Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bipartisan Bash

Both parties tee-off on opponents in PA's U.S. Senate race; it's only a sample of what lies ahead.

Bipartisan Bash


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, see fur's already flyin' in the Pennsylvania Senate race?

BE: Race? You mean crawl, don't you? Isn't there someone named Casey running with the most recognizable name in state political history?

JB: Well, yeah, Smith is a pretty recognizable name, too; in fact, the most common last name in America.

BE: But in PA it's more likely to conjure up frozen pies. Casey, on the other hand, is political coin of the realm. But tell me about the fur.

JB: The state GOP released a statement after Tuesday's primary saying the results "spell trouble for Casey."

BE: Wait, is that the same primary in which the state Republican Party-endorsed candidate finished third? Doesn't that spell trouble for the GOP?

JB: Not according to party director Mike Barley. He says, “Senator Casey’s lackluster performance last night should concern his campaign team heading into his fall campaign."

BE: Because Casey only got 80 percent of the vote in a two-way non-contest in a no-turnout primary?

JB: Yep. Couldn't get his base excited. Supports Obama 98 percent of the time. Spells trouble.

BE: Oh, brother. What are the Dems saying about GOP nominee Tom Smith?

JB: "Lackluster PA GOP Senate Primary Ends With a Flawed Candidate."

BE: Flawed how?

JB: Oh, the usual: tea party, far right, self-financed, can't raise money, supports privatizing Medicare and Social Security and giving tax breaks to billionaires.

BE: Isn't Tom Smith just a good-ole-boy farmer who went into coal mining, made a fortune and beat the GOP establishment?

JB: Yeah, but, in the process, say the Dems, "had to run far to the right, alienating Democrats, independents and moderates."

BE: Well, you can see where this is heading.

JB: Casey's nothing but a name and an Obama toady with no accomplishments? Smith's a rich guy polluter who ruined our land?

BE: Something to look forward to.

JB: If you like naps.



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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at

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