Both Democrat Mark Critz and Republican Tim Burns are echoing each other in their comments about the potential energy wealth that could be tapped in the southwestern Pennsylvania district.
“Western Pennsylvania could become the energy capital of the world,” Critz said Sunday on the campaign trail.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to put together a wrap-up of Tuesday’s primary elections. If I were to do it, I’d do it right, and I just simply can’t set aside the time to write. Nevertheless, I see a growing trend among the politicians and pundits on the American left, and I want to make sure something is completely clear.
See, the Democrats and their president have suffered a number of huge losses ahead of the 2010 midterms — the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia, the senatorial race in Massachusetts, and here in Pennsylvania in the forced retirement–good riddance–of Sen. Arlen Specter. All of those races featured support from President Obama. And he struck out every time.
Now, however, the Democrats and the media are turning to the race in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district, the special election meant to fill the seat of deceased Congressman John Murtha. The candidate they ran, a former aide to Murtha, prevailed yesterday and they want to use that victory as a way to insinuate that perhaps the discontent we’ve been seeing somehow is not as fierce as originally thought, that somehow the Republicans do not have the momentum many believed them to have.
The reason I highlighted the Fox News piece from a few days ago is to underscore that this Critz fellow did not run as a left-of-left Democrat. He ran as pro-life. He ran as pro-Second Amendment. He voiced his opposition to health care reform. He had access to Murtha’s money, Murtha’s contacts, Murtha’s entrenched support. And in saying that western Pennsylvania could become the “energy capital” of the world because of its vast reserves of natural gas, oil and [presumably, though he did not specify it] coal, his rhetoric smacked of American exceptionalism — something sorely lacking on the left.
Critz, in other words, was the anomaly and not the norm. So long as we keep this momentum, so long as we keep in touch with the reasons behind our frustration and drive, the Democrats will be set up for massive failure at the polls in November.