THE PLANK MARCH 29, 2008
Noam makes the case here.
I don't disagree with any of his arguments, but I think the possibility
of an Obama-Casey ticket is still close to zero. And that's because--it
must be said--Casey seems so completely out of his depth.
junkies may remember that in 2006 Casey destroyed Rick Santorum in a
Pennsylvania senate race noteable for its nastiness. While there may be
no denying the fact that Casey's 17-point margin of victory was
unprecedented for a contested campaign in a purple state, Casey's win
can still be explained in large part by his name ID and the
unpopularity of his opponent.
Moreover, watching the televised
debates between Santorum and Casey was extremely disturbing--and not
because they reminded the viewer that a bullying moralist was elected
to two senate terms. Rather, I cannot think of any debate that I have
ever seen at the Congressional level or higher where one of the
candidates (Casey, alas) appeared so completely inexperienced and even
confused. Some people found Santorum's hysterical anger
inappropriate--but I actually felt bad for the Republican incumbent.
Here he was--a hardworking, knowledgeable senator--facing the fight of
his life against a state treasurer who rarely showed up for work and
had absolutely no command of the issues.
I am willing to believe
that Casey has "grown" in office, but the man who debated Rick Santorum
less than two years ago is in no way qualified to be vice president.
And for that reason alone, it's unlikely Obama will actually choose him.