In the event you missed it, a couple of rulings -- one by the feds, one by the NCAA -- just might help soften some opposition to Gov. Corbett's reelection.

And in a year where voter turnout is expected to be low (and the Guv's approval ratings are low) any softening of anti-Corbett votes could prove beneficial to the embattled incumbent.

The first break came at the end of August. The Obama administration approved Corbett's alternate plan to Obamacare. Corbett, as state attorney general and governor, opposed the president's national health care reform but then successfully negotiated a variation to expand coverage for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians.

While some still criticize Corbett for parts of his plan and the delay in getting coverage, Corbett did, as one Democratic analyst tells me, "something no Republican in Congress was able to do, which should help with his conservative base," and managed to get better coverage for those in need, which should help take some sting out of his critics.

The second break came this week with the announcement by the NCAA to remove some sanctions against Penn State football.

One obstacle to Corbett's reelection is that many members of Nittany Nation fault Corbett for his handling of the PSU/Sandusky scandal, claiming either he foot-dragged the investigation for political purposes or was too quick to judge and dismiss Joe Paterno.

But NCAA action restoring PSU to bowl-eligibility this season and restoring all football scholarships next season just might cool some anti-Corbett ardor among the bleeding-blue faithful.

Neither one of these developments alone is likely to sway an election. And it is, let's be honest, still hard to see a Corbett path to victory. But in a cycle where Republicans are expected to vote at higher levels than Democrats even small pluses can, well, be pluses.