Politics & Policy

Localize: A Key To Toomey’s 9-Point Lead?

John Baer’s latest column in the Philadelphia Daily News takes a look at one of the keys to Pat Toomey’s 9-point lead over Democrat Joe Sestak. Debts and deficits might be national concerns, but politics remains local.

On a four-day bus tour across the state, he tells each county visited what the $787 billion economic stimulus cost residents and how much the unemployment rate rose in that county since the stimulus was signed in February 2009 – or, as Toomey puts it, ‘since Joe Sestak voted for the stimulus.’

The calculation is simplistic – cost of stimulus per person times county population – but it’s a clever way to make people mad.

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