Politically Uncorrected Column

Politically Uncorrected is published twice monthly.  Dr. G. Terry Madonna is Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Franklin & Marshall College Poll (formerly the Keystone Poll) at Franklin & Marshall College, and Dr. Michael Young is Managing Partner of Michael Young Strategic Research.  The articles can be used in whole or in part with appropriate attribution.  The views and opinions found in these articles represent the authors' views and opinions and not those of any institution or organization with which they are affiliated.

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Below is a complete list of Politically Uncorrected columns since 2001.

2014 Columns

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  • December 17, 2014 - 2015:  Challenge amid Change in the Keystone State
  • December 11,  2014 - The Age of Tom Wolf
  • November 5, 2014 - Death From A Thousand Cuts
  • November 3, 2014 - November 4: One Day, Many Elections
  • October 23, 2014 - A Tie in the US Senate: Turning Even into Odd
  • October 10, 2014 - Pennsylvania's Odd Fellows: Corruption & Reform
  • September 24, 2014 - The Three-D Election
  • September 10, 2014 - A Tale of Two Years, Two Men and Two Elections
  • August 6, 2014 - Romney Redux?
  • July 28, 2014 - Give 'Em Hell Tom
  • July 11, 2014 - Corbett's Last Stand
  • June 25, 2014 - The Real Question About the Budget
  • June 17, 2014 - The Rodney Dangerfield Office
  • June 3, 2014 - Tom Wolf's Real Opponent
  • May 21, 2014 - The All of the Above Election
  • May 15, 2014 - Elections and Choices
  • May 6, 2014 - Pennsylvania's D-Day
  • April 15, 2014 - A Good Start
  • March 31, 2014 - The Other Race for Governor
  • March 17, 2014 - One That Matters
  • February 25, 2014 - Game Changer or Game Over?
  • February 10, 2014 - Pennsylvania's Evolving Governor
  • January 27, 2014 -What Matters in 2014
  • January 13, 2014 - Be Careful What You Wish For
  • January 2, 2014 - Raising Kane in Pennsylvania


2013 Columns

  • December 17, 2013 - Coming to Terms with America's Interminable Problem
  • November 26, 2013 - The Elephant in the Room
  • November 13, 2013 - The Rocky Road to Camelot
  • November 5, 2013 - Pennsylvania's Bad Penny
  • October 24, 2013 - Our American Problem
  • September 30, 2013 - Are Pennsylvania Democrats Too Optimistic?
  • September 12, 2013 - Will They or Won't They?
  • August 28, 2013 - Right Problem, Wrong Solution
  • July 22, 2013 - Quit Expecting Corbett to Quit
  • July 8, 2013 - A House Divided
  •  June 25, 2013 - Corbett's Testing Time
  • June 6, 2013 - Death Taxes and Penn State
  • May 15, 2013 - Not Your Grandfather's Pennsylvania Anymore
  • April 24, 2013 - The Toomey Matter
  • April 9, 2013 - Guns Are the Problem, but Are They the Issue?
  • March 14, 2013 - The Real GOP Problem
  • February 28, 2013 - The Democrats' "Nobody Problem"
  • February 4, 2013 - Corbett Crossing the Rubicon
  • January 22, 2013 - A Bad Gamble
  • January 7, 2013 - Tom Corbett: Doing the Right Thing for the Wrong Reason
  • January 3, 2013 - In 2013 Expect the Unexpected


