Open thread: Hey, who’s up for an hour-long lecture on “fairness”? Update: Full text added; Update: Text of Daniels’s rebuttal added

posted at 8:25 pm on January 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

9 p.m. ET all across the dial. I promise you this: No matter how bad you think this will be, it’ll be even worse. Don’t believe me? Go read Matt Welch’s Frankenstein State of the Union, stitched together from the remains of more than five decades of SOTU addresses. Ninety percent of these speeches is boilerplate that gets repeated by Democratic and Republican presidents alike year after tedious year. The only reason to watch is that other 10 percent.

And I think you can guess what that’ll be about.

“We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by,” Mr. Obama says in brief excerpts of the speech released by the White House on Tuesday evening. “Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

By putting a significant accent on taxes, where his differences with Congressional Republicans have always been pronounced, Mr. Obama renews the pressure on them to extend once again a temporary payroll tax break for most working Americans — and also amplifies the attention that has been focused all week on the wealth of Mitt Romney, one of his leading challengers, who has disclosed that he pays less than 15 percent on income of more than $20 million a year.

For weeks, Mr. Obama and his aides have been signaling that the theme of Tuesday’s speech, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, would be that the richest Americans should shoulder more of the nation’s tax burden, that the middle class should have a shot at prosperity and that the disadvantaged should be provided social scaffolding to help them climb upward.

In case you’re a prominent Democrat and that’s too complicated for you to follow, the White House also issued a set of talking points for the speech today. Meanwhile, Warren Buffett’s secretary will be onhand for the obligatory Skutnik moment when he calls for a new “Buffett Rule” on taxes (soon to become the “Romney Rule” if Mitt is the nominee). The Buffett Rule won’t fix entitlements and it won’t erase our deficits, but it might get The One re-elected — it’s popular, after all — and of course that’s what really matters. (His own top economic advisors warned him long ago that our current deficits are unsustainable, but oh well.) Apparently he’s also planning to say “I intend to fight obstruction with action” to show that he’s a can-do man of action, so if you liked those unconstitutional recess appointments earlier this month, good news: There may be more illegal power grabs to come.

Meanwhile, via Boehner’s office, a few snippets from Mitch Daniels’s rebuttal:

The extremism that stifles the development of homegrown energy, or cancels a perfectly safe pipeline that would employ tens of thousands, or jacks up consumer utility bills for no improvement in either human health or world temperature, is a pro-poverty policy. It must be replaced by a passionate pro-growth approach that breaks all ties and calls all close ones in favor of private sector jobs that restore opportunity for all and generate the public revenues to pay our bills…

It’s not fair and it’s not true for the President to attack Republicans in Congress as obstacles on these questions. They and they alone have passed bills to reduce borrowing, reform entitlements, and encourage new job creation, only to be shot down nearly time and again by the President and his Democrat Senate allies…

No feature of the Obama Presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others. As in previous moments of national danger, we Americans are all in the same boat. If we drift, quarreling and paralyzed, over a Niagara of debt, we will all suffer, regardless of income, race, gender, or other category. If we fail to shift to a pro-jobs, pro-growth economic policy, there will never be enough public revenue to pay for our safety net, national security, or whatever size government we decide to have.

Let the Daniels 2012 speculation begin! Here’s your handy dandy Hot Air/Townhall widget for livetweeting plus a sneak preview of tonight’s address that was released a few days ago — by Obama’s campaign, not by the White House. Like Krauthammer says, “This is all about reelection. This is not a State of the Union, it’s the state of the presidency.” Exit question: Will he attack the Supreme Court again tonight or is it some other group’s turn to be demagogued?

Update: National Journal has the text of O’s speech as prepared for delivery. Key bit:

Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes. And my Republican friend Tom Coburn is right: Washington should stop subsidizing millionaires. In fact, if you’re earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn’t get special tax subsidies or deductions. On the other hand, if you make under $250,000 a year, like 98 percent of American families, your taxes shouldn’t go up. You’re the ones struggling with rising costs and stagnant wages. You’re the ones who need relief.

Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.

