Silence Dogood’s post has generated a some good comments and a few emails to me personally. I want to pull one out and follow up with a question I made. One Commenter, Hammertime, writes
He is getting out as much as a Governor with responsibilities can. Call his office and ask for his schedule. He is not the SP of 2002 because he has a hands-on method of governing. Is he perfect? Not in the least. He has his faults (temper, stubborness, isolation). My point is that y’all should either accept his faults and the fact that the other guys will block everything we believe in or just get on the other team.
And I believe the regional meetings ARE an indication that he knows there is a problem. But I do not believe it is as bad as the “echo chamber” makes it out to be and not as bad as a fully engaged campaign will get. Point out one legislator who doesn’t want him to come to their district. Just one. Nobody wanted Barnes (and said so).
Now, as I said in the comments of Silence’s post, I tend to agree with Hammertime. Unlike 2002, people are not afraid to be seen with this governor. And, this governor has his faults, but has also been generally competent.
That leaves a question. Even Hammertime admits that the “regional meetings ARE an indiciation that he knows there is a problem.” So, my question is this: why is there a problem in the first place? My follow up question is this: will the Governor’s staff be able to correctly diagnose and fix the problem?
The latter question is compounded by the first. If the Governor’s staff is part of the problem — and I’m not saying it is — can they correctly diagnose and fix the problem. These are questions that Perdue’s staff is going to have to wrestle with. Time will tell if they get the answers right.