Mitch Daniels to Indiana’s fleebagger Democrats: Come home, chumps

posted at 6:24 pm on February 24, 2011 by Allahpundit

A belated attempt to undo the damage from what he said on Tuesday about the right-to-work bill proposed by Indiana Republicans. If you missed last night’s Quotes of the Day — including/especially this incisive defense of Daniels by Avik Roy — read them now for necessary context. Daniels has no love for unions: As noted even in my Tuesday post, he acted on his first day as governor to strip state workers of their collective bargaining privileges and he’s fully behind Scott Walker in Wisconsin, as he’s eager to remind Cavuto here. The reason he thought pushing the right-to-work bill now was a bad idea in Indiana was because he knew the fleebaggers would flee, destroying the quorum and jeopardizing not only the labor bill but the GOP’s entire agenda, including education reform. And … that’s exactly what’s happened. The right-to-work bill has been withdrawn by Republicans yet Democrats remain holed up in Illinois doing what they do best, i.e. wasting taxpayer money.

So there’s his defense, although between the social issues “truce,” his ruminations about a VAT paired with income tax cuts, and now this, he’s probably already lost many grassroots righties irretrievably. Exit question: Does his vigorous damage control over the past few days signal that he’s running for president after all? He’s got the Chris Christie “fiscal con RINO” seal of approval if he does!


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Not a chance. Mitch would have a better chance getting a dirty sanchez from our resident hat-eater than becoming president.

HornetSting on February 24, 2011 at 7:16 PM
Ouch.

You’re in charge of the snark from here on out!

MeatHeadinCA on February 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Mitch is the John Kerry of the GOP.

HornetSting on February 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Knucklehead are they ever in the same thread?

CWforFreedom on February 24, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Never paid any attention, but the GrowFins only posts a sentence or two, whereas Bif writes novels. How did it tell you?

Knucklehead on February 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

I didn’t see the “with” … got a very strange feeling.

MeatHeadinCA on February 24, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Fred and Mort are very old friends. Almost like watching an old married couple. When Mort says something stupid Fred puts him in it’s place. Not as bad on the “Beltway Boys” but when they used to both be on ‘the panel” it was fun to watch.

The only thing better is when Juan Williams is saying something stupid on Fox News Sunday, and they cut to Brit Hume. The expression on his Brit’s is always hilarious.

I’m easily amused.

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:22 PM

How are you able to dress yourself in the mornings?

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:10 PM

You don’t want to know that. He probably works himself on the thought the latest RINO.

promachus on February 24, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Daniels crushed the public union on his first day. That buys a lot of respect from me. I’m not ready to toss this guy to the wolves yet.

The fact of the matter is that he needs 7 Democrats to go along with any proposal. He’s trying to foster some bipartisanship within the political body. He failed.

Now he has a choice; embrace centrism to get laws passed or do more like Christie and make his case to the voters. How he deals with this issue right now will do more to sway my opinion than his ill-thought strategy to appease Democrats.

hisfrogness on February 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

What will allahpudzit do with all those Daniels bumperstickers?

james23 on February 24, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Yeah, yeah most of you who are dumping on Daniels don’t like that he doesn’t want to throw an election on social issues. Your venom about how he’s handling this union issue is a transparent pose.

MJBrutus on February 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM

So there’s his defense, although between the social issues “truce,” his ruminations about a VAT paired with income tax cuts, and now this, he’s probably already lost many grassroots righties irretrievably.

Affirmative!

Mitch = Waffling Trucer Fail :)

Geochelone on February 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM

One more thing, is there any more cliched word than RINO? The H/A crowd has spammed that term so thoroughly that any meaning it may have had has been used up long ago.

MJBrutus on February 24, 2011 at 7:31 PM

hisfrogness on February 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

He just issued an executive order. Which will be easy for the nest DEm governor to undo. He didn’t do the right thing which is make it impossible for the Dem to reinstate public unions.

promachus on February 24, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Why are they all running to Illinois???

BigWyo on February 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

It’s the most corrupt state and is crawling with Obama cronies, I’d bet.

FloatingRock on February 24, 2011 at 7:33 PM

One more thing, is there any more cliched word than RINO? The H/A crowd has spammed that term so thoroughly that any meaning it may have had has been used up long ago.

MJBrutus on February 24, 2011 at 7:31 PM

We’re just getting started. If you’re tired of hearing it now, wait til 2012.

james23 on February 24, 2011 at 7:34 PM

They can be paired…

I would assume you know how to read.