Archived Politically Uncorrected Columns

2012 Columns

  • December 3, 2012 - Corbett's Chancy Re-election Chance

  • November 14, 2012 - Handicapping Pennsylvania's 2014 Gubernatorial Field
  • November 1, 2012 - Game On: Pennsylvania in Play
  • October 22, 2012 - All Over Again
  • September 28, 2012 - The Great Debate Show
  • September 25, 2012 - Candidate Romney
  • September 18, 2012 - America's Game of Electoral College Roulette
  • September 10, 2012 - Conventional Wisdom
  • August 13, 2012 - The Conventions Won't Matter, But the Debates Might
  • July 31, 2012 - If Romney Wins, Does Corbett Lose?
  • July 24, 2012 - Why Obama Probably Can't Win--But Romney Could Still Lose
  • July 16, 2012 - Thinking about Voter ID
  • June 18, 2012 - Winning the Battle but Losing the War
  • June 11, 2012 - Taking Stock of the American Mood
  • May 30, 2012 - Pennsylvania's Crisis
  • May 17, 2012 - America's Sick Public Sector
  • April 26, 2012 - Not Everyone's Cup of Tea
  • April 12, 2012 - What the 2012 Nomination Fight Taught Us about American Politics
  • April 4, 2012 - Santorum's Last Stand
  • March 21, 2012 - Will Pennsylvania's Primary Matter?
  • March 9, 2012 - A Choice Between the Truly Bad and Merely Awful
  • February 14, 2012 - Rick Stantorum: Why he lost Pennsylvania & What it Means
  • January 30, 2012 - The Costs of Combat
  • January 4, 2012 - What Does Rick Really Want?


2011 Columns

  • December 26, 2011 - Corbett's Rookie Year
  • December 12, 2011 - Running Mate Roulette
  • November 28, 2011 - Why Obama Could Win and Why He Probably Won't
  • October 31, 2011 - Raising Cain
  • October 20, 2011 - Let's Ask the Voters
  • October 6, 2011 - Are Republicans Flipping Their Wigs?
  • September 29, 2011 - Casey Odds on for 2012
  • September 16, 2011 - A Really Bad Idea
  • September 2, 2011 - 9/11 Ten Years Later
  • August 19, 2011 - Divided We Fall
  • August 3, 2011 - The Age of Ideology
  • July 27, 2011 - 1991
  • July 5, 2011 - Getting What We Want and Wanting What We Got
  • June 23, 2011 - Rick Santorum for Vice President: Stranger Things Have Happened
  • June 14, 2011 - Does It Matter?
  • June 1, 2011 - Is the GOP Field Weak? Or Is Obama Strong?
  • May 23, 2011 - Rick Santorum Meets P. T. Barnum
  • May 11, 2011 - It's Foreign Policy, Stupid
  • April 26, 2011 - One-Term Tom? Maybe Not!
  • April 12, 2011 - How to Run for President (And Still Have Been Born in Pennsylvania)
  • April 1, 2011 - The GOP Herd Gathers
  • February 18, 2011 - Is Tom Corbett a Revolutionary?
  • January 31, 2011 - You Don't Say: Santorum and Rendell
  • January 10, 2011 - The Rendell Legacy
  • January 3, 2011 - The Keystone State: Wither We Go in 2011


2010 Columns

  • December 28, 2010 - A Bad Year for Some Good Lessons
  • December 14, 2010 - Specter's Legacy: A Work in Progress
  • November 22, 2010 - The Great TSA Pat-Down Smackdown
  • November 15, 2010 - What Do We Do Now?
  • November 4, 2010 - America's Forensic Election
  • October 24, 2010 - America's Great Disconnect
  • October 8, 2010 - All Politics Is Local--Except When It Isn't
  • September 17, 2010 - Pennsylvania's Wacko Winners
  • September 2, 2010 - Obama's Best Bad Option
  • August 24, 2010 - That Other Tax Problem
  • August 5, 2010 - Dumb & Dumber
  • July 26, 2010 - Pennsylvania's Long-Running One-Act Play
  • July 6, 2010 - Silly Syllogisms and Serious Politics
  • June 22, 2010 - Toomey-Sestak: Made for Hollywood
  • June 1, 2010 - Corbett vs. Onorato: A Scheduled 15 Rounder
  • May 19, 2010 - Arlen Specter's Perfect Storm
  • May 11, 2010 - Two Parties, One Election, No Choices
  • April 19, 2010 - The Admiral Hits an Iceberg
  • April 5, 2010 - The Resurrection of Rick Santorum
  • March 23, 2010 - If Men Were Angels
  • March 4, 2010 - Continuity & Change: Pennsylvania in the New Century
  • February 18, 2010 - The 99 Percent Rule
  • January 28, 2010 - The Mandate Myth
  • January 12, 2010 - Restoring Confidence


