It’s just so Machiavellian, so Klingon the way God brings about paybacks in the doggonedest ways, at the doggonedest times. And God has delivered us PA, through the auspices of the mouth of Okinawa Jack. And how sweet it is!
Pennsylvania has been a political enigma, at least for me, all my adult life. The demographics break funny (the pro-GOP areas are referred to as the “T” in reference to the PA geography). Philadelphia is a stronghold of the elite Dems (culturally in the belt with NYC, northern VA, and DC). Pittsburg is a stronghold of blue-collar, pro-union Dems, who are also pro-family values.
As a political battleground, it lies on the political faultline just to the left of the 50-50 location, in order from left to right: MI-PA-OH-FL. Where those 4 states and their 85 electoral votes break determines this and all recent elections. If the Dems can cross the midline and get OH, they will win. If the Repubs cross the midline and get PA, WE will win. Simple as that.
And lying, cheating, earmarking, troop-hating Jack Murtha has given us PA.
PA has seen intense attention in the last couple of weeks by both campaigns, as apparently their internal polling shows it to be emphatically in play. Even though all the popular polls show otherwise, the behavior of both campaigns is unmistakable.
Now to Jack. Jack is an old friend of ours, and is never too far out of the fire zone.
- He dodged the bullet years ago as an “unindicted co-conspirator” (named that by the FBI) in the Abscam bribery scandal. Hannity will occasionally play the tape in which Murtha says,“You know, we do business for a while, maybe I’ll be interested…” in response to a bribery offer.
- More recently, he publicly accused the Haditha 8 (US Marines) of “cold-blooded murder and war crimes”, when he knew nothing of the event but claimed he had it from the highest sources. Partly due to the media firestorm in part fomented by Murtha’s remarks, these Marines were treated despicably in detention. Ultimately 7 of the 8 have been exonerated (the other one pending, AFAICT), and Murtha faces a defamation lawsuit.
- Murtha was instrumental in doing Pelosi’s dirty work in blocking funding for the Iraq liberation efforts.
- Murtha is a prolific earmarker, and has even used his position (as Nancy Pelosi’s chief muscle) to threaten the earmarks of those who don’t play nice with him.
So now it comes to October of 2008, and with PA in the balance, Okinawa Jack has made two public statements that have caught the attention of all of PA. On Oct 15 in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area.
followed by this beauty, to WTAE Channel 4 Action News on Oct 20
This whole area, years ago, was really redneck
So anyway Jack, keep talking, you are doing great! Along with sinking Obama, you are doing a fantastic job of shooting your own electoral chances in the foot as well.
PS – I didn’t explain the ‘DB’ thing. My bad, I do get distracted. Well, DB is one of my favorite multi-use acronyms. It could be ‘database’ [Oracle, SQL Server]. Or it could be ‘defensive back’ [Ronnie Lott, Deion Sanders]. Or it could be douche-bag [Timothy Robbins, Linc Chafee]. I leave it to the reader to decide what Jack Murtha the DB means.