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GOP postmortem begins on Pa.'s 12th

By Shailagh Murray
On Monday, on the eve of the Pennsylvania District 12 special election, Republican candidate Tim Burns posted polling results on his campaign Web site that showed him slightly ahead of Democrat Mark Critz.

Burns wound up losing big, and the soul-searching by Republicans is well underway.

"The message for us as Republicans in the House is that we cannot get ahead of ourselves," said House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.). "Many people want to predict how many seats we take back in November. I do think we will reclaim the majority, but last night is evidence of the fact that we have a lot of work to do and we can't get ahead of ourselves.

Democrats are jubilant that the 12th District may provide clues for preventing a wipeout in November. They believe their ground game vastly outperformed the competition. And whereas Burns ran as an anti-Washington candidate and cast the election as a referendum on President Obama and Democratic leadership in Congress, Critz kept this message local, focused on the economy and job creation. He delivered one speech outside the local U.S. Census office to protest the bureau's use of foreign-made apparel.

But Critz also positioned himself as a conservative Democrat, opposed to gun control and abortion rights, and a foe of the health-care law that Congress recently passed -- although he stopped short of calling for repeal, a Burns priority.

"If there was one message from primary elections across the country yesterday, it was this: The American people are tired of business as usual in Washington, D.C.," Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) told reporters Wednesday. "Even the Democrat who prevailed in the special election in Pennsylvania ran against the agenda of this administration and against the agenda of this Democratic Congress."

By Multiplatform Editor  |  May 19, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
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One reason the circulation of WaPo is going down so fast is because the writers take whatever the DNC is spewing out and regurgitate it for their left-wing pub. Nowhere do you even mention that the voting registration in the 12th District is about 65% Dem, 30% Repub. Therefore, the DEM CANDIDATE LOST 11% OF THE DEM VOTE because he got 54% in the election. You WaPo folks soon will be joining your sister pub, Newsweek, in updating your resumes -- because you fail to report the facts, but spit out left-wing garbage. Guess you'll have to get a government job. Independents like me want facts and WaPo cannot be trusted to deliver them. You simply are not prepared to function in the real world.

Posted by: RonKH | May 24, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

One reason the circulation of WaPo is going down so fast is because the writers take whatever the DNC is spewing out and regurgitate it for their left-wing pub. Nowhere do you even mention that the voting registration in the 12th District is about 65% Dem, 30% Repub. Therefore, the DEM CANDIDATE LOST 11% OF THE DEM VOTE because he got 54% in the election. You WaPo folks soon will be joining your sister pub, Newsweek, in updating your resumes -- because you fail to report the facts, but spit out left-wing garbage. Guess you'll have to get a government job. Independents like me want facts and WaPo cannot be trusted to deliver them. You simply are not prepared to function in the real world.

Posted by: RonKH | May 24, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Truly funny! We have a candidate espousing conservative positions in a district with 2 to 1 registered democrats (gerrymandered) where graft is the norm from former congressman Murtha and this a bell weather for the future of the Republican party? Sounds like Carville analysis! Or maybe you watched Amy Walter on C-span.

Posted by: vitaglubet | May 20, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

OHHH how the liberal writers try to spin.
Look and you shall see writer that this Democrat left the Liberal agenda in the dust.
The Republicans and the people are winning;you writers need to look from you Mac's and look around.

Posted by: yokohlman | May 20, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The PA Tom Corbett "Twitter" story looks to shake up the gov's race in the Keystone State -- making PA a key bellwether in the fall:

"PA Top Lawman, GOP Gov Hopeful, Subpoenas Twitter to 'Out' Blogger Critics"

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10140/1059493-454.stm


***

Misinformed Obama admin does nothing to stop Bush-era domestic atrocities...

FED MICROWAVE CELL TOWER WEAPON SYSTEM SILENTLY ASSAULTS, TORTURES, IMPAIRS 'TARGETED' AMERICANS: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• "Dissidents" and "undesirables" also targeted by multi-agency "program" for financial sabotage, community-based, police-protected vigilante stalking and harassment -- a genocidal purge.

All of those cell towers you see all over America are NOT all for phone calls.

Some of them are TORTURE TOWERS -- part of a nationwide microwave/laser radio frequency "directed energy weapon" system that is being used by operatives of the multi-agency Homeland Security-run "fusion center" network to silently torture, impair, and physically and neurologically degrade the functioning and well-being of extrajudicially, unjustly '"targeted" citizens...

