Lou Barletta Doesn’t Know What He’s Up Against

Lou Barletta has announced a run for Senate, challenging incumbent, Bob Casey Jr..

Yes, that’s right, the man who has most recently been in the news for allegedly misusing official resources and serving on the board of a Southern Poverty Law Center designated “Hate Group” is running against Bob Casey Jr.

Lou Barletta is a light-weight politician who’s electoral success is mostly due to his heavily gerrymandered district.

Bob Casey Jr. is a political machine. He has won 5 statewide general elections dating back to 1996, here are most of his PA electoral maps (I’m missing 1996):

Bob Casey Jr. (Blue) victory in 2000
Bob Casey Jr. (Blue) victory in 2004
Bob Casey Jr. (Blue) victory in 2006
Bob Casey Jr. (Blue) victory in 2012

Bob Casey Jr. has a history of easily defeating his opponent in tough years for Democrats. Like in 2004, when Kerry won PA by 2.5%, both Arlen Specter (R) and Tom Corbett (R) won statewide office, and Bob Casey Jr. beat his opponent by 24.76%.

Part of his popularity is due to his family political legacy, his father was Governor of Pennsylvania for 8 years. But I don’t think that explains all of it: he has consistently put in the time, campaigning all over the state, meeting with constituents and local leaders: classic retail politics. Do you see what I just did there? 14 hyperlinked articles about Bob Casey Jr. campaigning in Pennsylvania.

I guess all this serves to say, that Bob Casey Jr. is a well-oiled political machine with broad name recognition and a history of winning.