Corbett’s Self-Inflicted Loss Is Lesson For Wolf, Republicans

The GOP tidal wave was massive, with Republicans winning from coast-to-coast. Preeminent among them was a man who, after achieving a stunning 10-point victory in America’s sixth-largest state, instantly became a leading contender for vice-president — and perhaps one day something even higher.

It was 2010, and Tom Corbett had just become governor of the critically important swing state of Pennsylvania. With near-record Republican majorities in the legislature, he had it all, poised to usher in a new era of prosperity and help the Keystone State regain its former glory.

Four short years later, Corbett was humiliated by being the only Republican incumbent in the country to fall, and the first governor in modern Pennsylvania history to lose re-election. Even more unfathomable, he lost in the biggest GOP landslide since Herbert Hoover was President.

Now, two words say it all: “Tom who?”

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5 Things You Need to Know About Our New Governor

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

In September, Philadelphia magazine’s own Steve Volk profiled a man with an even shorter name than him: Tom Wolf. The article, “Perfect Stranger,” was a close look at the man who many don’t know much about even after almost 1.9 million Pennsylvanians voted for him on Tuesday.

Here are five quotes from Volk’s fall profile to keep in mind when Wolf begins his term next year.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Won’t Endorse for Governor

So this is kind of weird: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has decided to endorse nobody for governor — a week after the Philadelphia Inquirer also refused an endorsement. That means two of the state’s biggest papers are sitting this election out, editorially speaking.

The two non-endorsements are different. The Inquirer presented its no-endorsement as a reader-oriented innovation — not everybody bought that explanation — but the folks cross-state simply can’t stand either of the two major candidates.
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Mechanical Issue Forces Obama to Change Planes in Philly

President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One, before departure at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Obama is traveling to Bridgeport, Conn., and later to Philadelphia, Pa., for a campaign events for gubernatorial democratic candidates in both states. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One, before departure at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. Obama is traveling to Bridgeport, Conn., and later to Philadelphia, Pa., for a campaign events for gubernatorial democratic candidates in both states. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Barack Obama flew to Philly on Air Force One. He left Philly on Air Force One. But he took two planes. How does that work?

Easy — any plane the president rides in is called “Air Force One,” not just the 747 he usually rides around the country in. That plane had mechanical problems, the Washington Post reports:

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Tom Corbett Is About to Make History

What? Me worry?

One way or another, Gov. Tom Corbett is about to make history.

Win, and he’ll have secured an improbable come-from-behind victory of a magnitude almost never seen in American politics. He spent much of the campaign around 20 points behind challenger Tom Wolf in the polls; those numbers have tightened lately — could Corbett pull off a political miracle?

Lose, and he’ll be the first Pennsylvania governor to fail to win re-election since the state started permitting two terms in 1968.
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Why I’m Voting for a Republican on Tuesday

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When I walk into the voting booth tomorrow, I’m going to do something somewhat unusual for me …  and vote for a Republican. I hope maybe you’ll do the same.

It’s not like I have a streak of conservatism suddenly flowing through my veins. And I’m not even going to tell you which Republican I’ll be voting for, because that’s not actually the point of the exercise.

The point is to deny the Democratic Party in Philadelphia yet another straight-ticket vote of support.

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The Best Social Media from Obama’s Philly Visit

President Obama was on Temple’s campus Sunday to stump for Tom Wolf. “If we’re going to strengthen the middle class for the 21st Century, we need leaders who understand the 21st Century and understand women are in the workforce,” he told the crowd during a 30-minute speech. (Wolf’s opponent, Gov. Tom Corbett, campaigned in the Philadelphia suburbs with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today, as well.)

Here are some of the best social media posts from Twitter and Instragram from his visit.

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President Obama Will Be at Temple on Sunday

President Barack Obama will headline a campaign event for Tom Wolf on Sunday at Temple’s Liacouras Center. Sunday’s event is at 4 p.m. — so good on Wolf for making sure it does not conflict with Sunday’s 1 p.m. Eagles game. The election is next Tuesday.

Tickets to the Obama/Wolf rally at the Liacouras Center are free. They can be picked up at any one of Wolf’s district offices, including 1337 Castle Avenue in South Philly and 1212 Walnut Street downtown.

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