Posted on | April 28, 2010 | 23 Comments
Another Pennsylvania GOP source told me last night that many voters in the 12th District “are Democrats because their grandfather survived the Great Depression” and feel “obligated to . . . the old Democratic Party.” However, many of those same voters “don’t like Pelosi, they don’t like Obama, they don’t like what’s going on in Washington,” he said. These are the Pennsylvanians whom Obama described as bitterly clinging to guns and God.
Cling on, dear bitter brothers and bitter sisters! I’ll be coming to see y’all soon.
UPDATE: In addition to guns and God, people in western Pennsylvania are also clinging bitterly to coal:
The cap-and-trade $646 billion energy tax would be a disaster for the already hard-hit economy in PA12, and Obama’s also using the EPA to shut down the coal industry. The Democrats’ job-killing anti-coal agenda is the biggest reason why top election analyst Charlie Cook just moved this race from “toss-up” to “lean Republican.”
UPDATE II: Sarah Palin endorsed Burns on Monday:
Born and raised in Pennsylvania’s beautiful 12th district, Tim Burns’ story is like that of millions of successful small business owners across the country. He started a pharmaceutical technology company out of the basement of his house and grew it to over 400 employees. . . . Last year, he attended a local tea party and spoke passionately about the danger that the policies coming out of Washington pose for small business owners like him. Reflecting on that day, Tim said, “I had not considered running until after the tea parties, but I decided that I owed it to my two children, who are 14 and 12, to do something. We’re in a fight for the very life of our country.” . . .
Read the rest. Hat-tip to commenter HRH.