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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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.

heh. I see what you did there AP.

Flora Duh on January 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I have to say that Allapundit is right for once. There is no way people trust an elite inserted candidate over Gingrich or Santorum (Ron Paul people are excluded from this discussion for obvious reasons). Skipping the whole process including the first 4 primaries pie-in-the-sky thinking. If idiot Kristol thinks he is a kingmaker he needs help. Not even Limbaugh (and the whole of talk radio) tried something like this when McCain was the nominee and some invisible elites think they can pull off it off with voters? They actually would be better off to follow Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity,etc example from 2008 and get behind whomever it is instead of trying to tear the nominee apart.

Conan on January 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Jindal or Ryan would be leagues ahead of anyone we currently have.

But remember, Jon Huntsman only “suspended” his campaign. ;-)

Abby Adams on January 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Make it stop. Aint happening.

It’ll be a miracle if I can even stay awake while Mitchy is speaking tonight.

davek70 on January 24, 2012 at 5:21 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

Unlike Obama, he actually knows health policy inside and out. Obama signed Obamacare, but he’s just a know-nothing Marxist demagogue.

flyfisher on January 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Who else should give the SOTU response? John “14% approval rating” Boehner? Sarah Palin? Maybe Herman Cain should do it, yeah, that’s the ticket!

Daniels is the perfect person to give it, regardless of what is happening in the GOP nomination fight. He has governed Indiana well and conservatively, he understands the federal budget as a former OMB director, and he speaks plainly but effectively.

rockmom on January 24, 2012 at 5:21 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

Palin/Ryan 2012

I can only dream….

Fallon on January 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

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

Sandybourne on January 24, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Since Paul already has the support of: David Duke, Don Black, Alex Jones, 9/11 truthers, and the IHR-he doesn’t need the support of me or mine.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

suddenly you’d have Romney and Daniels splitting the centrist vote while the grassroots consolidates behind Newt.

Not necessarily. The dynamic that exists for current members of the field may not exist for a late entrant.

Put another way, the simple relief of having another option — having a credible candidate to “come to the rescue”, if you will — may be enough to drive tired primary voters to back Daniels and get this process over with as soon as possible.

amerpundit on January 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

“Hey, take a second look at Little Mitchie Daniels.”
“Where? I don’t see anything.”
“No, no, look down.”
“Oh! There’s Little Mitchie.”

Good Gawd A’Mighty! This is really, really funny!

Are some in the GOP actually this desperate?

How about a second look at McCain? Fred Thompson? Vanilla T-Paw?

What kind of shape is Bob Dole in these days?

Little Mitchie Daniels? HaHaHaHaHaHaHa! Hoosier Power! HaHaHaHa!

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

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

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

This

That is exactly why the elites want it to be their guy… whomever that might end up being. The last thing they want is someone who might try to stop the gravy train. They’d rather lose the Whitehouse first, IMHO.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

He will deliver the GOP’s official response to the pretender’s address. Daniels was selected by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Poor choice!

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

It’s come to this.

Allendundit on January 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

The people who said it was “too late” for another Republican Primary candidate six months ago were all idiots.

The people who think they can foist another candidate out with a campaign starting from scratch today are also idiots.

And, as if that weren’t bad enough, they are the SAME idiots.

logis on January 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Daniels? He looks like a free sample, one that you’d have a hard time giving away.
No thank you.
Jeb Bush – oh god, shoot me now.

lonestar1 on January 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Fallon

Yeah, that Ryan, he’s a keeper!

Voted for TARP, the auto bailout, to seize executive “excess” salaries.

Hmmm. Wait. Throw him back in.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Chuck Norris. He can stare down the camera, then finish with a Tang Soo Do spinning round-kick to the camera.

Christien on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Who else should give the SOTU response? John “14% approval rating” Boehner? Sarah Palin? Maybe Herman Cain should do it, yeah, that’s the ticket!

Daniels is the perfect person to give it, regardless of what is happening in the GOP nomination fight. He has governed Indiana well and conservatively, he understands the federal budget as a former OMB director, and he speaks plainly but effectively.

rockmom on January 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

It probably doesn’t matter much who gives it. How many people are going to watch it?

NoNails on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

And? This ‘last man standing’ is going to have the fortitude to not return to his imperial or glad-handing roots?

