Asa Hutchinson keeps governing from the right and talking from the center.
That makes him the inverse of Bill Clinton, who once was credited by a labor lobbyist with the splendid dexterity to hug you while urinating on your leg.
There is a vintage Asa emerging.
He says we must save the private option and kill the private option.
He insists that the Legislature recall that bill on religious freedom to discriminate and resend the same bill to him in the same substance but different words. For that he has gay and lesbian advocates cheering him on the Capitol steps, spiking the ball after no gain on the play.
Vintage Asa was on display for the nation Sunday on “Meet the Press.” Hutchinson said on that program that he’s against same-sex marriage but accepting of same-sex marriage and that we must ever couch our attitudes in tolerance.
He said maybe the U.S. Supreme Court would let Arkansas continue to ban same-sex marriage and only require the state to recognize same-sex marriages legally entered into in other states.
That is to say he’s not against recognizing gay marriage but that he is against recognizing gay marriage specifically in the gay-discriminating state where he hopes again to appear on the ballot.
But he wants modern business to know Arkansas is a welcoming place for any gay married couples they might bring here.
And on these revelations about the Clintons and the uranium deal for Russia, Asa said Republicans need to be restrained in talking about it — the deal that stinks to high heaven, that is.
He said the revelation does not appear to amount to a clear quid pro quo but certainly encompasses a ton of money and clearly advances the appearance that the Clintons make a lot of mistakes whenever they wander into the intersection of personal business and politics.
He basically says to be measured when talking about the ethical wasteland of Clintonville.
Asa is for cutting taxes only on the middle class and he is for charging no income tax at all on the portion of a capital gain exceeding $10 million.
He is not for building a big new state prison but he is in favor of building new prison space.
He is against taking away local control. So he will let a bill taking away local control become law.
He is for carrying out the death penalty and he is for putting lethally injected inmates on immediate life support and deferring the pulling of the plug to a task force.
I made up that last one.