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Rendell: Ridge Could Help Bring Pa. to McCain

DENVER -- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell acknowledged today that if John McCain names former Gov. Tom Ridge as his running mate in the coming days, it will have a discernible impact on the presidential race in the Keystone State.

Citing a new Quinnipiac poll that showed Barack Obama leading McCain 49 percent to 42 percent, Rendell said that adding Ridge to the ticket would shrink the Democrat's lead to four or five points.

"People think if their home state guy is on the ticket, then they will get more from Washington," explained Rendell who called Ridge a "friend."

Rendell said that the story of Obama's campaign to date in Pennsylvania is of unfulfilled potential.

The Democratic candidate "hasn't done a good job yet of giving those white working class voters a reason to come home," said Rendell. "Before I can tell you Pennsylvania is in the bag we have to do a better job with our message."

That message, according to Rendell, is a throwback to the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton: "It's the economy stupid."

Rendell argued that the economic hardships in Pennsylvania give Obama a "great opportunity" to convince white working class voters that he is the better choice. "When times are hard, people care about one color -- green," said Rendell, arguing that Obama's economic plan is far better that McCain's for middle and lower middle class voters.

Why haven't voters in Pennsylvania responded yet? "Republicans, as they always do, have outspun us in the early part of the campaign," explained Rendell, adding that the GOP has effectively labeled Obama as a "tax and spend" Democrat.

As for the rift between backers of Clinton and Obama, Rendell predicted that by election day 95 percent of those people who supported Clinton will be for Obama.

"Are they ever going to be great volunteers and door knockers? No," said Rendell. "Are they going to vote for Senator Obama? Yes. That problem by election day is not going to be a significant problem."

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 12:41 PM ET
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Ed Rendell is one of my favorite Democrats and were he to have even indicated his interest, I'm sure he would have been considered for VP. Alas, he is uninterested in calling ANYONE boss. But if anyone knows the Democratic electorate, it's Ed Rendell. While it seems certain that Obama needs Pennsylvania, I'm not sure that choosing Ridge will deliver the ELECTION to McCain. How many MORE voters would he drive away because of his pro-choice stance? Maybe PA conservatives could get past that one, but I'm betting that southern conservatives could NOT.

Posted by: dch | August 27, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

I love how these Democratic politicians keep saying that the Clintonites will definitely vote for Obama. Deep down, they know that's not the case. Clinton was excellent as usual last night, but we all know she had to do it for her party. I do not owe the Democrats anything except my black azz to kiss. They screwed Clinton and deserve to suffer for their miserable foolishness.

CLINTON 2012!!!

Posted by: Tony | August 27, 2008 6:00 AM | Report abuse

This is "The current terrorist threat level is mandarin orange with hints of lemon yllow and Jonathan apple red, shading to hold your breath purple" Tom Ridge? The first American head of the American Gestapo? Old "Make 'em park half a mile from the Air Port Terminals and walk for security" Tom Ridge?

Just film clips of him announcing the terror threat color of the moment should put the kibosh on a McCain Ticket. Especially since Ridge would REALLY tie Bush to McCain's tail.

McCain is looking for someone who ISN'T an integral part of the White House Farce of the last eight years.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 26, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

This is "The current terrorist threat level is mandarin orange with hints of lemon yllow and Jonathan apple red, shading to hold your breath purple" Tom Ridge? The first American head of the American Gestapo? Old "Make 'em park half a mile from the Air Port Terminals and walk for security" Tom Ridge?

Just film clips of him announcing the terror threat color of the moment should put the kibosh on a McCain Ticket. Especially since Ridge would REALLY tie Bush to McCain's tail.

McCain is looking for someone who ISN'T an integral part of the White House Farce of the last eight years.

Posted by: ceflynline@msn.com | August 26, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

It is a well know fact that during the past 45 years, the only Dem. candidates succeeded to become president in the general elections were either southern governors or southern senator , the key of their success seems to be: they were able to win more southern ( former confederate ) states, which Obama is actively seeking now. It is time for him to polish up his black ( or southern) accent he acquired years ago when working in the south side of Chicago.

