Here are things that you probably shouldn't do if you plan to run for governor of Indiana (by the way, they are all things state Senator Richard Young did):
1-reveal your plans prior to forming a committee (with no "I'm testing the water", no "I'm seriously considering" hedging of any kind)
2-do it in the week leading up to Christmas
3-do it without informing Senate staff, or Party leaders
4-reveal your plans in exclusive fashion to a reporter for an out-of-state newspaper
5-make sure you are out of Indianapolis and unavailable for TV interviews the next day
6-admit that there was "some spontaneity" to your announcement.
Well, nobody's ever accused the affable Young of being the sharpest tool in the shed. I suspect most Democrats have someone other than Young in mind for this race. Having failed to make any gains in the size of his Senate Democratic caucus in the past election, which most would agree was a watershed election for Democrats, many of his own caucus colleagues are skeptical of his leadership abilities. Sen. Vi Simpson (D-Bloomington) fell one vote short of knocking him off in a leadership race. He returned the favor to her by stripping her of any role in the budget process where she has been a significant player for several years. Simpson is also mentioned as a potential candidate for governor. I suspect Gov. Daniels would be glad to have either as his opponent.