Tuesday, September 8, 2009
WATCHDOGS: WHATTAYA WANT FROM US? WE SAID ARF.
Does anyone else think the Patriot-News is starting to sound like an exasperated parent scolding a recalcitrant teenager?
Would you please take the trash out, dear? ... Seriously, take out the trash now ... Young man, if you don't take out that trash, you are grounded ... I really mean it. Grounded ... If you don't take out that trash, you are in big trouble, mister...
And on and on it goes. More than two years after the Patriot-News first questioned his partisanship, it still is warning of dire consequenses for Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Corbett if he doesn't conclude his Bonusgate investigation "soon."
While we admire the sentiment, the Patriot-News is well aware that the time has long passed for Corbett to demonstrate a non-partisan commitment to justice.
And, as the Patriot-News demonstrates, the political consequences for having failed to do so are virtually non-existent. Every few months, a half-hearted "tsk, tsk." Eventually, he'll throw a few token charges at a Republican scapegoat or two, all will be forgiven and forgotten, and he knows it.
Corbett has a lot of valuable tools at his disposal in his quest for the governorship: the multi-million dollar budget, enormous staff and bully pulpit of the Office of Attorney General, the backing of the influential state Republican establishment, millions of dollars in campaign contributions - much of which came from the very legislators he purports to investigate. But truly his most valuable asset is the disheartening complacency of the Capitol press corps.