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  • Sen. Bob Casey, the Only Pennsylvaniite to Support Obama

    Another big time superdelegate has decided to break his strict policy of being a little waffling bitch and endorse a Democratic candidate.

    And you'll never guess which one he chose…

    In a surprise move, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has endorsed Senator Barack Obama in advance of the April 22 Democratic primary. Mr. Casey had said he would remain neutral in the race in part because he wanted to help broker a reconciliation between Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton afterward.

    "I believe in my heart that there is one person who's uniquely qualified to lead us in that new direction and that is Barack Obama." Mr. Casey said during a rally in Pittsburgh Friday.

    Seriously, when was the last time that we heard of someone coming forward and endorsing Hillary Clinton. And not someone who's been campaigning for Clinton since January? (And not Jack Nicholson.) Are the Clinton people even trying to get newsworthy endorsements?

    And how sad is it if they are trying?

    The really interesting thing about Casey's endorsement right now is that it runs in opposition to the way the rest of his state is leaning. With Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter both firmly in Clinton's camp and all the polls showing a huge lead in her favor, this makes Casey pretty much the only person in Pennsyltucky in Obama's court.

    Seems odd. I wonder how a thing like that would happen…

    But a person close to Mr. Casey said that the Senator had traveled to Florida over Easter and that rain had forced him to stay inside and he began to think more seriously about an endorsement. "He spent a lot of time thinking about it," this person said, and he came to the conclusion that the race was "too important" to remain on the sidelines.

    Thanks, person. That explanation was thing. String of letters forming sentence.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Bob Casey, Ed Rendell, Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania, Senate
  • So Begins the Battle of Gettysburg (Not to Mention the Rest of the State)

    It's just past 6 p.m., so the Clinton campaign must have said something stupid by now….

    Though the campaign later argued that he hadn't said it, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief campaign strategist [Mark Penn] told reporters this morning that Sen. Barack Obama "can't win the general election."

    Oh my God! I can't believe that he actually said–

    I'm sorry, but I can't even fake surprise anymore. Of course the Clinton campaign said that. If they weren't saying that, they would have been saying something else idiotic and destructive, like "Barack Obama is telling the people of Pennsylvania that they don't matter."

    What's that now?

    Oh, Jesus!

    Mark Penn made the comment during a conference call in which the Clinton campaign and two of her supporters — Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter — argued that Obama has sent Pennsylvanians a bad signal by allegedly downplaying the importance of that state's April 22 primary.

    They made the case that this memo from Obama campaign manager David Plouffe (which Nutter said the author should be fired for writing), would come back to haunt Obama in the fall if he is the Democratic nominee.

    Fired, huh? Oh, this must be pretty bad. I need to take a look at this disgusting missive. Let's skip down to the part where they trash talk the Keystone State…

    The Clinton campaign would like to focus your attention only on Pennsylvania — a state in which they have already declared that they are "unbeatable." But Pennsylvania is only one of those 10 remaining contests, each important in terms of allocating delegates and ultimately deciding who our nominee will be.

    Wait a minute… Um… Let me read it again…

    The Clinton campaign would like to focus your attention only on Pennsylvania — a state in which they have already declared that they are "unbeatable." But Pennsylvania is only one of those 10 remaining contests, each important in terms of allocating delegates and ultimately deciding who our nominee will be.

    Oh, shit! Now I see it!

    It's like one those pictures which, if you let your vision go out of focus and you cross your eyes just right, the image of a dolphin or a food processor or something pops out. I totally see it now. It's the Philly Phanatic doing Rocky Balboa with a strap-on cheesesteak!

    Man, that's just wrong. And it makes me hungry for some reason.

    (via Andrew Sullivan)


    Tags: Barack Obama, Ed Rendell, Hillary Clinton, Pennsylvania