Political analysts Terry Madonna and Michael Young, in their latest “Politically Uncorrected” column, say that Gov. Tom Corbett is trying something unusual in his re-election campaign.
While Corbett first ran for the governor’s job, they wrote that he took on the culture of Harrisburg – including ”exploding budget deficit, bloated bureaucracy and a Democratic Party eight years in office.”
And while running against Harrisburg is “a popular strategy,” they wrote that no incumbent governor seeking a second term has done so until now.
They wrote that running against Harrisburg “might still be Corbett’s best bad choice in a race with few good choices. It’s a strategy born equally of frustration and desperation.”
Here’s the rub. “In running against Harrisburg, Corbett is also running against himself,” they wrote. “In indicting Harrisburg for its failures, he is also indicting himself for his failures. In advocating change, he is risking that voters might change much more than he wants.”
The authors conclude by saying: “Many believe Corbett may go down to defeat in November, but if so, he’s not going quietly.” Corbett, a Republican, faces Democrat Tom Wolf, a businessman and former state revenue secretary, in the Nov. 4 election.
– John Guerriero