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  • Trust Is Key Issue in Florida Governor's Race

    09/21/2014 7:46:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Real Clear Potilics ^ | September | Salena Zito
    <p>Through decades in public office, Crist has shown little interest in serious policy, Brauer said. “Instead, he has been a serial campaigner his whole career, doing and saying whatever he needs to win the next election or the next office and relying on his gregariousness and good looks for his success with the public and the media.”</p>
  • 'Climate' a Huge Threat - to Democrats in Washington

    05/11/2014 8:23:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 11 | Salena Zito
    Not jobs. Not the economy. Not rebuilding our aging infrastructure. Not gang violence, or education. Climate change. And he and his party ridiculed anyone who disagrees. A couple of things about all of this smack the sensibilities of regular folks. First, most people know Earth's climate always has changed; everyone knows about this little thing called the Ice Age. What most people don't care for is the issue being used politically to slice and dice the country, the same way the minimum wage, gender, race, immigration and religion have been used by this administration. This is why folks do not...
  • Giving up on Washington (Salena Zito)

    02/24/2014 9:41:23 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 23, 2014 | Salena Zito
    MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio The roar is gone. Five years after Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel's once-thunderous mill went idle, the only sound here is that of the oldest parts of the plant being dismantled. The demolition began about a day or so before a red carpet rolled out at the White House for a state dinner featuring a dress worn by the first lady that cost more than the salary of a police officer in this town. The demolition still was going on last Wednesday, at the same time that Vice President Joe Biden boasted about the positive impact that the American Recovery...
  • ObamaCare Widening Disconnect

    11/03/2013 9:30:50 AM PST · by kristinn · 29 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, November 2, 2013 | Salena Zito
    SNIP It is staggering to consider that, within a brisk walk of each other, so much money, power and influence is amassed — and even more staggering to consider the impact these have on our lives. Those lives are not anecdotes but knee-weakening realities, as in the case of Genevieve Ward of Belle Vernon. Her insurance company informed her last week that ObamaCare would force her out of her existing plan, leaving a sad choice: reduced benefits or increased costs. The 84-year-old widow, whose husband worked at now-defunct Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, saw her payment for out-of-pocket expenses go from $3,400 to...
  • Much bodes well for GOP in 2014 (Salena Zito)

    10/20/2013 1:03:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Oct. 12, 2013 | Salena Zito
    The 2010 midterm election that swept Republicans into power in the U.S. House of Representatives was a mandate to put the brakes on President Obama and his agenda. Aside from voters also hoping that Republicans would do something — anything — to boost the economy, restraining Obama was pretty much the issue of that election. It was the second “wave” election in four years (Republicans were dumped from the majority in 2006). And it had less to do with voters finding Republicans appealing once again and more to do with putting a halt to the Democrats' overreach. At the center...
  • Too tired to care about VA scandal?

    08/04/2013 5:48:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 41 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 3, 2013 | Salena Zito
    An unknown number of U.S. military veterans are dead within 30 days of contracting Legionnaires' disease in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh. Aside from their family members, few people seem to be outraged. If that doesn't grab your attention, perhaps this will: VA officials in charge when those men were dying from a preventable illness received more than $100,000 in performance bonuses. The same bureaucrats who were paid handsomely for negligence and incompetence also refuse to answer reporters' questions about whether they've removed the deadly Legionella bacteria from hospitals that were built to heal, protect and serve those who...
  • Democrats have their problems, too (Salena Zito)

    07/14/2013 5:55:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 12, 2013 | Salena Zito
    Sometimes things fall apart right in plain sight but no one sees it unraveling until too late. That's especially true in politics. The conventional wisdom (which many consider not that wise at all) is that the sky is falling for Republicans but all is well for unified Democrats. What is probably closer to the truth is that America is fatigued with all politics, especially anything involving Washington — and Democrats will have to contend with the electorate's mistrust in the midst of Obama administration scandals, and just as our second great experiment with embracing progressivism slides behind us. They also...
  • Barry Zito donating $500 for every July 4th MLB strikeout to vets

    07/04/2013 3:07:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | July 4, 2013 | Dayn Perry
    Veteran Giants lefty Barry Zito has long been active in supporting our military veterans, so consider this the latest example of his dedication to the cause. Given this season's historically lofty strikeout rates, Zito is likely to wind up donating more than $100,000 this time around. Sure, make with the predictably cynical comments about how much Zito makes and how this isn't much of an imposition for him, but I'm guessing that Welcome Back Veterans and those they help aren't too worried about all of that. So good on you, Mr. Zito.
  • President Obama's Incredible "Referent Power"