We don’t begrudge financial success in this country. We admire it. When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich. It’s because they understand that when I get tax breaks I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference – like a senior on a fixed income; or a student trying to get through school; or a family trying to make ends meet. That’s not right. Americans know it’s not right. They know that this generation’s success is only possible because past generations felt a responsibility to each other, and to their country’s future, and they know our way of life will only endure if we feel that same sense of shared responsibility. That’s how we’ll reduce our deficit. That’s an America built to last.

Update: And here’s Daniels’s rebuttal, again as prepared for delivery.

A second view, which I admit some Republicans also seem to hold, is that we Americans are no longer up to the job of self-government. We can’t do the simple math that proves the unaffordability of today’s safety net programs, or all the government we now have. We will fall for the con job that says we can just plow ahead and someone else will pick up the tab. We will allow ourselves to be pitted one against the other, blaming our neighbor for troubles worldwide trends or our own government has caused.

2012 must be the year we prove the doubters wrong. The year we strike out boldly not merely to avert national bankruptcy but to say to a new generation that America is still the world’s premier land of opportunity. Republicans will speak for those who believe in the dignity and capacity of the individual citizen; who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervise them; who trust Americans enough to tell them the plain truth about the fix we are in, and to lay before them a specific, credible program of change big enough to meet the emergency we are facing.



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cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I’ve got ABC…

OmahaConservative on January 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

OmahaConservative:I’m on NBC:)

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

You True Conservatives have shown yourself to be a bunch of Dkos trolls.

Go F yourself.

haner on January 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM

You would rather deride Conservatives than Obama. Pitiful.

kingsjester on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Means testing reality check by Mitch Daniels.

profitsbeard on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Some of you should feel privilege he is your president. You don’t even deserve him

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Agreed, L4L. Just a bunch of petulant babies.

ElenaKagan on January 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM

You two need a cigarette after that?

a shower?

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww….

mark81150 on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I’ll take ‘No effing way’ & ‘No effing way’ for a $1000, Alex!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM

It’s about time people hear the truth about what the political class has done to this country and how we’re going to get out of it.

FloatingRock on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I can see now how the debates are gong to go.
The moderator is going to ask Newt about the sugar prices in Kansas and when it gets around to Obama, he’s going to shout that America is back and stronger then ever and nobody better say it isn’t, and that’s when the audience will be allowed to cheer.

JellyToast on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I decided to watch a real speech, The King’s Speech.

Erich66 on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Obama gives a good speech. No arguing that.

I don’t agree.

I’ll give him credit for performance, but that’s all it is. Obama is like Lady Gaga. The music is upbeat, and you don’t have to pay attention to the words.

They’re both about equally meaningful.

badtemper on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Did he give a follow up from his last SOTU where he shows how awesome Solyndra turned out?

catmman on January 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Bot really..
But he did say he was committed to continue to give our money to green energy companies, despite any apparent risk, so that some day…
Our navy will be green…

Electrongod on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Mitch shows us what a presidential-level speech should sound like.

Obama sounds like a preacher.

haner on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Obama made me want to punch my screen; Daniels is making me go to sleep. I give up.

ElectricPhase on January 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM

We’ll make sure he throws in a line calling Obama a dirty socialist this time.

KingGold on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

uh-oh……bringing Americans together????

Tim_CA on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

The fact that Chicago Jesus had his personal bodyguard in the Senate chamber, taking him in and out, tells me that they, the Secret Service, perhaps didn’t consider it to be a safe place for him. This is either because of a specific threat made against him or the sense that anger toward POTUS might for some reason rise to the point that someone would do something more than shout “You lie!” from the cheap seats.

On the other hand, Obama might have had his PSO take him in and out in order to create the illusion of danger, enabling him to claim that those mean Republicans are such racists that he had to have his protective detail within arms’ reach.

Undaunted on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

niagra of debt

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Daniels:

‘A government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class, and those who hope to join it’

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Obama gives a good speech. No arguing that.

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I thought the whispering thing he did was quite weird.

Fallon on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Obama gives a good speech. No arguing that.

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Your mask has finally slipped.

JPeterman on January 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Which mask is that…the mask of reality?

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Save it for November.

hillbillyjim on January 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Good one Mountain Man.

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Who is this Daniels? He has ZERO charisma

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Bot = Not….

Electrongod on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Best speech of my lifetime.

