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Toomey endorses Santorum



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Der Tommissar

posted September 9, 2005 at 4:37 pm


But will the Toomey-bots decommission themselves and cease the Santorum bashing?



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Dan LaHood LMC

posted September 9, 2005 at 4:50 pm


I’m a Repub but you can put this seat in the Dems column . Let’s have real pro-lifers in both parties, that would be a good thing.



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Jeff

posted September 9, 2005 at 4:52 pm


Except that Casey wants judges that won’t overturn Roe v. Wade. So it’s all talk and no walk.



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mark j

posted September 9, 2005 at 5:00 pm


Casey must be really committed to those pro-life beliefs if he thinks Kerry would haave made a great president.



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Der Tommissar

posted September 9, 2005 at 5:03 pm


There are two groups of people that are predicting a Casey win:
Republicans in other states.
Democrats in other states.
The question should be, “Is anyone in Pennsylvania on fire for Casey? Anyone?”



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BillyHW

posted September 9, 2005 at 5:28 pm


How many times must I forgive my brother (Santorum)?



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BillyHW

posted September 9, 2005 at 5:32 pm


YOu Consservatiavcas are the sos stupid Casey si the pro-lafe mane evan thoghgh he suppportad Kerry and wold fillibuster the Bushitlers’s judges hesasy so so THeRe!!!!!!!#$@#$@



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Donald R. McClarey

posted September 9, 2005 at 5:59 pm


Toomey is a very big man and a very smart man. Big, because it always hurts to endorse someone who opposed you and probably cost you at least a primary victory. Smart, because this endorsement cements his position in the Pa. Republican party and means that Santorum will owe him a large political debt.



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DarwinCatholic

posted September 9, 2005 at 7:03 pm


The irony is, Toomey is doing exactly what Santorum has been roundly criticized for doing: being a team player. It remains to see if Santorum will survive it — but I’m sure that Toomey has a political future in PA if not nationally.
I’m torn as to what one should think of Casey. On the one hand, it would be nice if there were solid pro-life constituencies in both parties. But at the same time, I can’t help thinking that having Casey in the senate would hurt the pro-life cause more than having Santorum in the senate. Not to mention to the fact that I disagree with Casey on most other issues simply as a matter of politics.
And so I find myself (while wishing there were more pro-life democrats) opposing just about any individual one.
I guess what I really wish is that there were a big enough pro-life constituency within the democratic party that they reliably elected pro-life candidates on their own, without stealing otherwise republican voters. But unfortunately it’s not that cold in hell yet…



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Septimus

posted September 9, 2005 at 7:14 pm


What language was that by BillyHW, anyone know? Modern Welsh? Reformed Orckish? (sp?)



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reluctant penitent

posted September 9, 2005 at 8:05 pm


I think it’s parseltongue



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ambrose

posted September 10, 2005 at 1:01 am


There is some fire regarding Casey’s popularity in Pennsylvania. Last year, in running and winning the State Treasurer’s office, Casey received the most votes any candidate has received for any office, local (duh), state, or national level, ever in history. Yeah, I know, that was just the state treasurer’s office, not the senate, and that will be a very big leap, but already he is facing an electorate that already has overwhelmingly voted for him for something. This can’t be insignificant.



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Septimus

posted September 10, 2005 at 9:12 am


Toomey’s actions can mean any number of things; who knows which is true (more than one could be, of course)?
He’s being big about this, and giving Santorum a gift, asking nothing in return.
He’s been told, do this or else…
He got something in exchange; whether it was a good deal or not remains to be seen.
He blundered, or at least went too cheap (i.e., he could have waited, and exact some useful public commitment or acknowledgment from Santorum, such as, “I erred in going ga-ga over Specter”).
He doesn’t really care that much, he just wants to move on.
He wants to keep his powder dry and innoculate himself against any charge that he failed to help Santorum.
He may be doing the bare minimum — faint praise and little more. Politicians are the world’s experts at making nothing seem like everything. (Potempkin was a politician.)



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RP Burke

posted September 10, 2005 at 9:14 am


Well, St. Rick has said another absurd, demonstrably wrong thing lately, blaming the National Weather Service was wrong in its predictions about Katrina. From today’s Washington Post …
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Santorum was drawing a second round of fire, this time for saying the National Weather Service’s forecasts and warnings about Katrina’s path were “not sufficient.” Democrats e-mailed audio links to a radio interview in which Santorum said that “we need a robust National Weather Service” that focuses on severe weather predictions. “Obviously the consequences are incredibly severe, as we’ve seen here in the last couple of weeks, if we don’t get it right and don’t properly prepare,” Santorum said.
In fact, many people think the Weather Service got the Katrina prediction exactly right. They include GOP Sen. Jim DeMint (S.C.), who chairs the Senate Commerce subcommittee on disaster prediction and prevention. He issued a statement headlined “DeMint Gives National Weather Service ‘A’ Grade for Katrina Prediction.”
Santorum, long at odds with the federal agency, is pushing a bill that would require it to surrender some of its duties to private businesses, some of them located in his state. The National Weather Service Employees Organization said in a statement: “We did our job well and everyone knows it. By falsely claiming that we got it wrong, Rick Santorum is continuing his misguided crusade against the National Weather Service.”
Santorum’s office issued a statement yesterday repeating the concern that “there are serious consequences” when the Weather Service falls short of “getting it right.”

How about the senator “getting it right”?



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NJLawyer

posted September 10, 2005 at 1:01 pm


Yawn.



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Ray

posted September 11, 2005 at 5:50 pm


Moveon.org is going to be the premier fundraiser for Casey and they love to encourage killing babies.
Recent moveon.org fund raising effort for Casey got a $150,000 dollar return. My money goes to a Santoum over moveon.org and the trash they promote.
Maybe Toomey knows who our friends really are. I’m for Santorum.



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