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Tom Corbett only has himself to blame
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Internet troll here, I posted this over on Pafoa and figured I would share here.

I've been reading various threads where people are wondering why Corbett Lost. I've seen blaming the media, people lying about him, low information voters, etc..... there might be some truth to that, but I think putting the blame on those factors is as disingenuous as saying "he lost because PAFOA members did not get out doing door to door and campaign for him". That is not why he lost. Corbett was his own worst enemy.

He lost because he ran a horrible campaign and had a lot of exploitable moments that he created during his first term. When I screw up, I do not look to blame others, nor do I look for others to make excuses for me, the buck stop here and should for Corbett also imo.

Campaign wise, I did door to door for the Republican party. When I first started a little over a month ago I was talking up Corbett among others, but I quickly realized that we were not passing out any literature for him. There were 4 people that we were campaigning for. We had literature for every candidate but him. That's a bit of oversight on his campaigns part. imo (fortunately the other 3 people won, and I can say they all worked hard to do so)

Signs, As I did door to door, I was asking if people wanted signs on their lawns for the candidates, I did not realize at the time that we had signs for the local candidates, but did not have Corbett signs and it was not until someone on this site pointed out that they could not get a Corbett sign that I notices the signs going up did not include Corbett signs. I did not get a Corbett sign for my yard until last week. I don't know if it was like this across the state, but it seems like a basic lack of preparedness that typifies the election.

Over last couple of weeks I have talked to a couple of people who have dealt with him over the last 4 years, one of the things I heard is that he is difficult to work with. I believe it because it makes sense. He is a Republican Governor whose party was in control of the house and senate, yet he constantly had trouble pushing his agenda. This is like being handed the keys to the palace, and throwing the keys away because you would rather use a sledgehammer to get through the door. There is not reason why he should not of gotten more of his agenda through. The one thing he is known for is his no tax pledge, which would be fine except for the gas tax which has led to Pa having the highest gas tax in the nation.

Btw.... while I like the idea of not raising taxes, I think it is foolish making that promise because you've worked yourself into a corner when things come up during your term. 4 years is a long time, and you don't know what is going to happen. George Bush senior (who I was a fan of) found this out back in 1992 after failing to make good on his "no new taxes" pledge.

Give or take it looks like he lost by about 450,000 votes, it sounds like a lot, but is not insurmountable given a good campaign. Basically he would either of needed to get 226,000 people to switch their vote, or get more people out, most likely a combo, and that was probably doable, but because of the campaign he ran, it did not happen.

This is not Monday morning quarterbacking here, this is stuff that people here, in the media, and in politics saw. One of the biggest things that he took a hit on was education, despite what people here might think of the education system, it is a big deal to a lot of people and a hot button issue which hurt him. Yes I realize that the reason a lot of districts took cuts was that federal funds dried up, and the teacher unions most certainly did play the angle that he was responsible for the cuts. Most here know this, I know this, but talking to a lot of people, they don't realize this. Ideally this is what I would have liked to of seen over the last 6-9 months in commercials.

Corbett in every interview and commercial pushing the idea of why the cuts happened and what would happen if he significantly started to replace the federal monies.

Corbett: Pa has not cut money to schools, the Obama run federal government has. Pa can replace the money, but that will mean tax increases for every Pennsylvanian. You already pay enough taxes, but Wolf will be raising Pa Citizens taxes to make up for what the federal government no supplies. I have not allowed any taxes to be added at the state level. The taxes at the state level are the same that you were paying when I took office, think about that. (except he couldn't really say that because of the gas tax) You will not be able to say the same thing if Wolf has his way. You will be paying more money 4 years from now in taxes.

Commercials like this over the last 9 months may have driven home his message better than he did. A better campaign strategy may have made it seem like he really cared about his constituents and that he wanted to be reelected. It may have gotten more people out to vote for him and maybe swayed some former Corbett voters away from Wolf. Or maybe not, but I would have a better taste in my mouth today if I had the impression that he cared and was putting effort in to being reelected.

