It begins: First “Mitch Daniels for president” ad now airing

posted at 7:31 pm on January 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Left Coast Rebel, more big news on a day where Pence has already declared himself out and Huntsman seems close to declaring himself in? Nah. This isn’t one of Mitch the Knife’s own spots (he’s still undecided), just an attempt to draft him. Apparently, it’ll be airing in Des Moines during … the Pro Bowl. Yes, that Pro Bowl. An event so loathsome that it and its ads are now a punchline for the Onion’s new ESPN parody. Watch the second clip below and ask yourself which demographic the “Draft Mitch” spot could possibly be aimed at. Frustrated beta-male shut-ins who have nothing better to do on a January afternoon than drink and watch pro football’s worst game? No wonder I dig it.

Speaking of beta males, a new wrinkle in Mitt’s game plan for next year:

Though there is no official campaign, and no strategy decisions have been finalized, Romney’s team has considered running a very different race from the last one. After Romney spent millions of dollars and a huge chunk of time in Iowa, only to finish behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, his strategists have spoken with potential consultants about the prospect of skipping Iowa altogether this time and launching a campaign from New Hampshire.

That strategy first came up last summer in conversations with several possible advisers. But it’s not clear how far along the planning has gotten, and sources emphasize that no final decisions have been made.

No mystery as to why. After Huckabee’s win three years ago, whoever Christian conservatives support will be the heavy favorite in the caucuses next time. Why not am-scray if you’re an orman-May and focus on New Hampshire instead? The problem with that strategy: If Huck doesn’t run, Mitt’s actually well positioned in Iowa. He’d still probably lose to Palin, but at the moment they’re tied at 23 percent and he stands to pick up reluctant votes among the “she can’t win” crowd. If he pulled the upset and then, as expected, won in New Hampshire, the race would be all but over by the time South Carolina rolled around. Maybe that’s what’ll end up forcing Huck in — simply the terrible prospect of seeing his archrival run the table.


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Daniels looks better and better with every new thing I learn about him.

JetBoy on January 27, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Good for you – guess you like a VAT.

But the base doesn’t so I don’t think he’s a real player. I welcome him to the race though – we need more (cough)moderates(cough) running.

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Daniels may not have charisma-but he’s done a terrific job…unlike our governor…Sideshow Bob.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Businesses are even much better off in Michigan than in Illinois.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 8:26 PM

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Are you sure Palin is running?..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2011 at 8:27 PM

I left the Chicago area 20 years ago. The same thing could have been said then (comparing Lansing and Lynwood to Highland and Schereville).

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM

I live in Chicago Heights. Our congress-thing is Triple J.
We’re hoping to relocate to the lubbock, TX area this summer-or if my husband’s RR decides not to transfer him there-Janesville….home of Paul Ryan.
Tx is first choice.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:27 PM

I still like Zombie Reagan/Zombie Coolidge 2012.
They’re rested. They’re ready.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 7:58 PM

I actually saw a “Zombie Reagan – Now More Than Ever” bumper sticker the other day.

clearbluesky on January 27, 2011 at 8:28 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM

sorry not looking for the lesser of two evils this time around. danials Bush connections, his truce, his VAT idea. His term at the WHY overseeing the runaway Debt issues of the bush dynasty all make him a nonstarter for me. But you know danials just might catch on fi….zzzzzz

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:28 PM

In a good way or a bad way?

JetBoy on January 27, 2011 at 8:25 PM

The Chicago So. Suburbs are starting to be absorbed by the So. side of Chicago.
VERY good way.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Are you sure Palin is running?..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2011 at 8:27 PM

100% sure

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Mitch Daniels 2012. Because…zzzzzzzz.

amerpundit on January 27, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Because he’s an Ivy League grad. Don’t you realize we should be governed by out betters. Just ask Charles Krathammer.

Every President since Reagan has been an Ivy Leaguer. Look how much better they were than Reagan!/s

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 8:31 PM

100% sure

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Okay..How do you know?..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2011 at 8:31 PM

I hope he does run.

lexhamfox on January 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Businesses are even much better off in Michigan than in Illinois.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Daniels said that living next to Illinois was like living next to the Simpsons.
Of course a bunch of us Illinois ‘inmates’ on FB ran with it.
Quinnykins is definitely SSB.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:32 PM

100% sure

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:29 PM

The only things 100% certain are death, taxes,…my beloved Chicago Cubs not going to the WS.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Okay..How do you know?..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2011 at 8:31 PM

because she has done everything any person seeking the POTUS has done up to this point:) :_) (:

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:35 PM

The only things 100% certain are death, taxes,…my beloved Chicago Cubs not going to the WS.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:33 PM

and danials putting the entire nation asleep during the nomination speech……

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:36 PM

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:35 PM

LOL!..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Seriously, Michigan just elected a Republican governor. The GOP controls both houses of the state legislature, the state supreme court and every statewide elected office plus 9 of 15 House members.

