Monday, August 31, 2015

Corbett and Montgomery Burns

New poll shows 1 percent of statewide voters think Gov. Corbett is doing an "excellent" job. We think we know who that 1 percent is.

Corbett and Montgomery Burns

Gov. Corbett. (File Photo)
Gov. Corbett. (File Photo)

Okay, look, I'm sorry, I know this blog is vapid and unnecessary (and no cracks about, "Well, how would that differ from ALL your blogs?") but I can't help myself.

You no doubt saw results from a new Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College poll reported this week by our own Chris Brennan.

If you missed it, you can read his report here.

And it's really no surprise that Gov. Corbett's dismal polling numbers haven't much improved since summer polling.

There was one new number: about the same percentage (44 percent) of registered Republicans say they think the Republican Guv should not seek reelection as those (42 percent) who say that he should.

Okay, that's not good. But it's still very early, and Corbett is seeking reelection; he plans to announce same next Wednesday by kicking off a statewide swing in Pittsburgh.

But the number in the new poll that struck me is the one that says that 1 percent of statewide registered voters think Corbett is doing  an "excellent" job.

I think I know just who that 1 percent might be.

Apart from the obvious quip that, oh, look, Corbett is backed by "the 1 percent" made famous during the 2011 "Occupy Wall Street" movement, there's the man (okay, toon) who famously uses the word "excellent" by giving it a drawn-out, almost sinister pronunciation of "eggs..cellent."

So I picture a "Simpsons" clip of toady Smithers asking his boss, zillionaire Montgomery Burns, how he thinks Gov. Corbett is doing, and Burns, touching his fingertips together and looking his usual plotting rich-guy evil self, intones, "eggs...cellent."


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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at

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