Posted by: ypp | August 26, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

It is a well know fact that during the past 45 years, the only Dem. candidates succeeded to become president in the general elections were either southern governors or southern senator , the key of their success seems to be: they were able to win more southern ( former confederate ) states, which Obama is actively seeking now. It is time for him to polish up his black ( or southern) accent he acquired years ago when working in the south side of Chicago.

Posted by: austin b | August 26, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

It is a well know fact that during the past 45 years, the only Dem. candidates succeeded to become president in the general elections were either southern governors or southern senator , the key of their success seems to be: they were able to win more southern ( former confederate ) states, which Obama is actively seeking now. It is time for him to polish up his black ( or southern) accent he acquired years ago when working in the south side of Chicago.

Posted by: austin b | August 26, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

1. At least two liberal SC Justices are likely to be replaced by the next president.
2. John McCain is old, and has had at least two kinds of cancer.
3. Tom Ridge is Pro-Choice.


Yes Sen McCain, please choose Tom Ridge, the result will be hilarious.

Posted by: Aleks | August 26, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Who Is Eldon Smith?

Why, that would be none other than John McCain:


It turns out that this isn't the first time the issue of John McCain's lavish multiple residences has emerged in the heat of a campaign.


"In 1986, when then-Rep. McCain was running for the Senate seat vacated by Barry Goldwater, he quietly began remodeling a $500,000 house in central Phoenix owned by his wealthy father-in-law James Hensley. The $225,000 project -- which included the construction of a 4,000-square-foot addition, swimming pool, jacuzzi, cabana and barbecue -- held political peril for McCain, who was already fighting charges that he was as an opportunistic carpertbagger."

"The new house was located in Phoenix's fourth congressional district -- outside of the first district in Tempe which he represented at the time."

"AP caught wind of the work at 7110 North Central Ave. shortly before the general election and dispatched a reporter to examine blueprints at the planning department. They found the permit applicants were listed as Hensley and a mysterious "Mr. Smith."

"The reporter tracked down McCain's plumber, who told him he'd been told Mr. Smith's first name was "Eldon."

"Eldon Smith, it turned out, was John McCain."

full story here:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0808/The_GOPs_2008_nominee_isEldon_Smith.html


Good old "Eldon"...I mean John, didn't want people to know that he was planning to leave his congressional district - and also wanted to hide the cost of his lavish quarter-million dollar rennovation plans - so he came up with a ridiculous nom de maison, hoping to keep his plans buried under a sockpuppet. Of course, this might help explain why he lost track of the number of homes he's got.


Barack Obama has been remarkably open about his entire life story - a bio which has been subjected to endless scrutiny. But if there's anyone whose background we should be "unsure" of, it's John McCain's. I, for one, would like to learn about what else he's done in his life under an assumed name.

Posted by: Drain You | August 26, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Game over.

The Dems are foolishly about to nominate the one candidate who can't win, Barack Obama. Way to screw it up Dems in the one year we're supposed to win. We've lost 7 out of the last 10 Presidential elections, two of them were won by Bill Clinton. Bill and Hilllary Clinton are the greatest political success story of the Democratic party since FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt!

In 1932, FDR came into the Democratic convention 90 delegates short of the required number to win the nomination out right and FDR won the nomination on the 4th ballot! Now, THAT was democracy in action.

What are Obama and the DNC afraid of in 2008 if they actually have a real democratic vote? LOSING? You betcha. The fix is in. No democracy at the DNC in 2008.

Wise up Dems! You have the most incredible candidate, Hillary Clinton, qualified, electable ready to lead, NOMINATE HILLARY! The vote for the nomination has not been taken yet, superdelegates will decide this nomination and they should nominate Hillary if they want to win.

Obama/Biden is a big time loser.

It's Hillary or McCain 08 and Hillary 2012.

Country first, party second.

Posted by: lp | August 26, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I like Ed Rendell, even though he's a Clintonbot. He seems like a straight shooter.

I think he'd have been a better choice than Biden.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 26, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I like Ed Rendell, even though he's a Clintonbot. He seems like a straight shooter.

I think he'd have been a better choice than Biden.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 26, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I am really such a total loser.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

With Carville, Rendell and McAuliffe as mouthpieces for the Democratic Party, negativity, self service and self aggrandizement reign supreme.
Disgusting

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Btw, Chris, I was a POW. Not sure if I mentioned that to you (today).

