Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'm pumped!

US News reports the rumors that Mitch Daniels is seriously pondering whether to run for president in 2012.
Mitch Daniels, the cautious conservative populist governor of Indiana, is taking the first steps to a likely 2012 Republican presidential primary bid, according to associates. An E-mail provided to Whispers by a very close Daniels confidant says that the successful two-term governor is seriously contemplating a run as he considers his options for 2012.

The E-mail reports that while Daniels, a former Reagan-era White House political adviser and George W. Bush's first budget director, never considered running for the highest office in the land. But after reforming Indianapolis and winning reelection in 2008 when President Obama took the state, he has received non-stop encouragement to run from supporters who like his no-nonsense style of governing. It's hit a peak since he helped to orchestrate his state Republican Party's 2010 midterm election rout in Indiana. With nonstop candidate recruitment and fund raising, he helped the party build a 37-13 super majority in the state Senate 60-40 advantage in the Indiana House.

Associates add that Daniels will not be deciding immediately on his presidential plans, but will likely early next year. "It is true that the political timetable for making this type of decision has changed somewhat from previous years. It isn't necessary to declare as early in the cycle as some have previously done, but we all realize the importance of at least letting people such as yourself know if he continues to be serious about his consideration," said the E-mail.
None of the possible Republican candidates mentioned by the Great Mentioner for 2012 have excited me. But, as I've said before, Mitch Daniels is someone I could get behind. He is someone who takes a mature, responsible attitude towards government spending. 2012 could be the year for "the Blade." For a feeling of what sets so many conservative hearts aflutter at the news that Daniels may throw his hat into the ring, read Andrew Ferguson's profile of Mitch and his trips on his Harley through Indiana. Or read The Economist's laudatory profile. Or Rich Lowry's argument that governors like Daniels and Christie are true adults when it comes to governance.

We heard similar rumors back in September that Daniels was considering a run. I just hope that where there is smoke, there is fire.

13 comments:

CDR J said...

I just looked at his Wikipedia page, and I share your enthusiasm. It looks like he did all the right things in Indiana. I, too, hope he runs for President. It looks like he would make an ideal candidate.

Even better if he had Chris Christie as his vice president.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

i guess you guys are determined to win in 2012 by boring us to death

even so, i'll venture to predict that the gop establishment will force romney - he comes up first in the polls, anyway...

Ron Snyder said...

Jeez, its only November of 2010, we just won the midterms, and I am already tired of reading about who is going to run for President.

How about focusing on how our new government is going to work and keep their feet to the fire?

Every flipping Senator, half the Governors and Congressman, and some dog catchers, are going to throw their hat in the "I want to be President ring"

equitus said...

Just looking for the best person for the job. The fact that he doesn't send tingles up certain legs shouldn't be relevant at all.

Will America be ready for a charisma antidote? After the disappointment of Obama... maybe. And as the MSM becomes less and less relevant, a man of actual substance might stand a chance.

Rick Caird said...

TV, also known as the black knight, raises his head again. I suppose we can expect Romney to be the candidate just as Hillary was the candidate. Oh wait, she wasn't. Two years out and TV "ventures" a prediction. Right....

So Cal Jim said...

Heavens to Betsy!! I don't believe it! Will wonders never cease? I actually agree with TV!! At least the second part of his comment. I'd say the odds on favorite right now is, in fact, Romney. It also happens to be one of my darkest fears that the GOP old guard will engineer a Romney win in the primaries. I simply do not trust a man who went all in for government health care, even if it was only for his state. It tells me he trusts too much in government to provide our wants and needs. No....Romney won't do at all.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

The Black Knight is a fictional character in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. As his name suggests, he is a black knight who guards a "bridge" (in reality a short plank of wood) over a small stream, for unknown reasons. Although supremely skilled in swordplay, he suffers from unchecked overconfidence and a staunch refusal ever to give up. Though he only appeared in one scene, he has become one of the most popular characters of the entire film

hehehehe... i like it!

equitus said...

I give Romney a bit of slack in that he seems to appreciate the "states as laboratories" theory of policy. Now, if only he'll admit that the plan was a failure, I might start listening to him again.

Terrye said...

I am from Indiana. Daniels is a bean counter..and sometimes that is just what you need. He won't set the world on fire, but who cares about that anyway?

tfhr said...

TV,

Take a look at the Black Knight for yourself, not what Wikipedia might have to say. Your likeness is more like Benny Hill with a paint can stuck on his head.

Pat Patterson said...

Calvin Coolidge was also excitment challenged and he was also a fine president but an extremely poor judge of talent when it came to Herbert Hoover.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

Blogger tfhr said...

TV,

Take a look at the Black Knight for yourself, not what Wikipedia might have to say. Your likeness is more like Benny Hill with a paint can stuck on his head.


somebody needs to warn tfhr that there is some 11 year old using his name

tfhr said...

Let the record show that at 1:55 PM today, TV finally posted something here that he had not pilfered from Wikipedia.