#PAGov: Anonymous GOP Backbiters Savage Corbett

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Let’s be clear: Tom Corbett is going to be the GOP nominee, not least because every Republican operative anonymously sniping at him in the press is too chickenshit to tell him to his face to step down. But it sure is fun watching them crap their pants worrying about how many SEPA state senators and House reps Lil’ Tom is going to pull down with him in the 2014 midterms.

Democrats: don’t be stupid about this. Vote a straight party ticket. The shutdown, the Corbett – all of the things you don’t like have been brought to you by your “moderate” southeast Republican representatives. At the end of the day, Charlie Dent, Mike Fitzpatrick, and Pat Meehan don’t vote against the tea people that much, and they’re are all going to vote for John Boehner for House Speaker again next year. Your state reps voted with Corbett on basically everything you didn’t like during the last 3 years. Don’t split your ticket.

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14 Responses to #PAGov: Anonymous GOP Backbiters Savage Corbett

  1. Albert Brooks says:

    In another thread you say to vote the issues and in this one vote straight party. Which is it Jon? Should voters be independent enough to make up their own mind or should the party do that for them?

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Voters should vote the issues in the primaries, and before the primary season starts in earnest, work to persuade candidates to take positions they want. Then they should pull a straight party ticket in the general election.

      • Albert Brooks says:

        I said this in another thread and I’ll say it here again. My Great-Grandfather told me that the most dangerous people in America are those that pull the lever for one party. It shows they can’t think for themselves and are easily led.

        You have to vote for who will do the best job in the position, not for what party they belong too.

        • Ryan says:

          I think your great-Grandfather was potentially right for local elections — but if you vote federally for two different parties, you’re just voting for one of the candidates you voted for to stop the other candidate you voted for. Politics are very different now then they were 50 years ago.

        • Jon Geeting says:

          Agree with Ryan, it depends on the level of government. At state and federal level, political party affiliation tells you 90% of what you need to know about a candidate’s positions. And if you want those positions to actually become law, you vote for a package of candidates to get it done – a party slate.

          In local government, the national party labels do a bad job of describing the ideological differences in municipal politics. We need pro-growth and NIMBY parties in municipal government so that voters don’t have to do so much work to figure out who supports what positions. That’s what makes parties so great. They aggregate issue positions and put a brand on them so that voters know what they’re getting. It’s a very useful and important shortcut that we need to give voters, because most people are not, and should not have to be, political junkies to participate in representative democracy.

    • Why should any sane person vote for anyone running under the GOP banner at this point? They’re all insane and looking to damage this country. Today’s State Rep. becomes tomorrow’s Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz.

  2. Sean Kitchen says:

    Johnny boy won’t be the speaker after this. He’s going to have to force a vote on the Paul Ryan budget, which is what the democrats are happy voting for, to end the shutdown. Then he’ll have to vote to raise the debt ceiling. His political career is over.

  3. Tim Potts says:

    Republicans have a more serious problem in SEPA than Corbett. By savaging the Philadelphia public schools, they are generating more flight to the suburbs by young parents who can afford it. Those people are not going to change party registration because they were forced to become refugees from ideological and financial fanaticism. If anything, they will be highly motivated to repay their Republican antagonists by making them move out of their Harrisburg offices.

    • From your lips to God’s ears, as the saying goes.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Interesting theory. I heard an amazing anecdote the other day from my friend Ben Stango about *future* parents in Philly organizing for better public schools. They don’t have kids yet, but they want to soon, and they don’t want to move out of Philly for better schools so they’re taking a long view and getting involved in PTA early. Very inspiring to me.

  4. The problem with Tom Corbett and the rest of the Republicans in PA is that their base is strong. They also have what they view as strong candidates. The Democrats in PA have been lacking strong candidates in this state for years. We have too many Democrats that are in elected office that act more like Republicans because they are afraid of not being re-elected.

    Meanwhile, the more liberal base of voters, which is growing and outweighing the moderate Dems, is becoming increasingly disengaged from the process. Voting a straight Democratic ticket does not guarantee a straight Democratic win when more than half the voters are not impassioned enough to get out to the polls to vote for people they do not like.

  5. Ed H. says:

    Your grandfather was wrong, Albert. A lot o political science has shown that progress (and setbacks) are made when the parties are able to set agendas and have the votes available to move government in one direction or another. Even the consensus politics of the 1950s-1970s saw that, like when Johnson moved on Medicare, Civil Rights, and more.

    • Jon Geeting says:

      Absolutely right. The American obsession with “checks and balances” and veto points as a means to frustrate policy change is badly hurting this country. See: government shutdown.