New Republican Governors Association video: Second look at Mitch Daniels?

posted at 4:50 pm on January 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Daniel Halper at the Standard, where Bill Kristol’s umpteen-thousandth plea for Daniels to jump in and rescue the party was published this morning. This isn’t a campaign ad, just an (unusually long and polished) RGA promo keyed to Daniels’s SOTU rebuttal tonight. But let’s face it: If he does well, the “second look at Mitch?” murmurs will be deafening tomorrow and this video will operate effectively as a campaign ad, and the RGA surely knows it. Just as Daniels himself surely knew that his spotlight turn tonight, starring the great what-might-have-been of 2012 positioned opposite Obama on national TV in the thick of the early primaries, would get people talking — and yet he agreed to do it anyway. Intriguing. Romney, at least, must be shivering at the optics of GOP leaders inviting this guy to do battle with The One in primetime. It’s practically a vote of no confidence, a tacit reminder of who the establishment would be backing if Daniels’s decision not to run hadn’t stuck them with Mitt.

But as I said yesterday, it’s too late now for Daniels. If Romney and Gingrich had both ended up disliked and distrusted by the base, then Mitch might feasibly jump in as a Not Romney/Not Gingrich whose pedigree as a Beltway favorite and Bush veteran is easily forgiven. As it is, though — and this is the true significance of Gingrich’s rise in South Carolina — Newt has used his own media-bashing plus the disdain of traditional conservative opinion-makers to turn the race from “Romney vs. Gingrich” into “establishment vs. anti-establishment.” If Daniels got in tomorrow, Newt would cast him as a pawn thrust into the race at the eleventh hour by panicked elitists to hold back the populist tide after Romney failed to do so. He’d point to Daniels’s “truce” talk from months ago as evidence, and suddenly you’d have Romney and Daniels splitting the centrist vote while the grassroots consolidates behind Newt. The only way Daniels would be viable is if Romney dropped out, which wouldn’t happen unless/until Mitt finished third consistently on Super Tuesday, and even then I’m not sure Daniels would win head to head against Gingrich if Newt turned the race into an “a vote for Gingrich is a vote against Republican business as usual” campaign. (He’d have lots of fun noting that Daniels, for all his talk of red ink, was big-spending George Bush’s budget director whereas Newt helped balance the federal budget.) The only viable late entrant now would be someone with both establishment and grassroots credibility such that he/she could neutralize Gingrich’s inevitable strategy. Paul Ryan could do it but he genuinely doesn’t seem to have the appetite and, as a congressman, would have difficulty convincing voters that he had the right experience. I think Jindal could do it but I don’t know if establishment Republicans would line up behind him. Short of that, who?


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Just as pale as before!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Mitch Daniels < Jack Daniels

Mitch, much like Mitt, won't ever get my vote. Take your truce and shove it where the moon don't shine.

Stoic Patriot on January 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Jeb Bush/Daniels 2012.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Even our backup wishcasted candidates suck.

GOP – Managing to snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory since 2012.

thirtyandseven on January 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

GOP angst: Gingrich’s rise could be their downfall

Newt has used his own media-bashing plus the disdain of traditional conservative opinion-makers to turn the race from “Romney vs. Gingrich” into “establishment vs. anti-establishment.”

Indeed. May they be ‘pitchforked’, all of them, and soon.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The only viable late entrant now would be someone with both establishment and grassroots credibility such that he/she could neutralize Gingrich’s inevitable strategy. Paul Ryan could do it but he genuinely doesn’t seem to have the appetite and, as a congressman, would have difficulty convincing voters that he had the right experience. I think Jindal could do it but I don’t know if establishment Republicans would line up behind him. Short of that, who?

I’d agree with those two, and throw in the possible option of Jim DeMint (if the establishment really, really, really wanted to stop Newt, DeMint would be the most surefire way).

Lawdawg86 on January 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Geez if you thought Gingrich and Romney had baggage, just you wait until the Obama minions and LSM (redundant) get their grubby hands on his family issues.

Sigh. I wish these fools would get used to the idea that there’s a reason all these people chose NOT to run.

kim roy on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Just as pale as before!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

…but

Now! With more snore!

thirtyandseven on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Mitch Daniels?

