We are endlessly amused by the timidity of the Patriot-News editorial board.
But by running for governor while continuing as attorney general during a time of unprecedented scandal investigations, more and more people are concerned there is at the very least a perception that some decisions are political. (Patriot-News, 5/23/10)"Oh, we're not saying he's abusing his office. But we can see why others might think that."
Cowboy up, wimps, and call a spade a spade. You know, it's okay to disapprove of Corbett's tactics. It doesn't mean you approve of anything he's accused other people of doing.
Public discourse is not a hockey game. You don't have to pick one side or another. You're allowed to see the abuses on both sides.
But really; this part is downright ignorant:
We support Attorney General Tom Corbett’s efforts to fight corruption in Harrisburg and have applauded the charges he has brought against high-ranking elected officials and their staff.
Really? High-ranking elected officials? The highest-ranking elected official Corbett originally indicted was a sophomore rank-and-filer (who was acquitted on all charges). Only a fool would believe his indictments of Bill DeWeese and Steve Stetler (who wasn't an elected official at all when he was indicted, much less a high-ranking one) were anything but damage control.
Both were indicted only after newspapers exposed the evidence Corbett had overlooked. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/19/09) (Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/6/09)
When Corbett finally realized political expediency required that he indict some Republicans, he chose as the sole target among elected officials another rank-and-filer, whose reputation was indelibly stained with the unpopular pay raise vote of 2005. Not a member of leadership, and certainly not someone who held influence in the legislature any longer, despite the lingering aura of his former position.
Corbett has quite carefully chosen not to indict any "high-ranking elected officials." He's going to need them in his debt when he's elected governor.