I expect to hear from a lot of locals on this.
The PA HDCC (Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee) has been sending out mailers that roll Governor Tom Corbett and local State House GOP candidate Ryan Mackenzie into one persona (non grata): Corbenzie! (The website is terrible, but the literature going out to households in both major parties have been slapped together with a bit more panache.)
For the purposes of this post, I don’t care what you think about Corbett or Mackenzie. I want to you know if you think PA HDCC thinks “Corbenzie” sounds more nefarious than “MacCorbett.” I want to know if you think they picked the former portmanteau because it sounds a little, you know.
What I know is this:
To demonize two men with Northern European surnames, the PA HDCC has combined those names into one stereotypically Italian-sounding name.