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The long in the majority PA Republicans are having a tough time adjusting to the new and improved BLUE Pennsylvania.  Kos frontpaged a story about the Dems taking control of the PA House by one representative.  Predictably, the Repubs are not quite ready to concede.

Here is the article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette website:

http://www.post-gazette.com/...

Anyway, they lost and they are still acting like little kids who didn't get that shiny new bike for Christmas.  I know Kos likes to focus on the Mountain West as the new progressive frontier, but it sure looks like PA is ending it's love affair with Republicans as well.  It's been a remarkable turnaround.  I am at work so I can't go into exact numbers, but in the last 5 years the PA Dems have accomplished the following:

  1. Rendell is now a two-term governor.
  1. A Democratic US Senator was elected for the first time in my lifetime thereby ending Santorum's reign of terror.
  1. Took back control of the state house.  This is quite remarkable considering the advantages Repubs had in the more rural parts of PA for years.
  1. Elected Joe Sestak, Patrick Murphy and Jason Altmire to the US House ridding us of Curt Weldon and Mellisa Hart (DAMN I LOVED TYPING THAT!)

Way to go PA DEMS and don't let that door hot you in the ass Perzel and the rest of you now irrelevant Republicans.  BOOYAH!!!

Originally posted to jah4168 on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 01:36 PM PST.

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  •  Well (4+ / 0-)
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    clonecone, jah4168, Adam B, jonah in nyc

    If the losing candidate does have the right to a recount I have no problem with him asking for one. Each candidate should have the right to exhaust all legal means. After that point he/she should concede.

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    by jiacinto on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 01:35:27 PM PST

  •  I just don't have enough faith... (1+ / 0-)
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    kittania

    in my fellow PA residents to truly believe we're turning entirely blue... :(

    •  The good thing about suburban sprawl (1+ / 0-)
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      monkeybiz

      is that more and more Dems are spreading into the more rural areas of the state.  The fact that we now control all but one of the suburban Philly congressional seats and most in Pittsburgh as well is fantastic.  The battle is now to get the middle of the state to turn just a little bit blue.  Property tax reform and gambling revenue are going to be the key to continuing the blue trend.  Hopefully, Philly and Pittsburgh have gotten over the "Reagan Democrat" thing and realized that Repubs have sucked the life out of our great state.  

      Santorum wants to steal your social security. Casey in '06!

      by jah4168 on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 01:47:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  gambling revenue? (0+ / 0-)

        so that's a good thing?

        "I hate people when they're not polite"

        by kittania on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 01:51:12 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  YEP (0+ / 0-)

          Anything that helps Dems cut property taxes in PA is a very good thing and gambling revenues are going directly to property tax relief.  Plus, PA is surrounded by gambling in NJ and WV so why lose that revenue out of state when you can keep it here.

          Santorum wants to steal your social security. Casey in '06!

          by jah4168 on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 01:54:35 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  okay but (0+ / 0-)

            I totally disagree...it's a quick fix that ends causing the most hurt to the poorest people it's suppose to be helping

            the service jobs provided are hardly as good as the manufacturing jobs that have been lost

            sure there might be a short term savings in property taxes but every state that has allowed gambling has seen increases in the burden on infrastructure which will only end up driving up taxes eventually

            "I hate people when they're not polite"

            by kittania on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 02:04:51 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  depends on what you mean by "here" (0+ / 0-)

            One of the proposed casinos is about a ten minute walk from my house.

  •  Dems could learn (1+ / 0-)
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    jah4168

    One of the things that has infuriated me about the Democrats in recent years particularly with Kerry's election, was their willingness to concede so easily. I asked the question at the time, "Can you imagine the Republicans giving up that easily?" No, because they don't. I have no problem with them asking for a recount if they are close enough. I also have no problem if they bring up any legitimate claims that might have affected the outcome. We must, absolutely must, remove the doubts from election outcomes, and this cannot be a partizan issue.
    Of course if they lose the recount, and have no evidence of anything wrong, then they should concede and get on with the process of governing.
    Perhaps there were enough close outcomes in this election that we will finally convince people that the issue of how we conduct our elections and count our votes is critical.

