Politics, as you may have noticed, can be somewhat fungible.
You know, in the sense that representing a blue-to-purple state such as Pennsylvania can require some wiggle room when it comes to hard-line issues.
That said, I couldn't help but notice a slight wiggle evident in ratings of Democratic Sen. Bob Casey and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey that are awarded annually by the Club for Growth, a national conservative powerhouse with lots of money and clout.
Perhaps you noticed front-page stories in Monday's Inquirer and The Washington Post about problems facing Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
They are two high-profile women who helped each other in runs for high office, who were labeled likely leaders of their party, but who now face what can reasonably called lows -- maybe even stop signs -- in their respective careers.
Kane, the embattled AG who worked on Clinton's 2008 presidential primary campaign, is in court here this week on legal issues related to possible criminal charges involving her alleged leak of secret grand jury material.
If one was to make a political horror story, recent suggestions that Donald Trump and Joe Biden are considering running for president would certainly provide a plot line.
The Associated Press reports Biden was in New Hampshire, the nation's first primary state, this week after visits to Iowa, the nation's first caucus state, and South Carolina, a critical southern primary state.
The Washington Post earlier this month, under a headline "Joe Biden really wants to run," quoted Biden saying there's "no obvious reason" why he shouldn't seek the White House.
Here we go again.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, while attending a governors' conference in Washington over the weekend, said Pennsylvania's big problem is "low self-esteem."
This, naturally, drew immediate fire from the other side. State Senate Republican Leader Jake Corman said Wolf is blaming the people of the state for its challenges, adding, "It is insulting to Pennsylvanians who get up every day and work hard for their families."
Ok, look, if you're following the seemingly unending and ever-twisting case of Kathleen Kane and leaks, I have a suggestion: bring in Al Pacino.
The latest, as reported in the Inky, says the case that started with the leak of a sting case that Kane didn't pursue that then led to a leak in another case that Kane's alleged leaker didn't pursue that then led to leaks about Kane being under investigation for leaking that case has led to calls for possible discipline of one of Kane's lawyers/advisors, Lanny Davis, for leaking information that the Supreme Court leaked to reporters.
Here's a little Presidents' Day fun brought to you by the Dollar Shave Club which sells low-cost home-delivery razor blades and evidently has a sense of humor and history.
A recent shipment included a flier listing memorable moments from "The First Bathroom."
It notes our third president, Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), practiced a daily bathroom routine of a cold foot bath which he attributed to a lifetime of good health. He allegedly frosted his feet every morning until his death at age 83. Brrr.
Just so you know there are some good ideas in Harrisburg, here's a few from a state Senator bent on reform.
Oh, and as a bonus, Ed Rendell weighs in on that fat lease for office space for the governor in Philly.
First, the ideas.
Well that didn't take long.
Just days after Gov. Wolf announced formation of his Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency to save money and improve government, comes a quick example of one way to do so.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports taxpayers foot the bill for an office for the Guv on the 11th floor of the iconic and expensive Bellevue on Broad Street to the tune of $13,136 per month ($157,632 a-year) under a lease that runs until 2019.