Daniels: Romney’s campaign is too negative

posted at 12:46 pm on April 20, 2012 by Tina Korbe

That Mitch Daniels endorsed Mitt Romney doesn’t mean he’ll offer nothing but unqualified praise of the former Massachusetts governor. Today, the Indiana governor delivered some tough love to Romney, whose campaign Daniels described as too negative.

The governor, who’s often cited as a potential Republican running mate for Romney, reportedly told the newspaper that “political victories that follow ‘slash-and-burn’ campaigns seldom lead to great accomplishments,” referring to the already-bitter war underway between Romney and the president’s re-election campaign.

“Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what’s at stake and a constructive program to make life better,” Daniels said. “And as I say, look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve.”

The writer of the piece, Matthew Tully, wrote that Daniels took a pause, then continued with disappointment: “Romney doesn’t talk that way.”

He added: “You don’t change one thing about the policies you advocate or your principles,’ he said, noting instead that candidates should simply make clear how their policies would lift up those who are struggling.”

Daniels implied that he thinks Romney is campaigning to win — but not necessarily to govern. The kind of campaign style Daniels outlines is ideal, but the Indiana governor forgets that Romney has to win to be able to govern. Plus, Romney is up against the Campaigner-in-Chief who won in 2008 precisely by campaigning to win and who in this election year has governed shallowly, in a way to try to help his campaign.

Romney has been running for president for more than four years and his policy proposals are fairly well-developed. In every interview, he works in substantive policy information. Take his interview with National Review Online yesterday: He discussed his plans to expand energy development in this country, along with his plans to clean up a corrupt bureaucratic culture and administer the executive branch more efficiently than the president. From a horserace perspective, though, the most memorable lines in the interview were jabs at Barack Obama’s lavish vacation habits and dog-eating. Romney said he’d have “no time for elaborate vacations” as president. Later, he said, “I don’t recall that I’ve eaten anything truly bizarre.” True, interviewer Jim Geraghty baited him into both sound bites — but, nevertheless, those kind of savvy witticisms stick on the campaign trail.

Indeed, it’s been the most pleasant surprise of all to see that Mitt Romney and his team will flex their rapid-response muscles again and again until the president backs off of petty attacks. If the president continues the attacks, he’ll continue the counterattacks. The strategy is such to pique voters’ interest in the man from Massachusetts, who, until now, has come off as a little, well, dull. Interest piqued, they’ll pay attention to his policy proposals — and, for the most part, they’ll like what they read.


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Daniels: Romney’s campaign is too negative

If he is trying our for VP… he sure isn’t doing a good job for the position ranking.

upinak on April 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Mitch Daniels is a wimp.

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Shorter Daniels :”Gosh darn it, run like McCain!”

Betenoire on April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

He needs to give people a reason to vote for him, rather than just against Obama.

Just Sayin on April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

“You have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency”

Yep – that’s what being nice got us. Four years of this mess.

gophergirl on April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Mitch! SYADASTFU!
Wimp! (Wife spanking him again?)

KOOLAID2 on April 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

This reminds of O’Reilly’s “Factor Mail” segment where he reads two consecutive emails expressing two completely different perceptions of the same event/issue.

Many conservatives: Romney is treating Obama with kid gloves!
Daniels and others: He’s too darn negative!

That’s when you know you’re doing something right.

GOPRanknFile on April 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

beta

IR-MN on April 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Shut up Daniels. We tried playing patty cake in 2008. Look how that turned out.

jawkneemusic on April 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Translation: He’s not campaigning like McPu$$y.

Take a long walk off a short pier, Daniels.

MelonCollie on April 20, 2012 at 12:51 PM

McCain was nice… and now our country is in the crapper. Tough love would be to win and save everyone rather than be nice and doom us all. Unless he’s talking about the Roadhouse sort of rules – get the job done and kick the crap out of someone if you have to but be polite about it.

Ukiah on April 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Mitch, if you are going to be the VP candidate, you have got to deliver the red meat.

