Saturday, December 1, 2012

Daniels Suggests Illegal Activities in Ritz Campaign

The Indianapolis Star reports that Gov. Mitch Daniels has suggested that Glenda Ritz's defeat of Tony Bennett was not entirely on the up-and-up. on Wednesday he said the following at a meeting of Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education: "If you're a fan of anything-goes politics, it was a creative use of illegal -- but still creative use -- of public resources. We got emails sent out on school time by people who were supposed to be teaching someone at the time, all about Tony Bennett. We have parents who went to back to school night to find out how little Jebbie is doing and instead they got a diatribe about the upcoming election."

Gov. Daniels saw Ritz's election as a reactionary spasm against Bennett's "progressive" reforms of public education: "Despite the great progress that's been made in states like ours, the forces of reaction never quit. The last twitch of the dinosaur's tail can still kill you and that's what happened." The democratic notion that an election represents the people's judgment on a candidate or a set of policies seems beyond conception here. Is it a genetic characteristic of Republicans that they lack the gracious loser gene?

Read the Star's story here.