If Michigan reduces its state business taxes it has a lot to offer – affordable housing, plenty of available commercial properties and a hungry work force. Just stay away from Detroit.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 8:37 PM

I say we do a draft danials group. i would love to see him run and pull off 9-10% of the vote from Mitthuntsmanthunechrisitesome rino dude…

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Businesses are even much better off in Michigan than in Illinois.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Businesses are better off in H*ll than in Illinois.
At least H*ll’s warm.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Daniels is not a charismatic person, but he is good as Governor here in Indiana. In terms of fiscal policy Indiana is in much better shape than most other states.

Daniels is a conservative, but he has called for a truce on social issues in the face of what he considers to be a fiscal crisis and he has also talked about different ways to balance budgets in the past. He is realistic and he is smart..but there will be people who will only want someone like Palin.

Palin has a lot of good qualities, but I don’t think she can win and I think that she knows that. She is not a dummie. But there is plenty of time for all this to work out.

Terrye on January 27, 2011 at 8:52 PM

and danials putting the entire nation asleep during the nomination speech……

unseen on January 27, 2011 at 8:36 PM

He has not put Indiana to sleep. He also has the best record for deficit to GDP of just about any Governor in the country. He is not a lightning rod and he does not have a big target on him. Independents do not hate him or fear him.

That does not mean he could be president, but I think that after all the drama of recent years and all the ideological demagoguery there might actually be a chance that people will go for competent and honest and steady.

But who knows?

Terrye on January 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM

He has not put Indiana to sleep.

Terrye on January 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I existed (I refuse to use the term “lived”) in Elkhart, IN for three years. Unless you’re in the Indianapolis area, it compares with Nebraska and North Dakota. I used to joke that Indaina’s main purpose was to separate Ohio and Illinois.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Palin has a lot of good qualities, but I don’t think she can win and I think that she knows that.

Terrye on January 27, 2011 at 8:52 PM

I look at the rest of the field and I see a bunch of guys who can’t win, either…but they and their fans don’t seem to know that.

ddrintn on January 27, 2011 at 9:11 PM

there might actually be a chance that people will go for competent and honest and steady.

Terrye on January 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM

And boring? No. This isn’t 1924 anymore.

ddrintn on January 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM

This isn’t one of Mitch the Knife’s own spots (he’s still undecided), just an attempt to draft him.

So…. Who in the Hell is PAYING for this?

logis on January 27, 2011 at 9:19 PM

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM

If you haven’t read it already read Andrew Ferguson’s ‘Land of Lincoln’. It’s been out for a few years now.
The chapter on Indiana will have you ROTFLYAO!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 9:20 PM

http://hillbuzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/palin-gop-card-game3.jpg

Now scream PDSers :) \just kidding, all in good fun.

Geochelone on January 27, 2011 at 7:51 PM

This is even better than their other attempt at putting her in. They are getting better at this.

She will be among this group of PRESIDENTS though.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 9:35 PM

He is not a lightning rod and he does not have a big target on him.

Terrye on January 27, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Neither did John McCain until he got the nomination (and McCain didn’t even fight).

You can bet the farm that MSM will paint a huge target on the back of any Republican challenging Obama.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Twerp -

With the exception of the Cubs, I have pretty much left Illinois behind. I have a couple of neices and nephews who live in the Chicago area and a sister-in-law who lives in Schereville.

Obama has pretty much turned me against Chicago and Illinois.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

You can bet the farm that MSM will paint a huge target on the back of any Republican challenging Obama.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 9:37 PM

GUARANTEED

cmsinaz on January 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM

If Mitch Daniels approves that message, he doesnt deserve to be president.

swamp_yankee on January 27, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Mitch Daniels, ROFLMMFAO!

This is the moron who ran Bush’s budget shop. Also wants a Eurotrash style VAT tax.

Thinks we should STOP talking about abortion (just as the most egregious case of murder in an abortion factory come to light)

Wants open borders.

Hell, this SOB should be primarying Obama! (of course so should Huckabee, Romney, and Huntsman) He’s a friggin democrat! Not even good enough to call a RINO.

This guy is the biggest nothing there ever was, and ever will be.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 9:44 PM

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Illinois has pretty much turned me against Illinois.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 9:51 PM

I keep thinking that the Democrats punked us in 2008 and ran a sabotage campaign to get McCain nominated for the GOP ticket, and that somehow we’re so blind we can’t even see how they did it. But then it occurs to me that if they went through all that trouble, they would have tricked us into nominating Romney.

Immolate on January 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

But the base doesn’t so I don’t think he’s a real player. I welcome him to the race though – we need more (cough)moderates(cough) running.

HondaV65 on January 27, 2011 at 8:25 PM

As bad as Daniels is, he’s a million times better than Romnabee. Huckaney? Whatever – the two RINOs.

besser tot als rot on January 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

If Daniels is Huckabee’s arch-rival, then he has my enthusiastic support.

Mutnodjmet on January 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM

I keep thinking that the Democrats punked us in 2008 and ran a sabotage campaign to get McCain nominated for the GOP ticket, and that somehow we’re so blind we can’t even see how they did it.

Immolate on January 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Yup.