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

But remember, Jon Huntsman only “suspended” his campaign. ;-)

Abby Adams on January 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

So did Herman Cain.
999 for president. Just hide your wife, just like Newt.
Party of family values unite!!!!

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Maybe we could get Fred Thompson’s wife to run. Is she still around?

TitularHead on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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

Pilgrim, haven’t you been listening to Allah. Her negatives are so high, she wouldn’t have a chance against Obama. Why even higher than Newts which the polls show he doesn’t have snowballs chance against….

Wait..What?

WisRich on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Daniels? He looks like a free sample, one that you’d have a hard time giving away.
No thank you.
Jeb Bush – oh god, shoot me now.

lonestar1 on January 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

LOL!!!!

cynccook on January 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

While we are at it, why not take a second look at a McCain/Palin ticket, got a certain ring to it ?

The Republican Establishment is imploding, good time to get Christie and Coulter out for another Romney love fest! sarc.

Sandybourne on January 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Don’t think a vote for Newt is a vote for a brokered convention. Newt is starting to run away with it. A vote for Newt will be a vote for Newt. Be careful what you vote for.

anotherJoe on January 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Schadenfruede

“He will deliver the GOP’s official response to the pretender’s address.”

Boy! That’ll be a barn burner!

Hope they tell the camera guy to tilt downward a bit or all anyone will see is the top of Little Mitchie Daniels’ balding, comb-over scalp.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

What kind of shape is Bob Dole in these days?

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Bob Dole says Bob Dole isn’t interested but Bob Dole’s wife might be.

Flora Duh on January 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I’m sure Daniels is a nice guy, and a competent governor. However, I’m pretty sure he isn’t jumping in (maybe auditioning for veep? an administration job?)

If he were to actually jump in and it was Gingrich vs. Daniels, the “adulterer vs. cuckold” battle would be all over the papers/airwaves.

Ugly.

Nobody wants/needs that (except maybe Dems/media)…

cs89 on January 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

“Third look at Jeb” “2nd Look at Mitch Daniels” Double take on Paul Ryan or Bobby Jindal. — PLEASE

KW64 on January 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

O/T,Republican Senator Mark Kirk had a stroke!
———————————————-

Doctors say Illinois Sen Mark Kirk is making progress after surgery for swelling caused by stroke
3 hours ago from http://www.chicagotribune.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/
==============================

Doctor: Kirk doing ‘better than expected’
12:57 p.m. CST, January 24, 2012
********************************
(Video)

Sen. Mark Kirk is alert, answering questions and following commands after having a stroke over the weekend, his neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Fessler said today.(More…)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-120124mark-kirk-stroke-update,0,4341739.story

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Sarah Palin/Sofia Vergara!

SouthernGent on January 24, 2012 at 5:28 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

That IS good news. : )

OT
ALT, would you kindly follow the link back to the ‘Preemie’ thread.

One of us (I won’t say who) left a reply to your last post, then I added “something” after that.

No hurry.

listens2glenn on January 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Yeah, I’ll take 4 more of Barry with a conservative congress over 4 new of sit down and shut up.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

People that are ragging on Daniels might want to actually take a look at his record. He was OMB Directory during GW Bush but had no decision making authority. Look at his 8 years as governor of Indiana. It’s a solid conservative record. Here’s a few bites of what he has brought us here in Indiana…

1. The largest school choice program in the country.
2. Property tax caps… constitutionally can go no higher than 2% for homes.
3. I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis is being built without higher taxes, being paid for by leasing the toll roads with money left over. This road has been talked about being done for years and is being built right now.
4. Right to work! It just passed the Senate yesterday. It’ll pass the house if we can just can the Dems to show up.

dforston on January 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

OT but a goodie from Drudge: Seems like The Pantload POTUS has shed yet another fan. Oliver Stone would vote for Ron Paul over Obama were he to win the GOP nomination.

..seems like a pretty safe bet for this asss-wipe. But, still, it’s a no-confidence vote for Obama’s bad ways. From the link:

Filmmaker Oliver Stone, known for his liberal political views, said he would vote for GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul over President Obama should Paul win the Republican nomination.

In an interview with Rock Cellar magazine, Stone was asked if an economic collapse would lead to the fall of the American “empire.”

