Cutler does offer some concrete proposals. He wants an open primary for governor, in which the top two finishers — regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof — face off in November. He wants runoff elections if nobody gets more than 50 percent of the vote (apparently unaware that such a thing can’t happen in an open-primary system). He wants to form a special “Cleanup Commission” to hunt down waste in state government, after which the Legislature would be required to take an up-or-down vote on those recommendations without amendments (apparently unaware that under the Maine Constitution there’s no way to compel legislators to do that). He wants to lower health-care costs by “rewarding healthy behaviors” (1 percent off your taxes for every serving of broccoli you eat).
This is nonsense, but it’s familiar nonsense, a mainstay of the usual campaign blather from candidates who insist they’re above the usual campaign blather. Taken in large doses, it won’t cure any of our economic, environmental, or educational ills.
But it will deal effectively with insomnia.
If gubernatorial candidates insist on writing books, we should recruit Lee Child or John Sandford to run. Other suggestions may be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.