Skip to comments.Casey clock ticks ... toward 2016 (Specter: "Well, he could be president")
Posted on 12/19/2009 8:49:14 PM PST by Born Conservative
Bob Casey for president.
Sounds crazy, right?
Yep, sounds crazy.
Except that former Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is thinking about running for president, and Mr. Casey clobbered him in 2006.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is running for president - she's pretending she's not - and she never finished her term as governor.
Mr. Casey finished eight years as auditor general, though he didn't finish his term as treasurer because he won the Senate seat. So she's not the only one who can run for the highest office in the land without finishing a term.
Nothing points to Mr. Casey running for president.
Everybody says things like this: He's only halfway through his first term as a senator so it's too early to think that way; he dismisses such talk; he's too soft-spoken, too meek, too deferential to his superiors in the Senate; he hasn't accomplished much, and no one thinks of him as a presidential hopeful.
Well, one guy does.
"Where do you think he's going to end up?" we asked Sen. Arlen Specter recently.
"Well, he could be president," Mr. Specter said.
"No, come on," we responded.
"I'm serious," he replied.
"Why?" we asked.
"Well, because he's young, and very experienced in state government and federal government," the senator from Philadelphia said. "And there are lot of people in the Senate who run for president. You look around the chamber and lots of people, not only (Sen. John) Kerry and (Sen. John) McCain, but (former Sen. Joe) Biden ran for president, (former Sen. Al) Gore ran for president ... was vice president ... I can think of one other fellow who would be a presidential prospect. Only two come readily to mind. I'm not going to tell you the other."
Mr. Specter, a smart politician, might be trying to praise Mr. Casey because no one is more of a dyed-in-the-wool "D" in Pennsylvania than the senator from the Hill Section. The newly minted Democratic senator needs Casey voters to like him for re-election next year.
Or maybe he's taking advantage of a small-town newspaper columnist's perceived gullibility.
Of course, if you supported Mr. Casey, maybe you're thinking, "Well, if George W. Bush could be president ..."
What was that famous line the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy used during his 1968 presidential campaign?
"Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not?'â"
That's the thing.
Why not Bob Casey for president?
Maybe some locals are thinking like we did: "Come on, a guy from Scranton as president?"
Remember, that Biden guy from Scranton ran for president. He didn't make it, but he's sitting pretty now, isn't he?
That's part of Pennsylvania's problem: We see things as they are and never dream they could be different.
A while ago, we heard Mayor Chris Doherty say it elsewhere: We don't think big around here.
Mr. Doherty's run for governor was greeted with great skepticism by some who thought, "Who does he think he is? He isn't ready."
No one thinks Mr. Casey is ready if the presidential election were today, but it's not. If he's re-elected to the Senate in 2012 - the same year good friend Barack Obama is up for re-election - he'll have 10 years in the Senate by 2016, the presidential election after that.
Maybe Mr. Casey isn't thinking about running for president, but he's gaining experience that could help a presidential bid.
He's been on the Senate Agriculture Committee since he took office in January 2007. You know where they have a lot of farms? Iowa, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential contests.
This year, Mr. Casey talked his way onto the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee - what's more important to Americans than their health? - and into the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee subcommittee that deals with the Middle East.
You know the criticism a lot of presidential candidates hear when they first decide they want to run?
What do they know about foreign policy? Mrs. Palin's foreign policy missteps transformed her forever into an idiot in the minds of many.
A frequent criticism of Mr. Casey is that he benefited from his father's name, and he admits it's true.
That same father, the late Gov. Robert P. Casey, started up a presidential campaign committee once.
Gov. Casey would have run against President Bill Clinton in 1996, but his struggles to recover from his heart-liver transplant thwarted him.
Like father, like son. Don't rule it out.
Yeah, it's crazy to think this guy from Scranton could try to move out of the Capitol down the street to the White House.
BORYS KRAWCZENIUK, Times-Tribune politics reporter, writes Random Notes.
I’m stuck with Specter, Casey and “Fast Eddie” Rendell.
So I can tell you first hand that Casey is a POS Dem, who licks Obama’s boots, and toes the liberal line like a good little boy.
And, pray tell, Roderick...what were THOSE missteps???? A few facts please.
Anyone who pretends to be commenting on the real world, and doesn’t notice ABORTION?
It’s not the elephant in the drawing room. It’s the elephant in the phone booth.
The Democrat Party is the Party of Babies’ Blood. It is the Satanist Party. It is the party of Black Genocide. It is the Party of Maoist/Muslim Treason.
Bob Casey is an empty suit, a sellout. But he’s still too “pro-life” to get anywhere as a Democrat. And he’s too pro-abortion to make it as a Republican.
Oh Casey would be great to see in a debate - you think Kerry was a dud! lol If zombies took over, none of ‘em would bother Casey ‘cause he’d fit right in...
Me, too. Plus, I have Kanjorski as well.
Oh..you mean Mr. I'm pro-life but votes instead with the allies of abortion? But the majority of brain dead Pa. voters love that lunkhead. Why not just make him President of Pennsylvania and call it historic.
I have Tim Holden as my Rep.
For a Dem, he’s not a bad guy. I’ve met him a few times. He does support us veterans.
Specter is a real jerk! I couldn’t stand him when he was a RINO. Casey is just living on his daddy’s name, and Jr. is nothing like the old man was.
No one but Sarah even comes close to getting my vote.
Clinton lowered the bar to be president: draft dodger, drug user, serial cheater, etc.
That’s how we ended up with a SOS like Barak Hussein Obama Soetoro for president.
Casey is a tool that makes Al Gore and John Kerry look like the Deltas from Animal House.
The bar has been lowered to the gutter, this idiot, like scores of other idiots could win.
“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is running for president - she’s pretending she’s not - and she never finished her term as governor.”
Well .. Obama never finished his term as a Senator either .. but I don’t see the media making a big deal about it.
This country can’t afford an unfrozen caveman legislator for a president.
Amen. Palin/Bolton 2012 !!
Yo, Mr. Random...you left out the moron usurping the office as we speak. HE did NOT finish his FIRST term as a SINator and spent 2 of the 4 years campaigning for the presidency.
Also left off the list of "have also rans" was Hillary and John Edwards.
TOTUS 0bama has proved that those qualifications aren't necessary.
Not only that, 0bozo spend most of his time as US Senator not actuallly doing the work that he was being paid for, but instead spent nearly all his time campaigning for president.
0bozo needs to refund the tax payer dollars he grabbed free of charge for doing no work.
Casey is not a senator today because of anything that could be considered a strength, in fact it’s quite the opposite. During his campaign, he essentially hid from both Santorum and the public. He coasted in to office mostly on family name recognition and blind faith by unions, but also on voter apathy directly caused by Santorum’s endorsement of Spector in the last election’s primary.
“and she never finished her term as governor”
Because you leftist ahole kept taking her to court over BS.
If this every does go to civil war, you effing tyrants really deserve a thrashing.
and Roderick’s article proved permanently that he is the idiot, not Palin.
I was about to punch in the same thing but you did it for me.