Skip to comments.Mitch Daniels Caves (Indiana Democrats in Action).
Posted on 02/23/2011 2:31:58 AM PST by broken_arrow1
Today Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana dealt a serious blow to his chances for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, when he caved in to the walk-out by Democrats in the Indiana House over a controversial right-to-work bill. Beth Schneider writes in the Indianapolis Star:
Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.
He will not send out state police to corral the Democrats, the Republican governor said.
The Democrat minority has (the) right to express its views, he added.
Daniels is a fiscal hawk who has won national acclaim for the bang-up job he has done steering the Indiana economy out of the mire of the recession compounded by two previous terms of Democrat irresponsibility. The governor gave a controversial speech at the CPAC convention asking Republicans to "call a truce" on social issues while dealing with America's faltering economy.
Word to Mitch: the stifling effect of labor unions on the economy is not a social issue.
Daniels' unwillingness to stand on principle on issues important to social conservatives suggested that there might be a weak spot in the former Reagan Budget Director's resume. Daniels earned the sobriquet "Mitch the Knife" for his willingness to stand on economic principle while helping trim the fat out of the federal budget.
Apparently, Daniels now wants to be known as "Mitch the Nice." That won't work for me or any of the conservatives that I know. Now is the time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and act on the mandate provided conservatives in the 2010 mid-term elections. Reigning in union greed must be a top priority.
I'm sure teachers, federal employees, Indiana Democrats and associated union ilk are searching the thrift stores for "My Man Mitch" buttons that they would previously have spat upon.
Sorry Mitch, but it's only taken two weeks in the national public eye to prove that you ain't no Chris Christie or Scott Walker.
Mitch... been nice knowing you!!
just what the GOP needs, more gutless wonders who know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. /sarc
he’s from the MCcrap wing of the Republican party
He’s good as gone. I’ll take Walker over Daniels. I hate Republican who surrender to the Left and allow themselves to be walked over without a fight.
Talks the talk but does not walk the walk.
darn! walker should ship daniels some of that wisconsin cheese, the calcium helps you keep a stiff backbone.
He has now joined the scumbag GOP club!
Mitch! go hold hands with Scott Brown!! RINO Losers
Boy, the GOP certainly seems to have an endless supply of these losers, doesn’t it?
“Call a truce”
The Dems consider this a Hudna.
Not only is MD like JMc in the spineless category, I get the distinct stench from MD of a Illegal Alien Amnesty type of Repub too. This has pushed him off my POTUS list.
Dimunitive Daniels has a “Neopolonic Complex”
Well Mitch; you can always say you did it for the children.
Bye Bye...So Long...Farewell...don’t forget to close the door behind you, we wouldn’t want anymore RINO’s getting in.
Sorry, but it's now or never, and Tin-ear Mitch just undercut Walker and publicly revealed himself as the squishy, gutless RINO we all knew him to be before all of this brought him to National attention.
Stick a fork in him...he's done.
I would say Mitch just entered the RINO class of Huckabee, Romney, Newt, McCain, etc.
Real conservatives or GO FISH.
No wonder he’s so popular with the Establishment GOP! Jeesh.
This bill in Indiana (right to work) targets unions at private companies.
A Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. However, employees who work in the railway or airline industries are not protected by a Right to Work law, and employees who work on a federal enclave may not be.
Does not stop unions from organizing at all.
Mitch could use a visit from the local Tea Party chapter for a good talking to and to have him be introduced to his future opponent in the primaries.
Mitch “the knife” daniels....we just never know who he’ll use the knife on.
But just another old-school machine Republican who doesn't understand that a new breed of Republicans is ascending - he's just so out-of-touch that he probably doesn't even realize he signed his own (political) death warrant.
Never considered him anyway! Good riddance to all RINOS!
No mother Daniels, we didn’t! Thanks for writing in to support your son!
“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”
Never trusted him!~
J.S. (And I was at the rally of a politician I can support today): Our next Senator, Richard Mourdock.
I believe that it is sometimes better to fight and lose than forfeit. Especially when forfeiting looks like a victory to the lib demoncraps.
You blew this one Mitch. What a loser.
Then maybe Mitch needs to communicate that rather than any of us having to take wild guesses about his motivation.
