Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer
What an embarrassment. In the span of 24 hours, Gov. Josh Shapiro went from savvy political strategist to inept novice and sellout; upended by his own House majority leader, Matt Bradford.
The governor was unable to bring Bradford into the line on the budget Shapiro negotiated in good faith with Senate Republicans. This forced Shapiro into a blunder of threatening to veto Lifeline Scholarships — one of the governor’s stated priorities, which he touted on national TV just days prior.
Teachers’ unions were already furious with the governor over his school choice support. Now Shapiro has lost not only the trust of Senate Republicans but also the Republican voters who believed his promises.
Where did it all go wrong?
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