“I think it’s a given,” Stone said. “There’s no way that we can continue this spending spree. In fact, I think in many ways the most interesting candidate — I’d even vote for him if he was running against Obama — is Ron Paul. Because he’s the only one of anybody who’s saying anything intelligent about the future of the world.”

Stone was a vocal supporter of the president in 2008, and wrote an editorial in the Guardian saying that Obama could be the “heir to John F. Kennedy.”

The War Planner on January 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

How many people are going to watch it?

NoNails on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

17, at last count.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

This shopping for a bride has got to stop. We’ve got four candidates and our nominee will be one of them. The longer we keep looking for a not-Romney or a not-Gingrich candidate then the weaker the GOP nominee will be at the convention and the general election. Despite my misgivings, I’m lining up behind Romney. Newt is just too unpredictable and the other two don’t have a realistic chance to make it all the way. It’s time people to get on the Romney train…for the sake of the GOP.

HoosierStateofMind on January 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Mitch was arrested in 1970 for drug possession so he would fit in with Obama and Bush.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

“Third look at Jeb” “2nd Look at Mitch Daniels” Double take on Paul Ryan or Bobby Jindal. — PLEASE STOP — All of these are fine VP considerations, but it is too late for them to enter the contest let alone win a majority of delegates. We just demean our eventual winner by whining constantly for someone else. Take your pick and vote for one of the remaining four and then get behind whoever wins. One of the reasons our candidates favorability is worse than Obama’s is we keep badmouthing our candidates and some people start to believe it. They are all better than Obama.

KW64 on January 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM

People that are ragging on Daniels might want to actually take a look at his record. He was OMB Directory during GW Bush but had no decision making authority. Look at his 8 years as governor of Indiana. It’s a solid conservative record. Here’s a few bites of what he has brought us here in Indiana…

1. The largest school choice program in the country.
2. Property tax caps… constitutionally can go no higher than 2% for homes.
3. I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis is being built without higher taxes, being paid for by leasing the toll roads with money left over. This road has been talked about being done for years and is being built right now.
4. Right to work! It just passed the Senate yesterday. It’ll pass the house if we can just can the Dems to show up.

dforston on January 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I agree he has a pretty solid record but we need a nominee that will fire up the base. I just don’t see Daniels doing that.

WisRich on January 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Hey, I’m a Hoosier who has lived in Indiana during all of Mitch’s many years in office. Some of the comments on this thread are embarrassingly shallow (pale, boring, etc.) and some are just ignorant (in the true definition of the term, meaning “lacking knowledge”). Mitch would be, by far, the most effective president among the current crop of candidates. Furthermore, as someone who has seen his his actions and decisions over a span of many years, I can also say that he would definitely be the most conservative candidate in the race–even socially. He may have mentioned the word “truce,” but his record while in office is definitely one of both a fiscal AND a social conservative. Even more impressive is the fact that his performance and results as governor have garnered him an impressive percentage of support from Dems–NOT because of caving on social issues but despite his conservative stance on social issues.

He would have my vote–and I’d even work the phone banks.

guitarman67 on January 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

1st off let me state that Daniels was my prime USDA choice prior to the primary season begining and his unfortunate bowing out.

With that outta the way, I have since rallied to Newt’s standard as Santorum will be hoisted by the libs on his Soc-Con petard and would never garner better than 30-35% in the general. Newt has his flaws, and they are many, but I am most certainly steadfastly entrenched in the anyone but Mitt camp. If that means 4 more years of Obammy, so be it. Irrelevant, as dear Willard is Team Obama’s dream opponent…and they’ve had 3 loooonnnngggg yrs of oppo-research and prepping for his nomination. What the hell do you think that occupy crap was all about anyways, if Mitt isn’t the poster boy of the 1% I’m the Hamburgler.

Anyways, I doubt daniels will formally jump in, and if he does, it’ll be after Super Tuesday if no-one looks to have the delegates. No, it looks as if he is being groomed for a brokered convention. Problem is, if so will there be adequate time left to introduce him to the public in the general after sitting out these long months? Inquiring minds wanna know.

Archimedes on January 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

999 for president. Just hide your wife, just like Newt.
Party of family values unite!!!!

