I really don't have much of a feel for Missouri politics, but Barbara echoes what I've heard a lot of people say over the last couple years,
The timing of Matt Blunt's announcement that he'll be a one-term governor is definitely a surprise.
The content, not so much.
Blunt has never seemed to enjoy being governor of Missouri. From the beginning, he's been in a defensive crouch. Visibly uncomfortable with the meet-and-greet aspect of his job, he never tried to establish a rapport with citizens.
Blunt's family never made the governor's mansion in Jefferson City their home. He commuted between the capital and Springfield.
Maybe he felt a family obligation to run for statewide office. But he hasn't shown a passion for either politics or governing. He's done his party a service by passing the baton to someone who has that fire.