Pennsylvania won, in part because Shell owns gas and liquids there, and in part because it had an appropriate 500-acre site.
Quiet old Pittsburgh, relic of a bygone industrial age, could experience an economic transfusion that only a few years ago nobody could even have imagined.
Rust Belt no more.
Just the sound of it quiets the heart.
As Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., put it, a cracker -- and all the chemical industries it would fuel -- will "redefine this region for generations to come."
"Generations" is not hyperbole, as West Virginians know from their own family histories with the chemical and steel industries.
Productive, wealth-creating enterprises provide stability, predictability and security that do affect families for generations.
That's what Americans want.
Republicans, from the top of the ticket to the bottom, should deep-six "gotcha" sound bites and dippy press releases. It only makes them look small.
Instead, Republicans should agree upon and state in clear terms 10 things they would do to turn American industry loose and create economic security for American families.
That's what Americans want -- from the West Coast to the East Coast, from the Gulf Coast to Canada.
Does anybody blame them?
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.