2009 Columns

  • December 28, 2009 - The Eight-Year Cycle - Believe It!
  • December 10, 2009 - Huckabee Hysteria
  • November 16, 2009 - Tom Corbett's Problem
  • October 30, 2009 - Pennsylvania's Churchillian Problem
  • October 22, 2009 - Until the Bitter End
  • October 7, 2009 - Is Pennsylvania the Nation's New Future?
  • September 9, 2009 - The Goldilocks Principle in American Politics
  • August 26, 2009 - The New California - Not
  • August 7, 2009 - Pennsylvania's Odd Man Out
  • August 4, 2009 - The Phony-Baloney Budget
  • July 10, 2009 - A Different Budget
  • June 15, 2009 - Déjà Vu All Over Again
  • June 1, 2009 - Giant Killer
  • May 21, 2009 - Remembering Newspapers
  • May 4, 2009 - The Endangered Republicans
  • April 23, 2009 - Corruption: No Longer an Iffy Proposition in Pennsylvania
  • March 31, 2009 - A Specter to Behold
  • March 17, 2009 - Fumo's Fini
  • March 5, 2009 - What You Want vs. What You Get
  • February 6, 2009 - Rendell's Magical Budget
  • January 27, 2009 - Casey Moving Into the Battle Circle
  • January 16, 2009 - Gubernatorial Appointments & Buggy Whips


2008 Columns

  • December 31, 2008 - Bad, Worse & Worst: The Short List of Vice Presidents Who Probably Shouldn't Been
  • December 11, 2008 - Madame Secretary: Old Wine in a New Bottle
  • December 2, 2008 - Pennsylvania's Dead-End Sure Thing
  • November 6, 2008 - The Political Hat Trick
  • October 30, 2008 - Is the Bradley Effect a Myth?
  • October 17, 2008 - An Outlier in Pennsylvania
  • October 10, 2008 - Pennsylvania's Last Hurrah
  • September 25, 2008 - Will We Screw it Up Again?
  • September 18, 2008 - The Other Woman in the Race
  • September 10, 2008 - The Cheneysizing of the Vice Presidency
  • August 27, 2008 - When Fine Just Wasn't Good Enough
  • August 20, 2008 - Coming Back Around: Casey at the Convention
  • August 6, 2008 - John McCain Versus the Scholars
  • July 17, 2008 - Bonusgate: A Different Kind of Political Corruption
  • July 7, 2008 - Putting the Kitchen Table Issues Back on the Table
  • June 26, 2008 - America's Forgotten Holiday
  • June 18, 2008 - History, Politics, and the Pennsylvania Budget
  • June 6, 2008 - For McCain in Pennsylvania, it Takes a Bush
  • May 5, 2008 - Chris Matthews: Ready to Play Hardball in PA
  • April 18, 2008 - In Pennsylvania, 'Tis the Season
  • April 13, 2008 - Obama's Feet of Clay
  • March 31, 2008 - The Casey Fly in the Clinton Ointment
  • March 25, 2008 - Obama: How Bad is it for Him in Pennsylvania?
  • March 14, 2008 - Obama's Keys to the Keystone State
  • March 6, 2008 - Pennsylvania: Breaking the Checkmate?
  • February 20, 2008 - The Matter of the VP
  • February 11, 2008 - Pennsylvania: The Decider
  • January 17, 2008 - The Obama Paradigm