My evaluation is opposite. Romney, you and your staff, must hit Obama back twice as hard. We do not need McCain 2.0.

mwbri on April 20, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Screw Daniels.This is going to be ugly and everybody knows it. Mitt will not get fair coverage in the media no matter how much the rinos want him to suck up and the Dems are in full class warfare mode. Screw the dumb chit. Club Obama like a baby seal as the failure everybody knows he is.

Southernblogger on April 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

“We need a truce on social issues.”

“Romney is too negative.”

/Mitchy-Poo

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Why act like some whipped puppy with your tail between your legs Mitt/team when bho/team/bhopress sling every nasty thing they can come up with against you? And they are just getting started with the nasty krap Mitt/team!

WE want someone with guts/testosterone for a change to vote for, not someone who is so afraid they might not be ‘liked’!
L

letget on April 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Daniels: “Romney should campaign more like McCain.”

HB3 on April 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Daniels is a nice guy but over his head.

Buy Danish on April 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Mitch Daniels is a wimp.

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

This + This

He needs to give people a reason to vote for him, rather than just against Obama.

Just Sayin on April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

= Truth

budfox on April 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

This is how pathetically desperate the libtards are, and if you read the comments you can see how badly this attempt failed.

Mitt Romney’s ‘Obama Isn’t Working’ Banner Evokes Racial Stereotypes

Southernblogger on April 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

BZZZZZZZT!!! I’m sorry Mitch, but that’s incorrect. The right answer was “keep criticizng the thin-skinned guy until he cracks even worse than he did against Bobby Jindal or Jan Brewer.”

Gingotts on April 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Truce Daniels? Really? Go away! The only positive thing about Willard is that he can be quite bitchy and you wanna rid him of that? Just go away!

Valkyriepundit on April 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Daniels is in crack, when I think I wanted him as VP :-(…nope, not a good idea..

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I understand Mitch Daniel’s wife’s concerns after all that happened in the primaries, but Romney is going to have use everything at his disposal to beat Obama and the MSM.

forest on April 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It’s almost as if Romney ran a general election campaign in the primary and is running a primary campaign in the general. I have to say I like what I see now more than what I saw a few months ago.

Kataklysmic on April 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Mitch’s wife wouldn’t let him run for President does anyone think she’d be okay with him taking the number 2 job? How about once the full court press starts about her being a home wrecking whore? Maybe she’ll let him be budget director again since Bush’s budgets were so fiscally responsible.

bannor on April 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I really, really, really wanted Daniels to run this year. *sigh*

JetBoy on April 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Too negative? The campaign just started…how could anyone possibly have enough data at this point to make those sorts of conclusions?

I think Mitt and his team have done well so far. Obama’s the incumbent, and you’ve gotta talk about the miserable record he has.

changer1701 on April 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

on vrack, of course :-)…my ipad is ‘in crack’ :-)..

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

OT: Is anyone looking into what it is that now serves the function of the old “journolist”? It would be sooooo sweat if that linkage broke out publicly as the campaign gets nastier.

James Moriarty on April 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Daniels: Romney’s campaign is too negative

Yeah, he needs to run a campaign more like McCain did. That’s the ticket!

Scrappy on April 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

maaan…I give up :-)…my ipad has a will of its own :)…

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It has been demonstrated again and again–optimism wins elections. Give people something to look forward to. All Obama has to sell is fear of Romney, if Mittens has an optimistic message, he’ll win. That’s not to say Romney can’t get in his jabs. Obama is a thin-skinned scold. Romney needs to learn his buttons and push hell out of them–Obama will self-destruct.

cartooner on April 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Relax everyone – Mitch’s wife told him to say that.

jake-the-goose on April 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I’m gonna wait and see what Mitch’s wife thinks. IIRC, she makes all the decisions in the family.

a capella on April 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

maaan…I give up :-)…my ipad has a will of its own :)…

jimver on April 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It’s not named Hal, is it?

