Pennsylvanians not phased by ‘bitter’ quip

Much ado about nothing.  While the mainstream media salivates over ‘bitter’ nonsense, Pennsylvania voters appear to be focused on issues, of all things.

Yes, just as Pittsburgh still has the most intelligent sports fans in the nation, Pennsylvania is home to very astute voters.  They’re forming their opinions on issues, not nonsense.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Theodore Wheeland, 21, a Penn State University senior from Troy, Pa., said he was outraged when he first read that comment from Obama.  He had been volunteering for Barack, but left the campaign after he heard this remark — and the way it was played up by the media.

But then Wheeland read more stories that gave more of the context of Obama’s remarks. He read Obama’s responses. Then, he read Obama’s “call to renewal” from 2006, urging Democrats to embrace religion. Wheeland got back on board the campaign.

“His point was not one of deep condescension to rural voters,” Wheeland said.

Wheeland is back on board with the Obama campaign.

Barack’s appeal is reaching voters who have seen many candidates and public officials come and go.

Howard and Harriet Schwartz, 83 and 80, respectively, are of the demographic that generally more strongly supports Clinton. But, despite the “bitter” comment, the couple from Lewisberg, Pa., population 5,600, say he excites them like no other candidate in a generation.

“He reminds me of Roosevelt and Kennedy — he gives me hope,” Harriet Schwartz said.

To their credit, voters in Pennsylvania are voting on the issues.  They’re ignoring the media nonsense.

Months ago, my father in Pittsburgh told me he didn’t think many would be paying attention to the Pennsylvania primary.  Everything would be decided.  After all, that’s what the media was saying at the time.

Not so.  Their votes really matter this time.  Each and every one.