Let me preface this post by saying that there is no doubt in my mind that Bob Casey would make a wonderful U.S. Senator and there is no doubt that he would do better than Rick Santorum. And this isn’t just from the liberal/conservative standpoint, this is across the board.
With that said, Bob Casey didn’t even come close to winning that debate on Meet the Press yesterday. If you listen to all the political types (and I can’t help it, but I do) you would think that Casey beat the crap out of Rick and had Tim Russert joining in. Not so. To the average voter Rick Santorum did what he needed to do. He stuck to his guns, gave straight answers (that may or may have not been factual, but what voter checks facts?), linked Casey with the Pay-Raise and overall looked like a confident, focused hard worker.
Now, let me just say that I know that Rick Santorum is none of those things, but when you are running for office in America today, it’s not about the truth, it’s about the image you project. Like it or not, Rick is a great candidate. Like it or not Bob Casey is not.
I like Bob Casey’s style. I like a guy who is calm and soft spoken, who knows his facts and never looks shaken. The regular joe voter, I’m not so sure. My girlfriend pointed out that in W. Pennsylvania where being a tough manly man is everything, Bob Casey is going to have a tough climb (no matter that he’s from that side of the state or not).
Bob Casey has to stop listening to his sycophantic consultants and campaign “geniuses” and start speaking to the people. He needs to stop running this cool, calculated campaign. It’s making me really nervous. But yea, I know that elections aren’t about speaking to all the people. They are about speaking to your swing votes and maybe the Casey campaign knows something I don’t about that. We’ll just have to see in November.