Or eyes… But I really need to know now: is Pennsylvania like West Virginia or Alabama or Kentucky? It will make such a difference in my life, I can't tell you. Pffffttttt. But here's the quotation, from… no one, I guess, gauging from the article,which has no byline. Carville maybe?
What makes the Democrats' predicament in Pennsylvania especially interesting is the possibility that they will actually hold a Senate seat in neighboring West Virginia. Pennsylvania, in Democratic consultant James Carville's formulation, is "Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between." The in-between part—sometimes called "Pennsyltucky"—is a lot like West Virginia: white, rural, blue-collar, and poor. The iron and coal mining and heavy industries have given these regions an economically populist tilt with historical ties to the Democrats, but also a suspicious attitude toward environmental legislation that, coupled with the electorate's social conservatism, has led them to vote heavily Republican.
They forgot to slag off Kentucky, too, wherein the name "Pennsyltucky" comes from. By the way, I always thought Pennsyltucky referred to anyplace any number of Kentuckians lived in PA, like maybe in Pittsburgh, but Wikipedia–cough–says I'm wrong. Can you Kentuckians out there back me up?
There weren't many Kentuckians where I grew up, I can tell you that. I would have welcomed them instead of the gas company shills and flatlanders the region did get. I don't even live there anymore and I'm still pissed off.
And let's not mess around. Nobody wants the Obama taint in their election process. It's that simple. The stimulus, the tax cut, the various promises he kept (too small to matter). It's too bad. Pennsylvania, even from this Massachusetts viewpoint, is like all the other states in this. Did we need Newsweek to gleefully point it out for that T‑shaped portion of the PA electorate? As if they were the lonely holdouts who hate anything Obama stands for? As opposed to rest of the nation, who're all hunky-dory?
Thank you Facebook friends N. and S., for bringing this to my attention.