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The "Scare Quotes" Senator

Senator Bob Casey has been the least impressive "pro-life" legislator since Harry Reid. In fact, Casey's been one of the least impressive legislators in the country. Let's face it, Bob Casey has accomplished next to nothing except proving that nothing is as important to him as pleasing his Democrat overlords in order to stay in power.

His pro-life stance has been next to non-existent and has been shown to be merely his weapon of choice in splitting former Senator Rick Santorum's base in two. The healthcare debate has highlighted this to the point of absurdity.

Here we have a moment in this country where the government is on the verge of funding abortion with taxpayer money and for many (including many legislators) this trumps all talk of other good the healthcare bill could be purported to do.

This moment was made for a person of courage. What better moment could there be for a pro-life Democrat Senator to stand up and vote their conscience. This moment was made for Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. History came calling but Casey had Caller-ID and sent it to voicemail.

Think about it. How can it be that while abortion has become the biggest issue in the country, a pro-life Democrat Senator has hardly been heard of? Bob Casey throughout it all has been nearly invisible.

Boy, am I missing Bishop Joseph Martino. Does anybody think that Senator Bob Casey would be able to fly under the radar as he has if Bishop Martino were still Casey's bishop?

Didn't think so. But sadly, Bishop Martino resigned under strange circumstances earlier this year after much criticism for being too outspoken on many issues.

But we could sure use Bishop Martino now. No Senator in the country inspires so many scare quotes around his policy positions than Casey. "Pro-life?" "Catholic?" "Moderate?"

Martino wasn't shy about calling out Casey for his vote on Mexico City policy which allowed the government to fund overseas abortions. "It is a matter of deep concern that your recent vote against the Mexico City Policy is continually misrepresented by your staff as a pro-life vote intended to promote “contraception and other family planning that avoid unintended pregnancies...The Mexico City Policy is, first and foremost, about abortion, not about family planning."

You see, Casey does that all the time. He votes against pro-lifers and then says that there was something in the bill more important than abortion.

Bishop Martino criticized Casey's vote for wildly pro-choice Kathleen Sebelius to head HHS. But Casey said that he voted for Sebelius despite her pro-choice advocacy. He said that leaving the position vacant as the country faced a possible flu pandemic “would be highly irresponsible.”

So, according to Casey, the flu was more important than the rights of the unborn.

And now, guess what, yet another thing is more important than ensuring the rights of the unborn. Now, it's healthcare coverage which is paramount to the rights of the unborn.

At first, Casey merely said that he wouldn't "draw a line in the sand" over abortion in the healthcare debate. Wait a sec. If you're pro-life you believe that human beings are being killed by the thousands every single day but Senator Bob Casey doesn't think that's worth drawing a line in the sand?

And now "pro-life" and "Catholic" Casey can't even say whether he agrees with a simple statement by Cardinal Rigali.CNA reports:

Pro-life Catholic Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) wouldn’t give a clear response when asked if he agreed with Cardinal Justin Rigali’s Nov. 20 statement that there is “no way” the current Senate health care bill can be supported as it currently stands, since it permits tax dollars to fund abortions.

“I'm not going to comment on what he (Rigali) has said in particular,” said Sen. Casey to CNSNews.com reporters on Tuesday. “I'm not one who compares what I say versus what someone else says about the bill.”
What?! I'm not one to compare what I say versus what someone else says? Uhm. That's called debate Senator. So Pennsylvania has a Senator that isn't one to debate? Great.

Backed into a corner, Bob Casey has only shown steely determination to find more corner.

Casey continued by saying:
“What we're trying to do in this debate, among many things we're trying to achieve here, is to continue the consensus that’s been in existence for 25 years that taxpayer dollars don't pay for abortion."

It’s not easy to achieve that, it’s complicated, but that’s what we're working on and that’s where we have this debate that’s taking place now on the floor with regard to abortion, as well as many, many other issues that are important to health care,” Casey concluded.
The problem with Casey is that all these "many many other issues" and "complications" keep taking precedence over the rights of the unborn. At some point you can't call yourself pro-life anymore.

And by the way, nobody ever said being a pro-lifer should be "easy." It's not. It's just the right thing to do. Ask Congressman Bart Stupak. Men are defined by these sorts of moments, unfortunately at least one Senator will be defined by avoiding them.

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nightfly said...

"...the steely determination to find more corner." HAHAHAHA! Win.

Ok course, Senator Casey could always click over here. ;) But maybe he's scared of Kathryn Jean Lopez. Heck, I would be.

Amy Giglio said...

Y'know, Cardinal Rigali is his bishop now. Maybe he needds to have a sit-down with Sen. Casey. Heck, maybe he already has....

DQM said...

What you pointedly refused to include here is that Casey is a sponsor of the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment, the senate version of the House's Stupak amendment.

I will grant you that Casey would not get a mention in an updated "Profiles In Courage" for his pro-life stances because he has waffled enough times, but we do no one any good by refusing to recognize the good when it is done by someone who is less than 100% pro-life.

When your child gets a C+ do you humiliate him for not getting a better grade or do you praise the acheivement and encourage improvement?

Al said...

Amy: Technically Rigali is just Apostolic Administrator for the diocese, which gives him very limited authority over Casey.

After the way his father was treated for being pro-life by the Democratic party I can only see his actions as a betrayal of his father & a love for power over a love for his father.

Steve and Cindy Willmot said...

Please, please continue to pray that our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI appoints us a new Bishop soon. We need a shepherd desperately!

JB Powers said...

"When your child gets a C+ do you humiliate him for not getting a better grade or do you praise the achievement and encourage improvement?"

Theoretically, Casey is an adult, and should be able to make mature decisions without be treated like a child.


TragicallyUnhipPO'dAtTheDNCMom said...


I agree with JBP. Casey is an adult. He doesn't need his bishop or anyone else to hold his hand and tell him what he needs to do to defend and protect human life, which as a Catholic, he has an obligation to do.

Furthermore, during the 2006 campaign, it was Casey who mocked Santorum for his pro-life and Catholic beliefs and for being a daily communicant. I know, I got the campaign piece in the mail. It was pretty vile and disgusting, especially coming from the son of the late Robert Casey, Sr.

Casey has been warned TWICE in writing by Martino, deservedly so, for his actions.

So, no, Casey does not deserve a pat on his back for anything. No Sirree Bob.

What he does deserve, however, is a pink slip in 2012.

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