What ails Jill?

September 5, 2008
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If any governor were vulnerable to a strong challenge in a re-election campaign, it should have been Mitch Daniels, who has made a lot of Hoosiers mad by pushing daylight saving time, leasing the Indiana Toll Road and in general shaking things up.

Instead, a new poll shows Daniels sitting on a wide lead over his Democratic challenger, Jill Long Thompson.

The Howey-Gauge Poll, taken the day after Barack Obamaâ??s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention and hours after John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his running mate, has Daniels ahead of Thompson 53 percent to 35 percent.

Thompson still isnâ??t well known. Only three of four respondents knew who she is â?? even after coming from behind to beat architect Jim Schellinger in a bitter primary election.

Why isnâ??t she getting traction?
  • I was talking about this with someone the other day. I just don't here and see people that are that upset about the things Mitch has done. The media really hasn't been playing up anything either. I think the reason for that is that there simply isn't anything real negative to talk about. While there are some things that some people will nitpick at there isn't that big controversial issue that will send people to the polls in droves. And that bodes well for Mitch. I see an easy win for him this November.
  • It's a change election and Mitch did the change thing four years ago. What's she gonna run on - Mitch Daniels is bad?
  • Maybe it is because our state has improved its position relative to the states in the region. Look at our credit rating. Look at our infrastructure. Look at the new fairness in property taxes. Some people were getting off light and now they are paying. Those who weren't getting off light did not see the same increases as the media sensationalized increases on the near Northside. The companies that have left the state were not due to state issues, so he is not seen as to blame--which he isn't. There are new jobs continuing to come in. And the toll road is a no-brainer for anyone who understands finance. No disrespect to those without finance degrees, but for those of us with advanced finance degrees, it made perfect sense. Daylight savings time...we wasted more money on that issue for the past two decades, that we finally put the issue to rest. I disagree with it too, but so what. We now follow the rest of the country and the cows and corn don't really care if the sun comes up at 5AM or 6AM.
  • She isn't gaining traction because she's a relative unknown, and, much more importantly, Daniels has been outstanding. Look at our surrounding states and see where Indiana could be. We are winning the economic development battles in a big way. That helps on many levels. This governor has and knows what it takes to move Indiana forward. He's already proven that. Not much to argue about. I just hope the youth vote that's coming out for Obama won't accidentally give votes to Thompson.
  • I agree with Joe - people are simply sick and tired of the negativity.

    Mitch, while not everybody agrees with him, has been very up front about his goals and beliefs. He readily admits that his policies are not always the most popular.

    As for those who say he doesn't listen? What about the outer loop - the connector that he tried to have built around the SE side? People said they didn't want it and he pulled the program. A mistake to pull in my opinion, but he pulled it.

    With Mitch you know what you are getting. It's that reason, too, that will ultimately put McCain Palin in command.
  • I think the general public is more intelligent than many in the media give them credit for. Mitch Daniels has done what has needed to be done in this state for more than a decade. Evan Byah used voodoo finance to regain the budget surplus he spent in his first term by delaying payments to other government bodies and schools. Mitch Daniels has finally paid those monies back during his first term. In addition it was critical to get control of the State budget and balance it in order to attract businesses to the state. His actions has resulted in upgrading of the State's bond rating to its highest level which will save a substantial amount of money by lowering interest rates. Despite what critics say, we needed to get on Daylight Savings Time as it was an embarassment to have to explain the issue to other businesses outside the state. I think he is ahead becasue people recognise that he has done very good things for Indiana and tackled touchy issues that others before him would not. That is the type of politicial I want in office.
  • Agreed. That leaves us with the larger point of how the questioner has been so out-of-the-loop as to even craft his query in the first place. Beltways, I guess, don't just appear in Washington DC.
  • Her hair?
  • It's the hypenated name thing. No, seriously, it's not HER fault - what's their platform? WhatWhat's their recommendations for change? Most of the people I talk to know exactly (or think they know) what Mitch will do - but what will Jill and the Dems do? Who knows? Their current stuff is vague and simplistic - we'll do the opposite of Mitch! - well, that's not necessarily a good idea, people...
  • Are you serious? JLT offers nothing of any value to anybody I'll do better when I'm Governor - that's her plan to replace Mitch. Hoosiers know a losing hand when they see one and she has nothing to offer - this contest is a no brainer. She wasn't even the D's pick to run against Mitch - in other words her own party doesn't support her and you wonder why she's down 18 points? I'm surprised she's this close. Mitch has done a great job - my only disappointment is that he can only serve two terms.
  • If Jill is truely this far behind then this is what she should do. First, propose wide reforms of Indiana Law including repeal of all religious based laws controlling Sunday sales. This something that Mitch has ignored and it is definately hurting the Indiana economy.
  • Glqad to see Mitch's staff is keeping busy . . . posting here!
  • Glqad to see so many reasoned responses. Mitch's staff is the people of the State of Indiana, which is why he is an effective Govenor. But on to the point of the initial post, the narrative misrepresents the opinion of most of the voters being negative about the mentioned issues is why JLT is not doing so well, I would offer that the reason that the Democratic Party slated JLT as their candidate is that this is a year where the incumbent is likely to win no matter who the Democratic Party slated

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