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

And we were told continuosly by experts in the gop that this whimpish milque toast Daniels guy would make a great presidential candidate? WTF!

bgibbs1000 on April 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

“Hold on to your hat Mitch” cause you ain’t seen nuthin yet!!!

FlaMurph on April 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Daniels: Romney’s campaign is too negative

Glad you decided not to run, Mitchy. As far as I am (and I imagine a lot of folks here at HA are) concerned, it is not “Negative” enough, but he is definitely sharpening his game.

Usually, when a Republican is criticized for being “negative”, just substitute the word “honest.”

Hey, Mitch – could you sing a few verses of “We Represent the Lollypop Guild?”

kjl291 on April 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Playing nice ain’t gonna to cut it – just ask McCain.

Actually, I would say that, although Romney’s campaign is somewhat negative, he is still not pushing hard enough – he is going to have to step up his attacks on obama, or we will have a repeat of 2008.

Pork-Chop on April 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Daniels: Romney’s campaign is too negative

Says the man who has to ask permission from his wife to run for public office.

JPeterman on April 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Playing nice ain’t GONNA cut it – just ask McCain.

Actually, I would say that, although Romney’s campaign is somewhat negative, he is still not pushing hard enough – he is going to have to step up his attacks on obama, or we will have a repeat of 2008.

Pork-Chop on April 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

It’s not named Hal, is it?

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

H=I A=B L=M…. IBM. Scarey isn’t it? :)

upinak on April 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

BZZZZZZZT!!! I’m sorry Mitch, but that’s incorrect. The right answer was “keep criticizng the thin-skinned guy until he cracks even worse than he did against Bobby Jindal or Jan Brewer.”

Gingotts on April 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I want to see the veins pop out of his head when some audience member barks during a debate and the audience giggles.

Anything he says under that pressure will probably be pretty great.

You can’t teleprompter a debate. LOLOL

Lily on April 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Never understood the appeal of Mitch Daniels.
I know he’s a good governor but talk about boring…

I like the way Romney and his team attack Obama.
The ads are hard hitting, surrogates aren’t wimpy and afraid to go after Obama(ie dog eater story).

Romney is tough too but in a mature way.

Unlike Obama who comes across as adolescent, snotty, entitled, mocking, jealous and whiny.

bailey24 on April 20, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Mitch, I like you. You’ve been a good governor for Indiana. Now shut up. You are ruining your reputation with idiocy like this and also endorsing DICK Lugar. You have to fight fire with fire and now you are channeling your inner George W Bush with this nice guy crap.

search4truth on April 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Romney is not being hard enough. Obama needs to be spanked hard, and often.

portlandon on April 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

H=I A=B L=M…. IBM. Scarey isn’t it? :)

upinak on April 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

LOL.

I believe I read that somewhere before, but I don’t remember where.

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Daniels does have a point though. Remember how bad this guy lost??

“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

Southernblogger on April 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Mitch, I like you. You’ve been a good governor for Indiana. Now shut up. You are ruining your reputation with idiocy like this and also endorsing DICK Lugar. You have to fight fire with fire and now you are channeling your inner George W Bush with this nice guy crap.

search4truth on April 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

+10000

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I invite Gov Daniels (who I like and wanted to run this year) to do one of two things:

1. Keep his counsel and criticism to, with and among the Rombots PRIVATE, or

2. STFU! and stop handing Democrats a club to beat Romney with. And if he were REALLY concerned about negativity this cycle, he would be jumping down Obama’s throat at every opportunity.

Like the guy, but damn dude. This is campaign 101 wtf is your problem??????

Sacramento on April 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

This is how pathetically desperate the libtards are, and if you read the comments you can see how badly this attempt failed.

Mitt Romney’s ‘Obama Isn’t Working’ Banner Evokes Racial Stereotypes

Southernblogger on April 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM


That’s just Ed’s “good friend” Tommy Christopher who sees racism in literally everything.

Romney is just using the classic Margaret Thatcher & UK Conservative party “Labour isn’t Working” slogan.

