Mitch Daniels on Indiana “right to work” law: This isn’t the right time

posted at 5:40 pm on February 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Apparently, Mitch Daniels not running for president.”

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expected House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said.

Daniels claims the Star mischaracterized his comments, insisting that he didn’t tell the legislature to drop the bill but merely said that, in his opinion, they should wait until next term. Why wait? Because, according to Daniels, the right-to-work bill is a big enough deal that it shouldn’t be taken up unless voters are expecting a debate on it. And because the GOP didn’t campaign on it last fall, voters aren’t expecting it this term. Which … is an interesting “good government” principle, but not a convincing one. If you have a legislative advantage, why not press it to advance your agenda and let the public deal with you at the polls next cycle? That’s precisely how the Democrats passed ObamaCare. And yes, they paid dearly for it, but while congressional majorities may come and go, our new health-care law will quite possibly be with us forever. Mitch the Knife, as he’s known for his budget-slashing ways, should be especially prepared to act on big-ticket items when he has the chance, whether they’ve been fully debated in a campaign or not. If he faces off with Obama next year as the nominee, there’s no telling what issue will drive the election: Maybe it’ll be entitlements (in which case we’ll lose) or maybe it’ll be the Middle East or maybe it’ll be something else entirely. If the Medicare debate gets crowded out during the campaign, would a President Daniels refuse to address it because he and The One didn’t talk much about it on the stump?

Mind you, one of Daniels’s very first acts as governor in 2005 was to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights, which is proof enough that he’s not a squish on labor. (He also expressed support for Scott Walker just yesterday.) Still, it’s unfathomable to me that he’d decline to press hard on unions at a moment when (a) conservatives are hoping to build nationwide momentum against PEUs and (b) the Democratic caucus in Indiana has decided to skip town to obstruct the process there too. At the very least, he could have phrased this as, “I’d prefer to wait until next term to take this up, but if Democrats can’t be bothered to show up, let’s go forward.” Instead, you’ll hear him promise in the clip not to send any state troopers after them, which already has Geraghty (among others) questioning his toughness. Does this guy want to be nominated, despite his apparent willingness to alienate social conservatives and now fiscal conservatives? Or is this final proof that he’s not running after all? Click the image to listen.


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gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 10:08 PM

We have Sprint.
Since husband uses his phone for work,if we’re having a lot of signal problems we’ll need to switch carriers

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Verizon has cell service almost everywhere, but West Texas is pretty vast, and open, so …

For some reason I had you living in Austin. More hippies there than cowboys there. But the ones you see are real. (both hippies and cowboys!)

gary4205 on February 22, 2011 at 10:08 PM

No, I’m in what I guess is considered So. suburb of Houston, right on the bay.

I drove through West Texas, though.

AnninCA on February 22, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Hey twerp, I left you a comment on your pending move in a thread the other night. In case you missed it, here it is again. (paraphrased)

Congrats on your pending move. It sounds like it will be great for your family. Sending prayers for a safe and successful move. Good luck!!

chief on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 PM

She did some good stuff, but she also only really was there working as Gov for what, a year and a half?

AnninCA on February 22, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Over two-and-a-half years, actually. And she didn’t quit until the legislative business in her third years was squared away. That was my big “oh sh!t” moment, when I realized Sarah was in fact NOT perfect. ;)

gryphon202 on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Fake Conservatives always end up revealing themselves. DD

Darvin Dowdy on February 22, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Is there really this much controversy over this position? Are there really enough people speaking out in support of Daniels that it takes 500 posts?

astonerii on February 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Leadership deficits are absolutely unpardonable from one of our own. I’m with Geraghty on this – he’s going to have to go a long way to get back in the good books.

KingGold on February 22, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Presidential timber reduced to a toothpick. At least I can scratch another Republican name off the list. Narrows my choices a bit.

