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Corbett is not popular.  He inextricably linked to the Sandusky scandal at Penn State and that has hurt him across political spectrum.

The Pennsylvania Governorship has swung like a pendulum (8 years in GOP hands, 8 years in Dem hands) for the last 40 years.

The Penn State problem , his perceived favoritism of out-of-state interest in regards to the fracking boom, and his circumventing his own party system to hand pick his preferred candidates for last year's state-wide row office elections (some of the candidates he insisted on lost badly) have combined to create a situation where Corbett honestly appears to be a risk of being a 1-term governor.
He may even face a credible primary threat.

Earlier this week, he announce the state would be suing the NCAA in relation to penalties against the Penn State football program.  Its a pretty transparent p.r. move to endear himself to Penn State supports (Republicans and Central PA Dems).  Inital reviews of his idea seem decidedly mixed.  

Today (for the first time since his election)  he is appearing on local Harrisburg Public interest radio show "SMART TALK" on local NPR station WITF FM 89.5.  It seems a very deliberate next step in his p.r. rehab.

I'm not really interested in what he has to say (he's a never ending stream of B grade bullshit).  I am interested in hearing the tone of the public calling in to ask Corbett questions.

I am very hopeful he will receive a strong primary challenge.  Usually, for PA Governorships, the party out of power just phones it in for races against an incumbent governor (for example, a few years ago the GOP offered a literal Hail Mary pass against incumbent Ed Rendell by nominating former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Lynn Swann.  I think the Dems ought to be going with their "A game" candidate for 2014.  You have a rare chance here.

Originally posted to champaigncarl on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:07 AM PST.

Also republished by DKos Pennsylvania.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Wastefull Spending? (0+ / 0-)

    Corbett should budget no more than a nickel ninety-eight for this suit; there is little that can come of it.  Penn State agreed to abide by NCAA rules; are they now going to say, "oh, we didn't understand ..."?

    It is likely that Corbett attempts to improve his image to Pennsylvanians prior to what is likely to be a contentious re-election bid.

    Voters would be wise to look at Corbett's record and ignore this suit, which will likely make Corbett a one-and-done governor.

  •  Why did Tom take so long? (1+ / 0-)
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    Cinnamon

    To come out against the sanctions. One might get the idea that there were a lot of closets to be cleaned out before he could act. I hope someone is looking for those skeletons.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:38:19 AM PST

  •  He won't be seriously primaried... (2+ / 0-)
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    Yellow Canary, Gary Norton

    ...and it would be foolish to bet against his re-election.  He's vaguely unpopular but nobody has a WI-level grievance against him.  And let's not forget that PA Democrats have, on a population-adjusted basis, the shortest and crappiest bench in the country.  

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:39:02 AM PST

  •  There are already a few announced Democratic (2+ / 0-)
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    pademocrat, Gary Norton

    challengers. personally, I'd like to see my U. S. Rep. (Allyson Schwartz) run, or Admiral Sestak. The gerrymadering has made her district, by necessity, solidly blue so someone new would probably hold it. Of course, Pa. already has fewer women House members then say, New Hampshire.

    I wonder if Corbett suing the NCAA is part of a plan to win reelection by shoring nup his base in central and southwestern Pa. But remember, the meme of Pa. as being Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama inbetween is now grossly inaccurate (if it ever was). Having a southeastern liberal or moderate run secures the Democratic base (not as much as Ed Rendell did but still solidly) and when you add democratic strongholds around Scranton, Erie, and yes, State College, breaking the 8-year-itch is quite possible.

    Delenda est filibuster!

    by TofG on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:48:17 AM PST

  •  I'll be on the ground... (2+ / 0-)
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    cosette, Gary Norton

    for Anybody But Corbett, if for nothing else, than because as an educator, my wife won't be employable in the state until he's gone.

    Other than the wingnut newpaper from the 'burgh, I don't think I've heard a single voice in his favor - Whoever comes off the bench for the Dems only needs to be able to articulate a clear plan that's different from Corbett's, and I think he's got a real chance.

  •  Does this lawsuit really (0+ / 0-)

    sit well with the Penn State community, alumni and friend. I thought most had reconciled themselves to accepting this shame and the sanctions and moving on. This suit will open all the old wounds and air the dirty laundry for years to come.

    Further, affiant sayeth not.

    by Gary Norton on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:38:01 AM PST

    •  It sits VERY well with us... (0+ / 0-)

      I for one will be watching Corbett closely.  If he fights hard for this, I'll consider voting for him is 2014.  If he wins, or gets the sanctions reduced, I will defininitely vote for him.  You're supposed to vote for candidates who support your interests, and this is a big interest of mine.

      I actually think the suit can be productive for Penn State.  The NCAA so obviously over-reached and violated their own due process, not to mention having to make-up a whole justification to rush to judgement.  The sanctions are also so obviously cruel and unusual punishment, directed at all the wrong people.

      A lawyer I know said that if Corbett can get this past dismissal, the NCAA will have to eventually make a deal.  Sports leagues (even the ones with anti-trust exemptions) don't typically fair well in court.  If they lose this case, it calls into question their authority on a whole range of issues.  Right now, I'd let them settle for reducing the Bowl ban to two years, reducing the fine to the $12M already paid, no more scholorship reduction than what Ohio State got (for real cheating), and reinstating the wins from 1998-2011.  That would still be grossly unfair to PSU (and all of us students, fans, and alumni), but I'd take it.    

      As a Penn State alum, I am neither ashamed of, nor resigned to, anything.  I said from the time the sanctions were announced that we should hunker down for a while, be good citizens, and then appeal for a reduction in the sanctions (which are a grave injustice to all of us alumni and fans).  I'm not ashamed of anything.  I didn't molest any kids, and I didn't cover it up.  Why should I (or my kids who are future Penn State students) absorb one ounce of punishment for it?

  •  Article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer not too (0+ / 0-)

    sympathetic in tone to Corbett. It discusses his remarks in a series of tv and radio interviews. He tried to explain contradicting his earlier rec. to Penn  State that it accept the sanctions:
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    But while Corbett worked to explain this apparent contradiction, critics continued to question the timing of his legal challenge, its potential political implications, and even the law firm hired to wage the battle in court.
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    A Montgomery County possible primary challenger (Bruce Castor-not unknown to mix up in local politics) was quite critical of Corbett's new position.

    Chris Borick, political scientist at Muhlenberg College:
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    No matter what his motives are with the lawsuit, the practical aspect is, it has political ramifications for the governor. It's clear the Sandusky issue has become more of a liability than an asset for him. It looks like he's trying to change that.
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    Delenda est filibuster!

    by TofG on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:39:19 AM PST

  •  "Because you just have to close your eyes," (0+ / 0-)

    Tom Corbett (commenting on women forced to get ultrasound prior to abortion)...
    was intensely triggering to me.
    His tone of voice and the look on his face while commenting haunt me to this day.

  •  the Governor is going full court press (0+ / 0-)

    he polled this I suspect, because going after the NCAA polls rather well in Pennsylvania (although my evidence is anecdotal. I know being pro-NCAA sanction in my area is a minority position though. I'm pro-sanction. I'm glad they did it.)

    just a little bit bored.

    by terrypinder on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:23:55 AM PST

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