Tommy Christopher is just a very stupid person. Any student of politics would recognize the reference.

tetriskid on April 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Mitch, I like you. You’ve been a good governor for Indiana. Now shut up. You are ruining your reputation with idiocy like this and also endorsing DICK Lugar. You have to fight fire with fire and now you are channeling your inner George W Bush with this nice guy crap.

search4truth on April 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I agree with your post for the most part, but Bush was no nice guy when he was campaigning.

GOPRanknFile on April 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Isn’t Daniels the guy who wouldn’t get in the race because his wife wouldn’t let him?

Keep your comments to yourself Danno. Unless you can fill a room like Sarah Palin, I’d rather backbenchers and non-runners keep quiet about what the party faithful want in a candidate. Milktoast party yes-men just do not get it. We LIKE it when Romney shows competence in rapid-response and reducing Obama attacks to absurdity.

Politics ain’t beanbag, so don’t be a punching bag.

BKennedy on April 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

That’s just Ed’s “good friend” Tommy Christopher who sees racism in literally everything.

Romney is just using the classic Margaret Thatcher & UK Conservative party “Labour isn’t Working” slogan.

Tommy Christopher is just a very stupid person. Any student of politics would recognize the reference.

tetriskid on April 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Yup. Tommy was actually somewhat reasonable for a while, but he’s jumped the shark. The more in trouble Obama seems to be, the more desperate he’s getting.

GOPRanknFile on April 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Mitch, this is the most important election of my lifetime. Pale pastels will not be win this election.

redridinghood on April 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Folks, we have a fighter.

And to think of all the Romney=McCain talk over the past year ..

RINO on April 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

He should shut up.

Sometimes I think half our guys are against us and want us to lose.

Plus, I don’t really take seriously a guy whose wife wouldn’t let him run for President. Sorry, but I don’t. Even if it’s true, you don’t go telling the world that. Speaks to very bad judgment, the same bad judgment in this advice he’s giving Romney.

Alana on April 20, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Now Daniels says it? A little late. Romney has to get REAL negative on Obama, or forget it. I hope he’s not suggesting Romney go soft just as the opponent becomes primarily Obama. No. Crazy.

anotherJoe on April 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

LOL.

I believe I read that somewhere before, but I don’t remember where.

Bitter Clinger on April 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

..relax, it’s old news. that was an old revelation/conspiracy theory that came out a few MONTHS after 2001 hit the screen.

The War Planner on April 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Actually, I would say that, although Romney’s campaign is somewhat negative, he is still not pushing hard enough – he is going to have to step up his attacks on obama, or we will have a repeat of 2008.

Pork-Chop on April 20, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I think he needs to amp up both his own positive message, and his attacks on Obama. Maybe the campaign seems too negative because it doesn’t seem like Romney’s positive message – to the extent there is one – is resonating.

The one thing I worry about, though, is Romney’s “likeability” (or favorability) ratings. I guess it’s true that people don’t really vote on who they “like,” but I think it’s harder for someone with low favorability or likeability numbers to get away with a strongly negative campaign.

Just Sayin on April 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I agree with your post for the most part, but Bush was no nice guy when he was campaigning.

GOPRanknFile on April 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM

True, should have clarified….I was talking about when W was just the media whipping boy and wouldn’t fight back. He thought it was nobler to be the better man, so he absorbed all those ridiculous slings with no response. We need a fighter. And then he doubles down and supports globalist, Obama-luvin’ RINO Lugar over a true conservative Mourdock. I mean, Mitchy, whose side are you on? Or should we ask your wife first to see if you’re allowed to answer that question.

search4truth on April 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

The funny thing is Romney hardly has to do any work to run an extremely negative campaign. All he has to do is string together video clips of Obama speeches and sound bytes. Obama is his own negative campaign.

The Rogue Tomato on April 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Daniels has done well for Indiana. I still can’t get past the cuckold label.

Sorry, Mitch. I’m not interested in having Mitt Milquetoast running against Mr. racist Class Warfare.

BuckeyeSam on April 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Daniels: “Romney should campaign more like McCain.”