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Newts wife is out front, large and in charge.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Short of that, who?

There’s only one and her name is Sarah Palin. The establishment has to simply back her and fall in line. All the odd things we are seeing are because she is not there in the race. The establishment thought if they removed her from the race, all their problems would be solved but the electorate are in no mood for that and they are taking their cues from Palin, not the establishment. IN the the end, they showed they’d rather settles for Gingrich than opt for Romney. Gingrich is good for stopping Romney but let’s face it, both the conservatives and the establishment lose if he’s the nominee.

If they still think they can trot out Daniels, Jindal, Bush or some other hapless marionette and keep control, they are sadly mistaken. SO the establishment has to fall in line and give us what the base wants. Their campaign against Palin is foolish and foolhardy. Don’t they know that she’s by far their most charismatic candidate and putting her on the ticket will revive GOP for ages to come along with other ancillary benefits like breaking the stranglehold Democrats have on the women’s vote? She’s also the only one with the right issues, right record and simply the only with ability to frame the narrative that’s correct for the times.

Don’t they also know that if the GOP didn’t go to war on Palin and gave her the same backing that they give to Daniels or Bush, she would be the most formidable candidate ever? Her negative are actually driven by nitpicking and smears by the establishment. But they might have temporarily increased her negative but they cannot take her power away as seen most recently in South Carolina. They cannot destroy why persist in trying? There’s no way they can claw her base away from her. They should know that by now so why keep at it?

Palin 2012, accept nothing less!

promachus on January 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

“Hi, folks, I’m, um, running for president and I’ll do a good job, um, pretty much.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

dforston

Little Mitchie Daniels was OMB director under Bush?

So Daniels was Director of the Office of Management and Budget while Bush, over eight years, oversaw an 83% increase in federal spending in his time in office and was the biggest spender since LBJ, with his combined spending increase over his term were larger than the three Presidents before him combined?

And Mitchie was at OMB during this?

Man, he’s some kinda fiscal conservative and spending cutter, ain’t he? Coolidge re-incarnated!

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Had Daniels got in the race to begin with and had Jindal in the VP slot most people would think this thing would be won in a landslide and the nomination would have been over with SC. Of course we the stupid party couldn’t see that far into the election future and now we are wishing on fallen stars if they were ever stars. How we could lose to the worst President in 150 years possibly ever is mind boggling

smitty41 on January 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Come on, man. Daniels is 4 feet tall. Bald with a bad comb-over. His wife left him to bang some other guy for awhile, and then she came back — and he welcomed her! Are you people kidding me???

Sheesh. I’ll fight it out with Newt and Mitt, thanks very much.

Rational Thought on January 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Pilgrim, haven’t you been listening to Allah. Her negatives are so high, she wouldn’t have a chance against Obama. Why even higher than Newts which the polls show he doesn’t have snowballs chance against….

Wait..What?

WisRich on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

EXACTLY. I don’t know which is funnier: the latest demonstration that polls are variable things, or the Mittbots whining that unfair attacks have made their guy drop in those polls.

ddrintn on January 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I won’t support any candidate who didn’t have the fortitude, respect for the process and the electorate, and resilience to run in the primary along with those candidates who have done so from the beginning of the primary season.

If Mitch Daniels, or any of the other many candidates who’ve refused to run, didn’t believe that winning the primary was possible, or lacked the necessary appetite for that run, how am I now to believe that such a nominee could win again Obama in the general or would even have the necessary appetite and resilience to make a decent showing in that campaign?

Neither the GOP nor the nation can risk failing to replace Obama in this election. We cannot withstand 4 more years of the kind of policy and administration that we’ve seen under Obama, either in domestic or foreign policy, particularly if he knew he was on his last term and didn’t have the possibility of re-election reining him in to whatever degree that such a possibility has been effective.

I will cast my vote for Romney as I understand that he will be able to acquit himself well in the campaign against Obama, as proven in his performance throughout the primary race, and will have the broadest possible appeal to the voters, including the moderates, the Independents, and the disaffected Democrats.

thatsafactjack on January 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Prepping for the brokered convention.

Valiant on January 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

guitarman

” but his record while in office is definitely one of both a fiscal AND a social

Sure wasn’t at OMB. 83% increase and biggest spending since LBJ and more increases in federal spending than all prior three Presidents combined.