Posted by: The Real McCain | August 26, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Uh, have you seen Tom Ridge? He's a giant. I'd look like a munchkin next to the guy. I'm sooo not picking him for Veep. Keep guessing.

Posted by: The Real McCain | August 26, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

chris

I don't think you got that he also said Biden would help in the opposite direction.

Posted by: dl | August 26, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

B/c Tom Ridge did SUCH a great job at DHS.

Bwaaahahahaha!

Posted by: F&B | August 26, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The right wing of the GOP has said in no uncertain terms that if McShame pics anyone who is pro-choice they will sit at home. I doubt that he will defy them, after all it's Rove who is in charge.

As for Hillary, she will do as she always does, what is best for her and her future. This is all media hype.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Do you think McCain will attract MORE of Hillary supporters if he chooses a female VP especially since Obama has not been able to reach Hillary’s 80% of the forgotten people?

Inside sources say Obama's recent plane trouble was an orchestrated publicity fraud to gain public sympathy and take away attention from his pattern of distracting and polarizing the public with playing the race card and the rich against poor card. Apparently Obama is full of them!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Do you think McCain will attract MORE of Hillary supporters if he chooses a female VP especially since Obama has not been able to reach Hillary’s 80% of the forgotten people?

Inside sources say Obama's recent plane trouble was an orchestrated publicity fraud to gain public sympathy and take away attention from his pattern of distracting and polarizing the public with playing the race card and the rich against poor card. Apparently Obama is full of them!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Do you think McCain will attract MORE of Hillary supporters if he chooses a female VP especially since Obama has not been able to reach Hillary’s 80% of the forgotten people?

Inside sources say Obama's recent plane trouble was an orchestrated publicity fraud to gain public sympathy and take away attention from his pattern of distracting and polarizing the public with playing the race card and the rich against poor card. Apparently Obama is full of them!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

WHAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM BEST SAY ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN.......

"He is a vicious person"
Former representative Charles LeBoutillier R-NY
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"An embarrassment to the party"
Arizona GOP state senator Susan Johnson
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"There is nothing redeeming about John Mccain...he's a hypocrite"
Former house GOP whip Tom DeLay
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"The thought of him being president sends a chill down my spine. He is erratic"
Senator Thad Cochran, R- MS
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"Hard headed is one way to say it. Arrogant is another way to say it. It's a quality about him that disturbs me".
Larry Wilkerson, former chief aide to Colin Powell
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"What happens if he gets angry in a crisis...? It's the presidents job to negotiate and stay calm. I just don't see that he has that quality".
Former Arizona GOP chairman John Hinz
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"His temper would place this country at risk...and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind that should disqualify him"
Former Senator Bob Smith, R-NM
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"I decided I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger."
Senator Pete Domenici, R-NM

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Any man who calls his wife a c*nt is not electable to anything. McBush has no honor!

Posted by: viki, NJ | August 26, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

"Aspergirl can you please say something positive? I'm assuming you'd say it about McCain, however you haven't? You just say negative things about Obama. And what is my reasoning for voting for McCain with all your anti-Obama and 0-positives about McCain?"

I guess she assumes you're as racist as she is.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 26, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl can you please say something positive? I'm assuming you'd say it about McCain, however you haven't? You just say negative things about Obama. And what is my reasoning for voting for McCain with all your anti-Obama and 0-positives about McCain?

Posted by: GC4Life | August 26, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"What we're seeing isn't a failure to "unify" but a "leadership" failure."

It's got nothing to do with leadership, its got nothing to do with respect, its got nothing to do with the issues or anything like that.

It's about asper's playing the stupid identity politics game as well as stark animosity towards black people.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama's choice of Biden puts McCain in a tough place in terms of his VP pick.

If McCain picks someone like Pawlenty, Joe Biden will eat him alive in the debates and in campaign stump speeches. If McCain picks Ridge, McCain will lose the "frail" support of the pro-lifers and evangelicals in the Republican party and Democratic Party. If McCain chooses Romney, the Republican ticket will be branded as the ticket of the "super-rich", with the McCains and the Romneys having a total net worth of nearly $500 million (compared to Obama/Biden net worth of $4 million)!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Ridge would be a great running mate, but (apparently) he did not leave PA in the best fiscal shape. Here are two even better possibilities: Christy Todd Whitman (NJ) and, best of all, Mike Bloomberg (NY). Each would likely put PA, NJ and possibly NY into the GOP camp; best of all, Bloomberg would guarantee FL; likely CT; and suddenly put CA into play. Who knows how much benefit Whitman could bring? Those Hillary voters would have to be pretty darn interested, wouldn't they?

