Have you noticed what's been missing from the Indiana Senate Race lately? How about the TEA Party...errr...Republican candidate Richard Mourdock? Good friend and Gary Snyder Show contributer Brian Howey writes:
But Mourdock was a no-show at the RNC. And he’s been inconspicuous on a number of fronts. When Mitt Romney tabbed House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan for his ticket, Mourdock was mum. The word in political circles was that Mourdock has been told to keep a low profile and let the Super PACs do the talking.
Matter of fact, about the only time you see Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock these days is hanging with Mike Pence. So much so, it makes me wonder if the guy isn't sleeping on the couch at Pence's home in Columbus or Fishers or Virginia or, wait, did I get them all? Maybe that's why none of the Pence ads were shot at one of his homes, it would have Mourdock standing in the background with only a towel around his waist, standing at the bathroom mirror and brushing his teeth?
NASHVILLE, Ind. – We are witnessing perhaps the most vivid contrast between gubernatorial candidates Mike Pence and John Gregg coming with the politically explosive issue of Obamacare.
Knowing that he would not have to live with decisions made by November deadlines on establishing Essential Health Benefits and the Health Exchange the law calls for, Gov. Mitch Daniels asked for input from the candidates, saying he will follow the advice of the winner on Nov. 6.
The backdrop to this is that Obamacare is extremely unpopular in Indiana. A December 2011 Public Opinion Strategies Poll revealed that 57% oppose the law and only 35% support it. On a repeal question, 55% support and 35% are against.
Democrat Gregg acknowledged that dynamic when he said, "I want to make this clear, it does not matter whether you support the Affordable Care Act or not, whether you love it or hate it, it is the law of the land. My job as governor will be to protect the best interests of the people of this state and enforce the law in a way that will benefit all Hoosiers and make healthcare more affordable and more accessible for all Hoosiers."
8-29 Update: Sources tell The Gary Snyder Show a grand jury has been convened in Whitley County looking into the sexual misconduct allegations against President of the Huntington County Commissioners, Tom Wall. Sources also go on to say the grand jury is set to end it's work on or around September 27th. Still no public statement from Huntington County commissioner as he pushes forward with reelection.
Update: Sources tell The Gary Snyder Show the Indiana State Police have concluded their investigation into the sexual misconduct allegation against Tom Wall and that a special prosecutor from Whitley County has been assigned to the case. And still no media coverage?
Where are the calls from fellow commissioners Leon Hurlburt and Cathy Branham (or any Republican elected official or candidate) for Tom to make a public statement? And it doesn't even have to be a big public statement, an "I didn't do it" would suffice!
Editor's note: Here are some excerpts from Peggy Noonan's blog in the Wall Street Journal opining on night one of the RNC, Ann Romney and Chris Christie:
On night one of the convention:
I want to tell you they marched out of the hall Tuesday night on fire for their side. But I was there and they did not. They walked out like people who weren’t quite sure what to think or how to feel but were hoping for the best because they love their country. A lot.
On Ann Romney:
The opportunity Ann Romney missed was to provide first person testimony that is new, that hasn’t been spoken, that hasn’t been in the books and the magazine articles. She failed to make it new and so she failed to make it real.
I’m not sure her speech was a loss but it doesn’t feel like a gain. We’ll see. The real reaction to a highly publicized speech emerges not overnight on twitter but over days and weeks as people chat in the office and on the sidewalk in front of school. So we’ll see what they say, we’ll see how it bubbles up.
Fox News contributor Juan Williams took some ribbing from his colleagues Tuesday night after saying Ann Romney looked “like a corporate wife” who hasn’t struggled in her life.
“Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, on the other hand looked to me like a corporate wife,” Williams said, speaking on a panel after the Republican National Convention’s speeches wrapped for the night. “And you know the stories she told about struggle, eh, it’s hard for me to believe. She’s a very rich woman and I know that and America knows that.”
Fox News hosts Bret Baier replied, “Wow, OK,” and Megyn Kelly asked Williams, “What does that mean, corporate wife?”
“What does it mean?” Williams replied. “It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life. She’s not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country, or married women or separated — actually she did not convince me that you know what, ‘I understand the struggles of American women in general.’”
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg and lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Vi Simpson met with Governor Daniels today to discuss implementation of the Affordable Care Act. After the meeting, Gregg issued the following statement:
"This morning, Senator Simpson and I met with Governors Daniels and discussed outstanding issues related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.