Friday, July 2, 2021

"The Mike Pence Saga"

Recovering Republican Sheila Kennedy has weighed in on the governor Hoosiers love to hate.

In a column July 1, 2021, she writes: Pence's " balancing act is unlikely to mollify either the crazies who form the base of today’s GOP or anyone who spent four years observing Mike Pence. (It’s especially unlikely to endear him to Indiana voters, who found his preference for pontificating over governing during the prior four years very tiring)."

"Pence never had the respect of anyone other than a few naive fundamentalists."

You can read her whole column here.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Pence is past his "sell by" date

As Bret Stephens writes in The New York Times: "Here’s a guy who makes his career on the Moral Majority wing of the Republican Party, until he hitches his wagon to the most immoral man ever to win a big-ticket presidential nomination."

Hoosiers know he did it to avoid the ignoble result of losing his second bid for governor, but still it was a shock.

"Pence spends four years as the most servile, toadying, obsequious, fawning, head-nodding, yes-sirring, anything-you-say-boss vice president in history," he continues.

"For this, Trump rewards Pence by throwing him to a mob, which tried to hunt him down and hang him."

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Goodbye and Good Riddance to Venable

"By eliminating free general admission, instituting an $18 admissions charge, erecting costly barriers to keep the public from enjoying its expansive grounds without paying, and implementing extravagant ticketed 'attractions', the museum excluded its Black and lower-income neighbors and was left with a much smaller, whiter, and more privileged audience."

Thus sayeth Maxwell Anderson in a scathing takedown of the recently resigned IMA president, Charles Venable, on

Anderson is hopeful of a reset: "by resuming a sane business model, the museum can return to its historic purpose and its obligations to the field at large."

Maxwell L. Anderson is president of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and was the Melvin & Bren Simon Director & CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art from 2006 to 2011.

Read the whole item here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Indianapolis Museum of Art tries to defend the indefensible

What were they thinking?

Or, what did Charles Venable think he could get away with this time? Wasn't it bad enough that he priced the IMA out of reach for most people by switching from free admission to $18? Or that he walled off the grounds to all but paying customers? That he rebranded the historic art-focused institution as the content-free "Newfields"? Or that he discontinued the IMA's popular societies for horticulture, Asian art, etc.? That former associate curator Kelli Morgan, a Black woman who was hired to diversity the museum’s galleries, resigned last summer citing a toxic and discriminatory work environment?

He has to go and say outloud that the museum's core membership is white, and it requires a new person in management who will work to uphold that "traditional" ideal.

The fallout from that horrendously tone-deaf job description continues locally, nationally, and internationally. Newfields employees are on record opposing him. Community leaders have signed a petition against him. The New York Times has written about the fiasco, as has The Guardian.

Even Brian Payne, president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, president of the Indianapolis Foundation, and visionary who created the Cultural Trail, has penned a letter opposing the initiative.

(The CICF, in contrast with the IMA, has as its mission "to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity."

Local business leaders must be in panic mode.

UPDATE Not one director or trustee of the IMA had the courage to sign this letter, issued in response today, 17 February 2021. The only good news? Venable is gone.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Mike Braun needs an intervention

Somebody needs to shake some sense into Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) before he makes a laughstock of himself January 6.

There's no need to curry favor with the soon-to-be-irrelevant president, and Braun will just look like a fool...a seditious fool who hasn't read the U.S. Constitution.

As CNN put it, "the objection from President Donald Trump's Republican allies has virtually zero chance of changing the election outcome, only to delay for a few hours the inevitable affirmation of Biden's victory as the Electoral College winner and the next president."

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The end is nigh. "It’s time for Mike Pence to choose: Trump, or the truth," headlines the Washington Post.

"The vice president can either facilitate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, or he can resist it. Which he chooses will either help or hinder the Republican Party’s recovery from the electoral denialism that afflicts three-fourths of its voters," writes Edward B. Foley on December 22, 2020.

"Although the vice president may want to use his role then [January 6] to further prove his persistent loyalty to Trump, doing so would exacerbate the horrific damage that Trump has done to the Republican Party and the entire country by his assault on the truth of his defeat."

Friday, September 25, 2020

Listen Up, Pence! Mutz Won't Vote for Trump!

From today's, "John Mutz is one of the most prominent Republicans in the state of Indiana. He was lieutenant governor under Gov. Robert Orr from 1980-1988, and he served in the Legislature for 13 years before that. In his 40 additional years as a corporate CEO, entrepreneur and civic leader, Mutz has never voted for a Democrat for president. But he says that he cannot in good conscience vote for President Trump in November. This is not a repudiation of Republican ideals, he says, but rather the result of a harsh evaluation of the president himself. Mutz argues in IBJ’s print edition today that Trump is a threat to our democratic republic form of government and could push the country toward authoritarianism. With his op-ed column, Mutz becomes the most prominent Indiana Republican to publicly rebuke Trump."