Bush record – and apparently Mitchie’s, too, since he was director of OMB back in those days.

Better stick with social conservative alone.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

dforston
…So Daniels was Director of the Office of Management and Budget while Bush, over eight years, oversaw an 83% increase in federal spending in his time in office and was the biggest spender since LBJ, with his combined spending increase over his term were larger than the three Presidents before him combined?

And Mitchie was at OMB during this?

Man, he’s some kinda fiscal conservative and spending cutter, ain’t he? Coolidge re-incarnated!…

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Yup. And as I said… he had NO decision-making authority as OMB Director. He essentially functioned as the president’s accountant. The president made the decisions.

If you look at Daniels governorship, it’s solid. Attacking him for budgets where he had no control is nonsense.

dforston on January 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Mitch was arrested in 1970 for drug possession so he would fit in with Obama and Bush.

Thanks for the tip! Daniels should have stuck to his ‘names-sake’ smooth sour mash….we don’t need a prez getting flashbacks from LSD and such..(see story)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0211/Daniels_drug_arrest.html

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

We already have our nominee in Newt. Why all the hand wringing?

faraway on January 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Ok I’ve had it, I’m now a ppl candidate for the republican nomination!
Vote angry Mike! No more free rides, no more cronyism, term limits on all senators. Oh ya and a cell phone in every hand!
VOTE ANGRY MIKE!/

angrymike on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I agree he has a pretty solid record but we need a nominee that will fire up the base. I just don’t see Daniels doing that.

WisRich on January 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Daniels wouldn’t do anything but sink Romney. Jindal would snag enough from Gingrich to give Romney the win. Palin would leave Gingrich in the single digits and out the door.

ddrintn on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

As a Texan my vote for the nom won’t matter a lick. Other states will pick and choose for me. That said, don’t expect Texans to eat this crow without a fight.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Mitch was arrested in 1970 for drug possession so he would fit in with Obama and Bush.

Thanks for the tip! Daniels should have stuck to his ‘names-sake’ smooth sour mash….we don’t need a prez getting flashbacks from LSD and such..(see story)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0211/Daniels_drug_arrest.html

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Who cares? He was in college. It was pot, no LSD.

dforston on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

What it all comes down to is the GOP candidate simply capturing the Bush 2004 states. And the GOP must retain the House and capture the Senate, otherwise the win simply means a holding pattern. We won’t be able to roll back ObamaCare and big centralized government.

William Teach on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Palin 2012, accept nothing less!

promachus on January 24, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I’d vote for Palin-if you’ve been reading my comments of late I’ve become a lot ‘kinder and gentler’-but Jindal would still be my first choice.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:43 PM

As a Texan my vote for the nom won’t matter a lick. Other states will pick and choose for me. That said, don’t expect Texans to eat this crow without a fight.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Are we even going to get a primary this year-or are the Supremes gonna cancel it?

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Yup. And as I said… he had NO decision-making authority as OMB Director. He essentially functioned as the president’s accountant. The president made the decisions.

If you look at Daniels governorship, it’s solid. Attacking him for budgets where he had no control is nonsense.

dforston on January 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I have read time and again that he was against deficit spending to pay for the War on Terror, but was overruled. He was in a White House full of people like Dick “Deficits Don’t Matter” Cheney, whom I like, but vehemently disagree with on a few points.

flyfisher on January 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Mitch Daniels: Nature’s cure for insomnia. Just ask his wife, if you can find her.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

smithy41

” Jindal in the VP slot”

Jindal = See Article II, Section 1, U.S. Constitution, adopted September 17, 1787. Article II, Section 1 never amended by amendment process or SCT opinion since that time.

“Amazing Marco” Rubio = Same

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Are we even going to get a primary this year-or are the Supremes gonna cancel it?

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM

There is still a lot of ‘Regulators’ running around, that’s for sure, but I expect we can make short work of them.

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Isn’t it a little late to get on ballots, except thru hijinx.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

:(

kunegetikos on January 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Limerick on January 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I’ll be working as a judge on primary day.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM

The only way I can see the establishment stopping Newt is if they ALL or almost all endorse Rick Santorum tomorrow. Whats the odds of that? They could stop Newt by doing this if stopping Newt was their main goal.