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Diaperdweller

“From diapers to depends” –Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Diaperwetter!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I like the sound of hobnailed boots marching down the street.
KeninCT on January 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Hooooooo boy, this one gets stranger by the minute.

Bishop on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

My poor 6th grader had to watch the speech for extra credit…… I had to sit with my daughter through the whole thing….I am so glad that is over.

wsucoug on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Daniels is good. Would be probably not winning though. He won’t toss the red meat to the idiots.

rubberneck on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Daniels is really boring, no charisma at all…

OmahaConservative on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Listening to Daniels, I wish it were Newt giving the response!!

bluefox on January 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I agree. He doesn’t look comfy reading the teleprompter and the lights are hurting his eyes. Kind of reminds me of Dewie on Malcom in the Middle. Almost like he doesn’t believe it and its just rehearsed. No gutz in it.

fullogas on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I thought the whispering thing he did was quite weird.

Fallon on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Yeah WTF is up with that? I don’t remember it being there before.

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

excellent, i guess no one wanted cbs….heh

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

FloatingRock on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Don Black’s bestest buddy ain’t the one to give that speech.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

niagra of debt

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Daniels is RACIST!

SouthernGent on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I can see why this guy’s wife has absolutely no respect for him.

KeninCT on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

You would rather deride Conservatives than Obama. Pitiful.

kingsjester on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

angryed just praised Obama, he deserves every derision thrown at him.

Your disingenuity is noted.

haner on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I have never seen such an uncivil and vitriolic group ever. Congrats on that.
Nothing but hate. It must be painful to be you.
Obama’s state of the union speech next year will be even better.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

someone else will pick up the tab

yep that’s dear leader and the gang

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

We’ll make sure he throws in a line calling Obama a dirty socialist this time.

KingGold on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

No! Unacceptable! We must elevate the discourse. We must be civil. How dare you?

ElectricPhase on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Who is this man with ZERO charisma on my screen?

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Undaunted on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Or maybe it’s the closest thing he can get to an “entourage”

Cleombrotus on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Rand Paul’s response is much better than Daniels:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oGsGspc72k

Notorious GOP on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Agreed, L4L. Just a bunch of petulant babies.

ElenaKagan on January 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM

ElenaKagen:

Look who’s side is,sh*tting/P*ssing and Occupying
and threatening Violence,on every curb,in every state!

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Mitch has me quivering with excitement.

galtani on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

You would rather deride Conservatives than Obama. Pitiful.

kingsjester on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

It is a Romney supporter, of course it will defend Obama…Obama and Romney play for the same Soros team.

tom daschle concerned on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

It’s about time people hear the truth about what the political class has done to this country and how we’re going to get out of it.

FloatingRock on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Totally. Because there’s nothing like a guy who’s been part of the political class for over two and a half decades talking about not being part of the political class, of which he’s been part of for two and a half decades.

catmman on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Who is this Daniels? He has ZERO charisma

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

He’s certaily no Reverend Wright

Tim_CA on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Liberalism is the economic philosophy of the free lunch…

JIMV on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Obama’s state of the union speech next year will be even better.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

And you’ll STILL think he really, really likes you.

Cleombrotus on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Did they lower the podium for Mitch.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Daniels is really boring, no charisma at all…

OmahaConservative on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Yeah, he’s giving a good rebuttal but he’s droning. It’s not the content it’s the delivery. No passion.

Oldnuke on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

That was a great response..:)

Dire Straits on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

OmahaConservative:I’m on NBC:)

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Lolz! Who’s got See=BS?

OmahaConservative on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Wow! Even the far right wingers on this blog will admit Daniels does nothing to improve their cause. This guy just put my wife to sleep. And this someone who is a true independent.

Uppereastside on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Who claps for this fairytale?

Tim_CA on January 24, 2012 at 9:43 PM

The ones that took their cue from the weepers over L’il Kim’s death in NoKo.

onlineanalyst on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Sharp suit there by Daniels. Didn’t like the tie.

SouthernGent on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

No! Unacceptable! We must elevate the discourse. We must be civil. How dare you?

ElectricPhase on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Sorry, sorry.

“Kenyan anti-colonialist?”

“The Food Stamp President?”