Posted by: jayjay9 | August 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Chris, please explain to me why Governor Showboat's opinion is of interest to your readership? (Was he just convenient and non-stop vocal - as usual - when you had to write something down?)

Posted by: Carmen Cameron | August 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, McCain picking Ridge would infruiate the pro-life branch of the Republican Party. McCain could have a chance to win states like Pennslyvania and Ohio, but McCain could lose at lot of southern states to Obama via Bob Barr's presence in the presidential race. The ten most pro-life states for 2007 were:
Michigan, Louisiana, Pennslyvania, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

With Ridge as a running mate and Bob Barr in the race, McCain would lose Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennslyvania, Mississippi and Virginia to Obama.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 26, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I see people have their agenda's as always instead of commenting on the blog.

I think Obama will win Pennsylvania regardless of whether Ridge is there. Remember in the Primary Obama took his two biggest hit and the horrible debate here and lost by less then 10.

Ed Rendell has a machine in Penn add that to the Ground Game that Obama has and that could add another 5% to whatever number you have there.

He can win Penn the way Rendell won the Governorship running up the score in Philadelphia and the suburbs and in Pennsylvania.

Biden and Clinton can go to Scranton and thos little towns along with Obama and remind the Nash McCabes of the world that there will not be affordable health care under McCain which is something even if they have it can lose if their jobs go away.

Those of you picking on Biden have no idea of who you are messing with and you are about to find out. With all of Clinton so called experience this is the guy with experience (crime bill, title 9 for woman's sports, and violence against woman)
and in a debate he will not only knock Ridge or Romney's teeth out and yes even the hair Mit.

Ridge could help maybe even win, but those evangelicals in the south who have always hated McCain will go crazy with Ridge that will be the last straw. Take Georgia for instance that would give them a reason to not vote or vote for Bob Barr and with high
young people voting and high African American turnout could flip it. Other states such as Mississippi or South Carolina and definitely North Carolina.

Romney too is not liked by the Evangelicals
which is why he lost South Carolina and Florida because he is a Mormon and Flip flopper on Abortion and other things.

but he needs someone who can answer questions without a noun and a verb and McCain being a POW.

You Hillary people after Thursday get your but on the train and take your seat at the table. If Hillary had been the VP or the Nominee we would be talking about Whitewater, Bosnia Gate, Government take over of health care, etc etc

Think

if you want Health care you better vote Obama

if your a woman and you are concerned about woman's issues if you don't vote Obama woman in Iraq and woman in Afghanistan like my sister will be in peril for different reasons.
Woman waiting for their husbands to return will be in peril
the next two or three Justices that will open will be liberal judges so you need a democratic president just to keep the status quo.

Obstinate will be taught in schools which study's show doesn't work and encourages other forms of sexuality

the Oil drilling Hoax (takes 7 to 10 year for a drop to be added to supply) will become the Energy Policy.

THIS IS NOT A GAME AND THIS IS NOT ABOUT HILLARY

AND KEEP IN MIND IF YOU VOTE AGAINST ABOUT OBAMA SO HILLARY CAN WIN IN 2012

THERE WILL STILL BE YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE AND WE WILL NOT FORGET AND CAN DO THE SAME TO YOUR CANDIDATE THEN.

YES WE CAN DO THAT!!

Posted by: Michael Templer | August 26, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Nat Turner at 2:18 p.m.:

Obama Bin Biden... the deadly duo from Scranton/Jakara

Posted by: Only Hil Can Save 'Em | August 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

WHAT'S IN A WORD? "UNITY" VS. "LEADERSHIP"

The lack of respect shown for Clinton and her supporters continues with the crude portrayals of us as "holdouts" and criticism as to why we're not "unifying" with Obama.

