By Carole on May 16, 2010
In the race to replace the late Congressman John Murtha, businessman Tim Burns (R) leads former Murtha aide Mark Critz (D) by just one point (48% to 47%) in what will probably be the last major poll of the campaign. (source) Leaping into the spotlight of this special election is former President Bill Clinton who stopped by to tell all those bitter Pennsylvanians clinging to their guns and religion that the reason the race is close is that "times are tough and things are all up in the air and people are disoriented."
Appearing at a Critz rally, Mr. Clinton went on to dismiss the anger and frustration many in western Pennsylvania and the rest of the country feel about rising government spending and high unemployment. "Forget about politics," the former president said, "Remember those decisions you made in your life when you were mad? About 80 percent of the time, you made a mistake, am I right?" (source)
Unsubstantiated statistics aside, of course Mr. Clinton, Mr. Critz and the entire Democratic machine would like voters to forget about politics and their anger and what Democratic rule has brought about. If the voters remember that huge deficits created by hugely unpopular legislation were created by Democrats, they might just decide to vote the Democrats out of power.
The voters are not disoriented, Mr. Clinton. They are not frustrated either (that's you and your fellow Democrats as the mid-term elections get closer). If some are angry, that's only because they've been paying attention.
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