Addicted to bad ideas(1)

By AL DIAMON  |  April 24, 2013

In other words, LePage is making it easier for his enemies to avoid paying any political consequences for their actions — or inactions. His behavior — rather than the issues — will almost certainly be the central factor that will decide the 2014 gubernatorial election. As last year's massive Republican losses in legislative races demonstrated, that's a strategy that works to the governor's detriment.

What's most worrying about this entire matter is that LePage hasn't demonstrated that he's capable of learning from his mistakes. He doesn't even seem to be aware he's made any.

As far as the governor is concerned, it's all about promoting his causes. Somebody else can handle the details, because that process stuff is so boring. Not only doesn't he display any aptitude for the nuances of politics, he doesn't even understand how to wield its blunt instruments (when you stupidly threaten to veto all bills until the hospital debt is resolved, you better follow through or your credibility is shot).

Which brings us back to all those business owners begging the governor for relief from the state regulatory burden. They've got some legitimate gripes. They've got both of LePage's ears. What they don't have is something between those ears capable of doing anything that might actually help them. ^

Put your brain in gear, and email me at

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