I am not sure Mitch Daniels and his camp quite get how his campaign has spent millions – I say millions – of dollars, put his face on TV in a kitschy “Mitch TV” program, and his face in commercials ad nauseum and still see polls that show a close race.
What Mitch doesn’t get is that Hoosiers tend to remember past actions. Although the toll-road lease and the time change issues are well in the background, what still lingers in Hoosier minds – at least those impacted – is Daniels lack of consideration of what Hoosiers wanted.
At the time of the decisions, Daniels’ party controlled both chambers of the General Assembly; his wishes were their commands. They followed like sheep and gave him what he wanted, and some of them paid a price later by losing their bids for re-election.
Add the continuing down slide of the Hoosier economy to his apparent disdain for listening to the people, and you have a bunch of unhappy Hoosiers. Perhaps Daniels’ lack of understanding comes from his over-exaggerated sense of self and just how much he has “done” for Indiana.
Photo Credit: Nate Smith – Washington Times-Herald