Fallon on January 27, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Daniels is an also-ran who hasn’t even run yet.

pugwriter on January 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I keep thinking that the Democrats punked us in 2008 and ran a sabotage campaign to get McCain nominated for the GOP ticket, and that somehow we’re so blind we can’t even see how they did it. But then it occurs to me that if they went through all that trouble, they would have tricked us into nominating Romney.

Immolate on January 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Look at the depressing lineup of R’s for 2008.

Add to that the democrat controlled media’s deception campaign…

Inanemergencydial on January 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Who? Oh…Truce guy…never mind.

kingsjester on January 27, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Dear HA community,
I have come across pretty solid proof that Daniels IS running. I am a conservative grad student in a grassroots politics program and I was looking for internship opportunities when I came across THIS:
http://conservativejobs.com/JobSeeker/jobdetail.cfm?JobID=JSU5ODEgLkQgCg%3D%3D&st=ISVQICAK&sid=ISVAICAK&in=ISVQICAK&saved=1

Read ‘em and weep: Who but a Daniels campaign would post such an ad?? He’s running. Smoking gun.

bcm4134 on January 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Cheer up

bcm4134 on January 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM

It’s the student initiative PAC. You know, the ones who are making the videos.

Now if you think this is some kind of front group, well…

redneck hippie on January 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM

The more I think about it, the more I believe that a) Mitch might be a good guy, but he simply won’t get the traction required to take out Obama; b) Unless a dark horse comes out of nowhere to make a compelling argument strong enough to retain a core following big enough to shake off the MSM led anal exam on behalf of the current POTUS, Palin is still the one to beat.

Forget the negatives now, just look at which supporters show up during the primaries, and how Palin grows as a candidate during the process. The woman who emerges from those battles will be a far more mature and seasoned individual than the one we see today.

It is going to make for an interesting two years, assuming she decides to enter the race.

itzWicks on January 28, 2011 at 12:29 AM

That’s the best ad I’ve ever seen.

faraway on January 28, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Did she just say “physical” responsibility?

Hmm.

John the Libertarian on January 28, 2011 at 4:21 AM

Anyone who thinks Mitch Daniels is a moderate doesn’t know his record or what they’re talking about. Just because he doesn’t scream and yell or make wild accusations doesn’t mean he’s a moderate. His record is one of the most conservative in the country.

therightwinger on January 28, 2011 at 5:19 AM

We’re hoping to relocate to the lubbock, TX area this summer-or if my husband’s RR decides not to transfer him there-Janesville….home of Paul Ryan.
Tx is first choice.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 27, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Cool beans. Come on down!

I live in Lubbock, Texas. Let me know if you have any questions about the town or need any information. I have been here since 1987. :) :) :)

Theophile on January 28, 2011 at 5:26 AM

Anyone who thinks Mitch Daniels is a moderate doesn’t know his record or what they’re talking about. Just because he doesn’t scream and yell or make wild accusations doesn’t mean he’s a moderate. His record is one of the most conservative in the country.

therightwinger on January 28, 2011 at 5:19 AM

Someone who knows what they’re talking about. Cheers.

Not to mention, the liberals can’t stand him either. Definitely leaning towards Daniels…he has one heck of an impressive track record of turning his state around. And he didn’t raise taxes to do it.

I don’t agree with every stance Daniels takes…I mean heck, he’s even against civil unions for same-sex couples. But he’s also famous (or infamous, depending) for wanting to put aside social issues for the time being and fix the economic problems we’re facing first and foremost.

So far tho, on most issues, he’s a great choice, and not one to count out.

JetBoy on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

He’s an establishment choice.

True_King on January 28, 2011 at 8:29 AM

He’s an establishment choice.

True_King on January 28, 2011 at 8:29 AM

What?
Does he act too Jewish-like for you?
///

annoyinglittletwerp on January 28, 2011 at 10:11 AM

So far tho, on most issues, he’s a great choice, and not one to count out.

JetBoy on January 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Bad choice. Apathetic righties would stay home in droves.

fossten on January 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Bad choice. Apathetic righties would stay home in droves.

fossten on January 28, 2011 at 10:51 AM

4 more years of The One is a good deterrent to that tho.

But why is Daniels such a “bad choice”? His state is far better off having elected him…not to mention he won re-election by a record landslide.

JetBoy on January 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

I used to joke that Indaina’s main purpose was to separate Ohio and Illinois.

bw222 on January 27, 2011 at 9:08 PM

And we in Ohio thank God everyday for that!

dominigan on January 28, 2011 at 1:13 PM

If he pulled the upset and then, as expected, won in New Hampshire, the race would be all but over by the time South Carolina rolled around.

Which speaks to a major flaw with our primary system. Two few states decide it for the rest of the country.

Buy Danish on January 28, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Yikes. Make that too few states…

Buy Danish on January 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Yes sir, we need Mitch, he has been out there opposing the administration at every turn. Why I remember Mitch challenging Obama to a showdown on Obamacare, he was right out in front of the pack. T-Paw was his second, just incase ole Mitch fell in battle. Yep, these two were right out front!

Africanus on January 30, 2011 at 10:11 AM

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