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PA12: Palin Picks a Winner

Posted on | April 29, 2010 | 28 Comments

What do you do when you’re a Republican in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and you’ve just stomped Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked Democrat into smithereens in a public debate for the congressional seat formerly held by the late Jack Murtha? Tim Burns headed straight to Coney Island Lunch for the world-famous “Sundowner” burger:

The Johnston Tribune-Democrat story about the debate is so “fair and balanced” as to be soporific. It’s 3 a.m., I’ve just driven 240 miles round-trip and I’m too tired to give you the full gonzo account until I get a few hours of sleep. But the neutral objective fact is that Burns wiped the floor with Critz so bad, it reminded me of when the Alabama Crimson Tide made Tim Tebow cry.

How good is Burns? Driving home, I called Pamela Geller and told her, “You’re gonna love Tim Burns. And not just the Let’s-Call-Islamic-Jihad-What-It-Is factor. Frankly, this guy makes Scott Brown look homely by comparison.” (On the other hand, Burns doesn’t have a 6-foot-tall “American Idol” singer in his family.)

Sources close to the Burns campaign informed me that, in the first 72 hours after Sarah Palin’s endorsement Monday, the campaign collected more than $80,000 in contributions — but don’t stop now, folks. The special election is May 18 — just 19 days away. Pelosi and Obama are pouring big money into this district trying to hold onto Murtha’s seat, and the Burns campaign will need every nickel you can spare.

I’ll have much more to report later Thursday. Thanks to Tim Burns for being a good sport, and thanks to his campaign staff for their cooperation. Thanks to Da Tech Guy for the continuing loan of his increasingly famous fedora. Thanks to Chris Renner for valuable assistance. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Shoe Leather Fund to pay for this road trip. And thanks to Mrs. Other McCain, for letting me make this trip on our 21st wedding anniversary.

Note to Ace of Spades: Start checking out air fare to Pittsburgh for Election Night. Don’t forget to bring lots of pudding.

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  • ymchoo

    The GOP is becoming more like “Snow White vs The Seven Dwarfs”. Be assured that other GOP Dwarfs will follow Palin’s lead and start to endorse Burns. When Snow White leads, the Seven Dwarfs follow.

  • ymchoo

    The GOP is becoming more like “Snow White vs The Seven Dwarfs”. Be assured that other GOP Dwarfs will follow Palin’s lead and start to endorse Burns. When Snow White leads, the Seven Dwarfs follow.

  • ymchoo

    After Palin’s lead, Gingrich’s endorsement quickly followed. Endorsements from the other 6 will be coming soon.

  • ymchoo

    After Palin’s lead, Gingrich’s endorsement quickly followed. Endorsements from the other 6 will be coming soon.

  • TR Sterling

    Stacy,
    Nice job! Hope you did not get a speeding ticket but then again WVa RT 68-70 is made for flying!

    And whats with the Pamela phone monopoly? You gotta give us mere mortals a chance to talk to Pam now and then too, lol.

    (I like the snow white allusion! Somehow reminds me of Rammstein??!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNPiCYxETXE )

  • http://none TR Sterling

    Stacy,
    Nice job! Hope you did not get a speeding ticket but then again WVa RT 68-70 is made for flying!

    And whats with the Pamela phone monopoly? You gotta give us mere mortals a chance to talk to Pam now and then too, lol.

    (I like the snow white allusion! Somehow reminds me of Rammstein??!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNPiCYxETXE )

  • gahanson

    Isn’t that interesting, Palin endorsed Burns, immediately donations start rolling in, the same thing happened when she endorsed Sean Duffy in Wisconsin, and last year when she endorsed Hoffman. Yet, you have some who have blasted her for not donating lots of money to candidates through SarahPAC (yet.)

  • gahanson

    Isn’t that interesting, Palin endorsed Burns, immediately donations start rolling in, the same thing happened when she endorsed Sean Duffy in Wisconsin, and last year when she endorsed Hoffman. Yet, you have some who have blasted her for not donating lots of money to candidates through SarahPAC (yet.)

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  • http://www.redstateeclectic.com AngelaTC

    Totally inappropriate, but that guy’s cute!

  • http://www.redstateeclectic.com AngelaTC

    Totally inappropriate, but that guy’s cute!

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  • http://www.haemet.blogivists.com Roxeanne de Luca

    Dare I ask… What on earth is up with the pudding?!?

  • http://www.haemet.blogivists.com Roxeanne de Luca

    Dare I ask… What on earth is up with the pudding?!?

  • http://qwertyaltofuori.blogspot.com Red

    “And thanks to Mrs. Other McCain, for letting me make this trip on our 21st wedding anniversary.” Oh Stacy, really? I hope there is a really really memorable belated celebration in the works.

  • http://qwertyaltofuori.blogspot.com Red

    “And thanks to Mrs. Other McCain, for letting me make this trip on our 21st wedding anniversary.” Oh Stacy, really? I hope there is a really really memorable belated celebration in the works.

  • http://qwertyaltofuori.blogspot.com Red

    Your wife is a fiery saint with the patience of Job. God bless her.

  • http://qwertyaltofuori.blogspot.com Red

    Your wife is a fiery saint with the patience of Job. God bless her.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedom Patricia A Carfagno

    Actually, Gingrich endorsed Burns on Hannity’s Fox show BEFORE Palin’s endorsement.

    To figure out who is planning to run, simply look at those who are going out of their way to pick a candidate of their own versus the grassroots individual who has already softened the ground, is in the lead, and has money.

    Why, because they want the candidates money if they lose and support if they win. The independent grassroots success stories won’t owe them a thing.

    In other words, whoever the elites pick, look around for the real conservative.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedom Patricia A Carfagno

    Actually, Gingrich endorsed Burns on Hannity’s Fox show BEFORE Palin’s endorsement.

    To figure out who is planning to run, simply look at those who are going out of their way to pick a candidate of their own versus the grassroots individual who has already softened the ground, is in the lead, and has money.

    Why, because they want the candidates money if they lose and support if they win. The independent grassroots success stories won’t owe them a thing.

    In other words, whoever the elites pick, look around for the real conservative.

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