All of the top priority stuff that ended up in study committees and shifts in policy with great potential impacts prompts a widespread notion the Pence administration didn’t do its homework, and the cart came before the horse.
So much of the energy this session was expended on the constitutional marriage amendment. It passed, but the change in the second sentence created great consternation and restarted the process. Pence was out of step with key legislators like Long, who helped remove it even as Pence urged it to be reinstated.
All of these percolating fissures in the GOP — between the economic and social conservatives; between municipal and state Republicans — would have stayed well below the surface under a better-prepared and more pragmatic governor.
Brian Howey publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.