A friend in Pennsylvania sent me a picture of an editorial in his local newspaper: The headline is “Trump Wins.” And the entire editorial is, “We have no words” and then a bunch of blank space.
Now this wasn’t some student newspaper. The Observer-Reporter in western Pennsylvania has been publishing in one form or another since 1808.
Their editorial was stupid, but it was honest.
I actually prefer the Observer-Reporter to, say, the New York Times and CNN, who have no clue either, but cover it up by insulting everybody.
But don’t you think a newspaper — especially a local newspaper in small-town west Pennsylvania — should have a clue? If not about Donald Trump, at least about their own readers? Because Washington County went for Donald Trump huge — 61 per cent for Trump, 36 per cent for Clinton.
I’m a Canadian, but I’ve been to Washington County three or four times in the past few years. Which is probably four times more than Hillary Clinton visited.
I went there to study how a poor, rust belt part of American can make an economic comeback. See, western Pennsylvania used to be all about coal and steel. But that’s been tough going for 20 or 30 years. Partly because of cheap competition from the third world, and partly because of Democratic Party elites.
But along came fracking. Washington County is the centre of the fracking miracle.
Well, the Democrats hate fracking. That’s why Washington County went for Trump, nearly two to one.
Even this Canadian tourist can see that.