Mitch Daniels????

Buhahahahahhahhahahhahhahhaha!!!!!

Ah, no.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

You know, the establishment is just shooting themselves in the foot with this kind of talk. It’s just silly at this point to talk about anyone else jumping in. He declined to run before, hasn’t been vetted and didn’t put himself out there in the debates, okay?

He hasn’t earned it, he is not getting the nom just because a bunch of pantywaists think Newt is the second coming of Darth Vader.

Galadriel on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

People were talking about 2012 being like 1980 when a conservative sweeps in and ousts a crappy liberal Democrat.

They got the 80s part right, but the wrong election. 1984 is more like it. It’s amazing how the RNC/Elite/Establishment hates the idea of winning.

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

OT: talk about bias, jessica yellin on cnn just did a hit piece on superpacs but only focused on rove’s american crossroads NEVER mentioning dear leader’s superpac run by his former deputy press secretary…wolfie had to mention it at the very end

shameful

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Palin is the only one right now that could step into the mix and have an impact. Maybe also Ryan.

ConservativePartyNow on January 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Run Sarah Run!

huckleberryfriend on January 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

FlaMurph on January 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Pretzels are indignant, and how sweet it is!!!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

If these people wanted to run for president then they would have already been in the race.

They decided not to, so why are people begging them to do so?

joey24007 on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Mitch “Take a Break from Social Issues” Daniels? Why should we presume that folks are going to be any more enthused about a Daniels campaign now than they were before? The only new candidates that would make my heart beat faster at this point would be Paul Ryan or Mike Pence, and I highly doubt they’re going to jump in at this point.

cynccook on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I think Jindal could do it but I don’t know if establishment Republicans would line up behind him. Short of that, who?

Well, Rick Perry could have been that candidate had the establishment not been so eager to tear him down in order to give us Romney instead. Huckabee would have grassroots cred, as would Palin, but the establishment will never go for them. Barbour, Pawlenty, Daniels, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie may make establishmentarian hearts flutter, but they do nothing for the base.

At this point, the GOP bench of mutual admiration is vacant.

Stoic Patriot on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I know, let’s find a boring candidate to run against an exciting candidate…that worked great last time.

right2bright on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

The disdain the elitists, from both sides, have toward the voters is almost incredible.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I’d agree with those two, and throw in the possible option of Jim DeMint (if the establishment really, really, really wanted to stop Newt, DeMint would be the most surefire way).

Lawdawg86 on January 24, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I say we nominate David Koch.

The left’s collective hernia would be biblical.

thirtyandseven on January 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

You mean Mitch “let’s get that tax money from Amazon” Daniels?

This guy is more dull than Tim Pawlenty could ever dream of.

JPeterman on January 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

They got the 80s part right, but the wrong election. 1984 is more like it. It’s amazing how the RNC/Elite/Establishment hates the idea of winning.

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

They care more about their standing in the beltway than they do about winning elections.

If they were to lose to a true conservative outsider than it is likely that they will lose their comfy beltway status. They won’t have that.

joey24007 on January 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Newt would cast him as a pawn thrust into the race at the eleventh hour by panicked elitists to hold back the populist tide after Romney failed to do so

And this would be an accurate portrayal, which would make it easy for Gingrich.

They won’t try this unless Romney loses Florida though.

Doomberg on January 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Well, Rick Perry could have been that candidate had the establishment not been so eager to tear him down in order to give us Romney instead.

Stoic Patriot on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

THIS

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

SARAH!

mrks on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

YAAAAWWWWWWNNN. I’ll take Newt, thank you anyway.

NJ Red on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

O Mitch Daniels! He of such unstoppable might! He who incinerates leftists with laser beams from his eyes! He who mightily overthrows the most leviathan-like of bureaucracies! He who hurls insolent members of the news media into outer space!

Mitch frickin’ Daniels. Gimme a break.

fiatboomer on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I’d pick Palin before Daniels and Jindal before either of them.
Bobby Jindal…please pick up the red phone…NOW!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I read some pretty weird things about his wife and heard this is mainly the reason he didn’t run. Just wait until the media starts interviewing all the peopel that have known about this for decades.