2007 Columns

  • December 26, 2007 - Iowa and New Hampshire: Same Old, Same Old
  • December 5, 2007 - Conventional Wisdom & the 2008 Conventions
  • November 26, 2007 - Reform: at the Crossroads and in the Crosshairs
  • October 25, 2007 - Dick Thornburgh's Message
  • October 18, 2007 - Why George Bush Should Like Ike
  • September 27, 2007 - First, We Kill All the Judges
  • September 5, 2007 - Public Corruption in Pennsylvania: A Time to be Wary
  • August 21, 2007 - Taking a Second Look at Rendell for Second Place
  • August 7, 2007 - Highway Robbery
  • July 18, 2007 - Does it Matter Who the GOP Nominates?
  • July 7, 2007 - Making Budget Sausage
  • June 19, 2007 - Second Term Troubles
  • June 6, 2007 - Budget Games
  • May 22, 2007 - The Next Big One
  • April 25, 2007 - Been There & Done That
  • April 5, 2007 - A Constitution for PA
  • March 23, 2007 - America's Hit or Miss Primary System
  • March 9, 2007 - A Rudy Rage in Pennsylvania
  • March 1, 2007 - Who Can Blame Them?
  • February 7, 2007 - Ed's Big Ideas
  • January 31, 2007 - Thesis-Antithesis: Clark & Casey
  • January 25, 2007 - A Day Late and a Dollar Short
  • January 10, 2007 - A Fork in the Road


2006 Columns

  • December 27, 2006 - Annus Mirabilis
  • December 12, 2006 - The Second Act
  • November 9, 2006 - Rise & Fall of Santorum
  • November 8, 2006 - Final Score:  Rendell versus Swann
  • October 18, 2006 - A Tale of Two Elections
  • September 27, 2006 - Suburban Tipping Point
  • September 6, 2006 - The Challenger Two-Step
  • August 10, 2006 - Third Party Follies
  • July 24, 2006 - America's Electoral Phantoms
  • June 28, 2006 - American Temperament
  • June 15, 2006 - Swann Song?
  • May 19, 2006 - May 16 Post Mortem
  • May 2, 2006 - May 16th
  • April 20, 2006 - Santorum - Can He Win?
  • April 4, 2006 - Adding Up Pennsylvania's Ideological Divide
  • March 23, 2006 - Circling the Eight Year Cycle
  • March 2, 2006 - The Pennsylvania Paradox
  • February 8, 2006 - A Sporting Event
  • January 24, 2006 - The GOP's Cause Celebre(ity)
  • January 4, 2006 - Alito v. Pennsylvania


2005 Columns

  • December 14, 2005 - Reconstituting Pennsylvania
  • December 1, 2005 - Choosing Number Two
  • November 16, 2005 - What It All Means
  • October 31, 2005 - The Judicial Retention Imbroglio
  • October 18, 2005 - The Comeback Kid
  • October 10, 2005 - Academic Argument
  • September 15, 2005 - The GOP Shows Some Cleavage
  • August 25, 2005 - Labor Lost
  • August 8, 2005 - Specter: In the Cat Bird Seat
  • July 18, 2005 - The Great Harrisburg Caper of 2005
  • July 7, 2005 - A Budget Paradox
  • June 21, 2005 - A Certain Uncertainty
  • June 2, 2005 - A Necessary Post-Mortem
  • May 18, 2005 - Erector Set Politics
  • May 5, 2005 - Rendell's Dilemma
  • April 13, 2005 - Happy Birthday
  • March 24, 2005 - MAYBE!
  • March 9, 2005 - Fiddling with the Rules
  • February 14, 2005 - One Bad Problem - - Two Good Choices
  • February 7, 2005 - Budgets Smudgets
  • February 1, 2005 - Pennsylvania's Primary Problem


2004 Columns

  • December 14, 2004 - From Light Governor to Lt. Governor
  • November 18, 2004 - Pennsylvania's Political Odd Couple
  • October 19, 2004 - Approximately Right
  • September 22, 2004 - It's Debatable
  • September 14, 2004 - Yes or No?
  • August 30, 2004 - Tale of Two States
  • August 5, 2004 - The New Political Zeitgeist
  • July 26, 2004 - Silly Polls
  • June 30, 2004 - Pennsylvania's Crystal Ball
  • June 3. 2004 - Not a Sure Thing
  • May 21, 2004 - Reapportionment, Politics, and the Law
  • April 29, 2004- Lucky Arlen
  • April 22, 2004- An Electoral Oasis
  • March 24, 2004- Running Mate Frenzy
  • March 11, 2004- Nader's Nadir
  • February 26, 2004- Smoke And Mirrors
  • February 11, 2004- The E Word
  • January 23, 2004- A Crazy System
  • January 7, 2004- Asking the Right Question


