Have you read this story in today’s paper? If not, go ahead and read it now; I’ll wait.
Well, there’s nothing surprising about this. Practical people in our state — and business types are nothing if not practical — have been murmuring about the governor for some time. Either they think he’s got his head in the clouds and his ideas aren’t grounded in reality, or they like his ideas, but are turned off by his ineffectiveness in putting them into action. Either way, it’s the theory-versus-real-world disconnect that turns them off.
What IS remarkable is that the situation — particularly the state’s economy — has gotten bad enough that they’re talking about it publicly.
This puts a number of things into an interesting framework. Take the recent comments by both Bobby Harrell and Gresham Barrett — two Republicans who are well positioned to run for governor, assuming it all of a sudden becomes fashionable to take on an incumbent of their own party. They have not been deaf to the murmuring. And while he protests vehemently that he is NOT trying to challenge the governor, Mr. Harrell has turned his "the governor’s not doing enough to grow jobs" theme into a regular Rotary Club speech. Or dare I say, "stump speech?"
Note also that these two Republicans are attacking (and not all that gently, given the circumstances) the governor in the one area that’s likely to get business types nodding their heads in agreement, particularly after the recent loss of the state’s AAA bond rating.
This will bear watching. As the governor himself is fond of saying, "To be continued…"