When he's not busy suppressing the votes of senior citizens and black and Latino people, invading the privacy of Pennsylvanians' lady parts, or mading impossible for working-class kids to attend college, Gov. Tom "Bull" Corbett is busy watching his poll numbers plummet:
The voters disapprove of the way Corbett is handling the state's finances by a margin of 49-36 percent. That margin sinks to a disapproval rating of 53-27 percent when voters are asked about the impact of state budget cuts on universities. Voters oppose those cuts by a margin of 68-28 percent. Corbett's job approval rating is now split at 41-41 percent, a six-point drop from December.
Who would have guessed that alienating the 80 percent of the state who aren't middle-aged white males (also known as "Rush Limbaugh listeners") would be bad politics. At this rate Corbett could be the first governor around these parts to not get re-elected in a half century. Why?
Kane found her ultrasounds "invasive, uncomfortable and often humiliating." My experience was similar, despite the sensitivity, kindness and professionalism of the technician administering the diagnostic test.
It's hard to hang onto your dignity when you're naked from the waist down, your feet are in stirrups and your vagina is being probed with a 10-inch wand.
A transvaginal ultrasound isn't something I'd ever have expected to discuss with Kane, a Democratic-primary candidate for Pennsylvania attorney general. Then again, who'd have thought we'd see the day when Harrisburg politicians would propose a law - House bill 1077 - that forces a probe inside a woman, whether it's medically needed or not?
It's not clear whether the final legislation will merely be very intrusive or very, very intrusive, but don't worry, ladies. "Bull" Corbett has a solution:
Gov. Tom Corbett (R) reaffirmed this week that he supports the anti-abortion measure so long as it’s not obtrusive because women could simply close their eyes during the procedure:
QUESTION: Making them watch…does that go too far in your mind?
CORBETT: I’m not making anybody watch, OK. Because you just have to close your eyes. As long as it’s on the exterior and not the interior.
Or you can wetch Corbett (portrayed here by the late Leslie Nielsen) for yourself: