Gov. Corbett’s Agenda of Making People Mad is Paying Off Nicely, Thanks

Here’s how unpopular Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has become: Just a third of state residents approve of his performance in office. And in a matchup with a Democratic opponent—any Democratic opponent at all—Public Policy Polling says he loses, 47 percent to 37 percent. The numbers apparently aren’t discouraging to Corbett: He said this week, in a roundabout way, that he would seek re-election in 2014—because, well, that’s what Pennsylvania governors do. “This is not a formal announcement, but I have no plans to break that tradition,” he said. Democrats shouldn’t celebrate just yet. Philadelphia Weekly points out: “it’s hard to put faith in ‘generic’ anything, because candidates are almost never generic They have a personality, a face, a voice and they they take positions on various issues.” In other words: Corbett’s stock might rise if, say, Mayor Nutter emerges to challenge him. And if he does lose, hey! No worries! He can always easily find a new job in the classifieds! [Philly Weekly]