What sort of senator will Mitt Romney be? Not a backbencher, even day one

BY CHARLIE GEROW, Feb. 20, 2018

What we do with former presidents is a subject frequently discussed in the halls of academia. After all, we now have as many members of that most exclusive club as ever, including some who are likely to be with us for a long time.

What doesn’t get as much attention is what becomes of those who sought the presidency and lost. The spotlight turns on one of them — Republican businessman Mitt Romney — now.

"Tuesday night more than 90 million eyeballs were on President Trump as he delivered his first State of the Union address. The television audience, pegged by Nielsen at 45.6 million, was delivered over a dozen networks.What sort of senator will Mitt Romney be? Not a backbencher, even day one

Gerow: Wolf's vanilla budget might be just the thing for this election year

It's an election year and the governor is on the ballot. There was no doubt that his annual budget address would reflect that political reality. It certainly did.

The governor's budget address, delivered earlier this week to a joint session of the General Assembly was mercifully short--at less than 20 minutes it was the shortest in memory. It was mild in tone, not even remotely reminiscent of his rant against legislators a couple of years ago. 

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It was plain vanilla, bland to the point of critics calling it "dull." His biggest applause line came on the heels of his congratulating the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. 

Most important, it didn't contain any of the requests for massive tax hikes that have become Wolf's trademark.  

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