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  •  Abortion? (3+ / 0-)
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    sawolf, MichaelNY, lordpet8

    Being a pro-life Dem was quite the thing post-2004. Lots of Dems thought pandering to cultural conservatives was the way to go after Dubya's re-election, hence Gov. Bill Ritter, Bob Casey, etc. But now? It's much more of a millstone, and Democrats seem to have learned that assertiveness on the topic yields real political benefits. Ryan could always promise not to sign legislation to restrict abortion, and talented politicians aren't going to split their coalition if they can help it. But it's an obstacle to be sure.

    •  To clarify (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, lordpet8

      I actually think Casey has been a pretty good senator despite being pro-life, but that was one of Schumer's odd fixations in 2006. He tried to get Jim Langevin to run for the Senate from Rhode Island, which is just insane. Casey's pick was partly about putting more pro-life faces out there, as any Dem with a pulse, which includes a few pro-choice ones, could have beaten Santorum.

      •  I remember there being some controversy... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... over Casey, because Schumer's recruitment of Casey bumped aside Barbara Hafer. If I remember correctly, Hafer (when she switched parties) had been seemingly promised support for an '06 Senate bid by Rendell and much of the PA Democratic establishment. A pro-choice, ex-Republican woman from SW PA would have, on paper, been a solid choice to defeat Santorum.

        •  Santorum was done no matter who was selected (1+ / 0-)
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          Casey made it a walk, but Ricky had been a punchline for four years by then because of his man on dog comments, he was an ardent supporter of Rumsfeld and the Iraq War, and his bizarre foreign policy theories about Venezeula and Iran becoming allies only poured fuel on the fire. He had strayed so far from any interests in his state that any Dem was going to be able to beat him. Casey was picked because of the optics and because of how easy it would be for him, so that Democrats could lock it down to focus on other races.

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