Most readers of this blog have probably experienced the past few years of unified Republican control of state government as an all-out assault on liberal values – a merciless flood of daily indignities.
But amusingly there are some people who think that the Republicans haven’t produced enough conservative policy changes. Here is the first partisan case I’ve read for supporting Bruce Castor’s primary challenge to Tom Corbett.
There’s not much of a case honestly, much as I’d like to cover the Republicans In Disarray beat next year. Republicans have total control of all branches of government. What’s holding them back from passing some of these other wishlist items isn’t Tom Corbett, it’s that this stuff is either unpopular in marginal districts, or else it cuts across the usual ideological divisions, as in the case of state store privatization. The actual problem is that Corbett is running up against the real political constraints, and the only way to make more “progress” is to replace some moderate legislators in marginal seats with conservatives or persuade voters that the conservative position is best. It’s not clear how replacing the Governor makes any of this stuff easier to pass.