    05/19/2013 1:00:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Realclear Politics ^ | May 19 | Salena Zito
    — from the State Department to the CIA, the military leadership, the IRS and Justice — filled with sycophants under the sway of Obama's referent power. Since Obama was elected president, the political right has been ridiculed for questioning his choice of people to fill administrative posts, creation of a quasi-Cabinet of policy “czars” to skirt Senate confirmation, heavy-handed executive orders, bullying of Supreme Court justices during a State of the Union address, unconstitutional recess appointments and use of the presidency as a celebrity magnet to enhance his image. The knee-jerk press reaction against the right was to blame any...
  • Parties’ ‘no-show’ problem (Salena Zito)

    12/04/2012 8:28:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | December 1, 2012 | Salena Zito
    Our political parties have an alarming problem with white middle-class voters. Both parties failed to connect with them in this presidential election — from rural voters in the Midwest, Plains and Allegheny Mountains to Iowa’s “Reagan Democrats” (who did not show up for Republican Mitt Romney), as well as along the Appalachian Trail from New York to Mississippi (which rejected Democrat Barack Obama). Many pundits point to high turnout by minorities and young people as the key component of Obama’s victory. But Sean Trende, an analyst at RealClearPolitics, points to a problem that flew under the radar: White voters did...
  • Salena Zito: Democrats’ Hillary snub still divisive

    08/05/2012 5:26:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 4, 2012 | Salena Zito
    For a striking number of Democrats, May 31, 2008, is a day that lives in infamy. That’s when the national party’s rules committee dealt a death blow to Hillary Clinton’s bid to win the presidential nomination over Barack Obama. The committee, weighted with Obama loyalists, issued a unanimous decision amid whispered back-door deals. The date “will not be forgotten,” according to Gayle Allegro, a Democrat from Pine Island, Fla. — which is why she was frosted by last week’s announcement that Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Democrats’ national convention next month. “If Obama and his crew...
  • Salena Zito: Spontaneous stop works for Mitt (PA)

    06/24/2012 11:56:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 23, 2012 | Salena Zito
    QUAKERTOWN, Pa. Standing behind the cash register of a Wawa store, a young man handing change to a customer was distracted by Mitt Romney’s “Believe in America — Every Town Counts” campaign bus arriving outside. “He’s here! He came here!” the young man shouted, grinning from ear to ear. Customers who happened to be gassing up their vehicles at the attached service station, and those who happened to be shopping at a nearby mall, gathered as close as the Secret Service would allow, to catch a glimpse of or to shake hands with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Most news...
  • Yes, Pennsylvania Really Is Up for Grabs (Best Reporter in Pa)

    06/24/2012 6:23:00 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Rea Clear Politics ^ | June 24,2012 | Salena Zito
    What those reports missed was that Romney pulled off a spontaneous visit to a location lacking any staged comforts. Except for a handful of supporters who learned of the venue change, Romney was on his own: No handmade signs from devoted fans. No local elected officials to ease his transition or to crack jokes. No balloons. No perfectly timed advance movements. It was the sort of unstructured event that causes campaign staffers to prematurely gray. Despite a reputation for being awkward among regular folks, Romney proved to be capable of acting on the fly. He found a way to take...
  • Salena Zito: New Deal Democrats Not Part of Obama Electoral Map

    06/20/2012 12:29:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 20, 2012 | Salena Zito
    U.S. Rep. Mark Critz said on Tuesday he will skip the Democratic National Convention in favor of campaigning in Pennsylvania, much like top elected Democrats in neighboring West Virginia who are disgruntled with President Obama. Critz and others shying away from Obama’s renomination party in Charlotte the week of Sept. 3 believe it’s more important to shake constituents’ hands and listen to their concerns about the economy and the administration’s energy policy than to attend an event geared toward party politics. “Since I was elected, my focus has been on creating jobs for people here, rather than focusing on the...
  • The Jacksonian-Jeffersonian Vote By Salena Zito

