Erick and I were in Washington, DC together Friday afternoon when I received a text message from my father about the cancellation of schools. At the time, we were detached from the news reports of Rita, and had no idea how to react to the news. It’s becoming a lot clearer now that he probably wants a ‘do over’.
Now that we’re getting a fuller picture of Hurricane Rita’s impact and Sonny’s decision – tell me what you think. Gambit or prudence? Does this undo any goodwill from the gas tax suspension?
UPDATE by Clayton: I’m going to be interested to see how the dynamic plays out between Purdue and Kathy Cox, seeing as how her name was mentioned as part of the decision. At the end of the day, though, this sits on Sonny’s desk, and it seems the initial response is very negative. As a parent of two elementary schoolers, my take is this: Two days of childcare scrambling, lost wages, inconvenience, etc. is going to stick very heavily in a voters mind. If I were running against Sonny next year, I’d put a little sticky note in my calendar in September 2006 about this event.