Sen. Bob Casey announced his endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum and Memorial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today.
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Jerry Reed had a big hit record a few years ago called, "When You're Hot, You're Hot." These days Barack Obama is hot, especially on Fridays.
Last Friday, just as the Reverend Wright story was threatening to engulf him, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson rode to the rescue with an endorsement of Obama that took Reverend Wright right off the front page. That was followed closely by the news that Hillary Clinton failed to tell the truth about her visit to Bosnia in 1996, portraying herself as someone in a James Bond movie ducking bullets and running for her life. All false.
Now as we approach the Pennsylvania primary in a few weeks, Senator Clinton had locked up all the endorsements that mattered in that state... until today.
Suddenly Senator Bob Casey who had vowed to remain neutral said, "I have changed my mind. I want you to vote for Barack Obama." Casey is just what the doctor ordered for Obama. His constituency is working-class Pennsylvania families – Clinton's strength and Obama's weakness.
'Tis the season of March madness, and every year it seems there is a Cinderella team that comes out of nowhere to make a real run at the national title. So far this year, Cinderella's name is Barack Obama.
Here’s my question to you: Can Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey’s endorsement help Barack Obama among working-class voters?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jack, I really don't think the endorsements make that much of a difference. I think we ought to give Hillary a lot of airtime and see what other lies and nonsense spews out. She managed to lower her standing in the polls while Obama was on vacation.
Casey's endorsement will do as much for Obama as the Kennedy and Kerry endorsement in Massachusetts.
The fact that he's a superdelegate, who had originally intended on staying neutral until after the Pennsylvania primary, is far more important to me, Jack. That's one less super who Hillary's "money people" couldn't scare into supporting her. Just the opposite happened, and I believe we'll see even more supers endorse Obama in the coming days.
The endorsement can't hurt, but endorsements don't really do that much either way. What will matter is if Pennsylvania voters think Hillary the Entitled's Bosnia whopper makes her someone they can trust. After all, this something she said – not what her minister said.
Daniel from Washington writes:
No. Casey is a first-term senator who holds no more experience than the first-term senator he is endorsing… Clinton holds the endorsements in Pennsylvania of the experienced and also those who really hold weight over thousands.
Jack, Being from Pennsylvania, I can tell you Bob Casey has a lot of swing with the blue collar workers. This helps Obama, but Hillary has a good hold on the state.
Tim from Pittsburgh writes:
Because of Casey, this 53-year-old white working class male will be voting for Obama.
Robert from North Carolina writes:
It couldn't hurt, Jack. What really surprised me was that the Clinton people haven't trashed him yet. This should be a pretty good street fight...no love lost been the senator and the governor. Maybe we should turn to pay per view for this primary.