1. Pennsylvania (R): State Treasurer Rob McCord (D) officially jumped into the race this week, which could complicate the life of Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D). Still, Gov. Tom Corbett (R) remains the most vulnerable governor in the country and holding his seat will remains a tall task for the GOP no matter how competitive the Democratic field gets.
It’s been the same thing for months and months, and this is why I don’t believe it’s necessary for Democrats to immiserate their constituents by withholding votes for original SB1, when clearly the GOP needs their help to pass it.
Yes I know the Democrats didn’t get to collaborate on this thing. Yes I know that the bill is far short of what’s needed. Yes Mike Turzai may well slip in a poison pill at the last minute. I don’t care. If the original SB1 doesn’t pass, there’ll be 11,000 more drivers on the road in Philly as the Cynwyd and Media-Elwyn regional rail lines shut down indefinitely. 11,000 people ride those trains every weekday, and if you close them down you’re going to get monster traffic jams. 76 can’t handle that. The Philadelphia economy, which accounts for over a third of Pennsylvania’s GDP, can’t handle that for 2 years while the purists are waiting for a better bill.
We can fix this when we beat Corbett, and we can beat him whether or not he signs SB1. The education cuts, the bungling of the Jerry Sandusky case, and the War on Women policies all conspire to set a very low ceiling on Corbett’s reputation with the voters regardless of what he does over the next year. A little bit of real governing action between now and the election isn’t going to dramatically turn his fortunes around.