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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Go get ‘em.

The Ugly American on April 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM

What’s an aspiring national candidate to do?

Something he doesn’t necessarily want to do in order to further his potential campaign.

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Well, it looks like he’s running. He’s not my guy, but this should make everyone forget about his “truce” comments.

Now, about that VAT thing…

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Stand by your principals.

Would the federal government be that vindictive to withhold medicaid funds?

Kini on April 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I’ll admit it, I’m surprised.

I still won’t support him. His attitude up until know speaks more of his character as president, and that’s an attitude that is squishy.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM

He looks so dead in that picture up front.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Pleasantly surprised.

Stay in Indiana Mitch.

portlandon on April 29, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Rather Daniels than Romney. My only concern is that Daniels is too close to Bush.

kringeesmom on April 29, 2011 at 6:14 PM

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Exactly.

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 6:14 PM

This guy makes Trump’s hair look good…

phreshone on April 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

…..booyah.

AbaddonsReign on April 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

T-paw calls his voice coach for quick lessons on the Indiana accent.

Limerick on April 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Looks like he’s running

Wow, that moderate vote is going to be really fragmented next year.

pseudoforce on April 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

“His message to Planned Parenthood as the screaming begins…”

Nothing sweeter in the world than Liberals squealing like a stuck pig, unhinged, teeth gnashing, wild eyes, hair pulling, spittle flying…

… Pure angelic!

Seven Percent Solution on April 29, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Looks like he’s running

Ugh.

Knucklehead on April 29, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Well on the good side, since he keeps saying stupid things he’s not going to be as boring as Pawlenty.

sharrukin on April 29, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Good, now I get to take 3 snoozes during the debates (Mitt, T-Paw, Daniels).

Plus, as an added bonus, we get the establishment vote split 3 ways.

davek70 on April 29, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Rah, rah, sis boom bah. Feel the excitement?

rrpjr on April 29, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Oh noes he’s killing women who get non-existent mammogramz!!11!1

John the Libertarian on April 29, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Rather Daniels than Romney. My only concern is that Daniels is too close to Bush.

kringeesmom on April 29, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Bush the elder was on the Eli Lilly board when Daniels was an executive at Eli Lilly, before he became budget director for Bush.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

rrpjr on April 29, 2011 at 6:19 PM

I haven’t been this excited since the premiere of the Rosie O’Donnell Variety Show./

kingsjester on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

This is the guy I am voting for… probably the only person who could kick Obama’s ****

TimeTraveler on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Too many people are are into tearing down our potential nominees…

don’t do that… almost everyone in the race is good.

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Mitch who?

What reality show is he on?

ButterflyDragon on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Double ugh.
I suppose the upside is he isn’t Gomer Pyle Huck or Romney…

OmahaConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Plus, as an added bonus, we get the establishment vote split 3 ways.

davek70 on April 29, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I get the feeling they may lean on one of those guys to sit this one out for that very reason.

pseudoforce on April 29, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Good for Mitch. I like Daniels, and if Palin doesn’t run he’ll have my support.

darwin on April 29, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Too many people are are into tearing down our potential nominees…

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Pretty good whine, coming from someone who rips into Palin all the time.

pseudoforce on April 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Looks like someone other than Obama learned how to do a Friday “news dump”.

Blaise on April 29, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Too many people are are into tearing down our potential nominees…

don’t do that… almost everyone in the race is good.

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Says the guy who has stated he would vote for Obama over Palin.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

don’t do that… almost everyone in the race is good.

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Either that’s sarcasm, or you’re out of your gourd.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Now if he will only color up his speech like Donald Trump…

… and start swearing like a white rapper.

Let the games begin…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Says the guy who has stated he would vote for Obama over Palin.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Did he actually say that? Jesus tap dancing Christ.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

The stealthy front-runner hopefully activists around the country get the message.

TimeTraveler on April 29, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Pretty good whine, coming from someone who rips into Palin all the time.

Says the guy who has stated he would vote for Obama over Palin.

And you guys attack anyone who isn’t Palin… and *yawn* at everyone else…

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM

The Keystone to Obama’s re-election.

Schadenfreude on April 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Jetboy will be proud!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I wonder if this will raise Daniel’s profile with base conservatives much more that we will see a tick on his polling for the nod. Hopefully remove that clown Trump out of the top spot.

TimeTraveler on April 29, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Mitt Romney strategy

Southernblogger on April 29, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I don’t see this guy going anywhere.

Southernblogger on April 29, 2011 at 6:30 PM

People can complain about his “truce” comments all they want. This man has ACTUALLY GOTTEN THINGS DONE. Both on the fiscal and social fronts. Not just run his mouth. The key word is COMPETENCY.

D0WNT0WN on April 29, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Put me down as an ‘anyone but Dear Reader’ voter. We cannot do worse, period. So if Daniels is the nominee, I’m in.

