Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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What a ball!

Corbett's inaugural ball sure looked like fun.

What a ball!

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Hey, how bout that ball, eh?

BE: You went to Tom Corbett's inaugural ball?

JB: Oh, hell no. I watched it on PCN. Terrific!

BE: Why didn't you go?

JB: Know what it's like to walk around a bunch of formally-dressed rich Republicans while wearing an Underarmour shirt, sweater, jeans, boots, ball cap and a big "media" badge?

BE: You coulda worn your tux.

JB: My tux? You know what they pay us!

BE: Good point. Well, where was it?

JB: Farm Show Building, but I didn't see one cow.

BE: They didn't have a butter sculpture of Corbett taking money from Marcellus shale drillers? What did you see?

JB: Gowns, bands, tuxes, dancing, drinking. Looked like fun. Oh, and PCN interviewed a bunch of ball-goers.

BE: Who?

JB: Well, Philly state Sens. Mike Stack and Larry Farnese.

BE: Wait, they're Democrats. What were they doing there?

JB: Saying all the right things about working together...and probably collecting per diems.

BE: What else?

JB: Well, there were interviews with Republican state women lawmakers about what designer gowns they were wearing. Just like on the red carpet.

BE: Carville was right. Politics really is Hollywood for ugly people. What were they wearing?

JB: What do I know? Looked like dresses to me. Though I can tell you there's a womens' shop in Harrisburg, and I'm not making this up, called the "Dress Barn."  Maybe, given the venue, they bought their dresses there.

BE: I think that's a national chain.

JB: Yeah, well, you would know.

BE: Other highlights?

JB: Spotlight dances for Corbett and his wife and Lt. Gov. Cawley and his wife. Big band sounds. Oh, and Cawley deep-dipped his wife and kissed her at the end of the song. Totally suave.

BE: Everybody from Bucks County is suave. Remember Mark Schweiker? How was the music?

JB: Nice mix. But not like Rendell galas. No Beach Boys. No Bon Jovi.

BE: It's a different time.

JB: It's a different party.

BE: But watching on TV? What about a real sense of the thing? What about put-the-reader-there stuff?

JB: As a one-eyed Jeff Bridges says in "True Grit"..."There ain't nothin' I can do for ya, son."

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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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 baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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