Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Barone on Pennsylvania Supreme Court Race

Michael Barone comments on the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court election and what it may mean.  He digs into the county by county and region by region breakdown of the results in The American, a publication of the AEI. See: 

A Keystone Election.  by Michael Barone.  The American.  December 22, 2009

I won't quibble with some of the general comments he has in there on the economy here... he has a thorough breakdown of the political numbers.   He might be overinterpreting a bit because of the very low turnout in the whole election without any real headliner to motivate large chunks of folks, but he does have a point I didn't realize.  He says:
...metro Pittsburgh in this recession has had lower than national average unemployment. It is one of the few major metro areas where George W. Bush ran ahead of his father and where John McCain ran ahead of Ronald Reagan.
If that is true it has some implications on what motivated those Reagan Democrats people talk about.  Gotta ponder that some. 


Anonymous DBR96A said...

As the Pittsburgh metropolitan area has become more white-collar, it's become more conservative in the process. Demographically speaking, Pittsburgh was more like Cleveland in 1980, but today is more like Cincinnati. That illustrates just how profound the demographic shift was in the wake of the collapse of the steel industry.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:19:00 PM  

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