Not funding abortions with taxpayer $ should be everyone’s position, regardless of their feelings on abortion. The tit is dry and PP funding should be cut off for this purpose. Play it as an economic issue and it becomes a winner imho.

GnuBreed on April 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Ha ha ha. So this bald cuckold who looks like drugstore pimp is your guy? I promise I won’t attack him at all…. oopsie.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

And you guys attack anyone who isn’t Palin… and *yawn* at everyone else…

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I have pointed out the flaws of many potential candidates, including Palin’s. I have yet to say I will vote for Obama over any of them. So yeah, you are quite a bit more extreme in your criticisms than most of the rest of us. Which is expected from an establishment fanboy like yourself. Own it.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

and as Philip Klein smartly notes,

I laughed out loud. Wasn’t this the same moron Philip Klein who wrote that insanely inchorent piece on the Birth Certificate?

Good, now I get to take 3 snoozes during the debates (Mitt, T-Paw, Daniels).

Plus, as an added bonus, we get the establishment vote split 3 ways.

davek70 on April 29, 2011 at 6:18 PM

My sentiments exactly. Although Daniels might put me in a coma. He has the charisma of a wet napkin.

Norwegian on April 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

And you guys attack anyone who isn’t Palin… and *yawn* at everyone else…

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Palin’s policy positions are tighter than any of the other frontrunners and she has more charisma and energy than people like T-Paw and Daniels. If the truth bothers you, get over it.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Ha ha ha. So this bald cuckold who looks like drugstore pimp is your guy? I promise I won’t attack him at all…. oopsie.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Now the losers are showing up.. Where is the Tin Foil Hat?..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Breaking: Mitch Daniels to sign bill defunding Indiana Planned Parenthood

Bravo! **standing ovation***

rukiddingme on April 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Says the guy who has stated he would vote for Obama over Palin.
Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Did he actually say that? Jesus tap dancing Christ.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Yeah, he said it. Probably about six months ago. Portlandon (I think it was Port) used to post his orignal quote all the time. NP then laid low for a while, probably in hopes that everyone would forget about it.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Norwegian on April 29, 2011 at 6:32 PM

But don’t you know he’s the second coming of Errol Flynn and David Hasselhoff? Well, if you read the turgid fan piece from Daily caller some days ago. He runs, he’s so fit…. absolutely vomit inducing sh*t.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Hey, way to go! Now if we could get the rest of the states to do the same….

tinkerthinker on April 29, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Huzzah! He’s an extremely capable candidate and this makes him viable for me to support.

theCork on April 29, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I give him credit for doing the right thing, but that’s all he’ll get from me. My money and vote will be headed elsewhere.

flyfisher on April 29, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Now the losers are showing up.. Where is the Tin Foil Hat?..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM

It’s on your head, sweetums. By the did you call yourself a loser? Oopsie :)

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

No..You are a loser!…But Everyone knows that!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:41 PM

It’s on your head, sweetums. By the did you call yourself a loser? Oopsie :)

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

What does being bald have to do with anything, Einstein? Shallow, much?

John the Libertarian on April 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

NP then laid low for a while, probably in hopes that everyone would forget about it.

When the hell have I ever “laid low”? At least I have a nick that’s recognizable, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of you “Kataklysmic”…

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Good!

nickj116 on April 29, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Says somebody who ends everything with a smiley and can’t write more than a broken sentence…loser. Oopsie.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:44 PM

The fact that there was even the tiniest iota of suspense as to whether or not he was going to sign this makes me not want the nominee to be him. This is the kind of bill Republican governors are supposed to dream about.

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Mitch Daniels 2012!

TimeTraveler on April 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Sign-along with Mitch.

Left Coast Right Mind on April 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Just my way!..But if that is all you have then you don’t have much!..:):)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:46 PM

But Daniel’s voice is so annoying. It’s grating on the nerves. He talks like a fisherman at a Sunday stall. He should get a surgery on the vocal cords. He won’t be ready until he gets that.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Oopsie.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I prefer a smiley face to baby-talk sarcasm.

John the Libertarian on April 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Just my way!..But if that is all you have then you don’t have much!..:):)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:46 PM

You don’t have much either loser troll besides calling names and trolling.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Did he actually say that? Jesus tap dancing Christ.

MadisonConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM

LOL

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Sign-along with Mitch.

Left Coast Right Mind on April 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Heh.

Mitch Miller Reference. Nice.

portlandon on April 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM

This is completely a political decision.

I’m happy with it – but it doesn’t make me feel better about Mitch Daniels as President.

HondaV65 on April 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Just my way!..But if that is all you have then you don’t have much!..:):)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Dire, don’t feed the trolls! Starved of attention, they’ll wander off by themselves.

