Our Opinion: Casey — why not? — dips toes into Dem presidential race

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is putting Pennsylvania on the 2020 political map by floating the idea he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency.

Of course, Pennsylvania was already a presidential hot spot for the 2020. It’s considered a must-have state by both major political parties when it comes to winning the Oval Office.

And why shouldn’t Casey throw his hat in the ring, given the circumstances. There are about three dozen Democrats hinting at a presidential run. He has a reasonable amount of name recognition and gives Dems an advantage in a key state.

There are miles and miles of political travel and travail ahead before the Democrats settle on their presidential nominee. We will not do to Casey what he did to Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination process — that is, refuse to meet privately with him, prejudge his guilt on unsubstantiated charges and put party politics ahead of a good-faith examination of Kavanaugh’s public track record.

What we know is that style of decision-making does not constitute presidential timber.

Or how about 10 months ago, when President Trump offered to allow more than 2 million DACA people a path to legal immigration in return for building a wall at the nation’s southern border?

Instead of just going along with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s grandstanding rejection of Trump’s offer, Casey should have been conciliatory voice from the other side that saw this as a key step toward finally reaching a better immigration situation in our country.

That would have been presidential timber.

Casey fashions himself as a centrist, bipartisan type, but the results have been pretty much the same sort of party-line divisiveness that is holding the country back. We are wary of a platform with him that would be anti-business at a time when the economy is finally rolling and to party-centric on a host of major issues.

Casey is a strategic presidential candidate for the Democrats. But if he wants to be the right man for this country, he will have to convince millions of Americans he is more than a party-first decision maker. On that, he has a long way to go.

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