Monday, July 25, 2011
Pence Ignores Hoosiers...Like Always
Mike Pence plans to not talk policy until 2012. May, 2012. Doesn't that scare you?
It should, and it frightens the bejeesus out of me. The man, who many consider to be the frontrunner in the 2012 Gubernatorial Race, doesn't respect Hoosiers enough to tell us where he stands on the issues that face this state. The man who has been in Congress for most of the last 10 years won't tell us his feelings about education, the state budget, or how he's going to bring Hoosiers jobs.
Thus, we must go on what we know about Mike Pence.
Pence, whose legislative record despite being one of the most powerful House leaders, doesn't show one significant legislative win. He hasn't passed a thing through Congress. He's carried water for the national GOP, and I think it's fair to say that he might be waiting for their orders about how he can position himself for a run at the Oval Office in 2016.
He doesn't want to be your Governor. It's a stepping stone, and it's clear. That's why Jim Wallace would seem to be a reasonable alternative for Republicans. He has plans, and he's not hiding them from people. Pence clearly thinks he is as much of a threat as a fly on the back of an elephant. Well, sometimes that fly's bite packs a punch. I think he is sorely underestimating Wallace, a man who can appeal to moderate Republicans and not just the Tea Partiers Pence is clearly counting on to carry him through.
All the while, John Gregg awaits the winner. Gregg is not really tasked with doing much at this point except making the rounds, listening to people, and raising campaign cash. He can put out policy plans as he goes. Pence, on the other hand, has a well-financed opponent, and it appears that he's not only ignoring him but ignoring Hoosiers.
Then again, why should it surprise us? That's what he's done in Congress for the last 10 years.