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Say It Ain't So, MitchPosted Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at 9:08 AM
On the first Tuesday of November in this even-numbered year of our Lord Two-thousand-ten, elections will be held as dictated by the Constitution in every state of the Union. Approximately one-third of the Senate and all the seats in the House of Representatives will be subject to the people's mandate. It is up for debate as to whether the latter, two-year terms for Congress, was the best idea.
On the same day there will be various statewide and countywide elections for offices held in the public trust. Exactly what the sequence of elections is in Indiana is a bit of an enigma, as is true with all Indiana Politics.
All of this is -- they adamantly remind us -- is supposed to be important to our day-to-day lives. They say wisdom of the electorate prevails. I take what "they say" as gospel, I suppose.
At exactly one minute after 11 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, as the last polling place closes in California, the various television networks will "declare" the winners in the "important" races.
As of these announcements, we will officially be 60 seconds into the Presidential campaign of 2012. The "favorite son" season will be upon us. Every state in the Union will have someone whom is highly thought of (or at least popular) whom a lot of well meaning folks think is Presidential. This is not a hard group to get into -- the name Trump has already surfaced.
In Indiana the local-boy-makes-good name we have already heard is Governor Mitch Daniels. A recent U.S. News & World Report list of potential GOP candidates had Mitch Daniels in their first tier. One commentator referred to Daniels as "a man who is acting very much like a presidential candidate in the early planning stages."
Say it ain't so, Mitch.
Sure, you have proved yourself an efficient executive. Maybe 49 percent of the people don't think you did a good job, but that means 51 percent do. I been around since Barry Goldwater, and an efficient executive is hard to find, and 51 percent is about as good as any get.
Sure, you proved to be a good campaigner. Going around to every county in the state is something that ought to be required of every statewide candidate. And, whoever did your campaigns was as good as any and better than most.
But, Mitch, you are just not "pretty" enough.
It has been demonstrated many times that the guy/gal who wins is the guy/gal who just seems the most glamorous. Voters don't actually understand the intricacies of administering unsolvable problems attached to innumerable and conflicting solutions. We have no patience with the fact that often there really is no solution. What we voters go for is somebody who looks good in 30-second sound bites.
What voters want, what they have most often gone with, is somebody really, really popular. And, unless you single-handedly won a war like Eisenhower, you've got to be charismatic. This, Mitch, you are not.
If you run I might possibly deign to vote for you (assuming Trump isn't running). A qualified man in the White House, though rare, is always useful.
If you win you will do as good a job as any --- right a third of the time, wrong a third, and history judging the remaining third.
But, you will not win; and a lot of money will be spent to prove again the wisdom of the electorate is more about "pretty" than good government.
Say it ain't so, Mitch.
David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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