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Monday, November 14, 2005

Santorum Challenging Casey to Debate?

Posted by DavidNYC

This is pretty funny. We've officially moved into Bizarro World. According to Hotline On Call, incumbent Senator Dick Santorum has sent a letter to his challenger Bob Casey, Jr. asking Casey to debate Li'l Dicky.

In any normal universe, it's the challenger who clamors to debate the incumbent - and usually the incumbent gives said challenger the back of his hand. But here, Sen. Man-on-Dog is so desperate to improve his public image, he's gotta beg Casey for some free air-time. Since we're in Bizarro World, I assume we'll also see Santorum start to distance himself from George Bush. Oh wait... he already has!

Through the looking glass, indeed. Soon enough, though, we'll wake the Red King and Rick Santorum will disappear like the bad dream we know he is.

P.S. Dick Santorum named World's Worst Person by Keith Olbermann (our next Edward R. Murrow?) - video clip here!

Posted at 03:50 PM in 2006 Elections - Senate, Pennsylvania | Technorati

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Well, it does put Casey in kind of a difficult position, doesn't it? Consenting to debate this early may drain some of the poison out of RickDick's image, while refusing to debate makes Casey open to agitprop that he's "afraid" of him. Probably Santorum's best hope of restoring some credibility: by hoping some rubs off of his opponent. Pathetic indeed, but maybe his best move nonetheless.

Posted by: DaveW [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2005 05:51 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Casey actually could do something slightly clever here and say, "I don't think it's appropriate to debate before the primaries." Obviously, this would require tacit recognition of Chuck Pennacchio's candidacy, and might put pressure on Casey to debate Chuck - but that would probably be a better alternative (from Casey's point of view) than debating Dick anytime soon.

Alternately, he could agree to three debates on Saturday nights in February. ;)

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2005 06:30 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment