Democratic women are about to be stabbed in the back. It started out as a plan by Chuck Schumer, Harry Reid and Ed Rendell. They saw that Bob Casey, jr., son of a former PA governor, polled well against Santorum. So they made up their minds that THEY would decide who would be the Democratic candidate to run in the 2006 PA senate race.
There's one problem with that. Casey, like his father, is anti-abortion, anti-embryonic stemcell. That's a big problem. This race will be the most closely watched election in the nation. The right wing democrats who have been sabotaging the integrity, values and leadership of the Democratic party are dying to claim that a Casey win proves that the way for Democrats to win is to oppose abortion-- to oppose the woman's right that was fought for for decades.
If Casey wins, this could be the most damaging, most devastating thing to impact upon women's rights in decades. It could be, and will be horrible.
It doesn't matter that Casey has a track record of having a big lead and then losing in a competitive race.
It doesn't matter that the choice of Casey in this race has put women's rights on the line.
Now here's what I don't understand. The women's rights advocacy groups appear to be doing nothing. Like Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, they are hoping that Casey will not screw them, even though he has already said that he supported Alito. It's hard to understand why they have not spoken out against Casey and for either one of the two pro-women's right candidates who are running. I'm supporting one of those candidates-- Chuck Pennacchio-- because I desperately, passionately, intensely, teeth grittingly want to get rid of Rick Santorum and I don't think Casey can or will do it. I think Pennacchio has a much better shot.
I don't understand why the women's organizations-- National organization of Women N.O.W. or NARAL are not out there, telling their members in PA and all over the USA and the world to contribute to Pennacchio's campaign. I don't understand why these women's organizations aren't telling Rendell and Schumen and the DSCC (democratic campaign committee) how they are outraged that they would even consider betraying women, who make up over 60% of the Democratic party in PA, by running a candidate who doesn't fully support women's rights.
But then again, PA is a bit of a backward state. Remember, over 60%-- actually, in our poll, 64% of Democrats-- are women in PA. Yet there is only one candidate running for the whole PA senate who is a woman. Do you get the feeling that there is something wrong with the Democratic leadership in PA, like maybe, the old guys who have been running it, screwing it up, failing to build a winning team, failing to elect a US senator in a routine election in 44 years, should be replaced-- that new blood should be taking over the PA Democratic party? But I digress.
Where the hell is NARAL President Nancy Keenan, or NOW prresident Kim Gandy? Why aren't they beating the bushes for support for Pennacchio? If Pennacchio beats Casey in the primary, in spite of the support from the meddlling outside state senators, he'll be on the cover of every news magazine and in a position to raise millions. These women must be very confused or deluded if they're fantasizing that life will be better without Santorum. These leaders of women's organizations are failing the people who fund their organizations by failing to flat out oppose Casey. Maybe they are colluding with and making deals with the senators who "annointed" Casey. Maybe they are fooling themselves into thinking they can cut some kind of deal that will make up for remaining silent, allowing Casey to win the primary so he can go on to face Santorum.
Bad move. Bad thinking, Bad strategizing. Maybe these organizations are due to be replaced, or at least the leaders should be replaced. The Women in PA need to get together, and they better do it fast, since the women's organizations in place are totally failing them. They women better get organized and fight Casey with tooth and nail. But it's not just PA.
The Democrats who are willing to sell out by supporting an anti-women's rights candidate (and don't dare quibble that outside of women having the right to control their bodies, Casey's okay. That is the main right!!) will be happy to adopt a POLICY of selecting candidates who take t the position that they oppose abortion, if Casey wins.
This is the test case. This is what sell-out senators from other states are helping to raise milliions of dollars to push through.
I'm writing this article, listing organizations and names because I'm hoping that readers will write to the leaders of these national organizations and their PA affiliates to shame them, to demand that they get off their butts and do something.