Ronald Reagan was a teflon President. It seemed like no matter the charge or the evidence; things just wouldn't stick to him. Will Mitch Daniels be that kind of Republican?
With approval ratings riding high right now despite deep budget cuts in areas of extreme importance to Hoosiers, Republicans are touting Mitch Daniels as a possible GOP Presidential candidate in 2012. If Mitch has the same people doing his job approval polling numbers that did his jobs creation numbers, the GOP might want to reconsider.
Evidence is mounting that Governor Daniels and his administration may have cooked the books on jobs numbers during the 2008 campaign and the two years previous. This is a MAJOR part of Governor Daniels so-called success narrative. Without Governor Daniels' "island of growth" theory, (that Indiana has grown jobs at a great rate while other states have lost them) he becomes, frankly, a pretty average or even below average governor.
In case you haven't been following the story, WTHR's Bob Segal has been doing some great work. This is the latest report from Segal which reviews the over seven minute initial report and finally gets the Governor's reaction to being caught in the middle of something.
Let's go back and review that quote in the piece from Daniels because it's critical to understanding the kind of person the Governor is. I'm not going to call him names, but I'll let his words and actions tell the story. Does this sound like a kind of man with the temperament to lead a country?
Confronted by Segal with all this evidence, the Governor attempted to pivot away and divert the story. You know, I'll let Terry Burns over at the Indianapolis Times take it from here.
"You seem to have a blindingly clear view of what is perfectly obvious."
So what's Daniels saying? Is he admitting that he's knowingly misled Hoosier all these years? Is he admitting that the IDEC has been cooking the books when it comes to jobs? It's almost impossible to say because the governors doesn't seem willing to give anyone a straight answer.
"You seem to have discovered the obvious, namely that none of these jobs were ever scheduled to happen in the first year. Secondly, that some of them in a recession don't happen," Daniels told WTHR.
I think, in essence, I think this is what Governor Daniels is trying to say.
It's kind of the same strategy Daniels and his administration used when he was confronted on the campaign contributions he took by the hundreds of thousands from disgraced financier Tim Durham. From writer David Kesmodel of the Wall Street Journal back on Dec. 21, 2009...
Mr. Durham has given $195,000 to Gov. Daniels since 2003. The money has been spent, so "there is nothing to return," said a spokeswoman for the governor, who was elected to his second and final term last year.
In essence, "Nothing to see here; please disperse."
Hey Governor Daniels, unless your auditioning for a new and updated version of Police Squad or the newest Naked Gun movie, tell the truth to Hoosiers because you just don't do defensive very well.