We have to find a way short of utter bankruptcy to stop the tax money funded Democrat political machine. This really sucks that we could be so close to really turning the tide and then to be worn down by these democrat stunts and antics. Just a few months ago, it was considered an unreasonable stunt to have bills read on the floor by Republicans, but walking out and leaving the state is now no problem. All I am reading now is how all the polls are turning agianst us, but how could this be after all the unfair play by the Democrats? Perhaps the pollsters are assembling thier usual tilted questions phrased like, “Would you rather allow struggling low-paid copassionate teachers who care only about your children to have basic worker rights OR would you rather be kicked in the balls with steel toed boots?” I am depressed now and am feeling that all may be lost now after a brief period of optimism and that all the lies are going to consume us.
Spot on. If this was a bill pertaining to public sector unions, the fight would be joined. I live here. I am watching closely. Daniels may not be on the same page with me on a lot of social issues, but we are spectacularly aligned on fiscal issues. He said—correctly—not at this time for this battle. At least in Indiana, PRIVATE sector right to work deferral will not kill us this term. There are other things that will.
Plus, it is crucial to keep the spotlight on the real loser here (for the Dems)—the right of public employees to collectively bargain. Confuse that issue and risk ceding it. There are a lot of private sector folks who split that issue when it comes to public versus private unions (right or wrong).
It is okay to not like Daniels; just make sure it is for the right reasons.
Much better to find out now.
Being Bush’s OMB director when Bush pushed for tax cuts, NCLB and Medicare drug plans. I don’t think Daniels had a chance.
He is not a fiscal conservative.
If he doesn’t want to fight on social issues and he won’t fight on fiscal issues, what’s left? The voters have been duped.
Dim witted RINO. Thanks for weakening Walker’s position. So much for solidarity on our side.
Nothin’ to see, movin’ on.
Nothin’ to see, movin’ on.
This is one move by Daniels in what is a very large and very conservative legislative agenda that includes Charter Schools, school vouchers, elimination of automatic union dues deductions for teachers and stripping collective bargaining rights from the teachers unions, all of which would have saved the states millions and improved public education. Those bills were progressing but are all dead now too.
Daniels position and guidance to the legislators all along has been to get the Education reform done and then go for the right to work. By going for right to work now, they essentially threw the baby out with the bathwater.
Why not wait to judge until we see how it plays out? Daniels may win all the battles yet and Walker may lose. Nothing is determined yet.
The problem is no one is willing to cut him a break. As OMB director, he lead the effort to turn a $200B surplus into a $450B deficit. Then, now that he’s running, he picks a fight with social conservatives. If he’s not a fiscal or social conservative, what is he?
Another liberal dim playing a republican because he can’t get elected as a dim.
>> Daniels is a fiscal hawk
Daniels is a fiscal pussycat.
>> If hes not a fiscal or social conservative, what is he?
Another self-serving “go along to get along” politician?
Just a guess.
He’s done. Nice knowing you, Mitch. Wave goodbye to your political aspirations.
Yeah, that was quick.
He is Pubbie — watch him fold.
Pubbies fold. Like the scorpion with the frog — it’s just their nature; it’s what they do.
Why not wait to judge until we see how it plays out?
You may be right. I like what he said in that CPAC speech: "you'll be amazed at how much government you'll never miss." Which taken at its deepest implications says it all.
In an executive position one must get one's priorities in order to get things done and there are many who simply do not understand that. And public unions and private unions are two entirely different things, the former should simply not exist at all (because public government money is taken at gunpoint from the citizen), the latter have every right to exist although certainly in a "right-to-work" environment (because we have freedom to assemble and organize).
At a minimum though Governor Mitch Daniels should outright declare that "I believe in a right-to-work environment, but first things first." Just what I have said above.
Why play politics when the principles of freedom and human dignity are so clear?
The Republican majority were going hard after pubic sector unions and when they crossed the line to private sector unions, it created the impression that their entire agenda was about unions instead of education reform. Couple of other little tidbits.
- The right to work legislation that triggered the walkout had been introduced in seven consecutive previous sessions by the same legislator. It had never made it out of committee. Not sure if it was ever given a vote in committee or not.
- There may be some good cop / bad cop going on between Daniels and the House Speaker. The House Speaker is taking the Dems to the woodshed in the media.
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