Barack Obama’s Continued Plan to Lose Pennsylvania

We know that when Barack Obama was raising funds from wealthy San Fransciscans, he had this to say about Pennsylvanians, who were about to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primary against him:

“Our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives,” he said. “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 going to regenerate and they have not.

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

This naturally got him in trouble in Pennsylvania, where Democrats voted for Hillary Clinton in the primary election a few days later.

To make amends to Pennsylvanians, here is the ever-articulate Mr. Obama talking speaking at Penn State University:

Yes, he called the Penn State mascot the “Nittaly Lions”.  Or is that “Knittallee Lions.”  In any case, that’s about like saying the “Pittsburgh Browns” or the Green Bay Vikings.”  Minor stuff, but most winning politicians don’t make these sorts of mistakes.

For my South African readers, the mascot of Penn State University (do African or English universities have mascots?) is the “Nittany Lions.”  A Nittany Lion is the local name for mountain lions that lived in Pennsylvania.  (I don’t think they exist in PA anymore.)


6 thoughts on “Barack Obama’s Continued Plan to Lose Pennsylvania

  1. Hi Ray,
    I thought all the Pa. mountain lions had gone the way of the passenger pigeon too. But a few years back I read an article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about apparent sightings of the cat, and how a bunch of people were researching that possibility. Plus, my wife told me there’s been a bunch of sightings in NEPa.
    As far as Obama, all I know is there are a whole lot of people in Pa. that would fit those flogged-like-a-dead-horse “bitter and clinging” remarks. But of course, there’s a whole lot of people who wouldn’t fit them. Maybe its just the people he was talking to. After all, the people who might benefit the most from a Dem in office, especially one who touts looking out for the lower/middle classes and injects the word “Change” into every third or fourth sentence, would likely be the most embittered by the buisness as usual Republican reign of the last eight years as well as Bill Clintons stealth “centrist” reign.
    Of course, it could be that he’s a typical politician and was talking out the side of his neck.
    At any rate, as usual, another thoughtful post from you.

  2. hi Ray, yes we have mascots in SA, in schools too! even some Primary schools (or should I say many Primary schools) have them too… and Knittallee sounds almost like my blog’s! I don’t know if the English uni’s have them, will find out and come back to you about this one.

  3. Yes, I think he is panicking. You must have seen that McCain is in the lead at the moment.
    The newest also is that Sarah P has been called a ‘Wall-Mart mom’.
    I love it!

  4. I dont think people in pennsylvania should forget that obama told them they cling to guns and religion. This man is a joke. He insults blue collar workers and gets biden to win them over. Come on pennsylvania, you have more pride than that, tell obama to take a hike this election.


  5. I don’t think we will forget. The question is, will the machine in Philly be able to turn out enough votes to overcome the rest of the state.

    I think Joe Biden was a poor choice. He provides about a gaffe a day, and he has gotten fewer votes running for President than Sarah Palin got running for mayor of Wasilla. He has lots of experience being wrong about everything, and he had a leading role in politicizing judicial appointments.

  6. You have cued right into what will happen in November and why the media refuse to speak about Pennsylvania at greater length. Obama will lose in Pennsylvania and most people who live in Pennsylvania know it.

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