HB3 on April 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

the other day on hannity … Mitt was on and saying “Obamas a nice guy just in over his head ” and all the other crap …

if you run like McCain … you will lose like McCain …

conservative tarheel on April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

STFU Daniels.

Politics is a blood sport, we saw what happened to McCain when he tried the “My Friends” approach.

BradTank on April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The funny thing is Romney hardly has to do any work to run an extremely negative campaign. All he has to do is string together video clips of Obama speeches and sound bytes. Obama is his own negative campaign.

The Rogue Tomato on April 20, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Yep … the ads just write themselves …

conservative tarheel on April 20, 2012 at 1:26 PM

It’s great that somebody is finally voicing the concern that so many of us here at Hot Gas have about Romney. Sometimes it’s like his principled conservative right-wing views are just so full of purity and honesty and credibility, and he’s so tough and scary that you just wonder if maybe we need a non-threatening beta RINO to balance out the ticket.

Romney is not being hard enough. Obama needs to be spanked hard, and often.

portlandon on April 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Thank you for that not-at-all-disturbing contribution to the discussion.

I volunteer you for the spanking job. I’m going to go. I have to be Anywhere Else by Right Now.

RINO in Name Only on April 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Mitch! Mitch!! MITCH!!!

BHO Jonestown on April 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

You all realize what this means, right?

It means that we did not, in fact, nominate the absolute squishiest squish from squish-land.

“There goes Romney. Can he truly run a wimpier campaign than McCain?”

“I hope so. That RINO is our last hope.”

“No. There is another.”

RINO in Name Only on April 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Sheesh! And to think I once supported this pos! (a long time ago)

Eff Cliffy on April 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

He needs to give people a reason to vote for him, rather than just against Obama.

Just Sayin on April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

No he doesn’t. People vote against or for the incumbent president. Anything else are misplaced romantisms.

joana on April 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

That’s just Ed’s “good friend” Tommy Christopher who sees racism in literally everything.

Romney is just using the classic Margaret Thatcher & UK Conservative party “Labour isn’t Working” slogan.

Tommy Christopher is just a very stupid person. Any student of politics would recognize the reference.

tetriskid on April 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Yeps.

I thought that article was a satire till I noticed he was the writer. Arguably the nuttiest political writer out there.

joana on April 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Daniels implied that he thinks Romney is campaigning to win — but not necessarily to govern.

Then already he’s way ahead of McCain.

Cicero43 on April 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Daniels makes some good points but he misses the central one Ed highlights. Romney needs to win and Bark is going to fight extremely dirty, just like last time. McCannot refused to stop doing his reach arounds and got whipped for it.

Romney won’t make that mistake.

CorporatePiggy on April 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Perhaps Daniels is just signaling to Team Mitt that he does not want to be considered for VP.

BocaJuniors on April 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM

He needs to give people a reason to vote for him, rather than just against Obama.

Just Sayin on April 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

No he doesn’t. People vote against or for the incumbent president. Anything else are misplaced romantisms.

joana on April 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Not quite.

It depends on whether the campaign is framed as a choice or a referendum. If Romney is successful in framing it as referendum on Obama, he might be able to get away with not giving people a reason to vote for him. If Obama is successful in framing it as a choice, then Romney needs to be able to build a case for himself beyond being Not Obama.

Just Sayin on April 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Daniels would benefit by turning off CNN and FOX and watching some of Mitt’s town hall and recent speeches

gatorboy on April 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

ummm…my comments are no longer showing up?

kjl291 on April 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Apparantly Mitch hasn’t been paying attention over the past four years…

… nor has any idea what Obowma, the Democrats, the unions, higher academia, the MSM in all forms, every special interest group that is sucking on the government’s teate, and Hollywood has planned for Mittens.

Seven Percent Solution on April 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

No more truces, Mitch!