NNtrancer on February 22, 2011 at 10:33 PM

chief on February 22, 2011 at 10:20 PM

thanks!
Politically, we’ll fit in fine-but the furthest south/west I’ve ever lived is St.Louis
I’m gonna go through a bit of culture shock. *smiles*

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

O/T Palin nails Obama to the wall once again:
G

overnor Palin: Here’s to Libya’s Freedom

It’s a little perplexing looking at the White House today. There was a statement on the horrible earthquake in New Zealand, and certainly our hearts go out to all those affected by this horrible natural disaster. But nothing on the slaughter in Libya? The protests in many places in the Middle East affect regimes that have cooperated with the U.S. on issues from peace with Israel, fighting al Qaeda, hosting our military forces, or cooperating against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Gaddafi’s Libya is different. For four decades, this tyrant has held power. Gaddafi was Osama before Osama hit the scene. He ordered the bombing of a disco in Germany to kill Americans. When he paid the price for that – after President Reagan rightly ordered retaliation – he directed his agents to blow up Pan Am Flight 103. They did, and more than 250 innocent people died. Gaddafi tried to come in from the cold in 2003 – scared by the demonstration effect of Iraq. But we should have no illusions. Gaddafi is a brutal killer and Libya – not to mention the world – would be better off if he were out of power. Now is the time to speak out. Speak out for the long-suffering Libyan people. Speak out for the victims of Gaddafi’s terror. NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people. We should not be afraid of freedom, especially when it comes to people suffering under a brutal enemy of America. Here’s to freedom from Gaddafi for the people of Libya.

- Sarah Palin

Anyone else get a sense that Obama would rather yell at our allies and remain silent when our enemies come under attack?

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Twerp, I have lived in texas twice, the DFW area when I converted to Reagan Conservatism (waited in line to vote for him 2 hours after the polls closed in Fort Worth back in 80, he had already given his victory speech it seemed like before we finally made it to the front of the line ot vote, I was so excited that night). And I moved to the Austin area back in 2003 for 3 years. Loved the Hill Country. You will LOVE Texans, their manners are the best. I grew up in Michigan, but still claim to be a Texan. If they ever secede, I will have to move to Texas for the 3rd time in my lifetime.

karenhasfreedom on February 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Not the time??

The votes are there means it is the time.

aikidoka on February 22, 2011 at 10:40 PM

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

you’re starting(she’s starting) to convince me about the good lady.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 10:41 PM

you’re starting(she’s starting) to convince me about the good lady.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 10:41 PM

give it another 6 months and you will be a raving palinnista…

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM

give it another 6 months and you will be a raving palinnista…

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Maybe…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Is the move a done deal?

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Is the move a done deal?

Cindy Munford on February 22, 2011 at 10:50 PM

So it seems.
The crews want my husband there and we want to be there.
Financially, it’ll be tough-though I can probably find a job there- but Illinois is high on taxes and government interference.
Texas is the opposite.
I’d rather we be broke and free than broke and be serfs.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 11:03 PM

gryphon202 on February 22, 2011 at 8:55 PM

No problem..Carry on..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Twerp, congrats on the move to Texas. I have lived in the Fort Worth area (about 30 years ago), and the Austin area (earlier this decade), and loved it. My plans are to go back there eventually. I also grew up in the midwest and just love the “don’t tread on me” attitude in Texas, not to mention how courteous everyone is down there.

karenhasfreedom on February 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM

karenhasfreedom on February 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM

We’ll probably be in Lubbock because I don’t drive-and one of the few things Chicago does right is mass transit.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 11:14 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Just checking..You got my message at 9:54 pm?..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Just checking..You got my message at 9:54 pm?..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2011 at 11:22 PM

Yeppers.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Good deal..I sincerely hope everything goes well for you!..:)

PS..Marching to 2012!..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Good deal..I sincerely hope everything goes well for you!..:)

PS..Marching to 2012!..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2011 at 11:41 PM

I’ll believe we’re ‘free’ when we actually leave the state with our gear.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 11:47 PM

I’ll believe we’re ‘free’ when we actually leave the state with our gear.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 22, 2011 at 11:47 PM

lol!..I understand what you are saying..BUT It is going to be way different from Chicago..Just give it time!..:)

Dire Straits on February 22, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Mitch Daniels is a spineless RINO.
He should never ever be seriously considered for President.
Hey Mitch, why don’t you and John McCain go soak your dentures and get the hell out of the way!
Americans understand unions are bankrupting the states!

Mark7788 on February 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM

I hope Mitch Daniels has enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame as a Presidential contender, because it is so over.

Really Right on February 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Well, at least Daniels didn’t destroy his family in order to take himself out of the race like Sanford did.

Why didn’t he just say he wasn’t running, though? This is a situation with the Democrats subverting the democratic process and the public supports the Republicans on the issue and the behavior.

This is just stupid. We’ve already got stupid in the White House; we don’t need to send out for more.

