(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)
JB: Yo, boss, see fur's already flyin' in the Pennsylvania Senate race?
BE: Race? You mean crawl, don't you? Isn't there someone named Casey running with the most recognizable name in state political history?
JB: Well, yeah, Smith is a pretty recognizable name, too; in fact, the most common last name in America.
BE: But in PA it's more likely to conjure up frozen pies. Casey, on the other hand, is political coin of the realm. But tell me about the fur.
JB: The state GOP released a statement after Tuesday's primary saying the results "spell trouble for Casey."
BE: Wait, is that the same primary in which the state Republican Party-endorsed candidate finished third? Doesn't that spell trouble for the GOP?
JB: Not according to party director Mike Barley. He says, "Senator Casey's lackluster performance last night should concern his campaign team heading into his fall campaign."
BE: Because Casey only got 80 percent of the vote in a two-way non-contest in a no-turnout primary?
JB: Yep. Couldn't get his base excited. Supports Obama 98 percent of the time. Spells trouble.
BE: Oh, brother. What are the Dems saying about GOP nominee Tom Smith?
JB: "Lackluster PA GOP Senate Primary Ends With a Flawed Candidate."
BE: Flawed how?
JB: Oh, the usual: tea party, far right, self-financed, can't raise money, supports privatizing Medicare and Social Security and giving tax breaks to billionaires.
BE: Isn't Tom Smith just a good-ole-boy farmer who went into coal mining, made a fortune and beat the GOP establishment?
JB: Yeah, but, in the process, say the Dems, "had to run far to the right, alienating Democrats, independents and moderates."
BE: Well, you can see where this is heading.
JB: Casey's nothing but a name and an Obama toady with no accomplishments? Smith's a rich guy polluter who ruined our land?
BE: Something to look forward to.