Sunday, March 06, 2005

Trust [Phillyblogging]

I think Rendell pulled some pretty good Jiu-Jitsu with the state Republicans over the financing for Septa and other regional transit authorities. And, now the Republicans are whining that they can't trust Rendell anymore.

Screw them. They spent months trying to make Rendell look bad over this issue, with Septa having to threaten draconian service cuts and fare increases. It'd be really easy to come up with a dedicated revenue stream for the agency, at which point other problems with the system could be addressed properly. But, they dragged their feet without realizing that Rendell had an ace card up his sleeve. Now it's up to them to explain why all that delicious money for building roads to nowhere in their districts is being diverted to the cities.

Mellow gets it:

Rendell supporters say the move marks a change in the governor, who is realizing that he will never win peace with Republicans.

"They will never give him anything, and they never have," said Senate Minority Leader Robert J. Mellow (D., Lackawanna). "They want him to bow down and kiss the ring. He was just a bit smarter than them this time."

He beat them and now they're crying. Waah.