Roymunson on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I like the Jindal idea, though he did just win another term as governor.

changer1701 on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Well, Rick Perry could have been that candidate had the establishment not been so eager to tear him down in order to give us Romney instead.

Stoic Patriot on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

THIS

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

THAT

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Jeb Bush/Daniels 2012.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

NO more Bushs, Clintons, Kennedys and Obamas. None!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

.
Elites vs. Adulterering, embellishing, self-pontificating Grifter.
.
Difficult choice, huh?

FlaMurph on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

VAT!
Forget social issues!

Santa Claus is better looking than this guy.
If we’re going with someone new I nominate Scott ‘Adolph’ Walker.

otherwise, PERRY!

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Shouldn’t you all be talking to Mitch Daniel’s wife about him running first?

portlandon on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Bobby Jindal…please pick up the red phone…NOW!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The Obama capos would argue that he’s not eligible.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Just as Daniels himself surely knew that his spotlight turn tonight, starring the great what-might-have-been of 2012 positioned opposite Obama on national TV in the thick of the early primaries, would get people talking — and yet he agreed to do it anyway.

How can we even be sure that Daniels would shine in the spotlight anyhow? I remember how highly we all anticipated a certain young I(East) Indian-American’s response to another SOTU. That didn’t actually turn out all that well, as I recall. :-(

cynccook on January 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I’d pick Palin before Daniels and Jindal before either of them.
Bobby Jindal…please pick up the red phone…NOW!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I’d even go for Paul Ryan right now.

ConservativePartyNow on January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Shouldn’t you all be talking to Mitch Daniel’s wife about him running first?

portlandon on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

After seeing what’s happened to all the candidates, why would she change her mind?

El_Terrible on January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

FlaMurph on January 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

God is great!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

The Obama capos would argue that he’s not eligible.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

And they can go screw themselves.
*Chicago girl is coming out today.LoL*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I’ll take my position from before. Everyone should run. I like daniels record. Will his wife let him?

Flapjackmaka on January 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Elites vs. Adulterering, embellishing, self-pontificating Grifter.
.
Difficult choice, huh?

You ever see the classic South Park episode, when the kids had to choose between the Giant Feminine Hygiene Product vs. the Poo Sandwich?

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

God is great!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Is he a registered Republican ? If not – we are still so screwed.

FlaMurph on January 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Just throwing it out there, but, how about a second look at Tim Pawlenty?

William Teach on January 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

And they can go screw themselves.
*Chicago girl is coming out today.LoL*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

LOL.

“They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way!”

portlandon on January 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I like Jindal. If he won’t do it, what about Kasich or Demint?

flyfisher on January 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Daniels is a smart, shy and nice man.

Only unrelenting impertinence™ will destroy Obama.

It’s a sign of the times.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I’d pick Palin before Daniels and Jindal before either of them.
Bobby Jindal…please pick up the red phone…NOW!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

or Mike Ditka

ConservativePartyNow on January 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Ick.

IR-MN on January 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

If Daniels got in tomorrow, Newt would cast him as a pawn thrust into the race at the eleventh hour by panicked elitists to hold back the populist tide after Romney failed to do so

Yup. If a “White Knight” jumps in now (full disclosure, I toyed with the idea of Jindal jumping in) then there will be complete chaos. Look, guys, it’s down to these four. And that’s it. We are going to have to realize that when we win next year, it will be with a guy who has lots and lots of flaws. But maybe we need that. Maybe after the total mess of the “light worker” of 2008, we need to be a sober party that elects a guy who, rather than being completely trusted, is held with the same suspicion that we claim we hold the rest of the Federal Government. Chin up out there.

Weight of Glory on January 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Oh for gawds sake! Hey! Lets just look at Dole and McCain again too! Call up L. Alexander!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Just throwing it out there, but, how about a second look at Tim Pawlenty?

William Teach on January 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Vanilla is indignant.

JPeterman on January 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Vanilla is indignant.

JPeterman on January 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Heh, you owe me.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Newt will self destruct again shortly, especially if he wins Florida. He just can’t help himself. He would certainly be an exciting president. A surprise every day,….like Cain, but less entertaining.

a capella on January 24, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Gotta agree. Adding skim milk to our low fat pie is just what our just desserts need.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

The dirty little secret is that anybody, the last man standing, as the GOP candidate will wallop Obama soundly in November.