If a chunk of the base won't go to a leader, it's usually considered a leadership issue, not a "unity" problem. Given all of Obama's snubbing of Clinton, and all the work it's taken just to force him to keep with traditions for the minimum gestures of unity (helping retire the campaign debt of the runner up in a close race and putting her name in nomination and having roll call), it's clear that Obama's personal animosity and disrespect for Clinton and her supporters is more important to him than unity. That means it's a leadership issue.

"... it is usually the job of the party nominee to build unity once a vanquished rival has conceded and made the right gestures. Unless the loser happens to be a woman"

Clinton's Thankless Job - Marie Cocco, Indianapolis Star
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/08/clinton_blamed_no_matter_what.html

It's a biased and socially impoverished party when sideline observers have to job of telling sections of a disrespected and unsupported group, to "show unity" and get behind the leader. The operative word isn't "unity", which is a word that projects the responsibility for a failure of leadership onto those who fail to unite. The operative word is "leadership", the first rule of which is that the prospective leader must induce people to follow him.

What we're seeing isn't a failure to "unify" but a "leadership" failure. The disrespectful signals and snubs that Obama and his supporters constantly send out, that are critical toward the Clintons and her supporters, and that reinforce a growing consensus that he holds a personal animosity and grudge toward her, is a failure of Obama's prospective "leadership", not a failure of her followers to show "unity".

We don't like him. He doesn't have the experience, qualifications or record of action that shows he's ready to be president. The Obama camp's immature and passive aggressive behavior toward Clinton and her supporters furthermore shows poor leadership character. The glossy convention speeches and media production only address the discomfort with the Obamas' questionable adult friends, their racist, hate speech culture Church and the mysterious blank spots in their personal life history accounts. The convention themes don't address the problems of substance that make Obama a bad nominee for a general election in a time of globalization, climate change and energy supply/demand dislocations.

The Democratic party seriously needs some kind of intervention. And it would nominate more competitive candidates for general elections if the opinions and commentary of the media were muzzled during primary season, allowed only to report on news, not drive story lines and analysis. As the dominant and influential voices in the Democratic party base, the media consistently pushes the elitist, affected and shallow candidates through the Democrats' nominating process, election year after election year, and loss after loss.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Rendall what are you ?republican or democrat, are you sure,because we can't
tell,have this election made you loose your fricking mind,you better hope that obama don't win because if he does, you
won't have a job in his admin.and you can forget being reelected again,fool me once
shame on you ,fool me twice shame on me,
have you tried right wing fix news radio,
because you don't have the face for television!

Posted by: BEN FRANKLIN | August 26, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

If McCain were to add Ridge to his ticket he could make Pennslyvania and Ohio more competitive. But he will lose many in the South. Many of the pro-lifers live in the South and a McCain/Ridge ticket would allow Bob Barr to be very competitive against McCain in the general election in places like North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisana, and Alabama.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Rendell. Ridge is McCain's best hope. Why? Biden is now the "working class man" and McCain needs to counter that with someone else who can go to those VFW halls and convince those old/white/working class Dems to pick McCain. Can you imagine Rommney doing that? Not a chance, because they can't relate to him. Biden would succeed and win those votes. So, if Ridge is the pick, he will help with those VFW halls in places like PA, OH, and MI.

I still think the election will be decided by white working class voters in those three states PA, OH, MI and not in the Western states which I think McCain/Obama will split no matter who their VPs are.

Posted by: David in FL | August 26, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

It's so sad that we have to face a ticket like Obama-Biden instead of Clinton-Rendell or Clinton-Strickland.

It's the media, who turn into dim-bulb, shallow propaganda artists every election year, and the fanatical but ignorant netroots, who got us into this.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Are you suggesting that blaming the US for russia's invasion didn't work? all Libs know the US is to blame for everything.

Posted by: Obamanable Snojob | August 26, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It's the kid from Scranton and the kid from Jakarta . Both lived there when 10 .

