He’s running for president on the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal and in the studios of Fox News. He’s running for president during political appearances from Mississippi to Ohio. And he’s running for president every time he inserts himself into the national political debate.

At this point, the only things missing are a book detailing his “vision for America” and those trips to Iowa and New Hampshire we know will eventually come.

This isn’t to say Daniels will be on the primary ballot come early 2012. Instead, it means he is doing what people who want to be president do: putting himself and his ideas out there to see whether he strikes a chord with a sizable chunk of Republican voters, thinkers, donors and power players.