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Oh, they COULD be paired, but only a moron would want to!

You DO realize you would have TWO taxes, not one. Worse, since it’s a “hidden” tax Congress could raise it almost at will, and few would even know it, thanks to our compliant media.

It ain’t just your taste in men that is a few bubbles off plumb, you know.

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Mitchs’ Witches……for his friends in the Coven demographic.

Mitchs’ Snitches……the See Something Homeland fans of his.

Mitchs’ Britches……fan group for his homies in da hood.

Mitchs’ Ditches……highway workers for Daniels!

Mitchs’ Finches……..the birdwatchers vote too!!

Mitchs’ Glitches…….Geek Squaders for the Bald Hoosiers guv!

:-) any others?

PappyD61 on February 24, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Yeah, yeah most of you who are dumping on Daniels don’t like that he doesn’t want to throw an election on social issues. Your venom about how he’s handling this union issue is a transparent pose.

MJBrutus on February 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM

You and JetBoy should pair up. How do you feel about the color orange?

There’s a million reasons to reject Daniels, and social issues are not even in the top 100,000

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:41 PM

As I recall, he violated his own truce on social issues about six days after he proposed it. So perhaps this means he soon will be pushing for a right-to-work act.

paul1149 on February 24, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Fred and Mort are very old friends. Almost like watching an old married couple. When Mort says something stupid Fred puts him in it’s place. Not as bad on the “Beltway Boys” but when they used to both be on ‘the panel” it was fun to watch.

The only thing better is when Juan Williams is saying something stupid on Fox News Sunday, and they cut to Brit Hume. The expression on his Brit’s is always hilarious.

I’m easily amused.

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Hume scowls well.

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

BTW, is it just me, or is it not perfect that Daniels shows up on TV with his arm in a sling after getting his butt handed to him by the democrats AND Conservatives.

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Hume scowls well.

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM

I like Bret, but I really miss Brit weeknights.

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM

If Daniels wants to run in 2012 I am all for it!..It will give everyone more choices!..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Yeah, yeah most of you who are dumping on Daniels don’t like that he doesn’t want to throw an election on social issues. Your venom about how he’s handling this union issue is a transparent pose.

MJBrutus on February 24, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Since public sector unions become a “social issue”?

promachus on February 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM

For the Daniels defenders out there, no good man in office EVER considers a VAT tax. Ever.

No principled conservative would get behind Lugar, as Daniels has.

His instincts are wrong. His principles are unclear. I have no idea how you can defend the guy.

beatcanvas on February 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Dead man talking!

Politically, that is.

madmonkphotog on February 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Oh, they COULD be paired, but only a moron would want to!

You DO realize you would have TWO taxes, not one. Worse, since it’s a “hidden” tax Congress could raise it almost at will, and few would even know it, thanks to our compliant media.

It ain’t just your taste in men that is a few bubbles off plumb, you know.

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM

So maybe you don’t know how to read…either that, or comprehension and retention aren’t your strong points.

A) I continue to say repeatedly that a VAT is a bad idea.

B) You said it’s “either/or”, and I clarified for you. Apparently you finally understand.

You and others keep on dissing on Daniels over nothing. Dear gawd don’t mention his record…just keep yapping on about VAT.

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 7:58 PM

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Mitch Daniels called. He knows you backed Mitt Romney. He knows you backed Charlie Crist.
He has asked that you NOT back him. :)

HornetSting on February 24, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Mitch Daniels called. He knows you backed Mitt Romney. He knows you backed Charlie Crist.
He has asked that you NOT back him. :)

HornetSting on February 24, 2011 at 8:05 PM

wat?

I have never, ever backed Romney.

But to be sure, I am a jinx.

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM

HornetSting on February 24, 2011 at 8:05 PM
wat?

I have never, ever backed Romney.

But to be sure, I am a jinx.

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 8:08 PM

You’re a good sport, JB.

HornetSting on February 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

You’re a good sport, JB.

HornetSting on February 24, 2011 at 8:13 PM

I’m a Jets fan…practically guaranteeing they will never win the Superbowl ever again.

*sigh*

I am the “kiss of death”.

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I’m a Jets fan…practically guaranteeing they will never win the Superbowl ever again.

*sigh*

I am the “kiss of death”.

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

As a Cubs fan, I feel your pain.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 24, 2011 at 8:24 PM

The reason he thought pushing the right-to-work bill now was a bad idea in Indiana was because he knew the fleebaggers would flee, destroying the quorum and jeopardizing not only the labor bill but the GOP’s entire agenda, including education reform.

