Even the Tribune-Review Has Given Up on Tom Corbett

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“Mr. Corbett can’t claim any signature political achievement or substantive economic progress.” That’s what the Wall Street Journal had to say on Thursday in an article chronicling the GOP’s 2014 troubles in Pennsylvania. Making matters worse for Keystone State Republicans, even the right-leaning Tribune-Review is abandoning Governor Corbett’s candidacy.

In a Sunday editorial, the Trib’s editorial board penned a piece agreeing with the Wall Street Journal’s assessment that Governor Corbett and the Republican legislature have accomplished little to stoke economic growth:

It oftentimes takes an outsider to place into proper perspective the insider game that is politics. Those too close to a political scenario typically might see the trees but the forest remains opaque in a heavy fog.

But a Thursday assessment in The Wall Street Journal burns off that fog and exposes a hardly flattering portrait for Gov. Tom Corbett, now seeking a second term. It should shake the Shaler Republican to his foundation and cause the GOP-controlled Legislature to radically overhaul its mission.

Mr. Corbett’s “re-elect numbers” have been running between “abysmal” and “are you kidding?” Here’s how The Journal’s Allysia Finley sees it:

“The truth is that Mr. Corbett and the state’s Republican legislature have accomplished little in the way of reform over the past three years to stoke economic growth. The governor has proven unable to corral his caucus to pass even de minimis pension, school and tax reforms. The GOP’s moderates and tea party wing have often tangled over the size and scope of reform while Mr. Corbett sat on the sidelines.”

And no matter what Democrat emerges from a crowded primary field or what outside money influences might or might not come into play, Ms. Finley concludes that if Corbett loses in November, “most of the credit will belong to Mr. Corbett.”

Ouch. But the truth usually hurts.

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger has been a contributing writer at Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger primarily covers campaigns and elections, drawing from his experience working on municipal, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, communications, and campaign management. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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6 Responses to Even the Tribune-Review Has Given Up on Tom Corbett

  1. Ed H. says:

    I wonder what kind of effect that Bob Guzzardi will have on the GOP primary if he gets on the ballot. BTW… Glad to see you contributing, Jake.

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  3. Dan says:

    How come no one on this site has discussed anything about the Progressive Summit?

    • Jake Sternberger says:

      I did not go, as it conflicted with the petition gathering period, which obviously takes priority. Jon, however, did go, and he live-Tweeted the event. I am not sure if he’s going to post a full report recapitulating the events of the summit.