Our opinion: A Keystone spat

Saying there is some political disarray among the leadership of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Corbett administration is like saying that Nancy Pelosi and Ted Cruz disagree on one or two points of governance.

At least Pelosi and Cruz can be expected to disagree, since their party affiliations and personal philosophies on the role of government are at extreme opposite ends of the political spectrum.

In the case of Pennsylvania government, we are witnessing a near cold war between Corbett and members of his own party, some of the Republican party’s more conservative lawmakers and their conservative governor.

And, curiously enough, all of this is happening just four months before the governor and members of the House of Representatives face a general election.

A subtle indication of the rift came from Republican House Majority Leader Mike Turzai following the legislature’s hide tanning when Corbett blue-lined $65 million in funding for the General Assembly’s operating expenses: “The governor’s actions today seem to us to be about politics and not about the hard work of governing.” Did wires get crossed and Turzai was handed a Democratic statement to make?

To be sure, Democrats in general and Corbett challenger Tom Wolf in particular, are giggling privately as they watch this school-yard tussle play out.

The question becomes, will Corbett and the legislature that displays his party’s flag but seems out of control, be able to mend their relationship and at least feign a united front far enough ahead of November to convince voters that there is enough leadership in both of them to deserve another term?