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM

When the hell have I ever “laid low”? At least I have a nick that’s recognizable, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of you “Kataklysmic”…

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Yeah, it’s easy to get “a recognizeable nick” when you are constantly making asinine comments. As far as your claim that you’ve never heard of me, it just goes to show you either have poor reading comprehension or a poor memory. Not surprising for an establishment fanboy. Glad to see you’re at least not insulting everyone’s intelligence by denying you said you would vote for Obama over Palin.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Currently he looks like a poorhouse pimp. He should acquire more gravitas.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM

You don’t have much either loser troll besides calling names and trolling.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Umm…are you new here or something?

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Second look at Dani…

(Throws up a little in her mouth.)

Never mind.

Terrie on April 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Yes I make it a point to call folks names and I am a troll..You are smart!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM

You’re Allah, aren’t you, walking amongst us little people?

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Notice how he announced this end of the day Friday; he certainly didn’t want very many people to know of his decision before the weekend started. He tried to bury this for good reason; he’s not much of a fiscal or social conservative.

IR-MN on April 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

When the hell have I ever “laid low”? At least I have a nick that’s recognizable, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of you “Kataklysmic”…

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

In all fairness, it did seem like you weren’t on very much for a while there. Consider it this way, you were missed!

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

IR-MN on April 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Maybe Daniels is not running!?!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:49 PM

You’re Allah, aren’t you, walking amongst us little people?
cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Ha! I’m not worthy to polish Allah’s shoes in the snark department. (My candy-ass rino street cred leaves something to be desired as well)

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Yes I make it a point to call folks names and I am a troll..You are smart!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Ha! You and canopfor are the Waldorf and Statler of Hotair!

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Speaking of laying low, where the hell did AnninCA go???

OmahaConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

it just goes to show you either have poor reading comprehension or a poor memory.

More likely is that you’re just part of “The Herd”… you have no real opinions.

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Too many people are are into tearing down our potential nominees…

don’t do that… almost everyone in the race is good.

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Compared to Obama, Herpes Simplex II looks good. I’m generally happy with Daniels as my governor, but I wouldn’t be happy with him as President. I won’t vote for people who talk conservatism, only those who live it.

SKYFOX on April 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Ha! I’m not worthy to polish Allah’s shoes in the snark department. (My candy-ass rino street cred leaves something to be desired as well)

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Mmmmkay, although that’s exactly what I’d expect Allah to say. But sometimes the way you write really reminds me of our dear leader.

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

The fact that there was even the tiniest iota of suspense as to whether or not he was going to sign this makes me not want the nominee to be him. This is the kind of bill Republican governors are supposed to dream about.

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I agree. Shouldn’t he have been fighting for this?

Stayright on April 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Fred!

a capella on April 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

I see most folks here wantt to nominate MItt Romney or Huck instead of Mitch.

TimeTraveler on April 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

My man Mitch!

He’s done great things here in Indiana.

marmaran on April 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

By the way, didn’t his wife desert him for some other guy? How can somebody run a country if he can’t keep his wife from straying? Just saying.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Speaking of laying low, where the hell did AnninCA go???

OmahaConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

What about jenfidel? Come to think of it, there’s a whole list of people who have gone missing.

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Ha! You and canopfor are the Waldorf and Statler of Hotair!

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

lol!..Thanks for the compliment!..Canopfor is a lot better poster than I am!..:)

Dire Straits on April 29, 2011 at 6:57 PM

More likely is that you’re just part of “The Herd”… you have no real opinions.

ninjapirate on April 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

If your definition of a “real opinion” is proclaiming that you will vote for Obama over a prospecitve GOP nominee in 2012, then you’ve got me dead to rights–I most certainly don’t have any.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Mmmmkay, although that’s exactly what I’d expect Allah to say. But sometimes the way you write really reminds me of our dear leader.

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Well, I am feeling pretty good about my writing right now. Unfortunately, AP is hanging his head in shame.

Kataklysmic on April 29, 2011 at 6:58 PM

He will do nothing. Take it to the bank.

Rocks on April 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Once again, to be proven SO WRONG,, so quickly, in such a spectacular fashion…

It really does boggle the mind.

JohnGalt23 on April 29, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Speaking of laying low, where the hell did AnninCA go???

OmahaConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM

She got reincarnated as Petunia.

Norwegian on April 29, 2011 at 6:58 PM

This would be the man who essential ended collective bargaining in Indiana. In others words he was Scott Walker before anyone knew who Scott Walker was…

TimeTraveler on April 29, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Speaking of laying low, where the hell did AnninCA go???

OmahaConservative on April 29, 2011 at 6:54 PM
What about jenfidel? Come to think of it, there’s a whole list of people who have gone missing.

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Not all trolls have their contracts extended.

flyfisher on April 29, 2011 at 6:58 PM

By the way, didn’t his wife desert him for some other guy? How can somebody run a country if he can’t keep his wife from straying? Just saying.

promachus on April 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Hmmm…if anything, that makes me more sympathetic to him. I think they even later reconciled…now it takes a big person to forgive and forget under those circumstances. (No pun intended.)

cynccook on April 29, 2011 at 6:58 PM

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