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GEORGE WILL: Bucks County Rematch
The Florida Times-Union ^ | 22 September 2010 | George F. Will

Posted on 09/22/2010 12:26:04 PM PDT by The Pack Knight

LANGHORNE, Pa. -- From the 1930s through the 1950s, Bucks County northeast of Philadelphia acquired a glamorous reputation as a retreat for Manhattan celebrities, including Oscar Hammerstein, who, according to local legend, was inspired by the view from his Doylestown front porch to write “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” the opening song of “Oklahoma!” Today the county, which is 93 percent of Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, figures in Republicans’ plans to sing that song on the morning of Nov. 3.

The district has about 209,000 Democrats, 189,000 Republicans and 66,000 independents. The seat is held by a Democrat, Patrick Murphy, 36, the first Iraq War veteran to serve in Congress. He was elected in 2006 when he defeated the one-term Republican incumbent, Mike Fitzpatrick, 47, an attorney, who is Murphy’s opponent again this year.

More than half of the 7 percent of the district that is not in Bucks County is in northeast Philadelphia, where a lot of the city’s police and firefighters live -- they are required to reside in the city -- and many conservative Democrats, too. The remainder of the district is in suburban Montgomery County. Lower Bucks County is primarily blue collar, the upper county is agricultural and the central portion is an upper-income bedroom community for Philadelphia.

(Excerpt) Read more at jacksonville.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: buckscounty; georgewill; mikefitzpatrick; patrickmurphy
Good article by Will on a key race this November. Pennsylvania is fertile ground for the GOP to pick up a lot of seats, and here, we can get rid of one of the most liberal members of Congress to boot.

Also, as Will points out later in the column, the 8th District is one where Hillary Clinton won heavily in the 2008 primary. The Clinton-Obama battle could have some consequences in this race - despite the fact that Bill campaigned for Murphy in 2006, Murphy was one of the first Congressmen to endorse Obama in 2008.

1 posted on 09/22/2010 12:26:08 PM PDT by The Pack Knight
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To: Kid Shelleen

This might be of interest to Philly Metro Freepers.


2 posted on 09/22/2010 12:30:42 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: The Pack Knight

Murphy had a terrible, meltdown town hall earlier this year that made the You Tube rounds. Since then he has been quiet. Just saw his first ad today and it was not good, and he says nothing of his votes. You would think he’s an R. That said, the last numbers had this race tight. I think Fitzpatrick can make ground cramming Murphy’s record down his throat. Rendell’s name is mud here, 26% approval, and Obummer is not well liked. He has no one to back him up anymore. Plus Toomey and Corbett are on fire and energizing the base.


3 posted on 09/22/2010 12:46:06 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: The Pack Knight

I happen to be, at this very moment, working right outside Doylestown, PA, Bucks County. It’s a beautiful, once rural county (at least in the central and north) ruined by 90s urban sprawl that added thousands of high-priced estate homes.

What I remember most of the Murphy/Fitzpatrick run in 08 were the small yards signs saying “Sierra Club for Fitzpatrick.” That says it all. Murphy also claims to be a Blue Dog dem but that’s a farce and I called his office after Stimulus and asked them to take down the icon.

Fitz’s predecessor was a RINO - Greenwood. He voted for some bill that was against the Boy Scouts and I immediately sent him a withering email asking why he doesn’t just switch parties. He called me within 3 minutes and said the vote was a mistake then went on to defend his RINO-ness.

It’s a tough county and we’ve lost Santorum and Specter (good riddance) and Fitzpatrick in the last couple of years.

But Hammerstein was right about the county - at least what farm country is left.


4 posted on 09/22/2010 12:47:48 PM PDT by usafretired
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To: The Pack Knight

This is my district. I will make certain that my husband and daughter get to the polls. Hubby goes happily enough, daughter needs a threat or two. She’ll get them.


5 posted on 09/22/2010 12:52:12 PM PDT by twigs
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To: The Pack Knight
I will be standing in line when the polls open here in Doylestown. Fitzpatrick will be getting his job back.
6 posted on 09/22/2010 12:55:32 PM PDT by wireman
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To: usafretired

I used to live right outside of Doylestown. It’s a lovely little town, but we moved a few miles north to some of that rural land. But we’re still in Murphy’s district and we plan to vote. Hubby is one of those democrats, but he’s stopped voting with them years ago.


7 posted on 09/22/2010 12:55:48 PM PDT by twigs
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To: wireman

We should get together area Freepers some time!


8 posted on 09/22/2010 12:57:24 PM PDT by twigs
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To: The Pack Knight

Pennsylvanians will not forget that Murphy tried to push through a bill to force PA to accept homosexual marriage. It is now our turn to twist the screws on this filthy decadent fudge packing pig. Oh Yeah, your gonna take it deep and hard, Murphy. New Hope can have him, pftt!


9 posted on 09/22/2010 1:01:53 PM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: Flavious_Maximus

I think you mean “No Hope”.


10 posted on 09/22/2010 1:08:46 PM PDT by wireman
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To: The Pack Knight

Murphy is Nancy Pelosi’s pool boy. I’m determined to get him on video being asked a simple question; What is a natural born citizen? I have a plan to get it and will post the video.

BTW, I’d like to get Fitzpatrick’s answer just as badly.


