An internal memo from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration reveals that even Republicans think extremists like Walker and Kasich are failures. As you know, this sort of thing is simply not done in Republican circles, where they stick together no matter who has pictures of what airport bathroom.
Jan Murphy of the Patriot News reported on PennLive:
More surprisingly, the memo cites the shortcomings of fellow Republican governors Tom Ridge and Dick Thornburgh. It notes they raised taxes and legislative salaries. The memo, authored by Corbett’s deputy chief of staff Luke Bernstein, called Corbett’s first year in office “one of the most productive in the country.”
It also contrasted Corbett’s performance with Republican governors in six states, including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich, who gained national attention for their tough stands with unions…
The memo notes Wisconsin’s Walker, after pushing through a bill to strip unions of collective bargaining rights, “faced tens of thousands of protesters camping out at the state Capitol for weeks.” It notes Walker “faces a possible recall in 2012.”
For Ohio’s Kasich, the memo notes he pushed through a controversial collective bargaining law to Wisconsin’s, which voters “resoundingly defeated.”
Ouch. Recalls and defeats, oh my!
Corbett’s approval rating was exceptionally low among his own party in Pennsylvania. After a rocky start trying to enact the Koch brother Walker-Kasich-Scott-Snyder (also known as the four corners of gubernatorial doom) agenda, Corbett’s approval ratings sank and he disappeared from view. He then adopted his predecessor’s do nothing to rock the boat style.
But, hey, maybe doing nothing is the new black for the Republican Party this year.
A GOP strategist said he doesn’t know how Walker will take to this. The strategist explained, “The Republican governors have always been a close-knit group who help each other whenever they can. I just don’t know how kindly a governor like Scott Walker will take to this. It’s so over the top.”
That sounds rather ominous. What will the great Oz do to Corbett? Inquiring minds want to know. And can it be done from prison? Oh, I kid.
Come on over to our side, Gov Corbett. We not only respect people who take their own down, but we demand it. If you can score a goal for the other side while you’re at it, you can be a Democratic cult hero!
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