If we’re going to dump on Charlie Dent for supporting the Blunt amendment – which would empower the boss of your job to also be the boss of your sex life – we’ve got to hit Bob Casey too so we’re not lame hacks.
Here’s Sahil Kapur:
The only Republican who crossed over to help kill the measure, which was aimed at repealing the Obama administration’s birth control mandate, was retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME). Dems are defending 23 Senate seats in the November elections, and running against a GOP they can portray as anti-birth control could help them in some tough races. Democrats are salivating at the prospect of using the votes of vulnerable members, including GOP Sens. Scott Brown (MA) and Dean Heller (NV), against them this year.
Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson (NE), Joe Manchin (WV) and Bob Casey (PA) voted with Republicans for the Blunt measure, which the GOP sought to attach to the otherwise bipartisan highway bill. Casey is facing a tough reelection battle this fall.
But Bob Casey is…not facing a tough reelection battle this fall. He is facing a very easy reelection battle this fall.
The more straightforward interpretation is that Bob Casey has right wing views on reproductive freedom, and genuinely agrees with the Republicans on this. He’s wrong about this, for the same reason the Republicans are wrong. There is no religious freedom issue at stake, unless you believe in letting any group with a conscience objection opt out of generally applicable laws.
In fairness to Casey, the vote was on a motion to table, not a vote on the actual bill. Casey voted against tabling it, which is not the same thing as casting a positive vote for the amendment. Still, he should have voted with the Democrats, and cannot plausibly chalk the vote up to reelection pressures.