There’s a fundamental problem here with either party having the ability to throw out the democratic process just because one party doesn’t like the results of elections. All states need to write into their constitutions that unauthorized failure to report for duty should result in changing the quorum. This just isn’t right that these cowards are capable of subverting the fact that elections have consequences. The way this country changed in November, the Democrats might as well open of a permanent convention site with plenty of hotels to house the unhappy parasites.

Rovin on February 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Rovin on February 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Excellent Post!!!..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on February 24, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2011 at 8:29 PM

When will the 12 Angry Men return?

faraway on February 24, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I really really really want to like Mitch. He could beat Obummer. But 1) he just got punked by the ID Democrats, and 2) he is boring as hell.

johnboy on February 24, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Excellent Post!!!..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Thanks DS. I might also add that some one should ask the lamestream media who the party of no is now? More like the party of no home address. Homeless and in need of a government hand-out.

Rovin on February 24, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Rovin on February 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM

But these derelictions would be meaningless in the face of a potent and principled GOP. Scratch that — they wouldn’t be meaningless, they’d be ruinous to the Left. The scandal isn’t that the Left is behaving like the Left, it’s that a once-principled party of the Right can no longer see and act clearly and with equal or greater force despite having every advantage of morality, law, public sympathy and common sense. This whole event in Wisconsin should have ended by now.

Consider what power the Left has, or doesn’t have. They haven’t the power of ideas or virtue or efficacy. Everything they propose leads to inequity, division, corruption, poverty, misery. They are merchants of misery in every respect. They have only the power of intimidation. But this is really only a perceived power — existing only in proportion to what allowances we give it. It could end tomorrow. A concerted and united response by conservatives could end the Left’s power of intimidation in ONE DAY. The Left could be exposed for the vicious, anti-social, hypocritical clowns that they are if conservatives broke the thrall of intimidation.

rrpjr on February 24, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Rovin on February 24, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Good points!..Love your work in the Green Room!..Keep it coming!..:)

Dire Straits on February 24, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Begging th question, why don’t the Republicans flee whenver the Dems are in power?

Why are the Dem on the offensive in a majority or a minority? WHy are the Republicans back peddling regardless of their numbers?

rickyricardo on February 24, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Its like Daniels doesn’t understand that when you think that Democrats will actually play by the rules, they won’t.

That should have become abundantly clear that for every time a conservative makes a ‘compromise’ with the Democrats they lose their shirt and start feeling like they should look for some money on the nightstand. Save the D’s are too cheap to actually pay up… it is always, and ever, compromise to the D side, never the other way around. When they can’t get their way, they now run away because they don’t have a minority that can do anything BUT run away to stop the process.

Stop compromising. They never do and so you must not: present a clear and decisive choice for the path of government at each and every election and with some luck you can get absolute stalemate and no growth of the beast. And if you ride on to town wanting to cut the beast back, bring a chainsaw, not toenail clippers.

That is the new style of politics Obama ushered in.

Daniels can’t figure this out and yet it is obvious to anyone paying any attention whatsoever.

ajacksonian on February 24, 2011 at 8:58 PM

rrpjr on February 24, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Please show me, (and the GOP), how to drive this engine. How do we get past the media’s blatent protection of their intimidation?

it’s that a once-principled party of the Right can no longer see and act clearly and with equal or greater force despite having every advantage of morality, law, public sympathy and common sense.

I really don’t see why the GOP is not more forcefull. It’s almost like they are afraid to lose something (?)

Rovin on February 24, 2011 at 9:03 PM

Hey, Mitch,

Go find an aisle and reach across it.

ncjetsfan on February 24, 2011 at 9:14 PM

“Begging th question, why don’t the Republicans flee whenver the Dems are in power?”

Actually, they do. Their bodies remain but their spines take flight.

ncjetsfan on February 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

He makes a fair point.

It’s the Dems who are being ridiculous here.

MayBee on February 24, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Yes, and expecting them not to be was his mistake.

You do realize that Daniels would only support a VAT coupled with a flat-tax, right?

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Great. Fighting for a draw.

Dongemaharu on February 24, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Mitch Daniels shifts more than sand on the beach.

SouthernGent on February 24, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Mitch Daniels is an effective and successful Governor with a very good record and he has done just what he said he would do when he became Governor. He has pushed health savings accounts for state workers to save money, he has laid of public employees and weakened the unions and he has been smart about getting his agenda through. He is pro life and is not supportive of gay unions.