KingGold on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I decided to watch a real speech, The King’s Speech.

Erich66 on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

After seeing that film I wanted Geoffrey Rush to adopt me!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

SouthernGent on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

heh

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

My poor 6th grader had to watch the speech for extra credit……
wsucoug on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Public school?
Just asking.
My daughter a couple years ago had the same thing imposed on her.
I watched with her…

Electrongod on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Daniels is really boring, no charisma at all…

OmahaConservative on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Yep

gophergirl on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Mitch Daniels needs to learn how to speak from his heart, not from teleprompters. Worse than Obama in that respect. This is clearly worse than Jindal’s reply to the SOTU years ago. An accountant, it seems, giving the people a nice reading of his report. Sheesh.

TXUS on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

From what I heard, Mitch was awesome. I mean, he said real stuff. Obama said nothing! For an hour.

Paul-Cincy on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I like Daniels’ message, but the delivery is as lackluster as Indiana itself. And, I used to be a Hoosier – the longest three years of my life.

bw222 on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

You guys do know that Daniels was reelected in the same election when Obama won Indiana.

rockmom on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Respect to the Daniels doubters, but I think this guy is knocking it out of the park! This is exactly what indies want to hear and in no way contra-conservative.

Mitch Daniels for POTUS!

withoutfeathers on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

ZZZZzzzzzzzzz.

They should offer Mitch Daniels as a non medicinal form of anesthesia in hospitals.

portlandon on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

That was a very strong campaign speech by Obama. It was less partisan than one might have expected. It was definitely leftist (more goodies for all!), but it was delivered in a very clever way that will appeal to independents.

McDuck on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Newt/Daniels 2012…!!!

(West – Speaker of the House)

BOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!

Seven Percent Solution on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

They should have had Rubio give the response.

He’s not running for President nor is he talked about as Daniels is to be a new entry.

INC on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Best speech of my lifetime.

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Diaperdweller

“From diapers to depends” –Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Diaperwetter! Diaperwhetter!!!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Darn it KJ, you beat me to it. L4L left that one just hangin’ there, waiting to be SMACKED.

listens2glenn on January 24, 2012 at 10:32 PM

The little girl is a good one for honing your skills on.

Bmore on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I have never seen such an uncivil and vitriolic group ever. Congrats on that.
Nothing but hate. It must be painful to be you.
Obama’s state of the union speech next year will be even better.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

lol dream on

fullogas on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

That was a great response..:)

Dire Straits on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Wipe that silly grin off your face :-)

Oldnuke on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

It’s a campaign speech. Didn’t watch.

Mr. Prodigy on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

My poor 6th grader had to watch the speech for extra credit……
wsucoug on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I’m pretty most state standards of 6th graders involve western hemisphere.

#seriouscomment

Notorious GOP on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

testing

Dire Straits on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

daniels is incredibly boring, and is a killer in the general because

1) his wife ‘made him’ not run for president

2) his wife left him, cheated on him, then ran back to him. i like forgiveness, but it’s a weird weird story. rather have newt’s #$%@-swinging alpha male than a cuckold

3) he’s short. i mean really short. like maybe 5’3 short. if you think newt-obama is bad optics, compare a short bald guy with a slight southern accent vs superman

4) he has zero charisma

add to that he’ll still be ‘the establishment candidate’ thrown in to the base against their will. low conservative turnout = mccain part 2.

pamplonajack on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I’ve got ABC…

OmahaConservative on January 24, 2012 at 10:29 PM

OmahaConservative:I’m on NBC:)

canopfor on January 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I’ve got the cooking channel, they’re making hot sauce.

RickB on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Mitch Daniels was outstanding!!!

Bikerken on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I have never seen such an uncivil and vitriolic group ever. Congrats on that.
Nothing but hate. It must be painful to be you.
Obama’s state of the union speech next year will be even better.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I enjoyed it! Guess this means this isn’t for you!

So, like, you know, go somewhere else.

Alana on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

You doubters gotta admit, Obama really gives a good speech.

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

bookending the speech with osama killed and leaving afghan was awesome
via candy crowley

cmsinaz on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Krauthammer pining for Daniels.

SouthernGent on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

FOX coverage was horrid.

Steveangell on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Breath of fresh air from Mitch Daniels.

