Skip to comments.DeMint: Mitch Daniels only last-minute candidate ‘who could make it happen’ (Huh?)
Posted on 02/22/2012 2:35:06 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) kept the speculation about a possible brokered GOP convention alive this week when he was asked whether Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels could still become a last-minute presidential candidate.
DeMint spoke highly of Daniels when asked at a meeting of the Aiken Republican Club in Aiken, S.C., on Tuesday night.
Hes the only one who could make it happen, DeMint said, according to a report published by the Augusta Chronicle, a local paper. But I dont think his wife will let it happen.
In a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was chosen as the favorite for the nomination among those rooting for a brokered convention, at 32 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 20 percent each, and Daniels at 15 percent.
All four have said they will not run. Daniels cited his familys reluctance in announcing he would not make a bid for the White House last year.
A brokered GOP convention would only result if no single candidate can accumulate a majority of delegates before the convention is scheduled to begin on Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.
Despite many experts and several high-profile Republicans including the Republican National Committees communications director, Sean Spicer dismissing the likelihood, speculation has persisted that the fluctuating popularity of many GOP candidates and unpredictable polls could lead to a prolonged primary and the necessity of a brokered convention.
DeMint speculated that only an August surprise involving the front-runner in a late-breaking scandal would trigger the hypothetical.
The popular senator told CNN earlier this month the process of choosing a nominee could very well go to the convention due to the divided delegates. On Tuesday, he said, I dont think its very likely.
A USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday found that 66 percent of Republican and GOP-leaning independents surveyed are opposed to a brokered convention.
Daniels is the best that DeMint can come up with? Sounds like he’s been talking to some GOP-E types behind closed-doors in the Senate.
It also shows you how determined the inner circles of the GOP are.....Palin ain’t gonna happen. One of the 4 remaining candidates will be the nominee.
I think Jim DeMint is merely saying that if there were a bc, MD would be the best choice.
I don’t think there will a bc. I think the candidates will be chosen like the last Democrat one was—with a hard fought primary contest.
The top 2 may end up being on the ticket together.
Mitch Daniels? LOL
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So a few hundred rich & powerful elitists trump the majority of the conservative base of the party? Sounds like time to either take over the party at the precinct level or form a new party, wouldn’t you say?
daniels aint happening and neither is christie. the establishment will have to scramble to avoid a Palin.
Precinct and ballot box.....no to 3rd party. I joined the local GOP to work from the inside.
The pipe dream of a brokered convention is what it is a, pipe dream.
IMO I think that the establishment ‘Pubbies are floating a lot of trial balloons like Jeb and Mitch Daniels to see if any of them strike a chord with the base.
As long as the establishment ‘Pubbies are calling the shots, we will likely remain a broadly splintered party of moderates (Romney McCainiacs) and Tea Party conservatives.
The convention could be the public unveiling of how splintered the party is.
Okay, reading comprehension time.
DeMint said: “Hes the only one who could make it happen, DeMint said, according to a report published by the Augusta Chronicle, a local paper. But I dont think his wife will let it happen.
Okay, go back and slowly read that. Did you get the actual meaning/interpretation?
He didn’t say Mitch Daniels was the only candidate that could win a brokered convention. “make it happen” and “only one” implies that if a brokered convention resulted and Daniels wanted to be apart of the discussion, it would be up to him to decide at that point whether or not he would involve himself in the race or not. You can clearly see this is the context of the message based on the next sentence about his wife.
CONTEXT: Without it, things just don’t make sense.
I like Mitch Daniels. He has been a good governor. Compare his state to mine and you’ll see what I mean. He’s zero on the charisma scale, but he would be a competent president. He would never have a way of getting to the White House, since he’s not up to the show-business event that presidential campaigns have become. My ideal candidate used to be George C. Scott. He could electrify the air with charisma, and man could he perform!
Informally, I thought we already had. It's called the Tea Party.
Mitch “CRINO” Daniels being pimped by DeMint, the 2008 head Rombot could be seen a mile away.
The two names mentioned here — Christie and Daniels — are hardly improvements over the current field.
Maybe they should just ask Daniels’ wife. Maybe she could be the nominee. [/s]
Had never really seen those two names that close in a sentence before. What a ticket they would make-from a visual standpoint. Maybe they’ve been photographed next to each other before or, if not, someone could photoshop them together.
Did you ever see him play Ebeneezer Scrooge in the TV movie of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” done back in 1984? For my money, it’s the best version ever filmed.
Daniels has already said locally that his answer is NO.
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