Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The House on Stevens Lane (cont'd)

For those of you who just can't get enough of the controversy over Rick Santorum's Penn Hills home, here is Jon Delano's excellent step-through of the controversy.

Jon is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an independent political analyst, who often comments on PA and national politics.

This exegesis was emailed over the Memorial Day weekend.

Delano poses a question that's been circulating around political circles in recent days: Was Santorum's reaction to the incidents at Penn Hills just an example of the senator freaking out or was it a calculated political maneuver? I subscribe to the later theory, many subscribe to the former, citing how unwise it has turned out to be for Santorum to highlight one of his weaknesses -- his failure to live in his home base.

Delano makes it clear that while the Santorums initial reaction may have been to freak out over someone "stalking" their home, the senator and his campaign brain trust quickly elevated it to a political matter by trying to blame Bob Casey with the incident.


Blogger Jim in West Chester said...

Have you noticed that Santorum's spokesperson is named Virginia (Davis)?

4:18 PM  
Blogger plshark said...

Jim --I hear his former spokesperson was Penn(y) Davis, but he left her behind years ago...

Tom --I don't see this being good for Santorum from any angle, and I know he's not politically stupid enough to think it would be good for him. In short, Little Ricky freaked-out and threw a temper tantrum, lashing out at the person by whom he feels most threatened. The Junior Senator from PA should simply be called Junior, and he needs a time-out.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous GettysBLOG said...

Has it occurred to you to inquire as to the residence of Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reaid, John Kerry?

Just as you focus on a stupid residency issue, others are focusing on a stupid "where was he when he was supposed to be at work" issue belonging to Bobby Casey, Jr.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous phillydem said...

Let's see, Nancy Pelosi lives in San Francisco, California - a continent away from Washington. Harry Reid lives in Searchlight, NV - also a long way from Washington. Ted Kennedy has a home - a compound actually - in Mass. John Kerry shares his wife's home in Fox Chapel along with his own home in Boston. While the above politicians might not be able to spend days on end at their homes, no one questions that they actually DO live in their states and that is where they will return when their political careers are over.

No one believes Rick Santorum "lives" in the house he owns in Penn Hills. When Santorum's political career is over in 5 months, he will
return to his home and family in Leesburg, not the house he owns in Pennsylvania. The Santorums made a clear choice to settle in Virginia.
They could have bought a very nice large house on the PA-MD border which would only have been marginally farther away than where they live now and Santorum, although he might not have been able to commute daily to DC, could have been home at least every weekend. The fact is the Santorums rejected PA as a place to raise their family and no amount of trying to change the subject to Bob Casey's current stint as state treasurer is going to change that.

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo - Gettysblog! The ruckus wasn't really about Ricky, wife and slew of kids actually living anywhere! It was about the fact that they were ripping off the folks in Penns Hills for the cost of cyber education by claiming an address (for a 2 bedroom) in PA while living in a mansion in VA.

Didn't you ever see the ads about insurance fraud? Same thing!

Have Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, John Kerry been charging their constituents for cyber school for 6 kids?

Let's see - $87,000 house + $2,000 per yr tax for about 10 years = $107,000 and we fork over $100,000 per year for his wife to babysit. Not bad! Rick sure is smart. Rick's been saying 'bend over PA' and his good obedient followers did!

6:50 AM  

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