Posted by: nat turner | August 26, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and Wisconsin are swing states. While two months ago, Obama was leading in these states, now he is behind in Florida and Ohio and threatened in Pennsylvania. What has changed? Certainly the answer is not race, since that has not changed. Foreign policy – especially the Russian assault on Georgia, anathema to the many East Europeans who populate these states, may hold the key.
The most significant foreign policy event of the summer is the Russian invasion of Georgia. McCain captured the headlines with his reformulation of the phrase used by Le Monde after 9/11 – “We are all Georgians.” Cindy McCain is in Georgia today.
After the Russian invasion, the presidents of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia all flew to Tbilisi and addressed a mass rally there. Immigrants from these countries as well as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia represent a huge part of the electorate of these swing states and their concerns must be addressed by a strong Democratic response to the Russian invasion.
There are 10 million Polish Americans, many of whom inhabit swing states. Wikipedia shows Boothwyn, Pennsylvania is one of the largest growing Polish communities in the United States. Milwaukee has a large Polish population and hosts the largest Polish festival in the US. Michigan’s Polish population is more than 850,000, making up 8.6% of Michigan's total population. Cleveland, Ohio has a large Polish community, especially in historic Slavic Village. Other industrial cities with major Polish communities include Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh. Poles from Chicago and New York, which have large centers, have moved in large numbers to Florida. In Luzerne County, in northeastern Pennsylvania, a plurality of residents state their ancestry as Polish.
The 659,992 Americans of full or partial Lithuanian descent. Of these, 78,330 live in Pennsylvania. Perhaps the largest Lithuanian community can be found in the northeastern Pennsylvania, especially in Schuylkill County. The small borough of New Philadelphia is 25% Lithuanian American.
122,291 of the 892,922 Ukrainian Americans live in Pennsylvania. Significantly large Ukrainian-American communities include Sarasota County, Florida (Gulfport and Warm Mineral Springs), and Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (north of Miami). Cass Township, Pennsylvania is 14.30% Ukrainian American, Gulich Township, Pennsylvania is 12.70%, Gilberton, Pennsylvania is 12.40%; Saint Clair, Pennsylvania is 8.80%, Frackville, Pennsylvania is 7.60%, and the following towns in Pennsylvania are more than 5%: Olyphant, Norwegian Township, Harmony Township, Baden, MacAdoo, Branch Township, Woodward Township, Northampton, West Leechburg, Ambridge, Mount Caramel Township, Ford City, Bigler Township, and Kline Township. Cleveland, Ohgio, and smaller towns in Ohio like Parma, Mayfield and Richmond Heights, host sizeable Ukrainian communities as well.
There are 97, 220 Czech Americans in Wisconsin (1.8%), 61,640 in Ohio and 42,890 in Florida, as well as 85,056 in Minnesota (1.7%). Hungarian American populations include are 193,951 in Ohio, 132,988 in Pennsylvania, 98,036 in Michigan, and 96,885 in Florida. The bulk of the 1.2 Slovak Americans live in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. There are 5,374 Latvian Americans in Florida and 4,730 in Michigan, and 1.393 Estonian Americans in Florida.

