Breaking: Mitch Daniels to sign bill defunding Indiana Planned Parenthood

posted at 6:07 pm on April 29, 2011 by Allahpundit

The politics of this were easy, the policy a bit more complicated. It wasn’t a simple choice of “cut ‘em off or don’t cut ‘em off.” Federal law provides that a state can’t be selective in allocating Medicaid funds to medical providers who serve Medicaid patients. By signing the bill, Daniels would be taking a risk that the feds will withdraw the state’s Medicaid funding entirely as a penalty. By not signing the bill, he’d be signaling to social conservatives who are already suspicious of him over the infamous “truce” comments that he won’t go to bat for them if he’s elected president. What’s an aspiring national candidate to do?

Looks like he’s running:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said today he will sign a controversial bill that cuts off government funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Indiana will become the first state to take such an action.

“I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position,” said Daniels, a Republican…

Daniels said he commissioned a review of services in Indiana and “can confirm that all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women’s health, will remain readily available” in all of Indiana’s 92 counties.

His message to Planned Parenthood as the screaming begins: “Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.” Exactly. We’re constantly assured by the left that abortions are only the teeny-tiniest insignificant little part of the services that PP provides. Should be easy for them to go cold turkey, then, if they’re keen on that Medicaid money. Nevertheless, to no one’s surprise, they’re already planning a court battle.

As I say, though, politically this was an easy call. He’s got a ready answer now for any social cons who challenge him on his “truce” remarks — the proof’s in the pudding — and as Philip Klein smartly notes, the attacks he’ll inevitably draw from the left on the bill will only boost his credibility with the base. He should make his decision within the next two weeks, now that the Indiana legislative session is almost over. When he does, he’ll have a campaign “kitchen cabinet” already in place and ready to go, with Haley Barbour sure to come aboard sometime sooner rather than later. Exit question for veteran HA readers: You know who this doesn’t help? Mitt Romney!


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That’s all that need be said…spot on.

Well, as of today I’m officially unemployed. Gonna do get d-runk. Daniels 2012

JetBoy on April 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Oh No! I guess you are officially a victim of Obama’s inabilty to understand economics.

This stupid recession would have been over long ago if we just had an experienced pro-business President.

I wish you the best in your new job search.

petunia on April 29, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Mitch would be a great candidate. The Dems would have a tough time getting their paws around him and he would be inoffensive to independents.

His ability to discuss economics in a literate, understandable fashion will be invaluable.

he’s would be a welcome addition to a horrible field.

rickyricardo on April 29, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Would that be the same match Daniels that was gwb’s financial advisor during TARP ?

No thanks.

stenwin77 on April 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM

After watching the beating those two young animals delivered to the tranny at McDonalds the other day, I made a large donation to PP.

rickyricardo on April 29, 2011 at 9:49 PM

TAKE YOUR EUGENICS CRAP ELSEWHERE

John the Libertarian on April 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM

What kind of jurist is Daniels likely to appoint to the Supreme Court? Anyone have an idea?

Rational Thought on April 29, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Good luck with the job search JetBoy.

bw222 on April 29, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Would that be the same match Daniels that was gwb’s financial advisor during TARP ?

No thanks.

stenwin77 on April 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Uh… Mitch Daniels stopped being Director of OMB in June 2003. During TARP, he was Governor of Indiana.

Which, if you bothered to do your homework, wouldn’t need to be explained to you.

JohnGalt23 on April 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Window dressing.

SouthernGent on April 29, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Just marvelous. I refreshed the page and there was a Planned Parenthood ad at the bottom of the post.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Relistening to Mitch Daniels’ CPAC 2011 speech.

This should be required listening for anyone who wants tocall themselves a conservative.

JohnGalt23 on April 29, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Daniel’s problem isn’t that he’s a RINO (he isn’t). It’s that he doesn’t think before he speaks.

edshepp on April 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Now, does that sound like a group of followers one might encounter around here?

JohnGalt23 on April 29, 2011 at 7:57 PM

And as a die-hard Ron Paul supporter, I suspect you probably are right.

JohnGalt23 on April 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Double heh.

unclesmrgol on April 29, 2011 at 11:45 PM

He and Pawlenty are the two candidates who are reasonably conservative with no crippling baggage. Good to have him aboard.

HitNRun on April 30, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Daniel’s problem isn’t that he’s a RINO (he isn’t). It’s that he doesn’t think before he speaks.

edshepp on April 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

No the problem with Daniels is that he thinks “long and hard” and then spouts utter nonsense.

From the DC Examiner:

Daniels called me to say that he’s dead serious about the need for the next president to declare a truce. “It wasn’t something I just blurted out,” he told me. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while.

Daniels is a sure loser. He has the political skills of Walter Mondale combined with the charisma of Steve Forbes.
Daniels would be the worst GOP candidate ever.

Norwegian on April 30, 2011 at 1:35 AM

He and Pawlenty are the two candidates who are reasonably conservative with no crippling baggage. Good to have him aboard.

HitNRun on April 30, 2011 at 12:51 AM

T-Paw: FOR Man made global warming before he was against it, FOR Cap and Tax before he was against it, STILL FOR ethanol subsidies…

Daniels: has done some good things for Indiana yet — Spoke the VAT word while discussing tax code revision options, called for a truce thus announcing his game plan to Indiana dems, worked to defeat any Right To Work legislation from coming up for a vote in Indiana…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Daniels is a sure loser. He has the political skills of Walter Mondale combined with the charisma of Steve Forbes.
Daniels would be the worst GOP candidate ever.

Norwegian on April 30, 2011 at 1:35 AM

he’s made idiotic statements when it comes to the GOP primary, but not for the general election. He is not a sure loser when it comes to going up against Obama, it’s conservatives in the GOP who he has worried now and then, but if he can point to his record to re-assure them, I don’t seem him as a terrible candidate for the general.

