There’s a reason President Truman had a sign on his desk reading “The Buck Stops Here” that became ingrained in American culture. There’s a reason a statue of Gov. Oliver P. Morton along with two Union soldiers guards the east entrance to the Indiana Statehouse.

These reasons all point to one critical thing: Leadership. In the case of Morton and Truman, they rose to power and made crucial and astute decisions during the Civil War and World War II with no playbook. Just like Gov. Eric Holcomb and 49 of his American counterparts did beginning about a year ago with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.

howeypolitics.com. Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol

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