Posted by: Matt | August 26, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Michigan, and Wisconsin are swing states. While two months ago, Obama was leading in these states, now he is behind in Florida and Ohio and threatened in Pennsylvania. What has changed? Certainly the answer is not race, since that has not changed. Foreign policy – especially the Russian assault on Georgia, anathema to the many East Europeans who populate these states, may hold the key.
The most significant foreign policy event of the summer is the Russian invasion of Georgia. McCain captured the headlines with his reformulation of the phrase used by Le Monde after 9/11 – “We are all Georgians.” Cindy McCain is in Georgia today.
After the Russian invasion, the presidents of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia all flew to Tbilisi and addressed a mass rally there. Immigrants from these countries as well as the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia represent a huge part of the electorate of these swing states and their concerns must be addressed by a strong Democratic response to the Russian invasion.
There are 10 million Polish Americans, many of whom inhabit swing states. Wikipedia shows Boothwyn, Pennsylvania is one of the largest growing Polish communities in the United States. Milwaukee has a large Polish population and hosts the largest Polish festival in the US. Michigan’s Polish population is more than 850,000, making up 8.6% of Michigan's total population. Cleveland, Ohio has a large Polish community, especially in historic Slavic Village. Other industrial cities with major Polish communities include Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh. Poles from Chicago and New York, which have large centers, have moved in large numbers to Florida. In Luzerne County, in northeastern Pennsylvania, a plurality of residents state their ancestry as Polish.
The 659,992 Americans of full or partial Lithuanian descent. Of these, 78,330 live in Pennsylvania. Perhaps the largest Lithuanian community can be found in the northeastern Pennsylvania, especially in Schuylkill County. The small borough of New Philadelphia is 25% Lithuanian American.
122,291 of the 892,922 Ukrainian Americans live in Pennsylvania. Significantly large Ukrainian-American communities include Sarasota County, Florida (Gulfport and Warm Mineral Springs), and Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (north of Miami). Cass Township, Pennsylvania is 14.30% Ukrainian American, Gulich Township, Pennsylvania is 12.70%, Gilberton, Pennsylvania is 12.40%; Saint Clair, Pennsylvania is 8.80%, Frackville, Pennsylvania is 7.60%, and the following towns in Pennsylvania are more than 5%: Olyphant, Norwegian Township, Harmony Township, Baden, MacAdoo, Branch Township, Woodward Township, Northampton, West Leechburg, Ambridge, Mount Caramel Township, Ford City, Bigler Township, and Kline Township. Cleveland, Ohgio, and smaller towns in Ohio like Parma, Mayfield and Richmond Heights, host sizeable Ukrainian communities as well.
There are 97, 220 Czech Americans in Wisconsin (1.8%), 61,640 in Ohio and 42,890 in Florida, as well as 85,056 in Minnesota (1.7%). Hungarian American populations include are 193,951 in Ohio, 132,988 in Pennsylvania, 98,036 in Michigan, and 96,885 in Florida. The bulk of the 1.2 Slovak Americans live in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. There are 5,374 Latvian Americans in Florida and 4,730 in Michigan, and 1.393 Estonian Americans in Florida.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scrivener | August 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

As a PA resident, I can tell you that I will absolutely not vote for McCain, no matter who he chooses as his running mate. Another 4 years of the same old crap from the last 8 is completely unacceptable. Scaring people into submission does not help strengthen our country. And any party that is driven by the idea that their one religious ideal is the right one is out of their minds.

Posted by: Mary in PA | August 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

What Kind of Plagiarist Is Joe Biden?
(THE UNUSUALLY CREEPY KIND)
Slate Article By Jack Shafer


why should Obama be the only lefty to make up things for his resume. they are perfect together.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of the segmentation of the populace. "White working class voters" this and "White working class voters" that. Are there no Hispanic working class voters or Black working class voters? Do they not have the same concerns as white working class voters?

Posted by: Mordecai | August 26, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to abe g at 1:49 p.m. I haven't seen this kind of straight-ahead disinformation in some time. Usually, what appears here is the "advocate the opposing view in a crazy way in order to discredit the dissenters" kind of disinfo.

It's refreshing to see a return to the classic style. But it's still disinfo (paid?)

I mean, really: Gas at $3.70 a gallon is a bargain? "Stabilization" in the housing market when it's still in collapse compared to just a year ago? Nice talking points there...

Posted by: scrivener | August 26, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

As of last week, I started predicting that the Democrats were walking into an "ugly, bloody and humiliating train wreck" this November, and that they were doing it "eyes wide open".

Obama's pick of Biden only affirms that projection, as does Obama's convention. This is an update of my prognostication.

NATIONAL TRACKING POLLS, POST-VP-PICK 08/26/08:

Rasmussen: Obama 46, McCain 46, TIE
Gallup: Obama 44, McCain 46, McCain +2

Obama's not getting a VP naming "bump", he's getting a VP naming "dump"!


OBAMA'S FIRST EXECUTIVE STAFFING DECISION: HIS VP PICK

Biden is bad enough that it's worth voting against Obama just to make sure that bizarre blowhard guy can't become president by some misfortune befalling Obama that elevates Biden. Biden has seniority, not gravitas, just as Obama has personality and charisma, not depth. Plus, Biden has some career-ending things in his past:

What Kind of Plagiarist Is Joe Biden?
(THE UNUSUALLY CREEPY KIND)
Slate Article By Jack Shafer
more at: http://www.slate.com/id/2198597/


2008 CONVENTION MESSAGING

The convention messaging is one of failure thus far. It's unquestionably the wrong thing to do to be trying to familiarize the electorate with your candidate still. While Bill Clinton got a huge bump out of his convention, this is not the same problem Obama is having. Obama's spent months in a primary/caucus contest that ran through each state, and he's spent $300 million thus far to help the electorate get to know him better. The electorate at this point is not getting too little information about Obama. Obama's maxed out on the number of people in the electorate who think he should be elected president this year, and that's his problem.

