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DeMint: Mitch Daniels only last-minute candidate ‘who could make it happen’ (Huh?)
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | February 22, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn

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.

“He’s the only one who could make it happen,” DeMint said, according to a report published by the Augusta Chronicle, a local paper. “But I don’t 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 family’s 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 Committee’s 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 don’t think it’s 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.


TOPICS: South Carolina; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: jimdemint; mitchdaniels; palin; romney
They're doing EVERYTHING they can to ignore the 440lb female Ursus arctos horribilis in the room, aren't they?
1 posted on 02/22/2012 2:35:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


2 posted on 02/22/2012 2:37:18 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


3 posted on 02/22/2012 2:39:09 PM PST by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


4 posted on 02/22/2012 2:40:18 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitch Daniels? LOL


5 posted on 02/22/2012 2:40:37 PM PST by Hattie
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To: Timber Rattler

South Carolina’s Jim DeMint: Romney’s Silent Surrogate
http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2012/01/jim-demint-romneys-silent-surr.php

Prediction: The Ticket in 2012 is Romney-DeMint
http://americaneedsmitt.com/blog/2011/08/30/romney-demint/

DeMint advisers to endorse Romney
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/11/demint-advisers-to-endorse-romney/

Romney co-chair: Mich., S.C. wins critical (Jim DeMint)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-01-11-romney-camp_N.htm


6 posted on 02/22/2012 2:44:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
DeMint has been solidly in the tank for Milt. He has all but endorsed him this cycle. I can see why he would what to run out and push another milquetoast stooge like Daniels. How in the world does DeMint think that this OMB hack, cuckold would be able to "get it done"? Did Jim have a talk with Mitch's wife?


7 posted on 02/22/2012 2:46:19 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: mtnwmn

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?


8 posted on 02/22/2012 2:47:29 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

daniels aint happening and neither is christie. the establishment will have to scramble to avoid a Palin.


9 posted on 02/22/2012 2:48:16 PM PST by biggredd1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Precinct and ballot box.....no to 3rd party. I joined the local GOP to work from the inside.


10 posted on 02/22/2012 2:56:30 PM PST by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The pipe dream of a brokered convention is what it is a, pipe dream.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 2:57:08 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


12 posted on 02/22/2012 2:59:40 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Okay, reading comprehension time.

DeMint said: ““He’s the only one who could make it happen,” DeMint said, according to a report published by the Augusta Chronicle, a local paper. “But I don’t 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.


13 posted on 02/22/2012 3:00:18 PM PST by parksstp (I pick Rick! (If he's good enough for Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, he's good enough for me))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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!


14 posted on 02/22/2012 3:00:32 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sounds like time to either take over the party at the precinct level or form a new party, wouldn’t you say?

Informally, I thought we already had. It's called the Tea Party.

15 posted on 02/22/2012 3:01:57 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitch “CRINO” Daniels being pimped by DeMint, the 2008 head Rombot could be seen a mile away.

[...yawn...]


16 posted on 02/22/2012 3:02:08 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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]


17 posted on 02/22/2012 3:03:18 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: biggredd1

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.


18 posted on 02/22/2012 3:04:28 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

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.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087056/


19 posted on 02/22/2012 3:07:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Timber Rattler

Daniels has already said locally that his answer is NO.


20 posted on 02/22/2012 3:07:55 PM PST by dforest
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To: Lazlo in PA

LOL This photo says it all!


21 posted on 02/22/2012 3:09:15 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes! That was excellent!


22 posted on 02/22/2012 3:11:18 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

DeMint has more faith in Daniels than I do . . . after watching the GOP Response to the State of the Union. Just terrible and he was very boring and painful to listen to him AND watch him. Thanks but no thanks.

Go Newt!


23 posted on 02/22/2012 3:13:58 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: dforest

Personally I think Daniels would make a fine POTUS.
Mike Pence would make an even better one.


24 posted on 02/22/2012 3:14:31 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican
He’s zero on the charisma scale

Actually, Daniels gets some charisma going when he wants/needs to.

I saw a speech he gave at CPAC last year and he was excellent.

25 posted on 02/22/2012 3:16:04 PM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

He’s on the radio here frequently, and that’s my main experience of him. He seems like a good, straightforward guy. His unassuming personality appeals to the midwesterner in me. Maybe I shouldn’t have said “zero”, but what I meant was, when people talk rock-star candidates, they usually don’t mention Mitch.


26 posted on 02/22/2012 3:21:29 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know, if the conservatives have an over abundance of one thing, it is leaders with charisma.

I mean, everyimte I turn on the T.V. or the radio, all I see and hear is our guys hammering away at the communist radicals taking over our country, expounding in no uncertain terms personal responsibility and individual liberty and how the massive federal leviathan must be reigned in!

I think to myself, WOW, I want that guy as president, no wait, I mean that guy! or that other gal who never misses a chance to point out how Obama is purposely driving us over the cliff!

Who are these modern day patriots and heroes you ask!?

NOBODY! NONE! NOT ONE OF THEM!

My God, the GOP sucks.


27 posted on 02/22/2012 3:23:21 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican
Understood. I don't think he's "rock-star" either, but I'm wondering if maybe people are ready for just plain wholesome for a change. Not bland, but wholesome.

I know I'm ready for it.

28 posted on 02/22/2012 3:24:28 PM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

Me too.


29 posted on 02/22/2012 3:28:29 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who? Mitch “call-a-one-sided-truce-on-conservatives-values” Daniels?


30 posted on 02/22/2012 3:28:29 PM PST by fwdude
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To: chris37
"Who are these modern day patriots and heroes you ask!?
NOBODY! NONE! NOT ONE OF THEM!"

Did you somehow forget Governor Sarah Palin and Speaker Newt Gingrich? They're going hammer & tongs at Mr. Obama.

31 posted on 02/22/2012 3:38:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here we go again. They desperately want a RINO on the ticket, even if someone else wins the primary.

Conservatives should stay home in November if that happens.


32 posted on 02/22/2012 3:46:27 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Timber Rattler
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.

Wait until Danials signs the “public Smoking Ban”. He will be real popular then. LOL

33 posted on 02/22/2012 3:49:54 PM PST by jerry639
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To: nascarnation

I kind of agree.


34 posted on 02/22/2012 4:17:47 PM PST by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MilqueTOAST Daniels “is the only one who could get it done”. ROFL. The Gelding Old Party is heading for the glue factory.


35 posted on 02/22/2012 4:21:24 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, vet, I haven’t. I haven’t really seen or heard either one of them do much of anything here lately -_-

Maybe it’s because I quit watching fox news in 2008, but I listen to Beck, Rush, Hannity, and Levin 5 days a week + also read FR every day, and I can’t think of anything that stands out.

But I will concede your point for the sake of discussing. Are those two people the only two we have? Considering the federal government that we have, I would expect every single elected member of our party to be absolutely outraged at the power grabs and blatant taking of our freedom by communists, and they aren’t saying diddly squat :(


36 posted on 02/22/2012 4:30:39 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Too much Jack Daniels can make it happen that someone thinks that Mitch Daniels can make it happen.


37 posted on 02/22/2012 6:14:51 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Daniel’s drug dealing arrest will be enough to keep him out for good. The way the media and the Dems have been going, having a parking ticket 5 years ago just demolishes a Republican (except Romney).

It also didn’t help that he sold off his toll road to foreign company, and gave it monopoly protection against competition...and the ability to raise tolls without limit. Not too bright...but maybe the first paragraph gives a clue as to his lack of common sense.


38 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:00 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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