Saturday, August 8, 2009


Here at CasablancaPA, we figured this week's passage of a "bridge budget" would suffice as the green light for partisan Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett to announce his much anticipated and long-promised indictments of Republicans in his Bonusgate investigation.

There have been no Republican indictments since Corbett started the bonus investigation nearly 2 1/2 years ago or since he arrested 12 Democrats more than a year ago. Don't forget Corbett's giddy prediction regarding his next round of indictments:

"[The next Bonusgate charges] will shock the conscience of people...You will be stunned. It's the amount of money involved." (Tribune Review 2/20/09)

For a normally boring guy, Corbett sure built up some scintillating expectations!

Unfortunately, the Republican Indictment Express was derailed yesterday when former US Attorney/Fumo vanquisher Pat Meehan ended his nascent gubernatorial bid and endorsed Tom Corbett.

Now that Corbett doesn't need to out-prosecute Meehan in the political corruption category, he is much less likely to hammer the folks that have provided most of the funding and support to put him in office as Attorney General...and that will help him secure the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2010.

Corbett has raised millions of dollars from Republican state legislators like Bob Jubelirer, Chip Brightbill and John Perzel, plus loads of contributions from GOP National Committeeman Bob Asher and Republican party committees. (Capitolwire, 10/17/07)

Recent polling shows that the vast majority Pennsyvlania Republican primary voters aren't looking for "a prosecutor who has experience dealing with crime and political corruption."

Knowing this, and with Meehan's endorsement, Corbett is likely to make the political fundraising calculation to take an early public relations hit (that will soon fade away in the minds of reporters, editorial writers and, most importantly, Republican voters) by bringing no or at best very weak Republican indictments that won't antagonize his Republican ATMs.

Instead of a "shocking" set of indictments comparable to the Democratic presentment from over a year ago, Corbett is likely to throw up his arms and say he doesn't have the evidence to prosecute Republicans -- as he did for York County DA Stan Rebert and Bedford County DA Bill Higgins.

At best, the much-anticipated Republican GOP indictments will be flimsy window dressing -- think former Rep. Matt Wright and Lisa Deon or former Rep. Brett Feese and his shady legal practice on state time.

Some of us at CasablancaPA still think Corbett is going to let Republicans off the hook completely. The majority here, however, believe Corbett has to do something and soon. We're hearing indictments this upcoming week (of course, all the Harrisburg blow-hards have been saying "next week" every week since July 2008.)

Regardless of whether or not Corbett and his keystone kops investigators indict Republicans, be prepared to be underwhelmed.


Anonymous said...

Remember the last time Corbett built up his soon to come indictments - it was just more piling on Veon??????

Anonymous said...

One day more!
Another day, another destiny.
This never-ending road to Calvary;
These men who seem to know our crimes
Will surely come a second time.
One day more!

I did not live until today.
How can I live when we are parted?

Signor Ferrari
One day more.

Manzo & Eachus
Tomorrow you'll be worlds away
And yet with you, my world has started!

One more day all on my own.

Will we ever meet again?

One more day with him not caring.

Captain Renault & Signor Ugarte
I was born to be with you.

What a life I might have known.

Major Heinrich Strasser
And I swear I will be true!

Steve Webb
But he never saw me there!

AG Office Chorus
One more day before the storm!

Manzo Plea
Do I follow where she goes?

At the barricades of freedom.

Shall I join my brothers there?

When our ranks begin to form

Do I stay; and do I dare?

Signor Ferrari
Will you take your place with me?

Corbett Staff
The time is now, the day is here

Signor Ferrari
One day more!

One more day to revolution,
We will nip it in the bud!
I will join these little schoolboys,
They will wet themselves with blood!

Signor Ferrari
One day more!

Watch 'em run amuck,
Catch 'em as they fall,
Never know your luck
When there's a free for all,
Here a little `dip'
There a little `touch'
Most of them are goners
So they won't miss much!

Eachus & McCall
One day to a new beginning
Raise the flag of freedom high!
Every man will be a king
Every man will be a king
There's a new world for the winning
There's a new world to be won

Do you hear the people sing?

My place is here, I fight with you!

Signor Ferrari
One day more!

Captain Heinze
I did not live until today.

Racheal & Mickey
One more day all on my own!

Corbett & Jublier
How can I live when we are parted?

I will join these people's heros
I will follow where they go
I will learn their little Secrets,
I will know the things they know.

Signor Ferrari
One day more!

Tomorrow you'll be worlds away

What a life I might have known!

And yet with you my world has started

One more day to revolution
We will nip it in the bud
We'll be ready for these

Watch 'em run amok
Catch 'em as they fall
Never know your luck
When there's a free-for-all!

Signor Ferrari
Tomorrow we'll be far away,
Tomorrow is the judgement day

Tomorrow we'll discover
What our God in Heaven has in store!
One more dawn
One more day
One day more!

Tommy said...

I just hope Meehan doesn't try to run for Congress now. He's served the state well and is a great guy, but he's the very definition of an insider. He's part of the old tired system, and Republicans won't be taken seriously again until they have some fresh blood. Steve Welch needs to be our next Congressman. He's young, an entrepreneur who understands what kind of environment brings jobs and he's focused on getting back voters who left the part or were never engaged before. Welch can win, he's raising money and has a top notch website that really sets the campaign apart. I hope Welch keeps it up and Meehan stays OUT.

Anonymous said...

Do an Injury puts you below your enemy; Revenging one makes you but even with him; Forgiving it sets you above him.

Anonymous said...

Godspeed Pat Meehan, smart enough to avoid a quagmire that will burden one conscience for the rest of one's life.

It is safe to be in congress, say nothing, do nothing, and you will end up leading a big committee...