And apparently, this precision-targeted domestic weapon system being used to attack and harm U.S. citizens has been deployed WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS or high state officials.

• When will President Obama get a grip on a rogue bureaucracy still run by Bush-Cheney leave-behinds?

BUCKS COUNTY, PA: "Mid-Atlantic States (including D.C.) Centcom of a fusion center Gestapo."

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "Obama: Take Down Fusion Center Gestapo..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 20, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

The Tea Party thinks it will change congress to GOP control is about as valid as they got rid of Bennett. Newsflash you did not vote Bennett out of office, he was removed by the Club for Growth by packing the caucuses with anti-Bennett voters. Burns getting financed by the GOP did not make a difference when a good candidate was running against him. The Dems have no litmus test giving Critz the ability to be anti cap & trade, pro gun, pro life like the majority of people in this coal mining district. He believes the health bill to be flawed but does not look to repeal but improve it. His win was expected polling almost the same as the vote a week before this special election. A Burns victory though would have energized the GOP that seemed to peak in Dec. Maybe a coincidence but the arrival of Plouffe and getting a health bill done happened afterward with far more pushing by Obama.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 20, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

racam - The Republican Party is locked into the same insane globalization-free trade train wreck that the Democrat's are. They are just as much in bed with corporations and Wall Street, the wealthy and insiders, and, if they were running a campaign on those ideas the voters wouldn't go anywhere near them. They are, instead, running AGAINST Obama and the Democratic leadership and will fool enough voters to make big gains. The Tea Party is a whole different thing. The Post seems to want to purposefully confuse them with "conservatives" and "Republican's". They aren't. They are anti-free trade, anti-outsourcing, anti-illegal immigrant, Pro Constitutionalists, pro Bill of Rights, small government, anti-big business. A lot of them are libertarian's, but every recent study shows that about 30% are genuine liberals. No one in the Tea Party wants to refight the cultural wars and they certainly aren't racists. Those accusations result from some borderline nut jobs, Aryan Nation types, that showed up at some early Yea Party meetings and blathered their poison and were promptly run off. The MSM, however, has old quotes and film of these nuts and has attempted to depict the whole Tea Party as that sort of scumbag. We aren't, we are modern "America Firsters", who have seen and experienced the horrors of the globalization policies of Washington's elite - massive job looses, fraud our chief export, foreign wars fought for no good reason whatsoever, meddling in the world and using American jobs as trading card to buy "friends". All of this is a consequence of big government. So are the Wall Street bailouts, campaigns financed by big corporations (and every Tea Part member I know of thinks multinational corporations are ILLEGAL and have no right to even exist in this country). If you are a genuine liberal, you belong in the Tea Party.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 19, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have said they know what the American people want. Makes you wonder if they really do know. I think they are in for a rude awakening. Could this be the straw that broke the Republicans back even more?

Posted by: racam | May 19, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

There is a very important fact that is being overlooked in analyzing PA 12. Kerry won there and then McCain and now the Dems again.

Murtha said his district had many prejudiced people and was not ready for Obama. He was proven right when McCain carried it. Now it has reverted to its Dem roots, but not all the way.

On the same Primary ballot twice as many Dems voted as GOP. It is amazing that Burns only lost 53-45 against a Dem who had repudiated the entire Obama agenda.

The MSM doesn't want to talk about this and has its own Agenda, but these are the facts.

Posted by: tedkensington | May 19, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

