Lesley Stedman Weidenbener has a column entitled “Governor’s race is a tale of two economies.” She notes that the Governor’s ads paint a picture of Indiana as having a great economy (thanks, of course, to the Governor’s magnificent leadership.) Challenger Jill Long Thompson paints a picture of Indiana as having a sputtering economy (thanks, of course, to the Governor’s horrible leadership.)
This is one of those lies, damned lies, and statistics situations. One’s sense of the truth of the matter is going to come from one’s own experience with the economy. “Who are you going to believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes?” I don’t think things are going that well for Joe Sixpack just about now, so whatever benefits the Governor’s statistics reflect must be going elsewhere. Whether Long Thompson can capitalize on this remains to be seen.