Sen. Bob Casey alerted his supporters Friday that he's lined up behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's newly oficial bid for the Democratic nomination for president. In an email blast, he stated that from the time they served together in teh Senate, he's know her as "a strong advocate for the middle class.''
Eight years ago, Mr. Casey went in a different direction and offered a surprise endorsment of then Sen. Barack Obama before heading out with the future president on a bus trip across the state. That was the year that the accident of the campaign calendar made Pennsylvania the center of American politics for six weeks with no other major contests to distract the attention fo the candiates or the national media. Mr. Casey's backing wasn't enough to deliver the state's delegates to Mr. Obama, who was clobbered here by a resurgent Clinton campaign. After he secured the nomination, however, he went on to win the state's electoral votes in a landslide.
In contrast to his 2008 decision, Mr. Casey's new endorsement was hardly surprising, given Mrs. Clinton's overwhelming lead in the early Democratic race. Nonetheless, it could be seen as a tacit rebuff
to his onetime Scranton neighbor, Vice President Joe Biden, who has not ruled out the possibility of jumping into the race.