The third Governor’s debate will take place between Gov. Daniels, Jill Long Thompson, and Andrew Horning. This time they’ll sit at a table and Tom Cochrun will moderate.
Jill Long Thompson has her work cut out for her. She has to get people to pay attention, and she has to convince people that, under her leadership, Hoosiers would be better off. Under Daniels, Hoosiers haven’t been doing so well; but either people aren’t holding him particularly to blame or they don’t find Long Thompson to blame. (As an aside, I wonder if the double last name is hindering her cause? I find it distracting to type, just as one data point. Nothing she can do about it, I suppose. A name is a name.)
The polls in the governor’s race have been all over the map. Either Daniels is winning in a blow out, or the race is neck-and-neck. So, Long Thompson isn’t without hope. Maybe she can put together a convincing debate performance and Gov. Daniels will reveal his peevish side which seems to come out when his authority is challenged.
But, if I had to guess, I would say that both sides will put together workmanlike performances with few surprises, while Horning will be the most entertaining of the three speakers.