Obama is the most incompetent and despised person ever to be in the White House. He will lose to anyone put up against him.

BigSven knows a lot of people from near and far. All colors and all sexes, old and young. Nobody wants Obama.

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

This guy can’t even keep his wife under control. How is he going to keep the world from leaving him and running off with another ally?

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

No thanks.

Pork-Chop on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

And that’s it. We are going to have to realize that when we win next this year…

Weight of Glory on January 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Agree with all other. It is what it is.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

We need another Hot Gas poll!

Jindal? Palin? Rubio? Ryan? Scott Walker?

How about Liz Cheney?

Need to start thinking out of the box, people.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Raid needed in Aisle one-or a really big flyswatter.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Daniels would accept…but, he has to finish his “Honey-do” List, first.

kingsjester on January 24, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Tim Tebow!

kirkill on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I think a Herm Edwards press conference fits here.

He said something like this when asked by a reporter if he was considering a QB change to replace Kellen Clemens:

He’s all we’ve got, there’s no one else, this isn’t college. No JV, there’s no one else.

joey24007 on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

How about Liz Cheney?

Need to start thinking out of the box, people.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Been yelling that since ’08. I’m all about making the left puke.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Well, Rick Perry could have been that candidate had the establishment not been so eager to tear him down in order to give us Romney instead.

Stoic Patriot on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

LOL. Hey, most of us watched the debates.

a capella on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

J.C. Watts?
Outsider.

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Gotta agree. Adding skim milk to our low fat pie is just what our just desserts need lovely first lady ordered.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Swear and fight, Lim.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

If Daniels got in tomorrow, Newt would cast him as a pawn thrust into the race at the eleventh hour by panicked elitists to hold back the populist tide after Romney failed to do so.

What a blow that would be to Romney. It would show the elites’ hand too and, indeed, the backlash would be great.

AP, you never mention Palin as a viable late entry. She doesn’t have the Establishment backing, but don’t you think the grassroots can put her over the top? Gingrich is a flawed candidate with checkered Conservative credentials, but Palin has solid Conservative cred. Are there other issues that prevent you (and others like you ) that do not consider her?

conservative pilgrim on January 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Tim Tebow!

kirkill on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Yes, I like it.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Anyone know who Daniels would support? Has he said who he would support?

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

If Daniels record is not conservative enough, the bar has gotten to high.
- Neutered public unions.
- Balanced the budget (annual surpluses lately)
- Expanded school choice
- Right to work law currently in the pipeline (dems threatening to leave for IL again)

His track record is so good, that Mike Pence appears not to have a viable candidate to oppose him. The GOP brand is solid in IN.

WashJeff on January 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

sounds like they used the same voice talent as the guy from Newt’s Bain video… tell me I’m wrong…

gatorboy on January 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I like Jindal. If he won’t do it, what about Kasich or Demint?

flyfisher on January 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

At this time Kasich couldn’t win Ohio.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

J.C. Watts?
Outsider.

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Idiot, who, like Powell and Rice, voted for Obama, because he’s a darker idiot.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Maybe after the total mess of the “light worker” of 2008, we need to be a sober party that elects a guy who, rather than being completely trusted, is held with the same suspicion that we claim we hold the rest of the Federal Government. Chin up out there.

Weight of Glory on January 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Every president we’ve ever elected is flawed and has problems, including even FDR and Reagan, who are very nearly canonized as political saints. Gingrich will ultimately be best remembered for what he did in office if he is elected.

He will go down as a Reagan if he actually manages to save us from national bankruptcy and finally reverses the government behemoth choking the life out of this country, and the stuff about his divorces will be a point of trivia for historians and political junkies.

Doomberg on January 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Mitch Daniels?

Mitch Daniels????

Buhahahahahhahhahahhahhahhaha!!!!!

Ah, no.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

this the same Daniels who supported Indiana House Democrats for fleeing to Illinois to prevent the Republicans from passing the “RIGHT TO WORK” legislation. ):)

Palin is the only one right now that could step into the mix and have an impact.