And he was right about the right to work bill, in fact the bill is dead for this legislative session anyway no matter what he says. It had to be voted on in a certain amount of time that time passed.

But he probably will not win, because he is smart and competent but not all that charismatic. My guess is people will try to nominate someone with a crappy record who they think is tough {whether they really are tough or not}…they will probably not nominate someone just because the guy knows what he is doing.

No, they would rather make fun of him or call him names and then nominate someone with half the record and less than half the brains.

Actually in Indiana in 2001 the Republicans did do a walk out for a few days, but I can’t remember if they left the state or not.

Terrye on February 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Allapud will need a catheter if Daniels is out of the running.

leftnomore on February 24, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Nevermind…I read it this morning. :P

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I think she was onto something.

Can you please not endorse Herman Cain and Sarah Palin, yet?

MeatHeadinCA on February 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM

If he would simply endorse Obama, all our problems would be solved.

Dongemaharu on February 24, 2011 at 9:31 PM

He makes a fair point.

It’s the Dems who are being ridiculous here.

MayBee on February 24, 2011 at 6:39 PM
Yes, and expecting them not to be was his mistake.

You do realize that Daniels would only support a VAT coupled with a flat-tax, right?

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM
Great. Fighting for a draw.

Dongemaharu on February 24, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Daniels did not make the mistake, he was not the one who jumped the gun and brought up that bill when it did not have a chance of passing. It has nothing to do with him expecting the Democrats to not to be ridiculous or anything else..he has dealt with these idiots for years and he has managed to get a lot of things done that people said he could not get done in this state..so obviously he knows more about this than most of the people who are giving him a hard time. At least he understands how politics works in this state which is more than can be said for his critics…and by the way the whole VAT tax thing came up in a general discussion about several kinds of taxes and his point was that a tax like that could only work if most other forms of revenue were cut or done away with..such as in the place of income taxes.

Terrye on February 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Good interview with Cavuto today…

Snowed in, in southern Oregon… Hopefully the pass will be open in the morning and I can get back to California…

Khun Joe on February 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Terrye on February 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM

I have long held a rule that if somebody is tacking cheap shots at palin they are supporting somebody else. I thought you were Bush crony but I hadn’t figured who you supported yet. Today, it is clear. So you are a Daniels troll but it says a great deal about your candidate and yourself that you can’t promote them without tearing down Sarah palin. She’s not even related to the issue at hand, Mitch’s great mgmnt. skills, and your pathetic attempts at dragging her in only makes many like Mitch even less.

promachus on February 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM

You do realize that Daniels would only support a VAT coupled with a flat-tax, right?

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 6:45 PM

He would go along with the VAT based on a possibility and promise to get a flat-tax somewhere down the road, and we’d be stuck with a VAT.

Sorry, the man’s not showing a lot of reliability lately.

ddrintn on February 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Daniels did not make the mistake, he was not the one who jumped the gun and brought up that bill when it did not have a chance of passing.

Terrye on February 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM

So Scott Walker and the Wisconsin GOP are full of it for bringing up a bill that caused the Dems to scurry out of the state?

ddrintn on February 24, 2011 at 9:42 PM

It’s not about RINOism. It’s about Leadership. Mitch lacks it.

Y-not on February 24, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I’m a Jets fan…practically guaranteeing they will never win the Superbowl ever again.

*sigh*

I am the “kiss of death”.

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

No, your problem is that you gravitate toward candidates that you think the media will like.

ddrintn on February 24, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Whew boy. Daniels sounds very unsure of himself during that Greta interview. Lots of Uhs and Ahs and Uhms…

SouthernGent on February 24, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Now isn’t a good time for the Republican party to address fiscal issues. Surrender monkeys.

Valiant on February 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM

SouthernGent on February 24, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Kinda like Uhhbama.

promachus on February 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Exit question: Does his vigorous damage control over the past few days signal that he’s running for president after all?

Am I the only one who is disinterested in speculating about who will begin to run for president right now?

disa on February 24, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Mitch is the John Kerry of the GOP.

HornetSting on February 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Nooooooooooooooooooooo. He CAN’T take Romney’s title from him!!!

Gohawgs on February 24, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Allapud will need a catheter if Daniels is out of the running.

leftnomore on February 24, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Allah sure knows how to pick ‘em. In 2009, he was pushing Mark Sanford non-stop.

Of course, Daniels is a worse candidate than Sanford even post-Argentina. And I don’t understand why AP keep pushing Daniels. Not only because Daniels is such an awful candidate, but because he is also on record that he hates atheists.