As a Newt supporter, I would be ok with this. And if Santorum’s polls shot up I would consider voting for him. But they don’t want to stop Newt. They want to stop Newt, Perry, Bachmann, Cain, Palin, Santorum, Demint and whatever other conservative thought about running.

KMav on January 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM

dforston

“Yup. And as I said… he had NO decision-making authority as OMB Director. He essentially functioned as the president’s accountant.”

NO (your emphasis) decision-making authority?

So, Mitchie was basically Bush’s stooge while at OMB? Did he get coffee for W, too?

Was his wife in California or Indiana or D.C. during this time?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Who cares? He was in college. It was pot, no LSD.
dforston on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

BigSven cares for starters numnutz.

From the “Politico” Story below:

“Daniels and the two other students were initially charged with possession of marijuana, LSD and prescription drugs without a prescription and with “maintaining a common nuisance by maintaining a place for the sale of narcotics.”"

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Who else should give the SOTU response?
rockmom on January 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Why not Mike Pence? Scott Walker? Bobby Jindal? But you know the answer. They have grassroots appeal, but lack the Establishment approval.

conservative pilgrim on January 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Palin is having an impact right where she is. She demonstrated to the establishment that she would work with them by campaigning for Saxby Chambliss, right out of the gate, and saved his ass. She demonstrated it AGAIN when she campaigned for McCain’s re-election. But that wasn’t enough, ’cause the established machine was already decided that Willard was their choice. I believe that Palin’s endorsement, when it finally comes will be NOT-ROMNEY!

bigmike on January 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

dforston

If Mitchie had NO (your emphasis) decision-making authority at OMB, then why did you list his directorship on your list of his fabulous experience?

Vote for Mitchie! He decided nothing at OMB!

Doesn’t really hold up, does it?

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Who cares? He was in college. It was pot, no LSD.
dforston on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You cared when it was Bill Clinton. How do you feel about drunk driving? You supported Bush, right?

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Who cares? He was in college. It was pot, no LSD.

dforston on January 24, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Not according to his interview with the Daily Princetonian.

Perhaps the most pivotal day of Daniels’ four years at Princeton was May 14, 1970 — the day of the drug arrest that Daniels thought would sully his political future. Officers found enough marijuana in his room to fill two size 12 shoe boxes, reports of the incident say. He and the other inhabitants of the room were also charged with possession of LSD and prescription drugs without a prescription. Daniels and his two roommates in 111 Cuyler Hall, Marc Stuart ’71 and Richard Stockton ’71, were arrested and, after plea bargaining, Daniels eventually escaped with a $350 fine for “maintaining a common nuisance.” The charges against Stockton were eventually dropped.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

BigSven

Mitchie probably ratted his friends out as part of a plea bargain for a lesser charge.

Have no proof, no evidence. Just seems like his style.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Pilgrim, haven’t you been listening to Allah. Her negatives are so high, she wouldn’t have a chance against Obama. Why even higher than Newts which the polls show he doesn’t have snowballs chance against….
Wait..What?

WisRich on January 24, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Yeah, I know. Considering what’s happening with Gingrich, I am wondering if people (like AP) with that view of Palin and her chances are being forced to reconsider that position. Palin would ignite the base like no other AND articulate Conservatism. The elite would have to get on board.

conservative pilgrim on January 24, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Daniels? He looks like a free sample, one that you’d have a hard time giving away.

lonestar1 on January 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM
LOL!!!!

cynccook on January 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

know how they said romney looks like the guy who laid you off. well daniels kinda reminds me of the guy who might get laid off or you might get laid off. and he’s the one who gets axed. and i can see him walking out of the mtg w/ the bobs in lumbergs office…all dejected. kinda a sad sack.

t8stlikchkn on January 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM

. Officers found enough marijuana in his room to fill two size 12 shoe boxes…….. He and the other inhabitants of the room were also charged with possession of LSD and prescription drugs without a prescription. ………. Daniels eventually escaped with a $350 fine ……….

