Why Corbett Lost: A Tale of Two Governors

Of all the political epitaphs written today, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s may well be the easiest: Here lies Tom Corbett. He failed to communicate. Certainly, there are numerous factors that have contributed to Corbett’s impending loss to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf – but perhaps none as important as his failure to communicate a clear and coherent message to his constituents. Take Corbett’s handling of education funding, for example. Corbett faced a large budget shortfall when he took office in 2011 and balanced it by, among other things, cutting education funding. But rather than attempt to explain this decision to...

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