Sometimes it's interesting to look at two seemingly unrelated articles and try to find some way to connect them.
This isn't exactly one of those cases. It's far too easy to require actual effort.
Here's the setup:
The governor's State of the State address, like his previous ones, is likely to highlight what he sees as major business-related successes.
And the punchline:
Missouri budget leaders are warning of a half-billion-dollar gap between projected expenses and revenues for the upcoming financial year...
"This is the year we go over the cliff, and there's nothing you can really do about it," said House Budget Committee [Chair] Ryan Silvey.
Things are a mess in Missouri right now... So you can be sure to expect an out-of-touch, "things-are-getting-better", kid-gloves kind of approach to Nixon's January 17th State of the State address.
Anything more would require Jay Nixon to be realistic. And as any Missourian can plainly see, realism isn't exactly Jay Nixon's ace in the hole.
The state - budget and all - is essentially a giant business and the governor has not run it well. It's not exactly honest to tout your business credentials when you can't even manage your own budget.
He's not so much a glass half empty or glass half full kind of guy as he is an "I'll agree that there is a container of liquid but anything else would require investigation by my lackeys" kind of guy.
In other words he's the devoid of leadership kind of guy.
Just the kind of guy you want steering a sinking ship...