As Sam Said To Dave...
Hold on, I'm coming!
I couldn't get that old song out of my brain whilst reading news reports of former Gov. Tom Ridge's five-city swing Tuesday with this year's Republican gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann.
It was all smiles and handshakes, with Ridge and Swann showing the pearly whites, but let us not kid ourselves. Much like the 7th Cavalry, Ridge charged in to give a boost to a Swann candidacy that is sagging, especially at the Republican base.
Many of those county chairs who got on the Swann bandwagon early on are now having buyer's remorse, to use a phrase I stole from a GOP strategist.
Ridge's purpose in this trip was to boost the base, calm the party activist types and (maybe most importantly) help Swann raise money.
The next deadline for campaign spending and fund-raising reports is June 16th. The chattering class and the pols will be looking at how well or poorly Swann has done in getting his hands on some cash.
Among those most concerned: GOP leaders in the Philadelphia area, who are worried that a weak Swann candidacy will result in the Rendell/Casey ticket swamping other Republican officeholders, many of whom have competitive races for Congressional and state legislative seats. Hear them fret in this Daily News piece by Bob Warner.