Hoosier Politics Getting Interesting

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What looked to be a rehash of the 2012 election between Governor Mike Pence and former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg may not happen. And that lock it looked like the GOP would keep on retiring Senator Dan Coates seat may not be so safe after all.

The Governor is in the running to be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick. He will campaign in Indianapolis tomorrow with Trump.

A decision from Trump is expected this week on this Veep pick. However, Pence must decide between now and Friday whether to pull out of his re-election bid. Indiana law will not allow him to run for both a state and federal office at the same time.

Hoosier Republicans, according to scuttlebutt, are now racing to find someone else to run against Democrat Gregg or kiss the Governor’s Mansion good-bye.

A couple of weeks ago I noted that like in 2012, I would be backing Gregg for Governor against Pence. That may change depending on who the GOP puts up to run against him if Pence pulls out of the race.

Now we hear that former Congressman and perennial Democratic candidate Baron Hill announced today he is dropping out of his bid to replace Coates in the US Senate.

Rumor has it Hill, who has been struggling as he faces Congressman Todd Young, a shoe-in to replace the retiring senior Indiana Senator, bid farewell today to make room for another of the Cornfield’s favorite sons.

I may have to rethink who I am voting for Senate now too.

The word on the street is that former, very popular Governor and former, very popular Senator Evan Bayh is putting his name in the hat for a return to the body he left in 2010, calling it too partisan in Washington, DC.

Bayh, who is also the son of a former Senator, the late Birch Bayh, is more moderate and someone Republicans even like. He is a co-founder of the non-partisan No Labels organization.

Yep, Hoosier politics may be getting very interesting indeed.

From the Cornfield, forget the national election, we have a real-live, political slug fest about to happen here at home.

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride to outdo anything Holiday World has to offer and waves to beat anything at Indiana Beach.

For me, it’s back to search and research and then search some more before tipping my vote one way or the other.

Talk about splitting a ticket!

Good thing I am an independent moderate.

Campaigning Versus Reality – Rhetoric Can Be Dangerous

From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield
From the Desert with feet planted firmly in the Cornfield

Most Americans realize that candidates, no matter the office, will say anything to get elected to office. This is very evident with the 2016 presidential campaign – especially with Donald Trump.

Trump’s most outrageous statement to-date is calling for a total, but temporary, ban on allowing any Muslim to enter the US of A – which would be patently unconstitutional. But reaction from his supporters is, “Do it!”

Trump is tapping into the phobia – irrational fear – of anyone who happens to be followers of the Islamic faith. It is not unheard tactic in US politics.

George Wallace, in this third party bid in 1968, used it. He garnered 13.53% of the national vote and won five Southern states giving him 45 electoral votes.

But – he lost the general election.

Trump and his supporters should take note.

The rhetoric on the campaign trail can be harsh, can be borderline insanity, but can also cause rifts and scars on the American psyche. The words spoken can pierce to the marrow of the American spirit.

Most Americans surely know by now also that what candidates say and pledge when faced with the reality of governing usually come to naught.

Take for example President Barack Obama, then Senator, vowing to close the military prison at Guantanomo Bay, Cuba. With a year left to be President, Obama has finally admitted Gitmo will not be closed on his watch, if ever.

What one promises on the campaign trail and what one is able to do once in the job often become empty words spoken in the heat of the race.

Should Trump emerge as the Republican nominee to run for President in 2016, if history is an indicator, the GOP will hand the keys to the White House to the Democrats in an unprecedented outcome.

Should Trump defy history and be elected, he will learn quickly as did Obama, that being President and running for President are worlds apart.

From the Cornfield, while I strongly denounce much of what Trump has said, I also know that the institution of the Presidency will and can survive even a Donald Trump. It has survived and will survive a Barack Obama.