#War

thebrokenrattle on April 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Well if y-all don’t know Bammy done painted Air force one with his logo instead of the American flag, and has hopey changey written on the sides. I guess he thinks he gets to keep it after he’s booted. I sent pictures to tips…….

angrymike on April 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

It has been demonstrated again and again–optimism wins elections. Give people something to look forward to. All Obama has to sell is fear of Romney, if Mittens has an optimistic message, he’ll win. That’s not to say Romney can’t get in his jabs. Obama is a thin-skinned scold. Romney needs to learn his buttons and push hell out of them–Obama will self-destruct.

I am OPTIMISTIC we will get rid of OBAMA

gerrym51 on April 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Idiot

vityas on April 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Hooo-kay. Now we know who McCain should have chosen for VP.

Fallon on April 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

In every interview, he works in substantive policy information.

The biggest difference IMO than the way McCain ran. Romney’s campaign seems to be message driven. Even Ann Romney’s interview over Hilary Rosen’s comments kept coming back to two points. Mothers care about the lack of jobs and the legacy of debt that this administration has left our children. That wasn’t by accident.

And BTW, running a sharp campaign is different than running a negative campaign.

Happy Nomad on April 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Thanks for sharing, Mitchy. Now how about you go sit in the “no way in the world I’m ever going to be even remotely considered for the VP spot” corner with Ambassador Remington Sheffield the Eighth, mmkay?

M. Scott Eiland on April 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Well if y-all don’t know Bammy done painted Air force one with his logo instead of the American flag, and has hopey changey written on the sides. I guess he thinks he gets to keep it after he’s booted. I sent pictures to tips…….

angrymike on April 20, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Well, there is precedence. Remember how Hillary Clinton decided that she got to keep the White House furniture?

Happy Nomad on April 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Keep your spineless, trucer ways to yourself, loser.

Even Romney doesn’t need advice from a guy who let his wife make the decision whether or not he’d serve his country in politics.

avgjo on April 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

And that is why Mr. Boring did not run. No charisma.

Geez, Mitchie, he only kicked into campaign mode a short time ago. Save the flowery stuff till September. Even though you are a boring wonk, get the base fired up for a couple of months and then strut out the initiatives and policies for the general.

Mr. Boring, you don’t need to go all-technical on us in April; patience. Good thing you didn’t run as that was your selling point patience.

Romney knows what he is doing.

BTW, Mitchie, you don’t govern a year before you take office. There is something called an election in-between.

Sometimes these Ricochet faves like Mitchie just plain get to me.

bumsteaddithers on April 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Club Obama like a baby seal as the failure everybody knows he is.

Southernblogger on April 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

If you don’t club him, you’ll end up just like Obama’s dog.

Gladtobehere on April 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

mitch daniels = john mccain = losing

Dr. Demento on April 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Romney is a wimp too . . .he’s just faking trying to be tough . . . believe me, he ain’t.

Palin or Perry/West 2012
No More Wimps in the White House Please!

Pragmatic on April 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Mitch Daniels makes John McCain look like Ronald Reagan.

SouthernGent on April 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Daniels implied that he thinks Romney is campaigning to win — but not necessarily to govern.

Uhhhhhh. Sorry to break it to you, but isn’t that the point? One can only govern AFTER they win.

Glad he didn’t bother. Wow. My female cat has more stones than this guy.

This is the GOP in a nutshell thinking they can walk the high road against an extremely desperate LSM. PFFFFFT.

kim roy on April 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I told y’all that the long daggers of Willard were meant only for Conservatives that opposed him.

He’ll never take the fight to Obama like he did to Rick, Newt, and Rick.

HondaV65 on April 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Mitch Daniels makes John McCain look like Ronald Reagan.

SouthernGent on April 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Mitch Daniels makes Allah look like Ronald Reagan.

Gladtobehere on April 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

HondaV65 on April 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

.
Illogical, as always.

FlaMurph on April 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Daniels would benefit by turning off CNN and FOX and watching some of Mitt’s town hall and recent speeches

gatorboy on April 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

“Mitch” must not be on the “short” list after all.

FlaMurph on April 20, 2012 at 2:46 PM

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