With Thursday’s document dump and accompanying double dog dare, the Case of Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s Abandoned Sting has now played long enough for us to discern some winners and losers in Pennsylvania politics. Follow along!
WINNER The Inquirer: It’s been a crappy winter for the newspaper, what with fights between its owners and a lawsuit from a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. Kane’s threats notwithstanding, the Inquirer’s efforts to uncover the story — and to promote the hell out of every possible follow-up — is a timely reminder that good journalism strengthens democracy.
LOSER State legislators: Nobody in Harrisburg is going to be taking unmarked cash-filled envelopes for awhile — not, at least, without speaking the immortal words: "Are you wearing a wire?"
WINNER Republicans: Lessee: Democrats took money under the table. Democrats didn’t prosecute. Democrats started infighting over the issue. This isn’t going to help Tom Corbett win re-election, because he dug his own hole. Otherwise, though, the Pennsylvania GOP (and even some folks at the national level) couldn’t be more delighted with the turn of events.
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