It’s hard to overstate just how important this election is, in terms of whether (a) the Tea Party movement will be a real political force in the mid-term campaign this fall or (b) that whole Scott Brown thing in January was just a fluke. With so much at stake, Republicans are mounting a massive effort in PA12.
. . . As Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard notes, it’s not quite accurate to call them “Reagan Democrats,” since this region was twice carried by Jimmy Carter in 1976 and ‘80 and by Walter Mondale in ‘84. Bill Clinton carried this region twice, Kerry won it in 2004, and Hillary Clinton stomped Obama 2-to-1 here in the 2008 Democratic primary. (Hillary carried Greene and Fayette counties by 3-to-1 margins.)
That’s when Obama described these small-town Pennsylvanians as bitter gun-clingers. The McCain-Palin ticket carried the 12th District in November 2008, and the anti-Obama phenomenon among some Democrats here is quite real. While I was at Burns campaign HQ Friday, I interviewed a registered Democrat from Fayette County who stopped by the office to pick up a yard sign. This was a blue-collar working man who had voted for Murtha in the past, but who has no use at all for the agenda currently being pushed by Obama and Nancy Pelosi.