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September 24, 2008

WaPo on PA: "A region wrestling with bitterness and backwardness"

The media gets so angry at counties that aren't voting in favor of Obama they are driven to toss unprofessional insults at them.

The campaign even ran an early ad in this market emphasizing Biden's roots here. But those roots may not cure all in a region where Obama's top campaigners, a couple of popular Lackawanna County commissioners, received hate mail during the primary just for backing the Illinois senator. More than is sometimes acknowledged, residents say, this is a region wrestling with bitterness and backwardness, the kind that Aunie Frisch, who has Chinese ancestry, sometimes finds maddening.

Compare to the women of the Upper West Side who are exhibiting truly insane reactions to Sarah Palin.

"All of my women friends, a week ago Monday, were on the verge of throwing themselves out windows," an author and political activist, Nancy Kricorian of Manhattan, said yesterday. "People were flipping out. ... Every woman I know was in high hysteria over this. Everyone was just beside themselves with terror that this woman could be our president our potential next president."

Ms. Kricorian allowed that she was among those driven to distraction, upon occasion, by Mrs. Palin's nomination. "My Facebook status last Monday was, 'Nancy is freaking out about Sarah Palin yet again,'" the writer said.

A posting on a New York-based Web site for women, Jezebel.com, spoke of unbridled anger. "What I feel for her privately could be described as violent, nay, murderous, rage," an associate editor at Jezebel, Jessica Grose, wrote just after the Republican convention wrapped up. "When Palin spoke on Wednesday night, my head almost exploded from the incandescent anger boiling in my skull."

That's from the conservative-tilting broadsheet The New York Sun.

Question: If the Washington Post is on a hunt for "bitter," "backwards" thinking voters, perhaps they can just call up their best friends and college classmates and run a story on them.

No interest? Of course not. They're voting the right way. It's only those who do not share the media's "Obama Compulsive Disorder"* who get this sort of treatment.

Threatening to kill yourself due to Sarah Palin? Confessing a desire to kill Sarah Palin? That's normal, and not "bitter" or "backwards" at all.

Also from Gergaghty: An ARG poll finds Obama ahead 50-46 in Pennsylvania... based upon their finding that 53% of those bitter, backwards Pennsylvanians are Democrats.

When more plausible voter break-downs are assumed, the situation changes just a little bit.


* "Obama Compulsive Disorder" was coined by someone else. Forget who. It's the opposite of Bush Derangement Syndrome. OCD is a psychological defect shared by most of the media to compulsively do whatever is necessary to elect The One.


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