Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Pennsylvania Politics -- Swanny Looks Good
Just watched the C-Span coverage of tonight's debate between Lynn Swann and Ed Rendell. Neither man sparkled, but Swanny held his own. He got some serious points across regarding medical care, education, and the State gambling initiatives. Rendell was short on specifics, instead mouthing a lot of platitudes about making Pennsylvania prosperous and building for the future, etc. Rendell, like Casey, is running out the clock and not seriously engaging the issues before us in Pennsylvania. It's probably a winning strategy, but Swanny looked good. He was serious, informed, and articulate, and for many people who still see him in a Steeler's uniform, this first look at the prospective governor will be revealing. He's a serious guy with a serious message. He did himself some good tonight. Will it be enough? Probably not, but it's a good start at closing the gap.