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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Wolf one week in office and already sued on: January 31, 2015, 10:56:00 pm
Haha, wait a minute...it's a crummy thing for Corbett to do? Newsflash: there was an opening in a post. Corbett was still Governor. He legally appointed someone. I'm sorry if you continue to be so blinded by your hatred that you think making appointments in one's final days is some massive ethical lapse (I'm sure you were very quick to do that for recess appointments by certain Dem Presidents!).

But I'll say, our new Governor's moral compass might be called into question: because he didn't like that his predecessor got in a perfectly legal appointment, he stooped to saying that, well, it just didn't seem right:

"I think this is the kind of thing that makes people skeptical. It makes them suspicious that something isn't right," Wolf said on the day Arneson's appointment was announced.

So the Governor's public reasoning for firing the guy is purely on suspicion that "something isn't right" (we know the real reason is because he just isn't Wolf's personal preference but that wouldn't go over well). But Corbett is the crummy one. Roll Eyes
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Wolf one week in office and already sued on: January 31, 2015, 01:36:28 pm
Excuse me, am I the only one who happened to notice that Wolf WON and Corbett LOST? This whole ordeal has proved a level of tackiness in the PAGOP that Texas Republicans couldn't even dream of. Wolf is well within his rights to enforce his mandate. The idea that he should win a landslide and immediately start suckin' their [inks] is ridiculous.

Ok, realizing that he won comfortably, he also has to realize that the GOP has total control in the legislature. Firing a competent person that was legitimately appointed doesn't win friends.

3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2014-2015: Habemus Presidentem! on: January 31, 2015, 09:14:27 am
The first Sicilian to be President, right?
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Wolf one week in office and already sued on: January 30, 2015, 11:07:27 pm
Yes, if this wouldn't have happened the Republicans and Wolf would have no doubt gotten along great for 4 years.

In no way did I say or suggest that. But it was an immediate shot across the bow after he was, in all seriousness, making decent overtures to the GOP (which he needed to given the massive majorities we have in both chambers).
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Rob McCord resigning on: January 30, 2015, 05:28:03 pm
Imagine if he had been the nominee for Governor...

He'd have won and it would be a bigger mess.

Uh...first of all, a race against McCord would have been closer anyway. If this came out during the campaign (likely), he would have been finished.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Rob McCord resigning on: January 30, 2015, 04:59:34 pm
Imagine if he had been the nominee for Governor...
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What will they even attack Walker on? on: January 30, 2015, 08:14:40 am
Tidbit...Walker's birthday would fall just a couple of days prior to the Presidential Election. If elected and then running for re-election, his birthday would be the Monday before election day.

The infamous Birthday Bounce. Unstoppable.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What will they even attack Walker on? on: January 29, 2015, 11:18:55 pm
Phil, do you support Walker now? You too have abandoned poor Christie? Cry

I have very consistently said I really like several candidates for 2016 and Walker has always been one of my top picks. We are spoiled with riches.

Let us never forget my loyalty to Rick but when it comes down to those who have a better shot at the nomination, gun to my head, Walker edges out Christie in terms of my preference.
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: What will they even attack Walker on? on: January 29, 2015, 11:01:47 pm
What could Tim Pawlenty be hit on?

Pawlenty wasn't a party rock star for four years that fought and beat organized labor as they tried to depose him in nationally watched races.
10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / What will they even attack Walker on? on: January 29, 2015, 10:57:04 pm
Here's why I'm becoming more convinced that Walker will be the unifier of the GOP factions and ultimately the nominee: there isn't a clear fault in his background (at least in the eyes of your average Republican voter or donor).

Romney, Jeb, Paul, Christie, Rubio...they all have their obvious weaknesses in the eyes of the party faithful. What the hell does Walker get hammered on after being held up by everyone in the party as a hero for the past four years or so? I guess lack of foreign policy experience is the only possible opening for an opponent but if he's not a total failure on that front, the opposition is flat out of luck. And the 2016 nomination fight might not be much of a fight at all.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Favorite Mario Brother on: January 29, 2015, 10:27:28 pm
Yes, yes, we needed another hipster poll around here.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Napoleon Memorial Thread #RIP on: January 29, 2015, 10:23:02 pm
It's worth nothing that I was on an extended hiatus during Hamilton's reign so I guess I'd never notice similarities. But I am going to note something without getting too immersed in this nonsense: it's amusing how some of you rail against "Napoleon's" supposed evilness yet you defend some equally whacked out people around here. But don't let that tiny crack in your glass house bother you.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 29, 2015, 10:19:18 pm
New method of torture: spend a night with the Brown squad after Mexican.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italian Presidential Election - Jan 29, 2015 and on... on: January 29, 2015, 06:18:03 pm
50 years old ? Wow, is that the most senile age floor for a political function out there ? I can't say I know of a later one.