Daemonocracy on April 30, 2011 at 8:03 AM

He and Pawlenty are the two candidates who are reasonably conservative with no crippling baggage. Good to have him aboard.

HitNRun on April 30, 2011 at 12:51 AM

I agree – these are the two candidates that I am looking at. I slightly prefer Daniels, but the VAT fiasco is holding me back a little.

besser tot als rot on April 30, 2011 at 9:56 AM

worked to defeat any Right To Work legislation from coming up for a vote in Indiana…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Seems to me that he did this so that he could get the Dems back to Indiana so that he could pass his school reform? He’d already beaten down the unions in Indiana, so I can understand how he thought school reform was more important. But opinions may vary.

besser tot als rot on April 30, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Daniel’s problem isn’t that he’s a RINO (he isn’t). It’s that he doesn’t think before he speaks.

edshepp on April 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Maybe if he bought a book as a guide, somewhat like our president; “Rules for Non-radicals” That and two teleprompters should do….oh, yeah, he’ll need a Photoshop artist for adding haloes and someone to find out where Obama buys his foam pillars.

Don L on April 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM

T-Paw: FOR Man made global warming before he was against it, FOR Cap and Tax before he was against it, STILL FOR ethanol subsidies…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2011 at 1:46 AM

Right – I’d forgotten my main reason for opposing T-paw previously. But I think that the obstacles that T-Paw and Daniels have to overcome are much are much smaller than the other candidates. None of them are perfect, but they never are.

besser tot als rot on April 30, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Daniel’s problem isn’t that he’s a RINO (he isn’t). It’s that he doesn’t think before he speaks.

edshepp on April 29, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I think that the path to victory is to be non-assuming and say little. Let Obama defeat himself.

besser tot als rot on April 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Daniel’s problem is that is is a cuckolded loser.

Really Right on April 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Oops! “………is that he is……….” above.

Really Right on April 30, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Daniel’s problem is that is is a cuckolded loser.

Really Right on April 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Bravely spoken, anonymously on the internet, from someone who likely has a face like a pepperoni pizza.

Stay classy there, RR.

JohnGalt23 on April 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Daniel’s problem is that is is a cuckolded loser.

Really Right on April 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Your problem is that you have no class.

Raisedbywolves on April 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I could vote for Daniels without suffering any of the repugnance I felt when for voting for McCain.

Laurence on April 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

What do you guys think about a Daniels/Ryan ticket?

Ryan has the clean cut good looks, and no chance of being dismissed as a pretty boy with his ninja budget facts.

Our problem really seems to be uncertainty on POTUS but a good crop of VP options.

The right pairing could make all the difference.

(still not over my Dick Cheney politicrush)

ace tomato on April 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

If Obama wants to slam dunk his 2012 he would pull Hillary in as VP. Nightmare scenario, and not likely to happen, because I would hope Hillary Clinton is smarter than she is ambitious.
But this country is full of enough stupid people, I think that would lock us into another 12 years of liberal destruction.

So a hypothetical: If you were Hillary, and Obama asked, would you risk sinking yourself for all time with a loss, run for POTUS as an independent, or tell everyone to piss off and stay out of the ring? We’re talking about a Clinton here.

ace tomato on April 30, 2011 at 11:55 AM

(still not over my Dick Cheney politicrush)

ace tomato on April 30, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I truly shed a Boehner-tear when W chose Cheney for VP. I did manage to get myself to push the pin for McCain, could not do it for Dole.

I try to avoid responding to hypotheticals, but on the flip side of the contest: I would transplant Daniel’s brain into Jon Huntsman’s or Sarah Palin’s body, and pair him/her up with Krauthammer for Veep. Imagine the debate with Biden: “Stand up, Chuck, let ‘em see ya!!”…

RudeMechanic on April 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Breaking: America isn’t interested in social con silliness.

Obama sure loves you, though. You might as well put Obama stickers on your cars.

Moesart on April 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Breaking: America isn’t interested in social con silliness.

Obama sure loves you, though. You might as well put Obama stickers on your cars.

Moesart on April 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM

News Flash: Hot Air ignores Mobys. Film at 11.

kingsjester on April 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I could vote for Daniels without suffering any of the repugnance I felt when for voting for McCain.

Laurence on April 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Your vote for McCain told the establishment Republicans that any nominee they put up this year will have conservative support.

Valiant on April 30, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Moesart on April 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Ditto!

MJBrutus on April 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Mitch………Lead guitar in the JEB2016 band.

PappyD61 on April 30, 2011 at 5:53 PM

>>Would that be the same match Daniels that was gwb’s financial advisor during TARP ?

No thanks.<<

No! Mitch left the Bush administration during his first term after serving just two years. He was known as "The Blade" during that time because of all the cost cutting he did. Daniels had nothing to do with TARP and has in fact positioned Indiana very well financially with a billion dollar reserve of money.

TerriHaute on April 30, 2011 at 6:44 PM

besser tot als rot on April 30, 2011 at 9:57 AM

The stories I read said that Daniels actively worked to keep a RTW law from being brought up in the Indiana legislature AND assured the dem leadership that he would do all he could to keep it from becoming law. That was before the dems copied their Illinois counterparts and became fleebaggers, not after…

Gohawgs on April 30, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Breaking: America isn’t interested in social con silliness.

Obama sure loves you, though. You might as well put Obama stickers on your cars.

Moesart on April 30, 2011 at 1:11 PM

You don’t even speak fopr the majority of so-called fiscal conservatives. If a concern over taking human life is your idea of “silliness” I have zero concern over trying to help you save a few of your tax dollars. If money is the only thing you see as pertinent in your political ideology, perhaps we are like liberals see us.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM

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