John Krull has a column in the Louisville Courier Journal on the new governor entitled Gov. Mike Pence’s ‘Roadmap’ for Indiana still wandering.
Gov. Pence’s legislative history never suggested a love for policy details. He’s more of an “idea man,” particularly, I think, where those ideas are abstracted from the facts on the ground. Facts are messy things and don’t lend themselves well to the sort of uncompromising ideology that has been a hallmark of the governor’s career so far. (I think an effective legislator has to approach his or her ideology in much the same way Capt. Barbossa approached the Pirate Code (“the code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.”)
In any case, whether this is the problem or not, Krull discusses some restlessness in the General Assembly about Gov. Pence’s tepid policy leadership so far. The campaign was vague, the inauguration was vague, the State of the State was vague, and 1/4 of the way through the long session, the governor’s office has not apparently been very active on specific policy initiatives.
Krull concludes, “. . . at some point, Mike Pence will have to stop waving his roadmap around, get behind the wheel and drive the state somewhere. The question that remains is where he wants to go.”