    04/29/2012 5:36:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    Rea Clear Politics ^ | April 29,2012 | Salena Zito
    SOUTH PARK, PA -- John Opfar sat in the front row of a short riser at Consol Energy's South Park R&D facility just before Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to a makeshift stage. Opfar, 31, is a safety inspector at Bailey Mine, 40 miles south in Greene County, in what can only be described as an engineering marvel -- the country's largest underground coal mine. e said he likes what he hears from Romney, doesn't think Romney is at all like the descriptions in most press accounts, and cannot wait to vote for him: "He talks about what is...
  • Ohio Tepid Toward Obama on Jobs

    04/24/2012 7:34:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2012 | Salena Zito
    ELYRIA, Ohio- Knocked off message for a second week by messy Secret Service and GSA scandals, President Obama on Wednesday tried to salvage things with a jobs rally among handpicked supporters in this Northeast Ohio town. Standing behind him onstage were unemployed workers, ages 33 to 60, who went back to school to learn trades that might help them land jobs. He began and ended his speech with now-familiar populist rhetoric about fairness and fair shakes. Sandwiched in between were out-of-place lines about free markets, personal responsibility and government not solving all of our problems. At times the words felt...
  • Could Next Tie Doom Electoral College?

    02/19/2012 5:11:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2012 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – The politics behind who governs here dabbles in the absurd so often that absurdity is practically normal. So it is not ridiculous to consider that the next presidential election could end in an electoral tie. If so, it would be the fourth time that has occurred – and likely would bring to its knees the controversial math that ultimately decides the presidency. For more than 200 years and 44 presidents, the Electoral College has been the mechanism to make certain that the American president has sufficient popular support throughout the country to govern effectively. Our presidents are elected...
  • Deep South abandons Dems

    01/23/2012 2:56:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 22, 2012 | Salena Zito
    PROSPERITY, S.C. - Erik Grantham walked out of Stable Steak House on Main Street, through a door hand-painted in bright yellow with "Jesus is the reason." "I have not been home in months," he said, leaning against his truck as if to emphasize his exhaustion. "I am a welder, but there is no work at home, so I travel, going from job to job across the state." Dressed in stained overalls and sipping a Coke, he said he would not be home for Saturday's Republican primary. He hopes to be there for November's election, to make his voice heard. "I...
  • Iowa Caucus Voters Choosing With Heads, Not Hearts

    01/03/2012 6:30:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Salena Zito
    CARROLL, Iowa -- The race is down to the wire and is still hard to call. When Iowa Republicans caucus with their neighbors on Tuesday. night, they will have scrutinized the presidential candidates more closely than ever before. "This is a head, not a heart, election. Voters are very serious this year, and they should be; there is a lot at stake in this country," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told the Tribune-Review after an event at Santa Maria Winery in this West Central Iowa city. Experts predict he will take fifth place or worse. "We want to make sure...
  • Millennials foresee success

    11/29/2011 8:07:31 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | November 27,2011 | Salena Zito,
    Both are Republicans, leaning toward the party's libertarian wing. Chu said he attended Biden's speech "because I may never have the opportunity to see a sitting vice president again." He and Prescott said they respect the office, even though they strongly disagree with the Obama administration's policies. Each generation strives to do better than the one before. It is a point of pride for parents and grandparents to watch their family's newest members reaching for the American Dream. Is such progress uncertain for Millennials? If you watch the unrest in some of the "Occupy" tent cities, you might think that...
  • Millennials See Success

    11/27/2011 5:04:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2011 | Salena Zito
    Brandon Chu thinks everything will be OK. The 20-year-old nutrition major at the University of Pittsburgh doesn't buy into the narrative that his generation is less likely to succeed, less likely to do better than their parents, or less likely to achieve the American Dream. "Absolutely false," he said. "I understand that the economy is amplified for our generation but certainly not the cause for us to collapse or not be successful." In fact, he said, his generation will be more successful "because we do not have the same reliance on government that previous generations have had." Chu is part...
  • Money & Politics in Oklahoma Zito

    10/23/2011 12:35:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2011 | Salena Zito
    TULSA, Okla. – “I don't say I am no better than anybody else but I’ll be damned if I ain’t just as good.” That line from the iconic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical pretty much sums up the character of Oklahomans. “It is quintessential frontier America,” said Frank Keating, the state’s Republican governor from 1995 until 2002. “That frontier work ethic has carried on in each generation, and so has a disdain for elites.” Both political parties here strongly distrust anything “big” – government, money, regulations, egos. Although a reliably Republican state in national elections, Democrats’ registration tops the GOP’s –...
  • Obama's Pittsburgh job visit not big draw

