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View Diary: UPDATED! Bob Casey Jr. (D) Still Leads But The Race Is Tightening (24 comments)

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  •  As long as you vote for him... (0+ / 0-)

    ...why on earth would the party want to replace him?  Why risk losing wingnut votes just to placate pro-choicers who are already voting for him?

    •  I want the party (3+ / 0-)
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      Bill W, marina, HeyMikey

      or even an independent candidate who actually cares about women's choices.  Voting for the blunt amendment was enough fail for me to be disgusted, but vote ONLY to keep the Tea Party seditionists out.

    •  furthermore... (1+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey

      Blunt was not ONLY about women.  it was a blanket statement to allow any employer to refuse coverage of ANYTHING they "didn't morally agree with".  That would mean people throwing out thousands of dollars for health care, only to be told that they were refused due to the employer disagreeing with the fact that they didn't eat enough salads.

    •  Your gripe is not really with Casey or Dem Party. (2+ / 0-)
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      poopdogcomedy, marina

      There was a Dem primary this year. Not quite 700,000 Pennsylvanians voted in it. Results:

      Bob Casey, Jr.    565,488    80.9%
      Joseph Vodvarka    133,683    19.1%

      What's the population of Pennsylvania? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

      12.7 million.

      In other words, a smidgen over 1% of Pennsylvanians bothered to turn out to vote for Casey's opponent in the Dem primary.

      From what I understand, Vodvarka has no political experience. He owns a small manufacturing company, I believe. I have no idea how progressive he is generally, or what is stance is on abortion. But it really doesn't matter, because if he's less progressive than Casey, that means no more-progressive, more-qualified, more-experienced candidate bothered to run.

      So it seems to me your gripe, with all respect, BillW, is with your fellow Pennsylvanians...at least, with 99% of them. They didn't field a more progressive candidate, or if Vodvarka was that more-progressive candidate, they didn't vote for him.

      Politics is a team endeavor. If our team doesn't control both houses of Congress after this election, then even if Obama wins, there's damn little he's going to be able to do. So if you'd like to improve on the status quo even a little bit, suck it up and vote for the team.

      And when Casey's up for re-election in 2018, by all means--work on his more-progressive opponent's campaign. Or be his more-progressive opponent. I will be glad to applaud you, and might even contribute to you.

      (I can't vote for you because I live in Georgia. My Senators are GOPers Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. Casey would be a major upgrade for me.)

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 06:58:51 PM PDT

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      •  As I said, I'm not from PA... (1+ / 0-)
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        marina

        ...so my vote in this race is entirely theoretical.  I will say that most of the candidates I've voted for have been non-perfect in one way or another.  But there are a few minimum requirements I have, and one of them is that the candidate must be pro-choice.  I'm not a single-issue voter, though, for instance, I wouldn't vote for a segregationist even if he or she happened to be pro-choice.  
        And, as I said earlier, I'm assuming that the powers that be in the Democratic Party have decided that it's worth losing the votes of people like me in order to draw in the votes of people who want to criminalize women's health care.

        •  His environmental record is really good (0+ / 0-)

          And that weighs heavily as well for me. I've written several letters to Casey on the subject of women's rights to abortion and contraception. Also pleading with him not to vote with Pat Toomey, (R-Club for Growth).

          The gas drillers are right over the hill from me. Yesterday we drove through forests ripped up to be replaced by pipelines. We went to a very isolated area in Lycoming County where, when we turned off the motor, we could hear loud roaring from hydraulic fracturing. The noise was so loud, and it was at least a thousand feet away from us. I can't imagine that the wildlife stick around for that assault, even in that beautiful, uninhabited wild area.

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