Taxing the Marcelus Shale gas, there may be reason not to tax it (cost eventually being pushed onto consumers etc....) but him not doing so was the type of thing that was easy to spin by his opponents. He left himself open to the criticism for this with the no tax promise.

Pension reform, this was a big part of his agenda, he had a republican legislature, there could have been at least some type of deal worked, but somehow he fumbled, blame whomever you want, I put it at the feet of Corbett. The buck stops with him.

Liquor store fiasco, another part of Corbett's Agenda that he fumbled.

The handling of the Penn State case with Sandusky, first saying that Pa was okay with the NCAA sanctions then changing his mind, and spending a bunch of tax payer money in the process made him look like a fool. Once again, it's on Corbett. Not too mention how he handled the case as a prosecutor, Kane say there was no wrong doing on his part, but there were still a lot of things that occurred that made him look bad and certainly has not helped his image as a governor.

I say the above because when I hear people say "how could he lose" and then blame everybody but him, I've got to say he lost because of Tom Corbett, not the media, not the unions, etc..... And it's a shame because there is no reason to be looking at 4 years of Wolf and a potential anti agenda from the Governor.

In my opinion Tom Wolf did not win, Tom Corbett lost handing the election to Wolf. Wolf does not have a mandate. Fortunately pro 2nd forces still control the house and Senate so while no pro 2nd legislation may get passed over the next 4 (or crap, the next 8) he should not be able to hurt the 2nd in Pa either.

But if we continue to be diverted by blaming the media and others for his loss instead of focusing on getting a candidate who supports the 2nd that won't be his own worst enemy, we could be looking at 8 years of Wolf, let's not let that happen.
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#2
Maybe with a Democratic governor but Republican house and senate, the PA government wont be able to accomplish anything for the next 4 years. Which is a good thing. I hope they don't pass a single law.
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#3
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#4
I'm pretty sure he lost because of the whole.. education thing.. for the most part. I don't know how responsible he actually was for that personally.
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#5
My two cents, including a few factors:

He is enough of a RINO that his party did not get behind him.

His opponent used $10MM of his own funds to paint himself as a moderate Democrat. One who wanted to put PA back to work and fund education for your children.

There was a swell of Independent voters who wanted to oust all incumbents.

His opponent successfully bootstrapped him to the idea that he slashed $1B out of the school budget.

He ran a poor campaign.

In the final days, when Pennsylvanians finally woke up and realized that his opponent was indeed a Wolf in sheep's clothing, it was too late. It came just days before the election when Corbett finally pinned him down to admitting that those making over $95K/year were going to pay for his agenda, and he brought in Barack Obama to Philadelphia to campaign for him.

Late start, no party support, strong lying opponent, poorly ran campaign, voter apathy, anti incumbent Independents = LOSS.
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#6
My take on him is that he just managed to make too many people mad at him. Especially people in our major cities that tend to drink the liberal cool aid.
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DeadEye;156219 Wrote:My two cents, including a few factors:

He is enough of a RINO that his party did not get behind him.

His opponent used $10MM of his own funds to paint himself as a moderate Democrat. One who wanted to put PA back to work and fund education for your children.

There was a swell of Independent voters who wanted to oust all incumbents.

His opponent successfully bootstrapped him to the idea that he slashed $1B out of the school budget.

He ran a poor campaign.

In the final days, when Pennsylvanians finally woke up and realized that his opponent was indeed a Wolf in sheep's clothing, it was too late. It came just days before the election when Corbett finally pinned him down to admitting that those making over $95K/year were going to pay for his agenda, and he brought in Barack Obama to Philadelphia to campaign for him.

Late start, no party support, strong lying opponent, poorly ran campaign, voter apathy, anti incumbent Independents = LOSS.


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#8
The whole "education spending" thing is specious.

Here's a website that will allow you search for any PA school district and see what their spending actually is:
http://www.openpagov.org/education_reven...penses.asp

Examples: Philadelphia City spends $20,000 per student
Montrose Area and Sayre Area are equal at $14,000 per student.

Search around a bit I think you can find details on sources of funding.
Brick, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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