The Outstater

January 28, 2021

Let’s see if you can remember when Gov. Eric Holcomb said this:

“With the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense, As governor, I will defend your right to be free of socialism and tyranny. Your Second Amendment right to keep your family safe and your freedom of speech and religious liberty. Our state needs a leader with the courage to do what’s right, not what’s politically correct or convenient.”

That’s right. Never. Those were the words of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House press secretary, announcing this week that she will enter the Republican primary for Arkansas governor. 

Governor Holcomb meanwhile is likely upset by news that black Hoosiers are less likely to get a free vaccination against COVID-19 than whites (85.1 percent versus 84.8 percent). Earlier, in his state-of-the-state address, he risked the slander of generations of Hoosiers by commingling equality of opportunity and equality of results.

Indeed, after 52 years of affirmative action, he named the state’s first-ever “chief equity, inclusion and opportunity officer,” whatever any of that means. This from the state’s first governor to accept as a serious question whether Indiana should change its name to avoid offending Native Americans.

Applauded by a China think tank as one of the 20 “most friendly” U.S. governors, Holcomb was photographed only months before the outbreak of the Wuhan virus accepting a gift from a Communist official during a junket there — the very picture of pusillanimity (getting to be a favorite word around here).

It must be true that we get the politicians we deserve. — tcl


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