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Obama's Pennsylvania Problem
Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2011 | Salena Zito

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 man’s attempt to break the silence.

“Let’s go Obama!” he shouted, clapping loudly.

No response.

It was a reaction you’d expect at a Republican rally – not from Pittsburgh unionists, elected Democrats and other party faithful gathered to support Barack Obama’s jobs bill.

While the event’s lackluster attendance might be attributed to poor planning (cardinal rule in politics: never book a room you can’t fill – and this room wasn’t 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 2008’s 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 week’s 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.

“I’d 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.

That’s why he’ll begin a “jobs” bus tour in Virginia and North Carolina on Monday.

Nicholas said Obama’s “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 don’t 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.

“I’m probably off at least 50 percent today,” he said of the streets blocked off for Obama’s visit.

Manning doesn't blame Obama for the bad economy, “but he hasn’t earned my vote, either. He hasn’t shown me he can get the job done.”

In his speech, Obama cited the city’s 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.”


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: pennsylvania; pennsylvania65000

1 posted on 10/16/2011 6:07:57 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
“Let’s go Obama!” [a union worker in the audience] shouted, clapping loudly.

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.

2 posted on 10/16/2011 6:11:50 AM PDT by econjack
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To: Kaslin

Keep grinning, Barry.

3 posted on 10/16/2011 6:12:36 AM PDT by They'reGone2000 (They'reGone2012)
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To: They'reGone2000
Oh no, the wookie looks hungry again.
4 posted on 10/16/2011 6:17:55 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrat)
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To: They'reGone2000
It's inevitable:
5 posted on 10/16/2011 6:21:26 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: They'reGone2000

I think she just hawked a loogie on the Chinese ladies gown.


6 posted on 10/16/2011 6:32:45 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin
He hasn’t shown me he can get the job done.

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.

7 posted on 10/16/2011 6:42:44 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Cain for President - Because I like the content of his character)
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s Pennsylvania Problem

Uh no, Pennsylvania has an Obama problem, as does the rest of the country.


8 posted on 10/16/2011 6:43:37 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Kaslin
The most we can hope for is that these people stay home on election day. They would never NEVER vote Republican no matter how upset they are at obozo. Staying home may be enough, let's hope so. I am not staying home! I'll vote for whomever is on the other side.
9 posted on 10/16/2011 7:14:14 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: They'reGone2000

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:

“CLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPCLAPclapclapclapclap...clap..clap..clap.....clap?”


10 posted on 10/16/2011 7:30:21 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: All

Isn’t PA in the process of changing its electorial vote process from winner-take-all to proportial (like NE)?


11 posted on 10/16/2011 8:19:44 AM PDT by Kolath
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To: Kaslin

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.


12 posted on 10/16/2011 9:22:34 AM PDT by upchuck (Rerun: Think you know hardship? Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: Kaslin

video?


13 posted on 10/16/2011 4:25:35 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: They'reGone2000
recheck photo in post #3..look close at Michelle Obama and tell me that is the same face of a person whose husband was elected president in Nov. 2008...

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.

14 posted on 10/16/2011 5:16:15 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Tribune7

Pennsylvania ping.


15 posted on 10/16/2011 7:34:07 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

If the guy had said “Please go, Obama” he might have gotten a good reaction.


16 posted on 10/16/2011 8:18:07 PM PDT by Tribune7 (If you demand perfection you will wind up with leftist Democrats)
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To: Tribune7

Yes! I would have clapped.


17 posted on 10/16/2011 8:38:24 PM PDT by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: Tribune7

Yes! I would have clapped.


18 posted on 10/16/2011 8:38:33 PM PDT by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: Kaslin

So one of the official duties of the US Secretary of Labor is political campaigning for the President? I had no idea.


19 posted on 10/16/2011 8:55:09 PM PDT by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: Kaslin
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.

Well, if there are 57 states, then I guess 2 + 3 can equal 4.

20 posted on 10/17/2011 5:19:10 AM PDT by randita (Obama - chains you can bereave in.)
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To: Ditter
The most we can hope for is that these people stay home on election day. They would never NEVER vote Republican no matter how upset they are at obozo.

"Obama's Electoral College calculus is complicated by not polling well among white Jacksonian Democrats, said Curt Nicholas, a Baylor University political science professor."

--snip--

"Nicholas said Obama's "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."

"As a terrific New York Times graphic showed after the 2008 elections, the GOP presidential vote increased by more than 20 percent from 2004 to 2008 in a swath of counties stretching roughly from southwestern Pennsylvania down through West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, much of Tennessee, Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma, all the way to northeast Texas."

Obama's and the rat's energy and environmental policies are existensial threats to the Jacksonians. They are low hanging fruit.

WV-Sen: Joe Manchin Shoots Cap And Trade Bill

He used a .270 Remington to shoot a copy of the House's Cap & Tax bill. They were Reagan Democrats 30 years ago. Now's the chance to get them permanently.

21 posted on 10/17/2011 7:39:53 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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