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The Anti-Obama? [Is Mitch Daniels the Guy To Beat Obama?]
National Review ^ | February 27, 2010 | Mona Charen

Posted on 02/27/2010 5:05:15 PM PST by Steelfish

MONA CHAREN FEBRUARY 26, 2010 12:00 A.M.

The Anti-Obama? Mitch Daniels might challenge Obama in 2012; the GOP would be lucky to have him.

On the morning of November 5, 2008, the world rocked to news that the United States had elected Barack Obama to the presidency. That same morning, Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana, joined the list of those most often mentioned as potentially defeating President Obama in 2012.

In what may be a sign of unusual mental health and emotional balance, Daniels persistently declined to be considered a candidate. Among his many reasons, he told C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb, was reluctance to subject his family to the “savagery” of presidential politics. It is great news for the country, if not for him, that he has at last relented and agreed to keep the door open — if only a crack.

He earned his spot on the short list of possibilities the hard way: In a quicksand year for Republicans, he managed to win reelection as governor by 18 points (in a state Obama carried). His supporters included 24 percent of Democrats, 20 percent of African-Americans, 51 percent of the youth vote, 67 percent of the elderly, and 57 percent of independents.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: 2012gopprimary; daniels2012; mitchdaniels; monacharen

1 posted on 02/27/2010 5:05:15 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

I think just about anyone will be able to beat Obama.


2 posted on 02/27/2010 5:06:22 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Steelfish

The Republican Party and the GCM will nominate Mitt Romney. It’s his turn.


3 posted on 02/27/2010 5:11:16 PM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Steelfish

From Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Daniels

Daniels was part of the Reagan Administration when he became chief political advisor and liaison to President Ronald Reagan in August 1985.

He is a Presbyterian. Daniels is a grandson of Syrian immigrants and was honored by the Arab-American Institute for his work in the community.


4 posted on 02/27/2010 5:11:31 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: sodpoodle

I kind of like Paul Ryan more. He gave Hussein an a*s whipping the other day.


5 posted on 02/27/2010 5:13:16 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Steelfish

I’ve seen this guy on C-Span. He’s a down to earth, smart, modest individual—everything Obama is not. Put up against him, Obama would look like the egomaniacal, preening phoney that he is. Daniels has gravitas. Republicans could win with him.


6 posted on 02/27/2010 5:16:18 PM PST by WestSylvanian
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To: sodpoodle

That’s an interesting article in Wiki. I like how he lowered property taxes, and wants the tax caps passed into law.


7 posted on 02/27/2010 5:17:14 PM PST by Joyell
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To: Frantzie

I heard the same. I’d LOVE to see a video of it.


8 posted on 02/27/2010 5:22:49 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Steelfish

We’re in bad shape if the best that we can do is to nominate Mitch.


9 posted on 02/27/2010 5:23:56 PM PST by curmudgeonII (Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.)
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To: Steelfish

Mitch would be a great pick for Sec. of the Tres. in the Palin Adm.

Bean counters don’t make for great people for National elections One reason Mitt will never win.

Mitch would be a better team player in the cabinet


10 posted on 02/27/2010 5:24:37 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Frantzie

Paul Ryan was the first name Sarah Palin came up with a week ago for a person she respects. Another person for her cabinet. Also a leader in the making in congress


11 posted on 02/27/2010 5:26:51 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Frantzie

There are a number of bold, young turks & turkettes moving up the GOP ranks, all of whom have potential.

I honestly believe the majority of voters are desperate for a calm, mature, optimistic realist with solid experience. A combination of Ike & Reagan.

Sarah (in spite of her own substantial positives), will probably suffer blowback left by Pelosi & Hilary’s witches brew.

Don’t see anyone with all the qualifications just yet. In two -three more years someone will emerge - and we’ll all be pleasantly surprised. God willing.


12 posted on 02/27/2010 5:29:10 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: sodpoodle

Mitch Daniels has been a very good EXECUTIVE in Indiana. If he decides to run (and, I rather doubt it)... he would be a formidable candidate.

He’s LIKABLE and ACCOMPLISHED,

That’s a pretty powerful combination.


13 posted on 02/27/2010 5:34:12 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim
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To: Steelfish
Here's a video you may find interesting.
14 posted on 02/27/2010 5:35:06 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Steelfish

I have not really been paying much attention to the speculation over who will run in 2012, but he would be at the top of my list of consideration. A solid track record of successfully applying conservative principles, executive experience, a firm grasp of national issues, proven ability to attract voters beyond the conservative base; he seems like a candidate straight from central casting.


15 posted on 02/27/2010 5:35:45 PM PST by rob777 (Personal Responsibility is the Price of Freedom)
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To: sodpoodle

Daniels is a grandson of Syrian immigrants and was honored by the Arab-American Institute for his work in the community.

________________________

Oh, H*LL no!


16 posted on 02/27/2010 5:38:50 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: arthurus

Romney falls in that just about portion - ie, one who cannot win. That is why the powers that be will push him.


17 posted on 02/27/2010 5:40:16 PM PST by Ingtar (Reckon the process will be silly - Reckonsilliation)
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To: Brilliant
I think just about anyone will be able to beat Obama.

Don't get too overconfident. I thought Bubba Clinton wouldn't be re-elected, but he was.

1. The Republicans have time to stumble badly or nominate another non-inspiring candidate.

2. If the economy shows signficant improvement in early 2012, Obama could pull out a win.
18 posted on 02/27/2010 5:44:17 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: patriot08

They left Syria for a reason. They came to America.

p.s. He was not born in Syria;)


19 posted on 02/27/2010 5:44:38 PM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: SumProVita
I’d LOVE to see a video of it.

Do a search on FR of the Live thread for the summit or video posts. There were a dozen videos of Ryan v Obama.

Also, try a search on youtube.
20 posted on 02/27/2010 5:47:48 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Steelfish
Heck daffy duck would be better than Obama, and if things continue the way they are daffy could beat Obama in the next election.
21 posted on 02/27/2010 5:49:09 PM PST by WHBates
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To: Steelfish

I haven’t had anyone tell me yet that this guy is a social conservative, what little I can uncover seems to indicate that he isn’t.

Some freepers have speculated that he would be useful for diluting Mitt Romney’s support in the primary.


22 posted on 02/27/2010 7:43:15 PM PST by ansel12 (Social liberal politicians in the GOP are easy for the left to turn, why is that?)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

he’ll be a formidable candidate if he wants to win. But it really has to come from him...we don’t need another Fred.


23 posted on 02/27/2010 7:53:13 PM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: arthurus

Damn Mitt. I wish he would take his phoney, used car salesmans smile and plastic hair and shuffle back to Mass.
If the GOP picks a person just because its “His Turn”, then the party will get its fat ass kicked.
No more McCains, no more Mitts and no more RINOS.


24 posted on 02/28/2010 4:10:01 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Yorlik803

Dole and McCain are the precedents.


25 posted on 02/28/2010 5:57:25 AM PST by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: curmudgeonII
We’re in bad shape if the best that we can do is to nominate Mitch.

I hate it when someone does a one-liner like that and fails to explain things.
26 posted on 03/01/2010 6:50:15 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I hate it when someone does a one-liner like that and fails to explain things.
That's why I sign in as a Curmudgeon.
27 posted on 03/01/2010 2:39:11 PM PST by curmudgeonII (Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.)
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