November 3, 2008

Will Pennsylvanians Conquer Insulted Voter Syndrome?

OVERVIEW: Almost everyone in Pennsylvania has endured insults out of the mouths or from the deeds of Barack Obama and the state’s Democrats. How will they respond?


I don’t think I’ve ever seen residents of a single state as frequently insulted by the members of the party in charge of it as I have during the past several years in Pennsylvania.

For starters, here are a couple of mostly-forgotten, less-than-golden oldies:

  • In July 2005, Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll (HT Large Bill) insulted Keystone State soldiers and their families. In what was apparently wasn’t the first time, she showed up uninvited at a soldier’s funeral, handed out her business card to that soldier’s family, and said “our government” is against the war.” Bonus insult to Catholics: Pennsylvania’s self-appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs did this during the distribution of Communion. Governor Ed Rendell pooh-poohed it. Sadly, Knoll was re-elected in 2006.
  • Early this year, during the Democratic primary season, Rendell, originally a Hillary Clinton supporter, insulted white Democrats when he said (remember, because the topic was Clinton-Obama, he was talking about Democrats), “You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate.” Rendell’s “expert” estimate is that this accounted for 5 points of his victory margin over African-American GOP guberntatorial candidate Lynn Swann.

The insults have increased in frequency this year:

During the Democratic primaries, Senator Bob Casey endorsed Barack Obama, the most radical proabort, innocent life-hostile major-party presidential candidate in US history. In 2006, Casey defeated Rick Santorum, largely helped by the claim that he, like his father, was prolife. And he didn’t just insult Catholics and other prolifers who voted for him, he also heaped insult upon injury to their basic intelligence when he said, “I believe in this guy like I’ve never believed in a candidate in my life, except my father.” Bob, your father would NEVER have gotten anywhere near Obama. And Bob, as I said last week with local congressional candidate Dan Driehaus, your claim to be prolife and your support of Barack Obama cannot exist in the same universe.

Then there’s John Murtha, the 17-term congressman from the 12th District in the western part of the state. He insulted the people of his district by saying it (his “area”) is racist. In his “apology/clarification,” he instead heaped insult upon injury by saying that some of his district is redneck, but not as redneck as it used to be. This is over an above the two years of insult he has inflicted on US soldiers everywhere with his shoot-first, facts-later condemnation of the so far totally innocent Haditha Marines.

There’s Pennsylvania’s Democrat-controlled Legislature. In an insult to Keystone Staters who believe in clean government, 12 of its members were indicted in July “after a series of newspaper stories revealed that millions of dollars of taxpayer funded bonuses were paid to employees …..”

Finally, there’s Barack Obama himself.

In April, there was this insult to gun owners and people who support the 2nd Amendment rights, religious people, those who support enforcing immigration laws, and those who are anti-free-trade on principle:

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Obama, in case you missed it, is also the most anti-Second Amendment rights candidate from a major party in US history. His record, and his directorship at a foundation that was on a mission to derail the idea that gun ownership is an individual right, prove it.

Obama essentially attacked what he clearly perceives as still-existing state-driven, race-based economic inequality — an insult, at least, to poor and middle-class whites who aren’t living on trust-fund or inherited money and aren’t getting any special breaks in life, and to those who believe in following the Founders’ original constitutional intentin a just-discovered 2001 radio interview. He asserted that the Warren Court should have engaged in redistribution of income and wealth during the civil-rights era, thus leaving unfinished business. (What does that sound like to you?)

Obama, Biden, and Democrats in general have insulted those in Pennsylvania and elsewhere who oppose his massive tax increases on people earning over $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $120,000 $70,000 (plus inflation since 2003) by calling them “selfish.”

Finally, there is Obama’s insult to Pennsylvania’s (and other states’) coal industry (and of course the industry as a whole), the tens of thousands of mostly well-paying jobs it provides, and the nearly half of Americans who depend on the energy it supplies. During a January interview with the San Francisco Chronicle discovered yesterday by the rest of the nation, Obama asserted (seemed like he was bragging to me) that his 100% cap-and-trade scheme would bankrupt new coal-fired plants. In the real world, his “ratcheted down” emissions scheme would, in short order, bankrupt the industry, and massively increase consumers’ energy bills — all in the name of fighting a non-problem.

Is there anyone left in Pennsylvania who hasn’t been insulted at least once by Team Obama and the “we’re better people than you, and we know better than you, and the rules don’t apply to us” Democratic Party?

I can only conclude that Keystone Staters who vote for Obama are suffering from either ignorance, or Insulted Voter Syndrome. Despite being battered by insult upon insult upon insult, millions are being suckered by empty “oh, we’ll be good to you when we get into office” promises.

Based on the reality and the rhetoric, what possible reason is there to “hope” for that “change”?



  1. If you think those are insults….just wait for the Pennsylvania vote count tomorrow night….now that will be an insult to Republicans. No matter how self-induced.

    Comment by The Reverend — November 3, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  2. Lest anyone think that this blogger is just another ‘thin-skinned’, easily-insulted conservative, take a look at this article headline (and link) that appeared October 21st in the Philadelphia Daily News:
    “John Baer: Is McCain banking on the ‘cracker factor’ in Pa.?”

    Comment by BJK — November 3, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

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