The Ugly American on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

It is a Romney supporter, of course it will defend Obama…Obama and Romney play for the same Soros team.

tom daschle concerned on January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM

angryed just praised Obama, he deserves every derision thrown at him. The only people playing on the same team with Obama including your class warfare are you Newtholes.

Your disingenuity is noted.

haner on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Some of you should feel privilege he is your president. You don’t even deserve him

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Wow, I’ve heard that before. It’ll come to me in a minute.

Oh yeah, North Korea after the Dear Leader died.

Exact same words applied to themselves about Dear Leader.

AZfederalist on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Listening to Daniels, I wish it were Newt giving the response!!

bluefox on January 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I agree. He doesn’t look comfy reading the teleprompter and the lights are hurting his eyes. Kind of reminds me of Dewie on Malcom in the Middle. Almost like he doesn’t believe it and its just rehearsed. No gutz in it.

fullogas on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

At least Danials writes his own speaches….

Barred on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Cain’s up.

ElectricPhase on January 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Your disingenuity is noted.

haner on January 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM

See you guys later. I’m going to say quits to politics for awhile, a long long while.

Hopefully Romney gets the nomination. If not, I’ll vote for the eventual GOP nominee in November, but as an Independent for the first time. Today is the day I came to an epiphany that I don’t really belong in the modern conservative movement. I couldn’t cheer and grunt along with the audience when Newt gave his tirade at the beginning of the CNN debate. It just didn’t feel right. All I could remember was Newt’s very own inquisition in the late 1990s. Yet the audience cheered for him and saw no hypocrisy, no dissonance.

Just took a walk outside and realized politics is sh!t, and all of us are pawns to this heaping pile. I have my own life to live.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 1:47 AM

You haven’t left yet?

Flora Duh on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

MSNBC Coverage:

Rachel Maddow: “Why does the city on the hill have to shine?”

And Chris Mathews liked Mitch Daniels speech. There’s that.

SlaveDog on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

allahpundit IT BEGINS (well, continues) RT @jimgeraghty: DRAFT DANIELS

allahpundit RT @conncarroll: watching Mitch Daniels give this speech is like watching a super hot chick you had a crush on in high school become a nun

INC on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Who is this Daniels? He has ZERO charisma

liberal4life on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Your mom won’t tell you this, but you inherited all your charisma from your dad…John Edwards!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

correction: he didnt drop out Daniels decided not to run.
management regrets the error.

but for a sotu rebuttal is was a very good offering by the Guv,
and he will continue to get nudges from around the country to jump in.

Sacramento on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

If you read the Daniels speech it’s great. If you watch it, you fall asleep.

angryed on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Obama was running for his first term tonight or something. The manchild was lecturing like he hasn’t been around or something.

What a joke.. hey.. his answer for fairer trade and better housing loans was new massive police powers and enforcement agencies. Great!

I liked how he took credit for saving farmers from his own spilled milk is a hazard EPA policy. That was pretty clever.

JellyToast on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I like Daniels’ message, but the delivery is as lackluster as Indiana itself. And, I used to be a Hoosier – the longest three years of my life.

bw222 on January 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I think it’s pretty clear that the Republican establishment is eager for a little “lackluster” these days, what with the traveling circus in Florida getting everyone all riled up.

urban elitist on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Wipe that silly grin off your face :-)

Oldnuke on January 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

LoL..I liked what he had to say..Good job by MD..:)

Dire Straits on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

My poor 6th grader had to watch the speech for extra credit…… I had to sit with my daughter through the whole thing….I am so glad that is over.

wsucoug on January 24, 2012 at 10:37 PM

That’s what they make wine and pizza for—touching memories like tonight.

arnold ziffel on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

‘charisma’ got us obama..you guys need to stop ripping daniels for his lack of…jindal got the same thing..i want ideas, plans, not charisma

sadsushi on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Anybody deriding Daniels as boring, while currently supporting a bombastic politician who’s defending entitlement growth in Florida, is either a hypocrite of the highest order or just playing a conservative on television.

KingGold on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Daniels did a great job. I know the man is not without flaws but is there any doubt he’d be better suited to take on Obama than any of these guys we’ve currently got?

LukeinNE on January 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

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