Adjoran on February 23, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Anyone else get a sense that Obama would rather yell at our allies and remain silent when our enemies come under attack?

unseen on February 22, 2011 at 10:35 PM

That’s because ‘our allies’ are his enemies and ‘our enemies’ are his allies.

slickwillie2001 on February 23, 2011 at 12:44 AM

“Remain calm! All is well!”

mojo on February 23, 2011 at 12:53 AM

FTA:

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expected House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

There’s your problem right there, Hoosier(Mama)Daniels.

Appeasement of the enemy never works.

Never!

NEXT!

Opinionator on February 23, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Unfortunately, GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels has gone and made himself an honorary fleebagger.

—Michelle Malkin

Link

Geochelone on February 23, 2011 at 2:28 AM

One would think that upholding the unenumerated right of the individual to seek work and of an employer to accept such labor via individual agreement was the basis for all personal liberty.

Instead it gets trumped by a privilege allowed to collective bargaining units to force individual employers not to exercise their liberty in who they employ and when.

This is not just a fiscally conservative issue but a socially conservative one that goes to the heart of the rights of man as individual.

That is why it is called: rights of man as individual.

All rights are vested in the individual. We assign certain limited powers to government to exercise over negative liberties so as to protect the society as a whole. Certain priveleges can be assigned by government if they are granted by the people in the first place to such government. When a State government exercises the unenumerated powers it must be very wary of not infringing the individual libert of the individual to exercise their rights to their own ends. When such privileges are granted that harm individual liberty and coerce individuals to act outside of that, it is a direct attack on the concept that our rights are vested in us, as individuals, not in our organizations as groups.

Yet Mitch Daniels misses this basic point and that priveleges granted by government can just as easily be removed by government once it realizes that its exercise in power is against the direct grant of rights to individuals from their Creator. That is the basis for our society and, from that, government as an organ of society. This cannot work the other way around… we call that ‘tyranny’. But that is those pesky socially conservative values that social conservatives don’t often cite that get in the way. Perhaps social conservatives would do well to cite how individual liberty is a socially conservative value and that it works in concert WITH fiscal concerns so that individuals can make a better society in where they seek to be employed without coercion on the part of government supporting the collective over the individual.

Thus I am not a conservative.

I will state those basic things.

And damn the consequences, for they are the right things to support.

ajacksonian on February 23, 2011 at 6:28 AM

Unfortunately, GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels has gone and made himself an honorary fleebagger.

—Michelle Malkin

Link

Geochelone on February 23, 2011 at 2:28 AM

As if Malkin knew what she was talking about. I am sorry but sometimes MM does not get her facts straight…like say when she did not know the difference between leasing and selling ports.

I just saw a piece on the local morning news here in Indiana. Since this was not voted on yesterday it can not be voted on this legislative session. I don’t think anyone was even talking about the law until the last couple of days. That was the problems, that is why Daniels said this was not the time…it was literally not the time.

Each state has its own way of doing things, its own traditions and rules etc..and maybe people should educate themselves about those tedious details before they start passing judgment.

Daniels has already done a bang up job of making union leaders unhappy in this state. He has cut jobs and pay for people who were considered untouchable until he took office. He deserves some credit for that.

Terrye on February 23, 2011 at 6:39 AM

because the GOP didn’t campaign on it last fall, voters aren’t expecting it this term. Which … is an interesting “good government” principle, but not a convincing one. If you have a legislative advantage, why not press it to advance your agenda and let the public deal with you at the polls next cycle? That’s precisely how the Democrats passed ObamaCare.

The problem with this comparison is that Obama explicitly campaigned on passing healthcare.

underceij on February 23, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Terrye on February 23, 2011 at 6:39 AM

While you are correct that this Bill may not be a big deal, Gov. Daniels has handled it badly. The part that drives me crazy is his endorsement of fleeing the state as tactic.

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expected House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

There’s your problem right there, Hoosier(Mama)Daniels.

Appeasement of the enemy never works.

Never!

NEXT!

Opinionator on February 23, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Appeasement? Daniels? Please. He is just not a showman is all, he is a serious person who does things in a certain way. Besides, if that bill was not voted on yesterday it was dead anyway. That is the process.

Terrye on February 23, 2011 at 7:21 AM

While you are correct that this Bill may not be a big deal, Gov. Daniels has handled it badly. The part that drives me crazy is his endorsement of fleeing the state as tactic.