    10/07/2011 5:07:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | October 7, 2011 | Mike Wereschagin and Salena Zito
    Most of Western Pennsylvania's congressional delegation won't make it to President Obama's visit to Pittsburgh next week, saying their day jobs got in the way. Several blamed a vote and other duties. But at least one analyst noted that Obama is struggling in the polls as he tries to sell a jobs plan that Republicans don't want. On Tuesday, Obama will stump for the plan at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 5 training center on the South Side. ... A Quinnipiac poll released Sept. 28 showed 54 percent of Pennsylvania voters disapproved of Obama's job performance. Altmire...
  • Nobody who'll say 'no' (To the President)

    10/03/2011 11:22:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | October 2, 2011 | Salena Zito
    Every U.S. president needs people around him who are not afraid to tell him that his latest idea is terrible. Otherwise, he just keeps getting into trouble. "Presidents are cut off from reality when they don't have some trusted adviser willing to save them from their own worst instincts," said Mark Rozell, public policy professor at George Mason University. And if a president elevates himself too far above the people who were hired to help him out, then how can those people presume to challenge him? White House spokesman Matt Lehrich insists that the nation's current chief executive is not...
  • Salena Zito: Where Are the Jobs?

    07/10/2011 5:48:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 10, 2011 | Salena Zito
    Where are the jobs? Not the stimulus signs, rhetoric about "shovel-ready" economic voodoo or propping-up of an anemic manufacturing sector, but the real jobs? Polls at the beginning of July showed President Obama in an increasingly hazardous position with voters on jobs and the economy. A McClatchy-Marist poll put his economic approval rating at just 37 percent among registered voters. A Gallup poll found U.S. economic confidence had plummeted by 7 percent since June. Last year, Obama used Pennsylvania's Allentown Metal Works as a backdrop to tout his stimulus and job-creation success. A couple of months later, the plant closed....
  • Standing Where Independence Began

    07/03/2011 5:30:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2011 | Salena Zito
    UNIONTOWN – On July 4, 1776, Henry Beeson put up a sign on what was part of the ancient Indian trail known as Nemacolin's Path: He had laid out a two-street town, humbly referred to as Beesontown, and had 54 plots for sale. The grist mill operator had no idea what was happening that day in Philadelphia, 300 miles east. Walk along Main Street in this county seat and you may cast your shadow where George Washington, another mill operator in the county, once did. You can walk into the majestic courthouse, sign the guest log, and look at the...
  • The Scots-Irish Voting Bloc

    05/28/2011 8:40:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 133 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2011 | Salena Zito
    When national campaign strategists consider targeting an ethnic voting bloc to swing results in their direction, they typically consider blacks or Hispanics. Yet, an ethnic group they often overlook -- the Scots-Irish -- are the voters the Republican Party convinced in 2010 to swing back to GOP candidates, after they swung toward the Democratic Party in 2006, experts say. As the 2012 election approaches and both parties eye the White House and U.S. House and Senate seats, strategists from both parties say the Scots-Irish again could be critical to winning. "They could be the margins in a tight race," said...
  • Main Street Understands Compromise

    04/17/2011 5:31:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2011 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – The sweeping office of the Speaker of the House once housed the Library of Congress – more than 6,000 leather-bound tomes owned and beloved by Thomas Jefferson. A Christmas Day fire in 1851 destroyed nearly two-thirds of them. The House speaker then was southern Democrat Linn Boyd, who was critical in shepherding the passage of the 1850 Compromise that defused a showdown between slave states and free states and calmed sectional conflict for a decade. Imagine anyone trying to craft a compromise in today’s political minefield. Right- and left-wingers, bloggers and cable news go apoplectic just over the...
  • The Saucer is as Hot as the Tea

    02/27/2011 7:07:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2011 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – The only sound visitors hear on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol on an early Sunday morning is the click of heels on the marble floor, echoing off the 20-foot ceiling. Hard to imagine that, less than 100 years ago, the men serving here weren’t elected by voters. “That is because the Framers did not want two chambers to be controlled by the frenzy of popular opinion,” said Senate historian Donald Ritchie. From 1789 to 1912, senators were elected by state legislatures. That changed in 1913 with ratification of the Constitution's 17th Amendment. The Senate joined the...
  • From dueling to whining

