Arlen- Can you hear us now???

There are lots of interesting news  of a political nature every day. Tea Party, Obama’s falling numbers, Chicago races and here in PA- news of Arlen Specter’s battle to retain his seat. As we all know, Arlen switched parties after the 08 election for fear he could not win re-election as a Republican.

Here is a snippet from an article I ran across today

‘I’m running like I’m 20 points behind and I’ll continue to run like I’m 20 points be hind,” says Pat Toomey, the presumptive GOP nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania — who in fact now leads Sen. Arlen Specter 45 percent to 31 percent among likely voters in the latest Frank & Marshall College poll.

Specter, who switched parties last year for fear of losing a Republican primary to Toomey, still has to finish off a challenger from the left, Rep. Joe Sestak, in the May 18 Democratic primary. Meanwhile, as the nation turns sour on the Obama agenda that Specter has helped enact, Toomey’s been charging up — six months ago, he was down eight points.”

Had Sen. Specter bothered to look at the county-by-county results of election 08, he would, perhaps, not have made such an abrupt about face.
In the Primary, Hillary beat the media and DNC’s choice by almost 10 percentage points. And while Obama beat McCain in the general election all is not as it seemed. If one takes a look at the map- as Specter should have- you can see that even then large swaths of the Commonwealth of PA were red. Obama won only because he took the large cities- Philly, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Erie.
One can go Here to the Pa results and look county-by-county or- as much as I dislike CNN one can see the map in all it’s redness  Here
What was it that caused so many counties to declare red? Being called bitter hicks clinging to our guns and religion? Distrust of a candidate nobody had ever heard of before (and who comes across, still, to this day, as an elitist who thinks we are all dumb?)
Or perhaps Pennsylvanians, like so many others, don’t want big government! Apparently Sen. Specter miscalculated and backed the wrong horse in this race. Voters here may be giving the Senator a “change” he was not expecting! The signs were there before Scott Brown even began his run for the seat in MA. But, like so many other career pols, Specter could not- or would not – listen.
Can you hear us now????????
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