GOP Power Brokers Push Obscure Liberal Governor as Last Hope Amidst Weak Field

Mitch Daniels - Caricature
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By the Left Coast Rebel

What's more laughable about the following article at Politico?

Is it that I get the sense that GOP "insiders" think that nothing has changed since 2008? Or is it that they think that pinning their hopes on an obscure liberal governor of a small state is their last, final hope for 2012?

Even worse, do they really think that Bush/McCain cronies pushing a former Bush White House crony that carried water for Bush's socialism and played a heavy hand in our nation's financial demise will elicit excitement in the conservative grassroots?


Politico (emphasis mine):

Top Republicans are increasingly convinced that President Barack Obama will be easily reelected if stronger GOP contenders do not emerge, and some are virtually begging Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to add some excitement to the slow-starting nomination race.


It’s a sign of the GOP’s straits that the party is depending on the bland, wonkish Daniels for an adrenaline boost...the party’s elites are holding out a desperate hope to persuade Daniels, who is publicly reluctant, in part because of his wife’s concerns.

A highly unusual phone call from former first lady Laura Bush to Daniels’s wife, Cheri, was a sign that GOP insiders believe the governor is still on the bubble and that the party should pull out every stop to persuade him to jump in.

Charlie Black, a longtime consultant to GOP presidential races, has been talking up Daniels around Washington and said he sees a 50-50 chance the reluctant Hoosier will run.“Now is the time, and he knows that,” Black said. “We have members of both the Bush and McCain teams who have been waiting to see who all’s going to get in. The makings of a campaign are there if he decides to run.”

Good Lord, they're so desperate that they even had Laura Bush call his wife to try to convince him to run! Maybe "the architect" of conservatism's ultimate big-government demise is behind this?

The fact that Mitch Daniels is being pushed by progressive Bush/McCain insiders should result in it being the ultimate disqualifier for his campaign in this Tea Party Age. I think it will.

Also read: At The Moral Liberal, "GOP Presidential Primary: Ruling Class vs. Citizen Class"

And: At The New York Times, "Mitch Daniels and the Iraq War"

Via Memeorandum


  1. If you think Daniels and Indiana are liberal, well, I can't help you, but you do reralize that Daniels is still Indiana's governor, don't you?

  2. Are you telling me that you are for a Daniels candidacy, Steve? If so, then I will make your endorsement disqualifier #2-10.

    Thanks for the typo alert, yes, Daniels is the current governor of Indiana.

    BTW, what the heck is "reralize"?

  3. No. You're welcome. A typo. In that order.

  4. Yes, smells like Karl Rove.

    Having followed the results of the early primaries last year, I'm not entirely confident that the aversion to old establishment insiders is intense as it should be.

    Time for anti-statists to move to Iowa and NH?

  5. Just what we need. More "compassionate conservatism" and even larger helpings of Keynesian economic theory hawked by psuedo conservatives.

    New Hampshire ain't a bad idea.


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