Skip to comments.Obama's Pennsylvania Problem
Posted on 10/16/2011 6:07:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
PITTSBURGH, PA- Minutes stretched on awkwardly after Labor Secretary Hilda Solis spoke to local Democrats. Yet that was less uncomfortable than one mans attempt to break the silence.
Lets go Obama! he shouted, clapping loudly.
It was a reaction youd expect at a Republican rally not from Pittsburgh unionists, elected Democrats and other party faithful gathered to support Barack Obamas jobs bill.
While the events lackluster attendance might be attributed to poor planning (cardinal rule in politics: never book a room you cant fill and this room wasnt full), there is no excuse for Democrats lack of applause for a president who is a Democrat.
Obama has a Pennsylvania problem, particularly with working-class Democrats and women who supported Hillary Clinton in 2008s primary.
He eventually won them over (along with young people and blacks), beating Republican John McCain by nearly 10 points.
Today, not so much and much of that is based on trust.
Candidates know they can evoke strong negative feelings and still win back voters. But lose the voters trust, and that is nearly impossible to recover.
A lot of working-class and middle-class Democrats in Pennsylvania see candidates through the prism of their values, said one party strategist who is working to win back distrustful voters for Obama. This time, he admits, the task is more of a challenge.
Actually, Obama has trouble all around, according to Mark Rozell, public policy professor at George Mason University: The liberal core is unhappy with his policies and won't turn out for him as solidly as in 2008, and independents and so-called Reagan Democrats are abandoning him in large numbers.
Signs of discontent are seen even among African-Americans.
Pennsylvania state senator Tim Solobay, one of the party-faithful at last weeks event, found the lack of enthusiasm weird. He wondered if Democrats here see Obama as far less moderate than themselves, plus there is this perception that no one can get along in Washington.
Leadership begins at the top, says John Griffith, who lives across the state in Easton. A carpenter and former soldier who served in Bosnia, he voted for Obama in 2008; now he considers himself an independent.
Id vote for Colin Powell, Griffith said, explaining how his heart has strayed.
A battle is raging for Democrats souls, Rozell believes: The moderate wing seems without direction, other than its argument that the party needs to do what is necessary to win election.
Obama's electoral-college calculus is complicated by his not polling well among white Jacksonian-Democrats, said Curt Nicholas, a Baylor University political science professor.
That may put several electorally rich, traditionally Dem-leaning states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania into play, while convincing many that he has less chance of winning traditional battleground states like Ohio, Iowa and Florida, he said.
Obama polls slightly better but still not that well in Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia, due to an influx of Latino voters in the first two and to highly educated professional whites in the last three.
Thats why hell begin a jobs bus tour in Virginia and North Carolina on Monday.
Nicholas said Obamas class-based populist attacks are traditionally thought to appeal to the Jacksonian white voters that he is polling the worst with, while repelling the professional white voters he is close to doing well with.
That tack only works if the populist attacks are rhetorical and dont harm the gentry-white's economic interests.
Ted Manning owns The Pita Pit, a restaurant three blocks from where Obama spoke in Pittsburgh. How ironic, he thought, that Obama talked about small-business jobs when his visit caused Manning to lose a healthy chunk of revenue.
Im probably off at least 50 percent today, he said of the streets blocked off for Obamas visit.
Manning doesn't blame Obama for the bad economy, but he hasnt earned my vote, either. He hasnt shown me he can get the job done.
In his speech, Obama cited the citys 100-year-old Hulton Bridge as an example of work that would be created by his jobs bill.
That bridge project is already scheduled for mid-2013, according to PennDOT spokesman Jim Struzzi: Right now, (it) is in the engineering and design stage.
Struzzi can name a dozen projects that would create construction jobs but not that one specifically.
No response. You gotta love it...a "Let's go Obama!" followed by nothing but crickets. Man, I'd love to see the MSM flash that around the world to show everyone how most of us see Obozo for the empty suit he really is.
Keep grinning, Barry.
I think she just hawked a loogie on the Chinese ladies gown.
This is the key to 2012.
For most citizens, Obama has not fixed the economy, not improved their lives nor delivered anything significant.
For liberals, Obama has not delivered single payer healthcare, carbon taxes, union card-check, closing Guantanemo, bringing the troops home, etc, etc, etc
Obama has delivered ZERO for most people ---- unless you are Solyndra.
Obama’s Pennsylvania Problem
Uh no, Pennsylvania has an Obama problem, as does the rest of the country.
Hate to say it but Michelle looks almost skinny in that photo. But what is the Korean lady next to her wiping off of her dress? Doesn’t look too pleased to be there, BTW.
No mention here that Pennsylvania is the state full of “bitter clingers” according to Obama’s secret speech in California. This could also explain O’s lack of appeal in the Keystone State. I have relatives in western PA and they like their guns, their hunting, and their freedom to indulge both (but they also like their United Steelworkers Union).
Would love to have heard that “Let’s go, Obama!” moment:
Isn’t PA in the process of changing its electorial vote process from winner-take-all to proportial (like NE)?
What’s with nobama and bridges?
He blew the one in Cincy awhile back and now he’s blown the one in Pittsburgh.
The people researching this baloney and writing his speeches must be total idiots.
totally fake and phony..i believe she loves herself and thinks she is glamorous!!!
move this tribe out of our White House in Nov. 2012.
If the guy had said “Please go, Obama” he might have gotten a good reaction.
Yes! I would have clapped.
Yes! I would have clapped.
So one of the official duties of the US Secretary of Labor is political campaigning for the President? I had no idea.
Well, if there are 57 states, then I guess 2 + 3 can equal 4.
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