    12/20/2010 6:09:21 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | December 19,2012 | Salena Zito
    Sometimes all that putting the world in perspective takes is to stand in the shadow of where great men fell, even great men so tragically flawed by revenge that they foolishly participated in a duel to settle a political slight. Confrontational politics has been with us since our Founders. Many times, as happened here at the foot of the Palisades, the result was death. The most famous political and personal animosity of its time existed between Federalist Alexander Hamilton, primary author of "The Federalist Papers" and first Treasury secretary, and Democratic-Republican Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson's first vice president. "Hamilton particularly...
  • Compromising Positions

    12/12/2010 5:56:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2010 | Salena Zito
    LEXINGTON, Ky. – If your attention is diverted for the briefest of moments as you walk along North Mill Street’s red-brick sidewalk, you easily could miss the former law office of Henry Clay. Barely 20 feet wide and closed to the public, the office is notable only for a historical marker hidden to its left, pointing out the modest headquarters of a young frontier lawyer who went on to become a revered statesmen known as “The Great Compromiser.” Clay earned that title in the 1820s when he temporarily pacified the U.S. government’s conflict with South Carolina, which was on the...
  • Civil War re-enactors and 'tea' time (Sen Casey..Penn...Must be scared)

    11/28/2010 4:37:08 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 8 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | November 28,2010 | Salena Zito
    On a crisp November afternoon, people line the sidewalks of Baltimore Street and Steinwehr Avenue, waiting for the annual Remembrance Day Parade to begin. Hundreds and hundreds of Civil War re-enactors somberly line up, unit upon unit, behind the town's high school to march the same path that President Abraham Lincoln traveled the day he delivered the Gettysburg Address. The 14th Brooklyn, known as "The Red-Legged Devils" for their vivid red pantaloons, march proudly with other Union regiments, a healthy number of Confederate soldiers and members of a "U.S. Colored Troops" brigade. Civil War historian Michael Kraus, a curator at...
  • Rage Against the Machine

    10/31/2010 5:58:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2010 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – A friend once told me, after completing a cross-country drive, that he always thought you should feel somehow different as you crossed a state line. No doubt it was a feeling left over from grade-school geography classes, in which U.S. maps showed each state in different, vibrant colors. Instead, the difference is unnoticeable. Changes in terrain can be the most dramatic but usually are gradual; so are changes in dialect. Whether they live on Elm Street in North Platte, Neb., or Mulberry Street in Springfield, Mass., Americans remain the same at their very core. One consistent characteristic I...
  • Connected by Disconnect

    10/03/2010 3:34:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 3, 2010 | Salena Zito
    INDEPENDENCE PASS, Colorado - A perilously narrow road, open only during summer, leads to the Continental Divide at 12,095 feet and a breathtaking peak. Nearly 2,000 miles east stands a different, equally symbolic peak at the heart of America's democracy: At just more than 555 feet, the Washington Monument honors the first president and Revolutionary War commander who gave up life as a gentleman farmer to lead a band of "scrabble" to win liberty and independence. More than distance and altitude separate "Main Street" Americans from those who govern them. The disconnect is so deep, so wide, that filling it...
  • Midterm Impact of the Jacksonian Democrat

    09/26/2010 6:56:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2010 | Salena Zito
    EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – Travel west along the old Lincoln Highway to this one-time “pottery capitol,” and the landscape maintains Allegheny mountain vistas as the Ohio River curls through the hills and hollows of Columbiana County. In the place of a once-robust pottery industry, a museum is dedicated to the area’s ceramic plants. The 300 factories of old are now down to one that produces popular, colorful Fiestaware. “We are pretty much devastated,” says Mayor James Swoger of his town’s economy and the state in general. He describes East Liverpool as a stronghold of Democrats, including himself: “I am a...
  • Dems' problems mount

    09/19/2010 7:28:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 | Salena Zito
    BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. As long as this country has existed, this charming Eastern Panhandle town has thrived, thanks initially to its abundant mineral water and proximity to the nation's capital. George Washington not only slept here in America's first official resort town, he bathed here. He came first as a teenage surveyor and later as president, seeking the medicinal springs' healing effects. Yet thriving is tough in this economy. Just ask Shannon DeLaunden, out of work for more than a year. A health care worker who first voted in 2008 -- for President Barack Obama -- she voices one problem...
  • A Democrat Rebellion in West Virginia