Norwegian on February 24, 2011 at 10:59 PM

The reason he thought pushing the right-to-work bill now was a bad idea in Indiana was because he knew the fleebaggers would flee, destroying the quorum and jeopardizing not only the labor bill but the GOP’s entire agenda, including education reform.

What kind of fu*ked up legislative system rewards one party for fleeing to another state and refusing to work? Seems to me Daniels would be in a much better position incinerating the Democrats in the press and TV right now over their corruption, and playing this issue toward a reform of that law in the next cycle.

He is working from a position of remarkable weakness on this issue.

Jaibones on February 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM

When a candidate says lNITIALLY what he REALLY means then hears it from the Conservative base THEN decides to change it up or has to CLARIFY his position THEN they have lost their shell game. They are a Republican like Arlen Specter is a Republican. Says what you want to hear to get elected; once elected tells constituency that he has to ‘get along’ with Democrats by ‘compromising’; votes like a Democrat; once called on his voting record tells his base yo STFU he’ll do what he wants and you’ll have to learn to like it; then when voters turn on him, he’ll switch parties because he ALWAYS was a DEMOCRAT at heart.

I’ve had enough of these types of Republicans.

Sultry Beauty on February 25, 2011 at 3:15 AM

BTW–AllahPundit isn’t a REPUBLICAN from NY. That’s an oxymoron.

Sultry Beauty on February 25, 2011 at 3:19 AM

he’s probably already lost many grassroots righties irretrievably

Can’t lose what you never had. Is this guy an example of RINO “gravitas?” That’s O.K. the RINOs probably have another loser waiting in the wings as back-up. Keep throwing those jello boys at us, one of them have got to stick to the wall eventually, right?

Done That on February 25, 2011 at 5:49 AM

he’ll do what he wants and you’ll have to learn to like it; then when voters turn on him, he’ll switch parties because he ALWAYS was a DEMOCRAT at heart.

I’ve had enough of these types of Republicans.

Sultry Beauty on February 25, 2011 at 3:15 AM

This delusional rant has no connection to this story. If you are suggesting that Mitch Daniels is actually “a DEMOCRAT at heart” then you are stupider than a bag of hammers.

Put the bottle down. It is damaging your brain.

Jaibones on February 25, 2011 at 6:41 AM

Are there any politicians on the right that see absolute commitment upon principle and anything but a convenient, temporary, flexible, position to take?

No wonder Pope JPII reminded the world to call black, black, white, white, and sin, sin: relativism (i.e. deceit) is the curse of modern-man.

Don L on February 25, 2011 at 7:28 AM

I am the “kiss of death”.

JetBoy on February 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Could you take one for the team and pull the lever for Obama in 2012, Thank You.

wheelgun on February 25, 2011 at 7:39 AM

They’re Fleebaggin’.

kingsjester on February 25, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Meh.
He’s a politician.
Nuff said.

Badger40 on February 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM

The day Daniels said fleeing the state to defeat quorum is a legitimate legislative tactic his chance at the presidency disappeared. Better we found out sooner than later.

tommyboy on February 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Oh fer cripes sakes.

tommyboy, you’re better than this. Daniels didn’t say that, and it should be pretty obvious by now; he was just pandering the union punks hanging around the Capitol, whining and crying. That’s what he declared as a legitimate course of action, not fleebagging.

There is plenty to criticize here; let’s stick to the easy stuff and not get all silly.

Jaibones on February 25, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Have to go on record that I’ve changed my mind about Daniels. May not like his choice on right to work, but I like his choices everywhere else. Am developing a respect for the man–he’s politically canny and cool headed. Unless things change drastically, I would support him for President based on what I know now.

jeanie on February 25, 2011 at 9:12 AM

“tommyboy, you’re better than this. Daniels didn’t say that”,

He most certainly did. Here in Indy they played the clips ad nauseum during the drive time radio slots so we got to hear it over and over driving to and from work. I heard it with my ears so don’t tell me he didn’t say it.

From the Indianapolis Star, 2-22-2011:

Daniels, a Republican, said earlier Tuesday he supported the Democrats’ right to deny Republicans a quorum to do business and the rights of labor unions to protest at the Statehouse.
“The activities of today are perfectly legitimate part of the process,” he said.

tommyboy on February 25, 2011 at 9:28 AM

I don’t think Daniels has figured out yet that being accepted as Governor by conservatives in Indiana is not the same as being accepted as President by those same conservatives. As Governor, he is trusted out to a certain point on a scale. As President, he must be trusted out to a further point. He hasn’t reached that point of trust yet. He may or he may not. Time will tell, but right now this Hoosier says “not”.