Cindy Munford on February 23, 2011 at 7:21 AM

I think people just don’t understand what he was saying because they do not know the facts. This is not the first time that there has been a walk out without the national news even getting wind of it. It is not unheard of and it also not the first time a bill has died because one side or the other did not show up for a vote. The point is there is a way that things are done here if you want a good outcome and this was just not something that was going to happen at this time in Indiana. What annoys me is that people would probably have given him an atta boy if he had a crappy record and had accomplished absolutely nothing..just so long as he got up there on a soap box and said what they wanted to hear.

I am not saying Daniels can ever be president, in fact he probably can not. He is too efficient, too pragmatic, too detail oriented and too oblivious to popular reaction. He just does his job..and who wants someone like that?

Terrye on February 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Terrye on February 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM

A RINO is a RINO is a RINO. For Daniels to say that ‘social conservative issues’ need to off the table says to me that this guy is not a conservative. Pandering to the party that lost never works. Why is it when the Ds are in charge, the conservatives need to sit down and shut up. When Ds lose, we have to ‘respect their point of view’ and let them have a say???? UhUh. I’m tired of paying taxes so public sector unions can continue to slop at the trough. Daniels is a McCain trying to pretend he is a Reagan.

red131 on February 23, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Mitch Daniels on “Mitch Daniels for President” thought: This isn’t the right time

FIFY

MNHawk on February 23, 2011 at 7:48 AM

The point is there is a way that things are done here if you want a good outcome and this was just not something that was going to happen at this time in Indiana.

Terrye on February 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM

If not now when?

darwin on February 23, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Not really. He never had the love of the purist religious righteous crowd so numerous here at H/A. This isn’t so much turning on Daniels as it is finding an excuse to pile on.

MJBrutus on February 22, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Don’t drag Daniels into your group of stereotyping Social Conservatives. We don’t know precisely where Daniels stands on social issues, all most know is his “truce” comment and that he would prefer to campaign on fiscal issues. This is an understandable political tactic, but you can’t possibly ask a pro-lifer to call a truce on what they see as the systematic slaughter of the most vulnerable of Americans, you might as well ask them to flush their deepest values.

Daniels seems like he would make a great President, but he sure does have a messenging problem. He is a solid conservative from what I can gather, even on social issues, but very quiet:

I do agree that a lot of people are piling on him because of his social truce, but it’s also because of the VAT proposal, this most recent right to work bill and other things he has said; all misunderstood stances due to poor communication. The few times he has commented on social issues, he has been with the SoCons (you might even call him a religous purist), he proposed the VAT only after the tax code was reformed and a flat tax was implemented and the VAT would be used to attack the debt and he isn’t against the right to work bill the legislature wants to push through, he was jsut preparing for huge and much needed fight on education reform which would have included school vouchers, merit based hiring/firing and an expansion of privately run charter schools (which I have to agree is much more ambitious than the right to work bill and should be music to any Conservative’s ears).

Daemonocracy on February 23, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Et tu Mitch?

diogenes on February 23, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Gov. Mitch Daniels is already under fire for his decision to refuse to push for the passage of the right-to-work laws in Indiana. But supporters are pointing to two factors that they feel make Daniels’s action understandable: his 2005 executive order that banned collective bargaining for state workers and his determination to make education reform a priority in 2011.

In other words, comparisons to Wisconsin are unfair: right-to-work laws aren’t the same as collective bargaining powers. In addition, Daniels has publicly declared his support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts.

“His reluctance on the right-to-work [law] right now is rooted in his desire to see this education [reform] work,” says Ryan Streeter, editor of ConservativeHome.com and a former colleague of Daniels in the White House. Streeter argues that Daniels has been planning for a long time to make this year about education reform – and that a huge battle over right-to-work laws could jeopardize that.

“He’s gearing up for a fight. This is not going to be an easy thing. He’s received a lot of criticism just in the local media for his plans,” says Streeter, talking about how Daniels wants to introduce vouchers and expand charter schools.

Daniels also wants more teacher accountability. “Teachers should have tenure, but they should earn it by proving their ability to help kids learn. Our best teachers should be paid more, much more, and ineffective teachers should be helped to improve or asked to move,” Daniels argued in his State of the State speech last month.

“In general, he wants to be able to rewrite the contracts so that people can be fired and moved along on merit,” Streeter remarks. “And that in itself is just a huge deal. He’s already part of the way down a path with the teachers and the unions in these discussions and so I think this whole right-to-work event right now just makes that whole other process all the more difficult.”

