? George Bush and John Kerry, or Rick Santorum and Bobby Casey? Does this strategy seem too much like Kerry's against Dubya?
Just randomly, off the top of my head, some things that Casey could have at least issued a damn press release about:
Santorum, and his cozy connection with Wal-Mart
Santorum's continued push to destroy Social Security
Santorum calling Democrats Nazis
Santorum calling for a BS raise of the minimum wage that would shaft a whole class of workers.
All of the above are issues that Casey could attack on. Most of them, in fact, are issues where he can attack from the area of his greatest strength: A reputation for caring about your average, 9-5, working Pennsylvanian. Instead, he sits quietly, assuming Santorum will beat himself.
Lets hope we see a little more from this candidate soon. If not, November 2006 is going to feel a little too much like November 2004.