jeffcoud2 - Then be AFRAID, be very very afraid. The voters, an polls show that as 81%, want job outsourcing and guest worker visas ENDED. That same poll has 61% of workers fearful that their job will be outsourced. They want free trade ended. They want sky high trade tariffs and punitive taxes on investments and investors that result in outsourced jobs. They want guest worker visas like the H1-B and L-1 ended immediately. And they will vote for ANYONE who will do that, willingly accepting other differences with that candidate. SO, count on it, liberals, moderates, conservatives will gladly vote for any Tea Party candidate for the very simply reason that these are the ONLY candidates who will what whatever is necessary to end job outsourcing. The Neoconservative-Transnationalist bumpkins that compose the leadership of both parties don't want to accept that simple fact. Neither do the editorial staffs of he Post, NYT, Fox News, and other media. So, it will get rammed down their throats and you, liberal twit hat you are, can prepare to accept the lose of EVERYTHING you hold dear. Something you need to understand, you have a choice - you are trading a woman's right to choose or gay rights, etc. for illegal amnesty; you are trading all of those agencies and programs for bank bailouts and the "right" of government and corporations to outsource jobs. It is quite apparent to the voters that you stand against them, stand for China and India and Wall Street and stand against them. Suck it up! You made your bed; now, sleep in it.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 19, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr Critz is entitled to his agenda and I don't mind. As long as he is willing to debate, negotiate, compromise. and do the best he can for the average American, I'll be happy. We cannot get anything substantial done in Washington when a political party is dictated to by hidden forces who use their money to control the politicians. Eric Cantor should know that he looked like a fool everytime he stood behind Boehnner and McConnell and claimed his party was saying No because the American people want them to. No we don't. We want our money's worth and we aren't getting it from saying NO. How would any work ever get done if ordinary employees said No whenever their bosses wanted to do something new?
I know we are sick and tired of these fools who run for high office by trashing their opponents instead of presenting their credentials and speaking the truth about their own abilities.
Imagine yourself being interviewed for a job and spending that time to trash the people who are waiting their turn to be interviewed for the same job. Think the interviewer would give you the job?
Elections are merely about power, money, and ego. Since we have no statesmen in America anymore, we have to drown out the screaming hyenas who took to the streets this past year, and try to select the best people we can. I certainly would not vote for anyone who has a record of discrimination, religious hypocracy, and resents paying his fair share in taxes.

Posted by: papafritz571 | May 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Mr Critz is entitled to his agenda and I don't mind. As long as he is willing to debate, negotiate, compromise. and do the best he can for the average American, I'll be happy. We cannot get anything substantial done in Washington when a political party is dictated to by hidden forces who use their money to control the politicians. Eric Cantor should know that he looked like a fool everytime he stood behind Boehnner and McConnell and claimed his party was saying No because the American people want them to. No we don't. We want our money's worth and we aren't getting it from saying NO. How would any work ever get done if ordinary employees said No whenever their bosses wanted to do something new?
I know we are sick and tired of these fools who run for high office by trashing their opponents instead of presenting their credentials and speaking the truth about their own abilities.
Imagine yourself being interviewed for a job and spending that time to trash the people who are waiting their turn to be interviewed for the same job. Think the interviewer would give you the job?
Elections are merely about power, money, and ego. Since we have no statesmen in America anymore, we have to drown out the screaming hyenas who took to the streets this past year, and try to select the best people we can. I certainly would not vote for anyone who has a record of discrimination, religious hypocracy, and resents paying his fair share in taxes.

Posted by: papafritz571 | May 19, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr Critz is entitled to his agenda and I don't mind. As long as he is willing to debate, negotiate, compromise. and do the best he can for the average American, I'll be happy. We cannot get anything substantial done in Washington when a political party is dictated to by hidden forces who use their money to control the politicians. Eric Cantor should know that he looked like a fool everytime he stood behind Boehnner and McConnell and claimed his party was saying No because the American people want them to. No we don't. We want our money's worth and we aren't getting it from saying NO. How would any work ever get done if ordinary employees said No whenever their bosses wanted to do something new?
I know we are sick and tired of these fools who run for high office by trashing their opponents instead of presenting their credentials and speaking the truth about their own abilities.
Imagine yourself being interviewed for a job and spending that time to trash the people who are waiting their turn to be interviewed for the same job. Think the interviewer would give you the job?
Elections are merely about power, money, and ego. Since we have no statesmen in America anymore, we have to drown out the screaming hyenas who took to the streets this past year, and try to select the best people we can. I certainly would not vote for anyone who has a record of discrimination, religious hypocracy, and resents paying his fair share in taxes.

