State became a symbol of nation’s message Tuesday
Pennsylvania has been the predictable graveyard of countless Republican presidential candidates over the years. Like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, Pennsylvania has been sitting there with its juicy electoral votes, only to have the payoff swiped away by the seemingly unbreakable coalition voters in the state’s metropolitan centers. That all changed Tuesday – dramatically. Not only did Pennsylvania tip to Donald Trump, in doing so it became the state that took him over the needed 270 electoral votes needed for Trump to become our next president in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. This state – and the nation’s presidential election – may have been decided in the rally halls of predominately rural Pennsylvania. The people in many of those rally halls have voted for Democrats in many presidential election but this year clearly felt like they have not benefitted from those policies. In a strange twist that few could have predictable, Trump may actually have possessed the coattails that pulled Senate incumbent Pat Toomey to re-election in an airtight race with Katie McGinty. That race saw an obscene amount of money spent on character assassination advertisements. But many of the voters of Pennsylvania sent a message to campaign managers that they are smart enough to look past purchased politics of destruction. They are more interested in Washington producing policies that work for them rather than the special interests. And they haven’t been getting that for quite awhile. So after years of predictability, Pennsylvania lived up to its keystone moniker this election and became reflective of a movement that has been growing from rally hall to rally hall for the past 18 months throughout the nation. The message is clear. We want government that works, not the political gridlock produced by special interests and power elites. And Pennsylvania may have delivered the message the loudest.
Sunday: Voters scolded big media for violating its mission.