As I wrote last year, Daniels invested an enormous amount of energy in the 2010 state campaigns, fighting to gain a GOP majority in the state assembly. (The senate already had a Republican majority.) He personally called up potential candidates and urged them to run. He talked to and strategized with Republican insiders in the state for over a year before the election about how to best ensure he had the GOP majorities he needed to push through his legislation.

Daniels may be making the wrong call in thinking that a push for right-to-work laws will risk the outcome of his education reform. Or he may not be. But it does appear that what he’s doing is prioritizing one goal (education reform, with vouchers, charters schools, and teacher accountability) over another (right-to-work laws), not forgoing all conservative principles.

“This is a huge legacy item for him,” Streeter says, suggesting that education is more meaningful to Daniels than his “fiscal hawk” record or his privatization of toll roads.

“Getting the education part of his administration nailed down before he’s done is a really big deal,” Streeter adds. “It’s a deeply felt passion of his.”

Wethal posted this on page 4 of this thread, it’s worth a repost. Daniels in no way strikes me as a Rino.

Daemonocracy on February 23, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Pandering to the middle. Do your job and fix what’s wrong with your state. Forget a national election. Walker has taken most of the heat for states rights over unions and fed govt. Only a squish would govern led by polls.

Kissmygrits on February 23, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Thank you for the repost. I will speak from experience as a teacher in Indiana.

Daniels is not just reforming education, but turning it upside down in a GOOD WAY. Over half of our evaluation will be based on student performance and tenure will be based on that performance. Building administrators will have to TERMINATE a teacher each year or he/she will not be graded as “Proficient” as their evaluation. Union members will not be able to have dues deducted directly from their paychecks, but will have to write a check each week, biweekly or however each teacher union will decide.

Daniels has already did some of the work the Wisconsin gov is doing now. Also, as mentioned above, his main goal this year is educational reform and then other reforms.

I know the idea of a politician focusing on one concept to completion brings up memories of Obamacare, but Daniels is pushing conservative ideas and concepts. Daniels is doing it one at a time.

bej on February 23, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Mitch Daniels, Presidential candidate … this isn’t the right time

J_Crater on February 23, 2011 at 8:40 AM

“I trust that peoples’ consciences will bring them back to work,” Daniels added.

Daniels is a copout and a naive coward. You screwed up with this wimp Indiana.

rplat on February 23, 2011 at 8:49 AM

The problem is, the Indiana general assembly only has until April 29th to get through all the peoples business. And there are other deadlines, which may knock off other, equally or more important measures. The “right to work” measure isn’t as important as say, education reform, or passing a budget.

http://www.state.in.us/legislative/2391.htm

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Last day for 3rd reading of Senate bills in Senate (Senate Rule 79(a), subject to Senate Rule 88(b))

Noon Monday, February 28, 2011
Last day for Senate to receive House bills (Senate Rule 79(c), subject to Senate Rule 88(b))

Friday, February 25, 2011
Last day for 3rd reading of House bills in House (House Rule 147.1 )

Keith_Indy on February 23, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Look, Walker is right. The other GOP Govs faced with the same decisions and problems need to reinforce each other. “Solidarity” ,the Union call to arms, well it shoud be the call to arms for the GOP govs. too and let what happens happen. In the end collective bargaining as it’s evolved is not fair to the bulk of citizens who are not unionized. Win, lose or draw, fight the fight Daniels or earn the contempt. It’s your choice.

jeanie on February 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Anything other than “Right to Work” should be unconstitutional. In a free nation, people can work without outside forces, not even counting govt here, forcibly seizing a portion of your pay.

Forcing people to pay money to an outside source is a lot like an indivisual mandate. What if the Federal govt passed a law stating that when you take a job, you MUST hire an outside company to negotiate your contract. How about passing a law that states you cannot sell your home or car without a professional realtor or car dealer? This is about freedom…

jeffn21 on February 23, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Also, I diagree with him on the timing. This is the perfect time to go after unions at a state level. Why?

Obama only has so many union thugs to send. They are all busy in WI. He can probably send a few to IN and OH as well. But those numbers will continue to thin out with every state that goes after unions.

jeffn21 on February 23, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Daniels has already done a bang up job of making union leaders unhappy in this state. He has cut jobs and pay for people who were considered untouchable until he took office. He deserves some credit for that.