2003 Columns

  • December 17, 2003- The Political Confidence Game
  • November 25, 2003 - Making Pennsylvania Relevant
  • October 20, 2003 -October Surprise
  • October 7, 2003 -Warrior for President
  • September 25, 2003 -Benediction
  • September 12, 2003 -9/11 Revisited
  • August 28, 2003 -The Un-California
  • August 13, 2003 -Gerrymander In The Docket
  • July 30, 2003 -Reporting On Kobe
  • July 16, 2003 -Who's The Boss
  • June 26, 2003 -Doing Direct Democracy
  • June 11, 2003 -A No Brainer
  • May 28, 2003 -A Judicious Change
  • May 12, 2003 - Betting On It
  • April 30, 2003 - Making The Grade
  • April 16, 2003 - Promises, Promises
  • April 1, 2003 - Changing Pennsylvania
  • March 18, 2003 - The Great Tax Vote Myth
  • March 6, 2003 - A Judgment Call
  • February 19, 2003 - A Taxing Moment
  • February 4, 2003 - Exit Strategy: Pennsylvania Style
  • January 21, 2003 - Leadership and Luck
  • January 7, 2003 - The Future of the Pennsylvania Democrats


2002 Columns

  • December 17, 2002 - Conventional Wisdom Revisited
  • December 3, 2002 - A Cautionary Tale
  • November 19, 2002 - The Misuse of Polling
  • November 6, 2002 - One Crime, Many Suspects
  • October 29, 2002 - Pennsylvania's Multiple Personalities
  • October 15, 2002 - Debates, Debates, and More Debates
  • October 1, 2002 - Gubernatorial Archetypes
  • September 18, 2002 - The Issue of Issues
  • September 4, 2002 - Problem Solving: Pennsylvania Style
  • August 20, 2002 - Governors Matter
  • July 31, 2002 -Real Heroes and Real Leadership
  • July 17, 2002 - The Death of Party Competition
  • July 2, 2002 - The Change Factor
  • June 18, 2002 - The First Political Poll
  • June 4, 2002 - Fighting The Last War
  • May 23, 2002 - Live and Learn
  • May 8, 2002 - Rendell's Raiders
  • April 9, 2002 - Campaign Finance Reform- Deja Vu All Over Again
  • March 26, 2002 - Buchanan's Birthday
  • March 12, 2002 - Can We Talk?
  • February 28, 2002 - Roses & Polls
  • February 13, 2002 - It's Pennsylvania Stupid!
  • January 23, 2002 - Running for Bridesmaid
  • January 8, 2002 - Gresham's Law of Junk


2001 Columns

  • December 14, 2001 - Wolf
  • November 27, 2001 - Election Reform: The Failed Experiment
  • November 15, 2001 - The Message
  • November 1, 2001 - The New Patriotism & The Old Voting
  • October 23, 2001 - Election Cycles
  • October 10, 2001 - The Ridge Legacy-A Work In Progress
  • September 28, 2001 - Some Ways We Will Change
  • September 25, 2001 - Hamlet on the Susquehanna
  • September 24, 2001 - The Eight-Year Cycle
  • August 28, 2001 -Going But Maybe Not Gone
  • August 14, 2001 - Joe Six-Pack
  • July 31, 2001 - Motor Voter and The Politics of Voter Turnout
  • July 17, 2001 - The Political Problem And The Law
  • July 3, 2001 - State Budgets: Follow The Money
  • June 19, 2001 - Running Statewide 101
  • June 5, 2001 - The Death Penalty: Principle and Practice
  • May 22, 2001 - Gubernatorial Genealogy
  • May 8, 2001 - The Pennsylvania Brand Name Game
  • April 24, 2001 - The Endangered Democrats
  • April 10, 2001 -Mars and Venus at the Polls
  • March 27, 2001 - Pennsylvania and Local Taxes
  • March 13, 2001 - Voter Turnout
  • February 27, 2001 - Reapportionment: An Insiders Game
  • February 13, 2001 - Presidential Greatness
  • January 30, 2001 - Election Reform
  • January 16, 2001 - Judicial Merit Selection