Over the past six months, we've seen Mike Pence do everything from ice skate on television to hang out with our military in television ads (although I wish he would have used the video of him walking in the Iraqi market with the flack vest on opining how it reminds him of the farmers market in Bargersville). One thing we haven't seen or heard Mike do is be up front with Hoosier voters on the foundation of which he built his radio and congressional career, being a social darwinist crusader out to save us from ourselves.
So in this aspect of the race for Governor, John Gregg may be right. Mike's work in congress has strictly been limited to partisan hack and social far-right darwinist crusader. Don't get me wrong, that is fine but why do you run from the only record you have when it's time to rent a house back in Indiana and run for governor?
Now, I do give the Pence Campaign credit, they are a very disciplined campaign (with the exception of comparing the Health care Supreme Court decision to 9-11). Pence has the money to convey the message he wants the public to hear, John Gregg and Rupert don't. And if you believe the polls, Pence can continue to dodge the press and play four-corners offence through election day. The dodging of the press has become so evident, Brian Howey of HoweyPolitics.com even expressed his disappointment with his long time friend Mike Pence on my radio program this week. Yes, Pence is even dodging his good friend Brian Howey!
Mike Pence will continue to push a jobs agenda that probably seems very foreign to him, since ... well ... he really hasn't tried to create one job his entire congressional career. Hell, many will argue, and rightly so, he tried to kill more jobs in Indiana than he ever tried to create (Gm & Chrysler). But buyer beware, many people are not aware of Mike Pence's social darwinist crusade and probably will not find out about it until he is Governor.