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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Will the Real Bob Casey Please Stand Up, Please Stand Up

Politicians do a lot of things to hide their past. Lie, change the subject, lie more, have people whacked, etc. Democratic Senate candidate Bob Casey is going to great lengths to hide a nefarious episode in his past from Pennsylvania voters - he used to have unruly eyebrows. Or to be more specific, he used to have an unruly eyebrow. Now his campaign staff is doctoring old photos to give him two well-groomed eyebrows.

Casey's Web site currently features a video interview with Arkecia Morris, a fifth-grade student of Casey'’s when he was a teacher back in the day at the Gesu School in North Philadelphia. The former student remembers Casey as a "“gentle giant" and talks about what a wonderful, inspirational teacher he was.

As she talks, a photo of Casey as a young buck pops on the screen. The 20-something teacher is wearing a button-down shirt and tie, smiling from ear to ear, with a full head of thick brown hair and two dark bushy eyebrows. Wait a second: TWO bushy eyebrows?

Thanks to an informant who has been closely tracking Casey'’s eyebrow grooming, or lack thereof, we found out that the doctored photo appears elsewhere on Casey's Web site undoctored. Yes, in other words, Casey has one eyebrow in a copy of the exact photograph, which appears under "“family photos"” on the Casey site.

The Casey campaign 'fessed up to the fact that the photo used in the campaign
video appears to have been altered somehow. But how and by whom, Casey campaign spokesman Larry Smar wouldn't say...

...Why isn'’t Casey getting his eyebrows waxed on a regular basis, so his media consultants don'’t have to Photoshop-out his unibrow? (It'’s not as painful as it looks, Bob, really. Please, for crying out loud -— try it!)

"Well,"” Smar replied, "“I think we'’ve hit upon the next great debate: to pluck or to wax."

Virginia Davis, a spokeswoman for Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), wouldn't comment on whether her boss would be interested in debating the topic with Casey. Of the Democratic candidate'’s apparent attempt to hide his unibrow, she said, "Bob Casey has a reputation for trying to be all things to all people, but who could have predicted he'’d go this far?"

Video with doctored photo here (basically the homepage). Undoctored photo with grotesque unibrow here. (Use the pull down tab to look into his 'family photos'). One eyebrow, two eyebrows, or no eyebrows, I would still vote for Bob Casey before I voted for Rick "It Takes a Fascist" Santorum.

Via Roll Call (subscription required because they're punk-ass bitches).