    •  Sure, but... (0+ / 0-)

      if you lose you lose.  I agree the dems gave up too easily, but I also believe there were some real issues there.  This is more sour grapes sort of stuff.  

      BTW, I was impressed with the class many Repubs showed this election cycle.  Allen and Santorum were especially gracious.  I think even the Repubs realize that they need the electoral process to appear above board which entails giving up at the appropriate time.  Hopefully, that time will be soon in PA.

      Santorum wants to steal your social security. Casey in '06!

      by jah4168 on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 01:51:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  "polished", not "gracious". (0+ / 0-)

        Neither Allen nor Santorum were "gracious" during the election cycle as you said; they showed slight glimmers of grace once it was over.

        But their concession speeches were characterized predominately by polish, and not by grace.

        Santorum got beat by a very sound margin; no amount of legal wrangling would get him out of this.  He conceded quickly, and his concession was well-executed.  

        He used his sobbing kids to pout and sob and carry on the histrionics so that he wouldn't have to.  (Personally, I value my family enough to allow them a little privacy when they're in an emotional state.  The "family values" Senator chose not to.)

        He belted out praise for his God on camera in front of the multifaceted constituency he never fully represented during his twelve years in office.

        Yes, he said a few kind words about Bob Casey in there; and if Santorum had said a few more kind words during the 12 years before the election (instead of comparing same-sex love to bestiality and incest, or forcing his kids to play with a dead fetus), then he might not have had to concede in the first place.

        Michael Richards to play at George Allen's Bar Mitzvah.

        by osterizer on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 02:15:08 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  I'm taking the wait and see attitude (1+ / 0-)
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    jah4168

    I feel terribly guilty about bailing out of my home state 15 years ago

    I am VERY immpressed at the great work Dem activist have done in PA, I never thought it would happen...nice job all of you!

    that said, however, it ain't over yet...I think a lot of hard work and some real tangible results are going to be neccessary to keep the tide turning blue but obviously from recent history it can be done...keep up the good work!

    "I hate people when they're not polite"

    by kittania on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 01:48:59 PM PST

  •   Penn Democratic Senators elected (1+ / 0-)
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    SoCalLiberal

    Weren't you alive when Harris Wofford was elected to the US Senate in 1991?

  •  Actually ... (1+ / 0-)
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    eparrot

    I support the PA Republicans doing this ... as long as they do it according to the law and not abusively.

    You would (strongly) support Democratic Party efforts calling for a recount in similar circumstances.

    If we are for election reform and honest elections, we should be ready for Republicans (or Libertarians or whomever) to call for recounts when votes are close.

    That article -- specifically related to the one House race doesn't merit, to me:

    still acting like little kids who didn't get that shiny new bike for Christmas

    PA was a major change re Democratic Party victories but it is not hard to understand why the Republicans would call for a recount ... the Democratic Party would do the same in similiar circumstances (or, at least, we would hope that they would).

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    by A Siegel on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 02:00:48 PM PST

  •  Of course they haven't conceded (0+ / 0-)

    If they're going to concede after a 26-vote victory shouldn't Christine Jennings in FL-13 concede as well?

    Heck no.  Don't concede until all the votes are counted.  See also: Kerry, John.

    -Fred

    Democrats *do* have a plan for Social Security - it's called Social Security. -- Ed Schultz

    by FredFred on Wed Nov 29, 2006 at 02:38:58 PM PST

  •  Don't forget (2+ / 0-)
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    jah4168, osterizer

    Chris Carney was elected defeating Don Sherwood.  I know Carney is fairly conservative for a Democrat and the seat is pretty conservative but it's good news all around.  In 2008, they have to go after Gerlach again as well as Charles Dent.  

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