Friday, October 23, 2009

The Underrated Jack Markell

Chris Cillizza, who writes The Fix for the Washington Post, asked readers to vote for the most underrated governor from six relatively small states, and our own Jack Markell came in first, just ahead of John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Mike Beebe (D-Arkansas). I don't know that the results carry much significance except that Cillizza has a few more readers in Delaware than in Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota or Tennessee.
Of course it's early in Markell's first term to offer a meaningful rating on many fronts. We'll see what comes of the plans from his cabinet secretaries for reorganizing state government. So far the most significant achievement may be getting a budget through the General Assembly on time, a feat that many of Markell's higher profile colleagues couldn't pull off. This could be one reason Markell enjoys solid approval rating from the three polls that have asked the question.
Maybe Cillizza could follow up with a poll on the most underrated lieutenant governor (is it even possible for a Lt. Gov. to be overrated?), and we could try to get Matt Denn noticed among the political junkies in Washington.


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