Tuesday, August 25, 2009
CAPITOL IDEAS: INDICTMENTS REST ON POLITICAL CALCULATION
On this week's "Politics as Usual" podcast, Capitol correspondents John Micek of the Morning Call, Alex Roarty of PoliticsPA.com and Tracie Mauriello of the Post-Gazette tossed off a few bon mots on the "Bonusgate" investigation and the gubernatorial race (which are now indistinguishable).
These three idealistic kids remain convinced that Corbett plans to follow through on his promise that more indictments are coming. While Mauriello admirably noted Corbett's recent "change in tone," she declines to draw the conclusion that Corbett is testing the public's reaction to letting Republicans off the hook.
Roarty claims that Corbett will "face questions" if he fails to charge Republicans, but we would remind Roarty that Corbett has failed> to charge Republicans and so far has faced only one question from a small town newspaper. Not a single other news outlet picked up the story - hardly a firestorm of negative press.
What's most significant to us about this discussion is that all three acknowledge that the question of whether Republicans will be charged rests upon what's best for Corbett's gubernatorial campaign. There's not even a pretense that the question of actual wrongdoing will be considered. As Mauriello, who's taken a close look at Republican campaign expenditures, noted: "Corbett has seen what I've seen." In other words, the evidence is there. Whether Corbett acts upon it depends upon the political climate.
Give a listen, and tell us what you think: