A Jerry Ford Moment For Mitch Daniels?

I guess Mitch Daniels would need three such instances to start the comparison with President Ford….but lets start the count.

Indiana Republican governor Mitch Daniels was hit in the forehead by a swinging door after concluding a workout Friday afternoon, prompting an injury that required 16 stitches. 

“Governor Mitch Daniels received 16 stitches to his forehead Friday afternoon after an accident at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in Indianapolis,” the governor’s office said in a statement to CBS News. “As he concluded a workout at about 1:30 p.m., he was standing near a door. The door suddenly swung open and struck the governor in the forehead.” 

“The governor’s security detail transported him to Methodist Hospital. He was treated and released and is recovering at home,” the statement continued.

Marcie Malszycki, GOP Aide At Wisconsin Capitol, Accused Of Voter Fraud

Who would have guessed after all the frantic energy put forth by Republicans to insure that a voter ID bill passed the Wisconsin Legislature  that it would be a Republican who would be caught in voter fraud!  Worse yet, it would be a Republican staffer who works in the State Capitol!

Well if this is not the richest story of the day!  To top things off Marcie Malszycki works for one of the cosponsors of the voter ID bill, Rep. Warren Petryk. 

A Republican legislative aide is under investigation for possible vote fraud after she cast her ballot in the November election in Onalaska although she lives in Madison.

La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke said he has forwarded the report from the Onalaska Police Department to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne to see if criminal charges are warranted against Marcie Malszycki, 30, an aide to state Rep. Warren Petryk, R-Eleva. 

Records from the Government Accountability Board show Malszycki voted in Onalaska on Nov. 2, 2010, and Nov. 4, 2008, at the same time she had a home in Madison and worked at the state Capitol. Messages left with Malszycki by email, phone and Facebook weren’t returned.

Before the November election, Malszycki worked on the campaign of 92nd Assembly District candidate Dennis Clinard. The district lies just northeast of Onalaska.

Gruenke said he believes state law requires the case be handled in Dane County. Ozanne said he is researching which office has jurisdiction.

Petryk, Malszycki’s boss, is one of several co-sponsors of the controversial voter ID bill that passed the Senate Thursday.

Michele Bachmann Needs To Read Deeper Books

Michele Bachman is a light-weight.  Perhaps even more so than we had once thought.

I do not go out of my way to discover the latest comings and goings of Michele Bachman.  But I just had to stop and pay attention when I saw a blog post about the books that Bachmann is reading as she contemplates running (cough, cough) for the White House.  I always enjoy learning what the newsmakers are reading.  But I can assure you Bachman’s reading habits do not in any way lift her image in my mind of an expansive or curious mind.  Quite the opposite, in fact.

“The Politician”, a book written by a former John Edwards staffer is not the read that I would suspect a presidential contender would lean towards.  While “Game Change” co-authored by Mark Halperin is well written, and contains interesting insights into the 2008 election,  I really wonder why this type of book would intellectually challenge a would-be presidential candidate.

If presidential candidates are to be geared towards lifting the sails of the American public how then does the dirty laundry of John Edwards play into the Bachmann playbook?

But indeed that was one Bachmann’s examples of what she is beefing up on in order to see if she should mount a gamble with the voters.

Upon reading this I spun my chair around in the den and came across two reads on my shelves that speak to leadership and large thematic issues that I suspect would better serve the Congresswoman as she (cough, cough) ponders a run.

First the brilliant and much acclaimed “Lincoln” by David Herbert Donald which showcases the role that strong leadership plays in our national story, along with the need to keep principles front and center.  When President Clinton was asked in one of his last interviews prior to leaving the White House which book he would recommend George Bush read, it was the classic by Donald.

The second book would be “The World Is Flat’ by Thomas Friedman as it shines a light on the power of  globalization.  It is one of those huge and unwieldly issues that confronts leaders now more than ever.  However, since Bachmann has not shown any sign of real leadership I guess it is OK that she is not reading either of my selections.

But to make this post end on a lighter note let me state I have never considered Bachmann a reader at any level, so perhaps I should just be pleased she is reading something.

Maybe soon Michele Bachman   will be reading “three Shakespeares” like President Bush.