Bob Casey, a pro-life Democrat strongly endorsed by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, is the "establishment" choice to challenge uber-Republican Rick Santorum for a Senate seat in November. So, it's hard to fault any Establishment politician too strongly for supporting him -- and Santorum is so bad that, contrary to my usual position, I'd back almost any Democrat who runs against him.
Problem is, Casey is pro-life. He came out against the Alito filibuster. Ed Rendell, who is Casey's biggest backer, also came out against the Alito filibuster. And careful statistical research shows that another, truly progressive Dem candidate would do just as well against Santorum. All things being equal -- and I do believe, contrary to the MSM blather, that they're at least equal -- I'd rather elect a Progressive like Chuck Pennacchio than a potential Vichy like Casey to Santorum's Senate seat. And there's almost NO reason for a prominent Democrat to pick one candidate over another, so long as they're all reasonably viable, in the primary; the statesmanlike thing is to let the primaries sort things out then back the winner in the general election.
In that context, a news nugget:
February 3, 2006 -- WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — who supports abortion rights and is the darling of pro-choice women's groups — gave $10,000 to a staunchly right-to-life candidate in Pennsylvania, The Post has learned.
Clinton ponied up the maximum donation allowed under the law to Democratic Senate hopeful Bob Casey, even though he has been skewered by pro-choice groups for his anti-abortion position.
It was the largest donation Clinton gave to any politician in 2005 and was made by her political action committee, HillPAC, records show.
And, yeah, I've considered the source.
I don't like Hillary. I've made that pretty clear in the past. I hope her run for President ends early, so the other candidates get a chance to communicate their messages free from her shadow. I think she's an opportunistic triangulator. But I hadn't labeled her a Vichy.
Now she's giving unusual support to someone I suspect is a Vichy. She's pushing the DLC-style candidate, not even giving real progressives a chance. So my question is: is Hillary a Vichy? Or is it too soon to say?
At the very least, if you think Chuck Pennacchio deserves more of a change, give Hillary a call and tell her what you think. I'll edit this post to include her contact info a little later on.