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM

he has my vote for this alone. i’m sold.

t8stlikchkn on January 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Hey conservative pilgrim, The elite would have to get on board? Yeh sure, like they got on board the Obama train in 08? The only way I see the ” elite” getting on board is after the application of a 2×4, repeatedly.

bigmike on January 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

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

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

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Somebody should tell the dem liberals that secret, because they are laughing their asses off watching this republican cluster-eff. Looks real impressive for all those Indie voters too. Economy IS slowing improving- we have to work hard to get the senate. That is the best chance we have.

FlaMurph on January 24, 2012 at 6:05 PM

BigSven
Mitchie probably ratted his friends out as part of a plea bargain for a lesser charge.
Have no proof, no evidence. Just seems like his style.
Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

If I was his wife I’d run away too…

BigSven on January 24, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Hey FlaMurph, The economy is slowly improving? NOPE, the wheels are coming off, we’re being fed phony numbers that are all dressed up with rainbows and sprinkles, when the last wheel falls off, you’re going to hear a hell-of-a-noise.

bigmike on January 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

ANSWER:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

We don’t want establishment stooges. Go home Mitch Q-ball Daniels

M_J_S on January 24, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I’m still shaking my head and muttering to myself, “Out of all the candidates, we’ve chosen as our frontrunners the only two men who have embraced the idea of an individual mandate.” Then I sigh. But the tears…at least the tears have stopped.

Brokered Convention 2012 Because it’s pretty much our only hope.

butterflies and puppies on January 24, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I agree but I am not sure how she could get in.

KBird on January 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I can’t believe we’re about to screw this thing up. My DOG should’ve been able to beat Barack Obama after all the crap he’s done. But hey, that’s just not working for Newt Gingrich. It’s all about him, right?

Murf76 on January 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Mitchie probably ratted his friends out as part of a plea bargain for a lesser charge.

Have no proof, no evidence. Just seems like his style.

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

What on earth would you know about his “style” in 1970, “Horacie”

Obnoxious fits you well!

hoosierma on January 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Horace on January 24, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Actually, the 12th Amendment did exactly that (changed the process specified in Article 2, Section 1).

connertown on January 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Is it just me or does anyone else think that Mitch Daniels looks like Putin???

1nolibgal on January 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I have to say that Allapundit is right for once. There is no way people trust an elite inserted candidate over Gingrich or Santorum (Ron Paul people are excluded from this discussion for obvious reasons). Skipping the whole process including the first 4 primaries pie-in-the-sky thinking. If idiot Kristol thinks he is a kingmaker he needs help. Not even Limbaugh (and the whole of talk radio) tried something like this when McCain was the nominee and some invisible elites think they can pull off it off with voters? They actually would be better off to follow Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity,etc example from 2008 and get behind whomever it is instead of trying to tear the nominee apart.

Conan on January 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

The current crop of candidates is not popular at all and the voters would absolutely welcome a new candidate in and listen to what he has to say. He wills till have to earn his support, but there isn’t much emotional investment in any of the current candidates in the field and it is STILL early in the process.

Daemonocracy on January 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Conan on January 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM

This is workable because unlike in 2008, the early primaries have become proportional. So for all the strum and drang about who’s winning the state, all the candidates are running neck and neck now.

promachus on January 24, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Jindal or Rubio are the ONLY two who everyone on both sides would trust.
I do have to wonder, however, how many Mitt leaners in Florida are going to see this ad and say to themselves “Gee, If I sit this one out and allow Newt to win, the GOP is going to insert Daniels. YIPPEE!” Romney must be jacked.
God/America 2012!

AmeriCuda on January 24, 2012 at 6:54 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

Palin/Ryan 2012

I can only dream….

Fallon on January 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

yes …. even in 2016 ….. assuming we have a republic left ….

conservative tarheel on January 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I like Mitch Daniels and wish he would have ran..I think He would have brought some good things to the table but that being said..It is too late to get in..IMHO..:)

Dire Straits on January 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Mitch Daniels would be the absolute perfect running mate for Newt, should Newt win. Mitch is respected by establishment Republicans and conservative Republicans both, as well as by voters in the Midwest (where Obama won 9 out of 12 states in ’08)

Should Romney win, I think Jindal or DeMint would be perfect complements to him, as they are both popular Southern conservatives.

DarkKnight3565 on January 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Jindal or Rubio are the ONLY two who everyone on both sides would trust.

Rubio has about 3 days of experience.

kunegetikos on January 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

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