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Casey and Catholic

When Bob Casey Jr. spoke at Catholic University in September, the dean of the school ridiculously asserted that the candidate’s speech would somehow be delivered in an alternative reality where a spot at the Catholic University of America somehow wouldn’t have an impact in a state with a lot of Catholics a few hundred miles from Michigan Avenue there in D.C.

With 20 days to E Day, here’s the National Catholic Reporter on the race and the useful-idiot role CUA played on the Casey campaign:

The invitation was both an honor and an opportunity: Would Pennsylvania State Treasurer Bob Casey agree to give the Sept. 15 Pope John XXIII Lecture at The Catholic University of America law school?Would he ever!That a Democrat, even a pro-life Catholic like Casey, would get a friendly platform at a Catholic university less than eight weeks before Election Day was an unexpected gift, an imprimatur of sorts, for the Pennsylvania state treasurer’s campaign to unseat the demonstrably Catholic incumbent, Republican Sen. Rick Santorum. It’s exactly the sort of backdrop another Catholic Democrat, presidential candidate John Kerry, sought but never found in 2004. “That’s something we certainly wanted to accept,” said a Casey strategist. “We knew we’d get a lot of good press around that event.” And they did. “Casey joins Democrats’ push for religious voters” was the headline in the next day’s Centre Daily Times, the State College, Pa., newspaper.

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