Posted by: papafritz571 | May 19, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Mr Critz is entitled to his agenda and I don't mind. As long as he is willing to debate, negotiate, compromise. and do the best he can for the average American, I'll be happy. We cannot get anything substantial done in Washington when a political party is dictated to by hidden forces who use their money to control the politicians. Eric Cantor should know that he looked like a fool everytime he stood behind Boehnner and McConnell and claimed his party was saying No because the American people want them to. No we don't. We want our money's worth and we aren't getting it from saying NO. How would any work ever get done if ordinary employees said No whenever their bosses wanted to do something new?
I know we are sick and tired of these fools who run for high office by trashing their opponents instead of presenting their credentials and speaking the truth about their own abilities.
Imagine yourself being interviewed for a job and spending that time to trash the people who are waiting their turn to be interviewed for the same job. Think the interviewer would give you the job?
Elections are merely about power, money, and ego. Since we have no statesmen in America anymore, we have to drown out the screaming hyenas who took to the streets this past year, and try to select the best people we can. I certainly would not vote for anyone who has a record of discrimination, religious hypocracy, and resents paying his fair share in taxes.

Posted by: papafritz571 | May 19, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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Send us six original, unpublished single- or multi-panel cartoons. Our panel of judges will narrow the field to 10 and the voting audience will choose who moves on to become America's Next Great Cartoonist.

BYE BYE

DEMOCRATS

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Posted by: kstobbe1 | May 19, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

""The message for us as Republicans in the House is that we cannot get ahead of ourselves," said House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.). "Many people want to predict how many seats we take back in November. I do think we will reclaim the majority, but last night is evidence of the fact that we have a lot of work to do and we can't get ahead of ourselves."

Translation: We aren't going to change our tactics or our strategy. Some outside force will come along and make us victorious." They aren't going to learn anything from this election, because they are busy rationalizing the loss as a win by a Republican in a donkey suit. Odf course, if the Republican had run on Critz's platform, he would have been T-partied out of the nomination. Critz ISN'T some almost republican, he is a centrist and running a centrist campaign. The Republican party rejected the center under newt, and has been going farther and farther right ever since. There is now such a big gap out there that the dems have easy pickings all around the center. When all the RINOd Republicans figure this out, we will be back to two parties fighting over the center and the republicans will be out there with the laRouche Libertarians.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 19, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

This isn't nuclear physics, Republicans. You have only to examine the raging ignorance of your fellows in blogging spaces like this.
The Republican Party will wither further until it presents us with something beyond selfish greed and the hatred on display in spaces here and elsewhere.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | May 19, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse


What this election proved is that the Tea Party is now effecting the Democratic Party as well. Critz supported the Tea Party platform down to the last detail - that is a good thing! Now we have both the Dems and Reps adopting the Tea Party platform!

Posted by: Realist20 | May 19, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The GOP served up one f their old line Neocon's and got beat. No surprise. If they had listened to the voters before the election and had run a genuine Tea Party candidate, they would have won. It's THAT simple.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | May 19, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats seem to be trying for a "big tent" the GOP is looking to become "pure." As long as that is happening the Democrats will field a range of people, depending on the district. The GOP will continue to field candidates that will have a hard time appealing to moderates.

Posted by: Ralph_Indianapolis | May 19, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Dear Delusional Tea-Baggers:

This is the only Congressional seat in the entire nation that went from Kerry in 2004 to McCain in 2008, and the kook GOP candidate lost by a large margin. Granted, Mr. Critz is not exactly Nancy Pelosi, having run as a moderate Democrat, but get a clue folks!

I personally hope the GOP goes as far off the right-wing deep end as possible!

Posted by: jeffcoud2 | May 19, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Stupid Article - the Dem that won is pro-lefe, pro-gun, said he would have voted AGAINST the Health Bill and said he WILL vote against Cap and Trade......this is a great GOP victory as the Democrats that are winning are now adopting the GOP platform of smaller government, less taxes, and Nobama!

Posted by: Realist20 | May 19, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Dear Delusional Tea-Baggers:

This is the only Congressional seat in the entire nation that went from Kerry in 2004 to McCain in 2008, and the kook GOP candidate lost by a large margin. Granted, Mr. Critz is not exactly Nancy Pelosi, having run as a moderate Democrat, but get a clue folks!

I personally hope the GOP goes as far off the right-wing deep end as possible! Thank you for doing that very big favor!

Posted by: jeffcoud2 | May 19, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Dear Delusional Tea-Baggers:

This is the only Congressional seat in the entire nation that went from Kerry in 2004 to McCain in 2008, and the kook GOP candidate lost by a large margin. Granted, Mr. Critz is not exactly Nancy Pelosi, having run as a moderate Democrat, but get a clue folks!

I personally hope the GOP goes as far off the right-wing deep end as possible! Thank you for doing that very big favor!