    09/19/2010 11:12:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2010 | Salena Zito
    BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – For as long as this country has existed, this charming Eastern Panhandle town has thrived, thanks initially to its abundant mineral water and its proximity to the nation’s capital. It was the country’s first official resort town. George Washington not only slept here, he bathed here. He came first as a teenage surveyor and later as president, seeking the healing effects of the medicinal springs. Yet thriving is tough in this economy. Just ask Shannon DeLaunden, who has been out of work for over a year. A health-care worker who voted for the first time in...
  • What's the Matter With Main Street?

    09/12/2010 8:47:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2010 | Salena Zito
    BIG BEAVER, Pa. – Voters throughout river towns like this one, from the Mid-Atlantic through the Mid-West and into the Deep South, are frustrated with Washington. Most are working-class Democrats and independents who placed their trust in Democrats in the past two election cycles. Interesting, then, that with all of the poll numbers and focus groups available to it, Washington’s ruling class still does not understand Main Street. In fact, it wants to know what is wrong with Americans. President Barack Obama, his advisors, congressional leaders and even many of the D.C. Beltway’s elite pundits collectively believe that voter anger...
  • Anatomy of a Battleground District

    09/05/2010 7:36:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2010 | Salena Zito
    BUTLER, Pa. – In a campaign office on the first floor of a Sons of Italy lodge, Republican Mike Kelly spoke confidently to a crowd of locals about his race for the U.S. Congress. Outside, a lone Joe Sestak supporter marched up and down with a handmade sign. Generating little attention, he left before Kelly’s rally began. If you want a perfect picture of a potential wave election, Main Street here paints it for you. Forty-odd miles north of Pittsburgh, Butler’s majestic county courthouse is across the street from a well-kept monument to fallen Civil War soldiers. Architecture from a...
  • Volatility of the House Midterms

    08/22/2010 5:11:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2010 | Salena Zito
    Late last week the premier polling site, FiveThirtyEight, tweeted somberly: “I don't think people fully comprehend how scary the generic ballot numbers are for Democrats.” The biggest sway away from Democrats is coming from independent voters. The latest Gallup results give Republicans the broadest spread over Democrats in the history of generic-ballot polling. It’s also the first time the GOP has hit the magic 50 percent in the history of Gallup’s generic ballot. "For independent voters, it's like the rock-paper-scissors game,” says Democratic strategist Steve McMahon. “They want bi-partisan solutions and smart policy. But right now, a 'no' to more...
  • Ohio House Races Ground Zero

    06/27/2010 6:15:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2010 | Salena Zito,
    COLUMBUS – From the Great Depression to today’s recession, Ohio’s capital has weathered economic downturns marginally better than her Rust Belt neighbors thanks to a diverse economy. Now it is now ground-zero for Democrats to prove they really are connected to Main Street’s needs.President Obama came here on June 18 to prove just that, with a kick-off to his “Summer of Recovery” marking the 10,000th stimulus project. Hard to say what he proved by spending 58 minutes in the state – 12 of them speaking, 5 shaking hands, the rest getting back and forth from the airport.With use of Air...
  • Invisible Stimulus in Fly-Over Towns

    06/20/2010 4:54:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2010 | Salena Zito
    LEADVILLE, Colo. – A handful of days after the opening of Independence Pass, the dramatic highway separating this old mining town from Aspen, 15-foot snowdrifts still line the narrow roadway even as the temperature climbs to 60 degrees. Below the 13,000-foot peaks ringing the pass, a large home-made sign grabs a traveler’s attention. “Vote Obama? Embarrassed Yet?” dominates the front-yard of a home on the edge of town. Welcome to “fly-over” country, that nation’s midsection which Washington only views from the air and never really experiences on the ground. President Obama may parachute in sporadically for invite-only town-hall meetings to...
  • House 2010: Nobody Is Safe

    05/09/2010 7:07:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 950+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2010 | Salena Zito
    The new normal for Democrats is losing 30 to 40 U.S. House seats in November. What’s driving these potential losses is simple: The message from the Obama administration and the party’s congressional leadership is not in sync with the American electorate. “Everyone is happy going to the sacrifice, except the lambs,” says a highly regarded Democratic strategist working on several House races. Congressional Democrats are in the unenviable position of defending a lot more House seats than Republicans, which means they have to reach across the political spectrum. Facing all of these challenges will cost them a lot of money....
  • Race card overplayed

