And now, your 2013 political 'turkeys'

STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Gov. Corbett hopes his goose isn't cooked for the 2014 election.
STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Gov. Corbett hopes his goose isn't cooked for the 2014 election.
Posted: November 27, 2013

IN THE SPIRIT of the holiday, I herein serve up celebratory thoughts on some political "turkeys" of 2013.

And save the cracks about how all Daily News commentary and political reporting belong at or near the top of any such list.

Let's just get to it.

It goes without saying, or should, that the failed rollout of Obamacare and the collateral damage done to faith in government, the administration and the president is a giant gobbler.

I'm talking turkus terrificanus.

It is, to borrow from the actor/author Wallace Shawn, "inconCEIVable" ("The Princess Bride," 1987) that this president could so damage his own brand and party by allowing his top priority to get trussed by technology - which, I'd remind you, was the pride and glory of his two successful presidential campaigns.

Yet, there you have it: Obamacare, stuffed at the hands of those who made it.

Comments, legislation, groups of pols and individuals also qualify for turkeyhood.

Congress easily makes the list for, oh, so many reasons.

Public Policy Polling finds Congress in 2013 less popular than "cockroaches and colonoscopies," a result reprised by Pa. Republican Congressman Charlie Dent at a Press Club luncheon in Harrisburg earlier this week.

I feel certain every attentive citizen has his or her own favorite member of Congress: Ted Cruz, Nancy Pelosi, Michele Bachmann and Harry Reid all come to mind.

A late entry, cocaine-buying Florida Rep. Trey Radel, clearly earns a place on the table.

Which forces a quick wattle wave to crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, but only because his extra-mayoral activity harkens back to D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and his 1990 response when busted for crack, fondly remembered both for its elegance and its contrition: "Bitch set me up."

But moving on.

It's hard to overlook Gov. Corbett's bon mot about same-sex marriage.

His Tomship served up a mangled morsel during a fall TV interview when he compared gay marriage to incest.

Asked about (equally unbelievable) language in a legal brief from his counsel's office equating the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children, Corbett said, "I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don't you?"

Oooph. Pass the gravy.

Speaking of gravy, America's largest full-time Legislature (ours) is carving itself another slice of tax dollars.

Its new annual automatic pay raise takes effect Sunday, hiking base salary to $84,012 (much more for leaders) - not counting benefits or per diems.

You may recall that at one point during 2013, our Legislature had eight former leaders from both parties serving prison time at the same time.

There are no good reasons to pardon these turkeys.

They make members of Philadelphia City Council look like poults (small, young turkeys). Lots of promise in Council chambers, mind you, but miles to go.

Speaking of Philly pols, Tom "in-and-out-of-the-box" Knox deserves mention. Is there another city citizen who spends more time trotting around as a going-to-be candidate only to then say he's not?

As for poult policies, there's pending legislation in Harrisburg billed as a package of "election integrity solutions." One of the GOP bills (in a state with more Democrats than Republicans, offered I assume in the name of "integrity") outlaws straight-party voting.

So add this to all of the above, ask if Kathleen Kane should be impeached or if Corbett should be re-elected or if Bruce Castor should run for governor. Then seek opinions on gun control one year after Newtown and, you know, talk amongst yourselves around your Thanksgiving table.

Who wants pie?


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