ConservativePartyNow on January 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Run Sarah Run!

Green eyed Lady on January 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

West/Liz Cheney

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I don’t think is that bad. Go to his website and look at what he proposes. Very conservative. A far cry from liberal.

anotherJoe on January 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Agree with all other. It is what it is.

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Ha! Ahhhhhhhh it’s 2012!!!!

Honestly, I still feel like it’s 2010!

Weight of Glory on January 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

WashJeff on January 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Meh, he danced on the fence as long as others who got called for dancing on the fence. No thanks.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I like Jindal. If he won’t do it, what about Kasich or Demint?

flyfisher on January 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

At this time Kasich couldn’t win Ohio.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Forget that then. We need Ohio. He’s a budget balancer, so I thought of him, but I have not been keeping up with what he’s doing there. Just brainstorming.

flyfisher on January 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM
JC ended up voting for McCain.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

This guy can’t even keep his wife under control. How is he going to keep the world from leaving him and running off with another ally?BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Well he does have a Harley.

Photos of Mitch sitting astride his HOG is more important to voters than a his run-away wife. Don’t YOU know THAT ?? Sheeesh !

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

If Daniels record is not conservative enough, the bar has gotten to high.
- Neutered public unions.
- Balanced the budget (annual surpluses lately)
- Expanded school choice
- Right to work law currently in the pipeline (dems threatening to leave for IL again)

His track record is so good, that Mike Pence appears not to have a viable candidate to oppose him. The GOP brand is solid in IN.

WashJeff on January 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I am completely open to a Daniels campaign. But this is too late to jump into a campaign. I was told this by the GOP Illuminati.

portlandon on January 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I really think the establishment blew it, when they took a pass on Perry. With the choices as they are, I think he would have been our best chance.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Run Sarah Run!

Green eyed Lady on January 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Jindal just won a second term with SIXTY FIVE percent of the vote.
Run Gov. Jindal Run!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

We need another Hot Gas poll!

Jindal? Palin? Rubio? Ryan? Scott Walker?

How about Liz Cheney?

Need to start thinking out of the box, people.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

This sounds strange, but I’d even take Condi Rice. She is just as articulate as Newt and as charasmatic as Jindal.

How about John Heileman, or has he endorsed someone already?

ConservativePartyNow on January 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

If Daniels record is not conservative enough, the bar has gotten to high.
– Neutered public unions.
– Balanced the budget (annual surpluses lately)
– Expanded school choice
– Right to work law currently in the pipeline (dems threatening to leave for IL again)

His track record is so good, that Mike Pence appears not to have a viable candidate to oppose him. The GOP brand is solid in IN.

WashJeff on January 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

What is his record on the 2nd Amendment?

flyfisher on January 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

YAWN!! I’m going to sleep. Wake me up in 2016!!

Deano1952 on January 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

The only viable late entrant now would be someone with both establishment and grassroots credibility such that he/she could neutralize Gingrich’s inevitable strategy.

Why would any late entrant at this point have to have establishment cred? The reason we’re even talking about a late entrant is because the establishment gave us this clusterfark with pimping Romney for so long. Or maybe the late entrant needs the establishment to do things like move primary dates and stuff.

I think Jindal could do it but I don’t know if establishment Republicans would line up behind him. Short of that, who?

I know it chaps yer backside, AP, but the only late entrant at this point who would have any appreciable impact is one Sarah Palin.

ddrintn on January 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Jeb Bush/Daniels 2012.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

There theme song would be:

The Day the GOP Died!

William Eaton on January 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Well, Rick Perry could have been that candidate had the establishment not been so eager to tear him down in order to give us Romney instead.

Stoic Patriot on January 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Funny, I heard it was because he attacked his own party base and couldn’t put a complete sentence together during a debates. At least that was the story as I read it here at Hot Air.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

This crap is going to drive me into the Paul camp :(

Sandybourne on January 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Stoic Patriot on January 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

That was straightforward, definitive, and eloquent to boot.

Dittos.

listens2glenn on January 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

ConservativePartyNow on January 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Condi is a muslim apologist.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

West/Liz Cheney

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Can’t believe I forgot West. We really do have a decent bench. Too bad the starting team stinks so bad.

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

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