Should Joe Biden Follow the Scranton Political Model? | RealClearPolitics

Should Joe Biden Follow the Scranton Political Model?

Should Joe Biden Follow the Scranton Political Model?

When I was growing up on the outskirts of Scranton in the 1970s and 1980s, my mother and I would drive into the city to shop at a popular downtown department store. On our way, we would pass through the city’s Green Ridge section, and without fail she would remind me that Sen. Joe Biden grew up in one of the tidy houses we passed. When we had moved a bit farther down the road, she would tell me that Bob Casey Sr., the state’s auditor general and later governor, lived in another home in that tree-lined neighborhood. As an Irish Catholic, New Deal Democrat, my mother was proud that Scranton had produced successful politicians of her ilk, and she wanted to let her politics-loving son know that even in a city that had already become synonymous with Rust Belt struggles, success for our kind was possible.

 

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