And speaking of getting political talking points planted in the newspaper:
Does anybody really believe the governor of a state can have any influence, except on the margins, of the economy? Republicans might as well add the price of gasoline, falling home prices and a poor cotton crop to its bill of particulars against Gov. Mike Beebe.
We want to talk dirty about Beebe, let's talk about a searching look at throwing taxpayer money at whatever industry comes along, including industries built less on economic fundamentals than on upstream subsidies from the federal government (wind energy). Let's talk about whether we've done as good a job as, say, Pennsylvania at insuring there's not a net detriment from shale exploration on account of inadequate extraction taxes and inadequate environmental supervision. Such business friendly governance is, of course, core Republican theology.