The fact that, (1) after a primary season that was battled through each state, $300 million spent on his part and miles of column space devoted to him by an infatuated press who blanketed their forums with praise and pro-Obama memes, Obama has to devote his convention to an attempt to let the public get to know him better, speaks of disaster.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

That was Scrivener at 1:46 P.M.

Posted by: scrivener | August 26, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Today, the Conference Board reported that the consumer confidence index rose 5 points in the past month, from 51.9 to 56.9. Like most good news for America, this represents a tactical hurdle for the Obama campaign. Barack Obama is the guy who says Americans have to choose between medicine for their kids and gas for their cars. He peddles a message of abject national despair from which only he can deliver us. What use does he have for consumer confidence? A boost to American morale throws the Obama campaign into an identity crisis. What good is a messiah without a plague?

It’s no coincidence that Obama’s lead has evaporated as George W. Bush’s approval ratings have risen and as good news from Iraq has become too ubiquitous to ignore; it’s no coincidence that John McCain has drawn still closer to Obama over the past couple of months–as that’s how long consumer confidence has been on the rise. And it’s no coincidence that Democrat observer James Carville found Obama’s dustbowl apocalypse message disturbingly absent from last night’s proceedings:

You haven’t heard about Iraq or John McCain or George W. Bush - I haven’t heard any of this. We are a country that is in a borderline recession, we are an 80 percent wrong-track country. Health care, energy - I haven’t heard anything about gas prices,” Carville also says. “Maybe we are going to look better Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. But right now, we’re playing hide the message.

Apparently Carville hasn’t heard anything about gas prices: they’re lower. The Dems aren’t playing “hide the message,” they’re playing “find the message.” Having lambasted Bush as a cartoon villain, they have nowhere to go if we’re winning a war, trying diplomacy with Iran, enjoying a dip in gas prices, doing better economically, experiencing a stabilization in the housing market, and fielding the world’s requests for protection. Obama sells despair. And he’s in trouble because that market is in a downturn.

Posted by: abe g | August 26, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

AND EDDIE ALREADY HAS SAID HE'S VOTING 'HILLARY' ON THE FIRST BALLOT...

Chris:

WOW! What Rendell seems to be saying is: Vote Hillary tonight, or the election could be lost.

Why else would he add that phrase about "Are they ever going to be great volunteers and door knockers? No." Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Obama's prospects.

Chris -- you do know he has promised to vote "Hillary" on the roll call, don't you?

http://www.politickerpa.com/danh/1270/lauding-cathartic-effect-roll-call-vote-rendell-cast-his-convention-vote-clinton

So if this is your exclusive interview, you may have a bigger story here: Rendell using bloggers to telegraph delegates: Vote Hillary or we lose in November...?


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law (in PA and nationwide, Gov, please take note):

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-expose-state-supported-vigilante-squads-doing-domestic-terrorism

WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1


Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

As a PA resident, I can tell you that I will absolutely not vote for McCain, no matter who he chooses as his running mate. Another 4 years of the same old crap from the last 8 is completely unacceptable. Scaring people into submission does not help strengthen our country. And any party that is driven by the idea that their one religious ideal is the right one is out of their minds.

Posted by: Mary in PA | August 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

You know, I really think Rendell is baiting McCain into taking Ridge.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 26, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I got news for you libs, McCain will win Pa. even without Ridge being named VP. I live in upstate Pa. and travel the state constantly and outside of the liberal and black Philly and in and around the Pa. colleges and Universities there is no support for Barack Obama anywhere. Matter of fact if anything he's hated. Hillary would have carried this state, but Obama, never.

Posted by: tj | August 26, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Ridge is even less of a possibility for McCain than Lieberman. And if Ridge is the Veep, McCain loses his conservative base.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | August 26, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

It is coming down to PA, OH and MI. OH looks like a lock for Mccain. If he gets PA, game over.

Posted by: kingofzouk | August 26, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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