Friday, May 19, 2006

It's Time to reform, Stupid.
I have been reading many of the opinions posted by professionals about how the inner party war between moderate republicans and their conservative far right is leaving the door open for Democrat gains in PA come November. I think they are wrong. The Republican right, by ousting so many involved with the pay raise, are making the case that they are the ones who are serious about reform in the State house. They are truly cleaning out the R.I.N.O.s. Meanwhile, Dems like Mike Veon and Bill Deweese breathe a huge sigh of relief as they survive by stroking their base.
The Republicans can now portray themselves as a party willing to reform, while painting we Dems as just spouting the same old political rhetoric.
If I were the Dems, my main campaign issue would be reform, period. Voters are tired of the same old Harrisburg blow-off, Dems can be portrayed by Republicans as protecting the status quo, they will be seen as part of the problem by the voters. Ed Rendell will be re-elected Governor, but unless Democratic candidates are willing to take a stance for items such as lobbying reform and a true realistic and tough realignment of how PA funds schools, Fast Eddie's coattails won't be very long. Ed Rendell needs a Democratic controlled house. Is he willing to expend the political capital in individual House races to get it? I don't know, but I know one thing I would Love to see: Bob Freeman, Speaker of the House. Then Everyone would know that Democrats are serious about reform.


Blogger Bernie O'Hare said...

But ARE the Democrats or Republicans, for that matter, really serious about reform? I don't think so. The proof of that is the ridiculous "tax reform" proposal that was rejected at the last minute in the House, and even that was done just to embarrass Rendell.

The VOTERS are serious about reform, but I think it will probably take a few election cycles for that message to be heard in Harrisburg. And reform includes much more than property taxes. Ghost voting and midnight votes need a hard look. Our lobbying and election laws are among the worst in the nation. Our open records and open meetings laws are jokes.

And for Rs who claim that Tuesday's vote only impacted on them, 5 Dems were ousted at least, and several reps like Rooney decided not to seek re-election. (I personally believe Rooney would have won had he decided to give it a go).

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