11 posted on 09/22/2010 1:16:15 PM PDT by ccruse456
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To: twigs

I grew up in Telford we lived on county line road in Montomery Co. across the street was Bucks. My Dad worked for a time in Doylestown. I remember this crazy looking house, I think people called it the Doylestown Castle! Rural Pa was a great place to grow up!


12 posted on 09/22/2010 1:17:50 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Zero will never be my President, never!!!!!)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

County Line Rd. is total gridlock anymore. What a mess.


13 posted on 09/22/2010 1:22:03 PM PDT by wireman
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To: usafretired

Oh, I still think it is one of the most beautiful places in America. River Road! Lumberville! The Delaware River during shad season! The Black Bass hotel!

Of course, New Hope is miserable during tourist season.

I never understood how it fell out of favor with the Broadway “elites.” It’s a fairly short drive from NYC.


14 posted on 09/22/2010 1:26:35 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: wireman

Allentown to Philthidelphia is total gridlock anymore. Thank you NJ and NY transplants. You are also voting for the same lib tax and spenders here that forced you to flee your native home. Wonderful.


15 posted on 09/22/2010 1:30:54 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: wireman

My alma mater! No Hope for New Hope was our cheer!


16 posted on 09/22/2010 1:35:14 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: Empireoftheatom48

That’s Fonthill, built by Henry Mercer, famous tile maker from loooooong ago. Beautiful house!


17 posted on 09/22/2010 1:38:03 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: Lazlo in PA

I remember growing up, although we didn’t talk politics in my house, I think democrats were few and far between. Now they’re everywhere! Shudder.


18 posted on 09/22/2010 1:39:21 PM PDT by MsMoose
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To: Lazlo in PA

Murphy will do anything to avoid facing his constituents, it seems. That’s why he was covertly trying to get Lingenfelter on the ballot to split some of the conservative vote and let him win with a minority. Now that that’s failed, it’s going to be hard for him to keep his head down.

It’s also not surprising that he is downplaying his voting record. He claims to be a member of the Blue Dog Caucus, and maybe he is nominally, but he votes with Pelosi 97% of the time.

From what I’m hearing from the Fitzpatrick camp, he’s planning on running a much more aggressive campaign than he did in ‘06. I think he’s taken a lot of what Murphy did during the campaign personally.


19 posted on 09/22/2010 3:30:45 PM PDT by The Pack Knight (Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and the world laughs at you.)
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To: miss marmelstein
I agree. Much of Bucks is heaven on earth. Idyllic scenery and lovely old farmsteads.

You need bucks to live in Bucks, unfortunately. That's why I'm stuck in Montco.

20 posted on 09/22/2010 3:39:37 PM PDT by Scarpetta (e pluribus victim)
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To: The Pack Knight; Tribune7; TAdams8591; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; wireman; Mr. Binnacle; brityank; ...
Thanks for the heads up !!!

Philly Metro Ping

21 posted on 09/22/2010 4:57:08 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


22 posted on 09/22/2010 7:08:12 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: MsMoose
Fonthill is where I married off my oldest daughter in June ‘09... We even had guided tours of the Mercer Museum and the Moravian Tile Works. Incredible!!!
23 posted on 09/22/2010 7:55:25 PM PDT by wireman
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To: Scarpetta
I'm a Montco guy stuck in Bucks... Give me Gladwyne any day!
24 posted on 09/22/2010 7:57:10 PM PDT by wireman
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To: Kid Shelleen; The Pack Knight

This would have been the year for Tom Manion to run. Mike is a little wishy washy on some issues. In his previous incarnation he seemed to want to emulate the Jim Greenwood “moderate” model and go after the No Hope gay vote and the parasite Lower Bucks/NE Philadelphia crowd. In 2006 this cost him. Even though Murphy did not win Bucks County, he won the election because so many Bucks Countians stayed home. I still remember Mike on Hannity’s radio show trying to defend his idiotic ANWR vote.

Mike is pro life, which is certainly a good thing, but let’s see if he has a new spine and will stand up for other normal, everyday traditional American (”conservative”) values.


25 posted on 09/22/2010 8:24:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: weeder

(( ping ))


26 posted on 09/22/2010 8:30:17 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Empireoftheatom48
I remember this crazy looking house, I think people called it the Doylestown Castle! Rural Pa was a great place to grow up!

This one?



Mercer Museum
27 posted on 09/22/2010 9:50:48 PM PDT by Antoninus (It's long past time for conservatives to stop voting for Republican liberals. Enough!)
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To: The Pack Knight
Murphy became the first Pennsylvanian holding federal office to endorse Barack Obama’s candidacy.

This came after Murphy collected a hefty pile of cash from Obama's "Hope Fund" PAC.

28 posted on 09/23/2010 2:50:12 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: The Pack Knight

Patrick Murphy vs. We The People

Watch the slithering snake in action...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBUncXmE4Ec


29 posted on 09/23/2010 2:59:32 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: Fresh Wind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzOqWRpg5ys


30 posted on 09/23/2010 3:10:26 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: Antoninus

Yeah that’s the place. When I first saw it as a kid it creeped me out!!


31 posted on 09/23/2010 6:58:11 AM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Zero will never be my President, never!!!!!)
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