Posted by: jeffcoud2 | May 19, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The pundits are the ones who lost. Their story line, that incumbents are in trouble and that teabaggers are a force to be reckoned with, needs rewriting. While Rand Paul won a sizable majority in Kentucky among Republican voters, his total vote was less than either of the top two Democratic primary candidates.

Posted by: sensible | May 19, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Burns lost because the tea baggers are only 20% of the voters. They yell and scream and make a lot of noise and are supported by the Republican News Machine and Fox Noise and have scared away most moderate Republicans. In a primary, they win. When they crawl out of their delusional bubbles, they're shocked that the rational world has left them and their simplistic jabber behind.

Can we get on fixing the mess Republicans made of everything?

Posted by: thebobbob | May 19, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The NRCC has spent $958,897 – about one tenth of their cash and another 9 outside groups have spent more than $445,000 to defeat Democrat Mark Critz. RNC Chairman Michael Steele guaranteed victory for Republican Tim Burns in several speeches. I guess they just wanted to put on a diversionary attack and didn't think they could win.

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 19, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

More from Critz:


Protecting and Creating Western Pennsylvania Energy Jobs

Mark believes that we must develop a long term strategy that moves us to energy independence and creates jobs here in Pennsylvania.

Mark is committed to protecting the coal industry and the Western Pennsylvania jobs that go with it, and as energy prices continue to rise, believes that we must also have an immediate strategy that includes expanding domestic drilling.

Mark Critz opposes so called "Cap and Trade" legislation, because it would have a negative impact on jobs and working families here in Western Pennsylvania.

Western Pennsylvania can be a leader in clean coal technology as well as alternative energy jobs. Mark believes that we need to invest in these kinds of technologies that will create jobs and protect our national security interests, and in Congress that will be one of his top priorities.

Posted by: thelaw1 | May 19, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Republicans don't have to worry about Critz, he ran on an anti Obamacare, pro nuclear, pro oil drilling, pro life, and pro gun platform. It is almost the GOP program. And he wants to halt the crazy Obama spending, but will he?

From his Website:
Protecting the 2nd Amendment

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, Mark understands that the basic rights guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment should not be infringed upon with unnecessary restrictions. Mark believes that sportsmen, hunters, and citizens concerned for their personal safety are guaranteed the right to keep and bear arms. In Congress, Mark will oppose any effort to weaken this right guaranteed to us in the Constitution.
Protecting Life

Mark is pro-life and opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. In Congress, Mark will fight for policies that stand up for the sanctity of life.
Reducing the Deficit

Mark knows that families have to live within their means, and he thinks it’s time that Congress starts doing the same. That’s why he is committed to reducing the deficit and thinks Congress should start by tightening its own belt. Mark will fight to constrain government spending by working to eliminate wasteful programs, and as a first step, Mark supports reducing the salaries and office budgets for members of Congress by 5 percent next year.

Posted by: thelaw1 | May 19, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Shailagh this is dishonest even for you. Why did the R even have a shot? What is the D/R ratio in PA 12? It is 2/1 - overwhelmingly D. This guy ran against Obama and Dem policies too. Is that the secret success for D's? To act like R's? Good luck with that!

Posted by: Holla26 | May 19, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

.

Hey Democrats,

Talk to me in Spanish: WASHINGTON -- A halting and grammatically incoherent English translation marred Mexican President Felipe Calderon's arrival ceremony in Washington

BYE BYE DEMOCRATS

.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | May 19, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Politics and races are like everything in life. Should never be taken for granted!

The lesson learned on Tuesday by all candidates and all parties is to humbly 'ask for the vote!' Never presume and never assume ......for when you do you make an............!

May this be a lesson learned.

Posted by: imaginemore | May 19, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I smell a little bit of an overreaction by the articles author lol.

Wait till November sunshine that's when you'll finally get the joke.

Posted by: jlbliemeister | May 19, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have been blowing their wad on candidate after candidate and issue after issue ever since Obama won Iowa in the primaries.

They peak way too early, so, Cantor for once is right about something.

Posted by: JRM2 | May 19, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This article is serious?

One special election in hugely Blue district serves as a stinging rebuke to the GOP?

More like a PR spin piece that would make any K Street operative proud.

Meh...

Posted by: jiji1 | May 19, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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