There is not a word to describe the scale of this endorsement so I will settle simply on gargantuan.
If you are a long time reader of Comments you will recall that Bob Casey played the role of DSCC insider in the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate primary to choose a Democratic candidate to unseat Rick Santorum He was pitted against an unknown insurgent liberal party outsider (and my candidate) Chuck Pennacchio. At the time the struggle I faced was in convincing my party-insider friends that Chuck was a viable candidate. Sadly, it was not to be mainly because of the huge support Casey received from the Pennsylvania Democratic party establishment in the form of Governor Ed Rendell, Senator Chuck Schumer and all the hundreds of committee people spread across the state who vote their loyalties.
Today, that same party establishment is now split with Schumer and Rendell riding on Clinton’s bandwagon and their golden boy, the man they called the future of the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania, Bob Casey coming out for Obama.
At minimum, this will allow some party insiders who may have wanted to support Obama but had no self-serving (self preserving) reason to do so in the form of party support to now take that leap of faith. It also says to to my old friends in PA, those folks that make up the PUMP Democrats, who are you going to support the old guard, or the new?
Casey’s decision was also personal, motivated in part by the enthusiasm his four daughters – Elyse, Caroline, Julia and Marena – have expressed for Obama, the source said. “He thinks we shouldn’t be deaf to the voices of the next generation.”[emphasis mine]
While searching to see whether or not Hillary had endorsed Senator Casey in his 2006 bid I came across this telling post on the Casey blog dating back to November 5, 2006.
On Saturday, thousands of people came together to show their support for the Democratic ticket in southeastern Pennsylvania. You could feel the energy as people talked about their hopes for a Democratic wave in Pennsylvania. The suspense of the crowds burst as special guests Vice President Al Gore and Senator Barack Obama made their entrances.[emphasis mine]