SKYFOX on February 25, 2011 at 10:22 AM

He should have kept his mouth shut in the beginning instead making ill-considered remarks that gave the BLM an excuse to take the focus off the WI Fleebaggers. Anyone dumb enough to do that is too stupid for the Big Job. Next.

SurferDoc on February 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM

One more thing, is there any more cliched word than RINO? The H/A crowd has spammed that term so thoroughly that any meaning it may have had has been used up long ago.
MJBrutus on February 24, 2011 at 7:31 PM

It’s a bully tactic by many immature robots who can’t accept conservatives who don’t drink the koolaid of the talk hosts chasing their demos.
So immature that they’d rather have Obama than a strong leader who only agrees with them 90% of the time. The Scarlet Letter…RINO..OOOOOOOHHHHH

crashman on February 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I voted for Daniels, twice for governor. I have liked what he has done for our state. He just mentioned VAT and is now dead to me for consideration of any higher office.

search4truth on February 25, 2011 at 3:47 PM

A belated attempt to undo the damage from what he said on Tuesday…

If it was the first stupid thing he’s said I could overlook it, but it’s at least the fourth stupid thing he’s said in the last few months.

I’ll not be supporting or voting for Daniels.

RJL on February 25, 2011 at 6:48 PM

So immature that they’d rather have Obama than a strong leader who only agrees with them 90% of the time. The Scarlet Letter…RINO..OOOOOOOHHHHH

crashman on February 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Which Republican leader are you refering to?

The Bushs are the ultimate moderate establishment Republicans. McCain spent more time attacking Republicans than anyone else.

The only leader I know who is reflexively a strong Republicans and Conservative leader is Sarah Palin.

RJL on February 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

As I recall, he violated his own truce on social issues about six days after he proposed it.

paul1149 on February 24, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Social “Truce” is a total red herring …

There are two types of Social voters – everyone knows about Social Conservatives – but no one wants to admit that those on the opposite side are Social Liberals.

So when someone says “Social Truce” … shouldn’t that mean that the STATUS QUO is maintained on Social Issues? Doesn’t that mean the battle lines stay where they are currently? That’s what a wartime truce means.

But that’s not what the Social Liberals want – they want the SoCons to go home – while they implement things like Gay Marriage etc …

That’s not a “truce” that’s a FARCE.

And Mitch Daniels knew it when he said it.

HondaV65 on February 25, 2011 at 7:03 PM

So immature that they’d rather have Obama than a strong leader who only agrees with them 90% of the time. The Scarlet Letter…RINO..OOOOOOOHHHHH

crashman on February 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Let me tell you what brother – if this nation goes under then the party in power will be blamed for it. Right now we’re teetering, which means the next Republican Congress and President we elect had better SAVE THIS NATION.

You elect a squishy establishment Republican to lead this nation and he will simply preside over it’s crash. At which time Americans will dutifully blame Conservatism for the crash and you and your progeny will be saddled with a Socialist yoke for generations.

NO – if this nation is going under – I’d rather see the Socialists in charge when it happens because the backlash will be against THEM.

I still think we can save this country – but only if you get an outsider into the White House and Tea Party folks in charge of the Congress.

Anything less is whistling Dixie

HondaV65 on February 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM

For the Daniels defenders out there, no good man in office EVER considers a VAT tax. Ever.

No principled conservative would get behind Lugar, as Daniels has.
beatcanvas on February 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I agree with you on VAT tax and Lugar.

Most of the candidates testing the waters whom the MSM reports on are those who want to run on economy only, which gives no comfort to voters who need more info.

The so called truce on social matters (refusal to enforce immigration, border law, or DOMA are considered social matters) is not a truce but a news blackout.

entagor on February 25, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Oh, they COULD be paired, but only a moron would want to!

You DO realize you would have TWO taxes, not one. Worse, since it’s a “hidden” tax Congress could raise it almost at will, and few would even know it, thanks to our compliant media.

It ain’t just your taste in men that is a few bubbles off plumb, you know.

gary4205 on February 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Yup ! Just like our wonderful “Harmonized Sales Tax” here in Ont. Canada… which was shot down originally when they tried to push it as…. you guessed it …. Value -added- tax !

Thanks PM Harper for pandering to our crack (head) Premier Dalton McGuinty !

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cableguy615 on February 27, 2011 at 1:50 AM

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