Terrye on February 23, 2011 at 6:39 AM

“Some credit” doesn’t translate to “vote for president”. That would fall into the “better than Obama” category and that, as I’ve said many times before, is too low a bar to set. Daniels is my governor and I voted for him twice, but like Bush, twice is enough and I’m done with him.

SKYFOX on February 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Grow some balls Mitch…

PatriotRider on February 23, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Goodbye Mitch, thanks for showing your true colors early, you kept me from embarrassing myself by endorsing a loser.

motionview on February 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I hope the Republican Governors have met previously to all these events and have developed a strategy of their own to battle these issues. Just to say they must handle it and fire all the strikers, like Reagan did, back in the day, is not enough. There does appear to be a strategy and it’s very important that the Republican Governors and State Reps in each state are on the same page with what works.

If the Govs and Reps have not met, they need to do so very quickly. This is all about to get out of hand. Part of this Repub strategy needs to include our National Repub leaders including the RNC.

Funds need to be allocated for the promotion of Conservative ideas and reminding people constantly, that their particular state is in deep doo doo, financially.

This needs to be a nation-wide response, not just one on a local level!

If this turns out to be another ’1960′s anti-war movement’ type of attack on states, then we must have a united front.

These types of community organizers and union thugs are the terrorists. An effective defense and offense is vital.

And it needs to start yesterday!

scottjenn on February 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM

As much as I like Daniels I am a little disappointed in some of his weak political stances. I feel that he should have strongly chastised the dems for walking out on thier obligation to the people they serve. I for one am getting damned tired of these democrats shutting down government when they do not get thier way. I can still remember Obama’s stinging comment to McCain “we won”. Mithch buddy you should have condemned the democrtats for thier crybaby soreloser tactics.

As far as the right to work law Daniels has made it clear how he feels about PEUs. Now he should state his stance on private sector forced union membership. I feel that most conservatives would support a right to work law. However if Daniels wants to prioritize the legislative agenda he should just say so. I personaly think the education reform he is promoting is more important TODAY than a right to work law. Mitch buddy continue to mean what you say but say what you mean.

TomLawler on February 23, 2011 at 9:56 AM

How many times are we going to snatch defeat from the hands of victory? This is as stupid as putting in the 2nd stringers in the 1st quarter when you get ahead by 2 points because you don’t want to be accused to be running up the score.

Geez, we’ve got them check-mated and instead we’re going to forfeit!

JetBlast on February 23, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I think I’m going to defer to the Governor on this one.

He is there on the ground, he knows the mood and patience of the people. And the stakes involved if Republicans over reach the way the national Democrats did.

I think there is a potential for a big back fire if the groundwork knowledge base isn’t established with the greater public. It may just seem like a power grab rather than an attempt to bring jobs to the state.

And in this economy where nobody is knocking down any doors anywhere to expand their businesses the results might be slow in coming which would make it seem less effective.

petunia on February 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Well, Daniels did the GOP a great favor. The news just out is that the Dems turned around and issued A LIST of demands before they will return, and labor is only one on the list.

WEll, well, well…..this will turn some heads.

AnninCA on February 23, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Well, Daniels did the GOP a great favor. The news just out is that the Dems turned around and issued A LIST of demands before they will return, and labor is only one on the list.

WEll, well, well…..this will turn some heads.

AnninCA on February 23, 2011 at 11:45 AM

I look forward to seeing this list of demands. Daniels hopefully will seize the moment.

Daemonocracy on February 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

look forward to seeing this list of demands. Daniels hopefully will seize the moment.

Daemonocracy on February 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Daniels has been silent. The leader of the senate is speaking out and says, “No deal. Just move to Illinois.”

One of the bills on the list is the expansion of charter schools.

AnninCA on February 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM

lol, “just move to Illinois”, that’s a good line.

Expansion of Charter Schools is actualy part of Daniels’ planned education reform along with merit based pay and school vouchers. Now I definitely want to see this list to see what the Dems are up to.

Daemonocracy on February 23, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Latest from Daniels…

http://www.indystar.com/article/20110223/NEWS05/102230396/Daniels-vows-special-sessions-until-New-Year?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|IndyStar.com

Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will hold special sessions from now until the New Year and send the bills to the House Democrat’s leader if the Democrats persist in killing bills with their walkout.

“You don’t walk off the job, take your public paycheck with you and bring the whole process to a screeching halt,” Daniels said.

Keith_Indy on February 23, 2011 at 4:49 PM

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