Commenter Andrew, a native Pennsylvanian, weighs in with some great insight on the Keystone State’s upcoming Democratic primary:
Hello Sir or Madame, [Griffin's note: It's "sir"-- I'm a guy]
Great work on your blog. I’m from Pennsylvania. I live in Philadelphia, but I just toured northeastern Pennsylvania during my spring break (for a little vacation fun) and was appalled at how open people often were about their racist views. I went to college in Easton, right on the border of the Philadelphia metro area and “Pennsyltucky” (alright – probably the first major town inside the “Pennsyltucky” T as you travel north from Philadelphia), so I was somewhat familiar with how things could be, but I was stunned by how bad it got the further north or west we went.
I really hope we do better when the bell rings, because I myself am a big Obama supporter and I hate the thought that the state where I live being alarmingly racist. I guess I’m hoping that Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, with their more sophisticated (i.e., liberal) populations, can overwhelm the rest of the state. I’ll try to do some volunteer work for Senator Obama, but mostly I’m crossing my fingers.
And you can read my own take on the Pennsylvania primary, as a long-time former resident, here. (Short version: Obama has no chance.) If there are any other native Pennsylvanians reading out there, drop your two cents in the comments section.