Yeah, I was thinking earlier today how Italian Presidents are usually very old but didn't know of that threshold until I read about the Totti votes.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: January 29, 2015, 05:31:16 pm
Why won't you vote for Inhofe? Not socially conservative enough?
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italian Presidential Election - Jan 29, 2015 and on... on: January 29, 2015, 05:18:50 pm
Francesco Totti received five votes. They're invalid because he's 38 years old. The President must be at least 50 years old. Tongue
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Rob McCord resigning on: January 29, 2015, 05:15:45 pm
Yeah, they're dropping like flies.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italian Presidential Election - Jan 29, 2015 and on... on: January 29, 2015, 08:20:09 am
How many votes will be cast for (the corpse of) Andreotti this time?
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Toomey vs. Sestak rematch on: January 29, 2015, 06:51:44 am
With an approval rating of 28% (PPP recently) Senator Toomey has a very low ceiling. He will get practically no crossover vote, and even if he gets almost the entire GOP vote he will be behind with independent voters. Against several non-politicians, failed challengers, and unknown Democrats he is ahead but never cracking 45%. The 28% approval suggests that 45% is very close to his ceiling.

He will not go down to defeat as Rick Santorum did in 2006 or Tom Corbett in 2014 -- but he is far to the Right in a Democratic-leaning state. He got away with that as a stealth candidate in 2010, but his voting record in a high-turnout election will make him one-and-done.

You're unquestionably spamming now. Stop.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Wolf one week in office and already sued on: January 28, 2015, 10:32:11 pm
It's going to be a long year, let alone a long four years...
To be honest, Phil, it's pretty much impossible to be worse than Corbett, unless your name is Sam Brownback. What did you like about Corbett, aside from his party label?

1) I didn't suggest that he will be worse than Corbett though that's entirely possible.
2) Your tone implies that I was some Corbett cheerleader.
3) I'm not sure what my feelings on Corbett have to do with anything here.

This is the definition of inside baseball.

Sure, we're not going to hear about Wolf plunging to a 40% approval rating after this. No one votes on this. That said, he's off on the wrong foot with the GOP after being applauded for doing better outreach than Corbett did. The honeymoon was even shorter than imagined.

Your tone implied "Oh, I wish we didn't have Wolf as governor!" Considering the alternative, you should be glad to have him.

...in your opinion, he's better than the alternative. I'm obviously going to have more in common with Corbett but the conversation is pointless. It's not meant to be a discussion of who would be better. Nobody cares if you didn't like Corbett or if I dislike Wolf. My point was that this will mean a long four years of battling between Wolf and the GOP legislature.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Wolf one week in office and already sued on: January 28, 2015, 09:51:44 pm
It's going to be a long year, let alone a long four years...
To be honest, Phil, it's pretty much impossible to be worse than Corbett, unless your name is Sam Brownback. What did you like about Corbett, aside from his party label?

1) I didn't suggest that he will be worse than Corbett though that's entirely possible.
2) Your tone implies that I was some Corbett cheerleader.
3) I'm not sure what my feelings on Corbett have to do with anything here.

This is the definition of inside baseball.

Sure, we're not going to hear about Wolf plunging to a 40% approval rating after this. No one votes on this. That said, he's off on the wrong foot with the GOP after being applauded for doing better outreach than Corbett did. The honeymoon was even shorter than imagined.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: PA: Wolf one week in office and already sued on: January 28, 2015, 05:28:53 pm
It's going to be a long year, let alone a long four years...
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Major Sestak challenger preparing for a run? on: January 28, 2015, 05:27:31 pm
Philadelphia State Senator Vincent Hughes might be prepping for a run for the U.S. Senate - http://www.politicspa.com/hughes-for-senate/63337/

With all of the big names passing on the race, this would probably be Sestak's biggest remaining obstacle. He'd have the Philly machine (and others) behind him. 
24  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Intrastate Rivalries on: January 28, 2015, 05:22:56 pm
Before anyone says the opposite, aside from politics and Hockey, there isn't a true Philly-Pittsburgh rivalry...

I haven't noticed much either.  Since I have moved to the area the main comment I notice is that folks from SE Pennsylvania always comment on how Pittsburghers talk.  I've even heard folks originally from Pittsburgh commenting on their own speech when they move to this part of the state.  

There does seem to be a perception among Steelers fans that the Eagles are snooty or snobby.  To my surprise, the Steelers seem to be slightly more popular here, even though we are 65 miles from Philadelphia but 240 miles from Pittsburgh.  On the other hand, Phillies fans far outnumber Pirates here.


Philadelphia fans hate everyone, including their own players, so no biggie here, we get booed as much as their own players do when the Steelers or Penguins or Pirates come to town.

But Eagles fans don't actually hate the Steelers or their fans. We don't have a reason to. I, for one, like the Steelers. Maybe there's a bit of a jealousy because of the six Super Bowls vs. our zero but it's not palpable.

It makes sense that there would be more Steelers fans by angus even though he's closer to Philly. The Steelers are the Pittsburgh + almost everywhere else PA team. It's probably mostly because of a resentment towards Philly in general though Phillies fans outnumbering Pirates fans in angus-land would contradict that. 
25  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Official 2014-15 Club Soccer/Football Discussion Thread on: January 28, 2015, 05:18:39 pm
Torres scores in the first minute against Barcelona.

Unfortunately, Barcelona ended up scoring three.
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