    04/26/2010 5:49:08 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 23 replies · 814+ views
    When it comes to racism, our country remains awkward about trying to define what it is and when it really happens. Racism isn't what it used to be. Back in the day, it was horrible in-your-face humiliation hurled for reasons that included fear, insecurity, hate or an utter lack of decency. Today, the word "racism" is used so flippantly in politics that its true heinous intent often is diluted. Race has taken political center-stage once more with generalizations that all people who participate in tea party events are racists because they oppose President Barack Obama's policies. Racism also often is...
  • Dems' Stakes High in PA-12

    04/18/2010 4:10:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 718+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2010 | Salena Zito
    LATROBE – On paper, the nine counties meandering across Western Pennsylvania to form the 12th Congressional District numerically favor Democrats by a nice margin. In reality, people who live, work and pray here could not be more removed from the Democratic Party ruling out of Washington. More rural/suburban than urban/suburban, it is chock-full of conservative Democrats who believe in hard work, God and guns. It is a world that elite liberals fail to understand, as one Democratic strategist confessed in an e-mail: “Have to admit that America is about as foreign as France to me.” On May 18, ex-congressional aide...
  • Democrats, Which Way From Here?

    04/04/2010 7:47:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,021+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2010 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – If you are a member of the Obama administration, a congressional staffer or another elected Democrat working here, the outlook for the 2010 midterm elections appeared grand in the days following the health-care vote. Watching President Obama stroll confidently into the Cannon House Office Building two weeks ago to give an impassioned speech as to why the House vote was not important for him or Democrats but for Americans, reporters, staffers and House members swayed with the knowledge they were about to participate in or observe history. Too bad they forgot that not all historical moments have a...
  • Hillary's Dems still Key

    02/28/2010 5:44:32 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 16 replies · 552+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 28, 2010 | By Salena Zito
    As both political parties consider how to gain the fickle support of Tea Party activists and independent voters in the 2010 midterm elections, another increasingly dissatisfied tribe exists for both to lure: Hillary Democrats. No other candidate has captured their frustration better than U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Democrat trying to take out one-time Republican U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the state's May primary. A campaign web-ad for Sestak shows real Democrats who voted for Obama, set in a stark black-and-white backdrop, voicing their collective dissatisfaction with the president's support of Specter: "That's not change we can believe...
  • Pennsylvania's heavyweight political clout growing thin

    02/22/2010 9:58:44 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 19 replies · 484+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Sunday, February 21, 2010 | By Salena Zito
    Pennsylvania soon may scrape the bottom of the federal pork barrel. The Feb. 8 death of U.S. Rep. Jack Murtha was "a major blow" to federal funding in the state, according to Jeff Brauer, a political science professor at Keystone College. The Johnstown Democrat, in Congress since 1974, held considerable clout as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee. Brauer foresees another blow when Ed Rendell ends eight years as governor this year. The Philadelphia Democrat's influential national connections also have brought federal money into the state. And if U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, another Philadelphia Democrat, survives a May primary...
  • Specter's Snowball Effect

    02/21/2010 9:10:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies · 1,963+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2010 | Salena Zito
    WASHINGTON – It is probably fair to say that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, D-Pa., started it all. He perceived, long before anyone else, that this will not be the year of the incumbent. Armed with campaign battle scars, a cantankerous personality and fairly long-in-the-tooth seniority (even by Senate standards), Specter has come to symbolize the end of the incumbent. A CNN poll last week showed that only one-third of U.S. voters (a record-low number) think their members of Congress deserve to go back next year. When Specter switched parties last spring, he was brutally honest why: He didn't want to...
  • Something wrong in Democratic Party

    02/16/2010 6:10:49 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 66 replies · 2,300+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | By Salena Zito
    "This is a warning sign on so many levels, when people like Evan Bayh walk way rather than serve their country," said Steve McMahon, a former Senate staffer for the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. "The moderate Democrat is a vanishing breed," said McMahon, a Democratic strategist on Capitol Hill. "It is the moderates that make the difference between being in the majority and being in the minority, a problem for the Democrats." Former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum said Bayh did what he himself should have done when faced with a similar situation in the 2006 mid-term...