Here's Dennis Roddy on the odd place Tom Corbett -- an establishment Republican -- finds himself in versus fellow gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer: far ahead in the polls and fundraising but as fluent in the zeitgeist of the right:
Mr. Corbett, a lifelong Catholic, holds the same views on morality. In fact, the men are barely any distance from each other on abortion, gun control, even states rights. Mr. Corbett is among Republican attorneys general challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care reform bill, and both he and Mr. Rohrer have called Pennsylvania's acceptance of federal economic stimulus money a mistake.
Yet where Mr. Corbett speaks in terms of management, Mr. Rohrer, with his references to home schooling and declarations on ethics and morality, appeals to conservatives distrustful of their own party and digging for a vein of unmistakable authenticity.
"He's talking in five or six points broadly," said Mr. Corbett. "I've never been bombastic. That's just not me."