Skip to comments.Some Good News From Pennsylvania: Republican Wins House Seat Held by Democrats Since 1969.
Posted on 11/05/2008 10:38:41 AM PST by Vigilanteman
Tim Kreiger, a first time candidate, eeked out a 864 vote victory in Westmoreland County, a seat which has been safely Democrat since it was created in 1969.
In the closing days of the campaign, Kreiger was denounced by his opponent as a tool of the Bush Administration and a mouthpiece for the right wing extremist group Club for Growth.
Does anyone else know?
Another bright spot is that Tom Corbett, possible future gubenatorial candidate, posted a solid re-election win for Attorney General, the only state office won by Republicans. Tom is the guy who successfully prosecuted Mike Veon and other crooked Democrat legislators and was targeted by the enemy for engaging in a partisan witch hunt because he didn't arrest any Republicans.
This is some good news. Along with a few other things like Prop 8 passing in California.
I defy anyone to explain PA voting habits to me.
a mouthpiece for the right wing extremist group Club for Growth.
Bump! for the right wing extremist group Club for Growth... LOL
Can anyone explain how in the world Murtha managed to win? How could the people of his district reelect someone who calls them racist rednecks? I just don’t get it.
right now the republicans are holding 100 seats and the dems 99 with 4 seats still too close to call. all 4 have the dems out in front so it looks it’ll be a 103-100 dem advantage in the house. the state senate will shape up to be 30-20 republican.
I lived there for 8 years and could never figure it out. A pro choice Republican senator with a pro life (supposedly) Democrat senator -- a matched pair!
I can summarize my dem neighbors explanations, “Duh duh duh duh uuumm duh duh duh.”
Sad from PA is that Lou Barletta, Hazelton mayor...lost in his run for US Congress. Got not support from the GOP because he was the mayor that led the way to remove illegal aliens from Hazelton.
Another sign that the GOP doesnt get it.
Barletta won re-election for Hazelton mayor with over 90% of the vote...and both the GOP AND DEMS nominated him as their candidate for mayor in the primary.
But with no national GOP support, and the GOP Leadership’s pro-illegal/anti-American agenda...Barletta didnt have much of a chance
Is the Club for Growth the group that wants to eliminate the property tax?
Can anyone explain how in the world Murtha managed to win? How could the people of his district reelect someone who calls them racist rednecks? I just dont get it.”
It seems almost like a “Stockholm Syndrome”-like effect. In this case the voters in that part of PA have so bonded with Murtha, that no matter what he says about or does to them, they still submissively and faithfully follow him. Apparently, his comments about racists and rednecks were calculated in order to challenge his fawning flock (i.e. constituents) to prove him wrong and vote for Obama. And vote for Obama they did, also re-electing Murtha in the process. Pretty slick move on his part. He knew all along his faithful, ever-dependent, submissive flock would never stray.
As a Texan living in Pa I can only tell you that the majority of voters in this state are uninformed jack asses that take their clue of who to vote for off the nightly news.
Other then that they are great people.
Murtha brings defense spending home and props up what passes for an economy in Johnstown. It’s that simple.
It could also be: I know Murtha wasn’t talking about ME, but some of my neighbors could be racists!
German immigrants? Explain Germans. (I'm partly of German descent, for anyone who is offended and I could explain about generational iniquity, but not to lecture.)
‘points of light’ -
I feel better now...
All they are interested in is somebody who will rob their better-off neighbors on their behalf. Call them racists or redencks. Just make sure that you deliver. Slaves cannot be too particular and will certainly submit to abusive treatment. He was never in danger. Never.
Me too, their voting habits are akin to self-flagellation.
That’s disgraceful, truly disgraceful.
No explanation here, I look to PA threads to help me feel better about living in CA.
I had a relative say they wanted to prove him wrong, and thinks thats why he said it in the first place.
Further proof of this is the Pa. senate increased its Republican majority yesterday to 7 seats and the House is almost evenly divided.
I defy anyone to explain PA voting habits to me.
Well I hope they enjoy them and I also hope that when 0 bankrupts the coal industy the pain is felt first and hardest in Murtha's distrct.
This reminds me of the occasional idea of secession of sections of states to join other states, or to become their own state. It of course seems like a pipe dream, but I do think there are some areas of the country where this idea should be at least thought about.
The Pennsylvania T seems stuck in a sort of permanent purgatory, but you really couldn’t carve that out of PA, and if you split PA in half you’d likely have the same issue.
If one were playing GOD you could add Philly to New Jersey and leave the rest of PA...but that is, of course, absurd in reality.
The Panhandle of Fl should eventually join Alabama and Georgia, though I realize it is almost impossible to get done. At one time there was minor talk of Escambia county (Pensacola) leaving FL and joining Alabama. The FL Panhandle and South Florida might as well be Mars and Venus.
I am sure there are plenty of examples, but hard to see any progress on this front.
It's really that simple . . . and it's a pattern you'll see repeatedly across the country in any district where a long-term Congressman sits.
Heck -- the voters in Alaska re-elected two Republicans (Don Young and Ted Stevens) who may very well be in prison before they can finish their next term in office.
Western New York has it even worse. At least in PA the T can win some elections.
Throwing Philly and NYC out and combining Western PA and Western New York into one would make for an interesting combination.
Never happen, of course.
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