Skip to comments.Mitch Daniels: Heartthrob of the elites (BARF ALERT)
Posted on 01/22/2011 6:36:32 PM PST by Bigtigermike
If pundits and columnists represented the GOP base, Mitch Daniels would be the odds-on favorite for the presidential nomination in 2012.
The Indiana governor has been showered with favorable coverage from political thinkers and analysts in recent months, most of which heaped praise on his thoughtful and principled approach to governing while celebrating his serious yet down-to-earth mien.
Of all the Republicans talking about the deficit these days, Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana, has arguably the most credibility, claimed The New York Times David Leonhardt in an Indianapolis-datelined economics column recently.
Daniels is hardly the first presidential prospect to be greeted with bouquets from the cognoscenti as the Last Honest Man in politics. There is a long, bipartisan tradition of White House aspirants who play the truth-teller role and they almost invariably receive better reviews in print than at the polls.
Bruce Babbitt, Paul Tsongas, Ross Perot, John Anderson, Lamar Alexander and John McCain in 2000 all won plaudits from elites for their willingness to speak hard truths about the real problems facing the country rather than just pandering to the partisan rabble.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
"He went to all the right schools (Bachelors, with honors, at Princetons Woodrow Wilson School and a law degree, with honors, from Georgetown), learned at the knee of a political Wise Man (veteran Sen. Richard Lugar) headed up a think tank (Hudson Institute), was a top executive at a Fortune 500 company (Eli Lilly), and for two terms has been a governor, where, as the mandarins formulation goes, all the real policy innovations take place."
He went to the right school? that's where for some Establishment people think Sarah started on the wrong foot back in the 80's - learned from wise Dick Lugar! LOL!
Boy the pundits all need to dial 1-800-Get-A-Clue
Do you have any specific complaints about Mr. Daniels?
If Mitch Daniels is the nominee, I’ll vote third party. I’m not interested in the “Elites” choices.
Do you have any specific complaints about him?
The other is to try to compare him to "others" claimed to be undifferentiated from him in any way.
In the end you are left with the problem that he's sitting atop the ONLY state government in the Mid West or East of the Mississippi that is SOLVENT! In fact, Indiana is right there next door to America's number one basketcase ~ ILLINOIS!
His edge for "higher office" is simply that his government is not broke and all the others are! It's almost like you don't want anyone with some financial acumen to get in charge.
Hey, TEAParty people ~ Hey, yeah, you guys ~ do you want a candidate who cares about something beyond waste, fraud and abuse like, perhaps, lower debt, lower taxes.......
If you do, find us a candidate eh!
Honestly, I know nothing of Mitch Daniels, other than he is kicking Illinois' ass. I'll find out more about him when the time comes.
If Mitch Daniels is the nominee, Ill vote third party. Im not interested in the Elites choices.
We got McCain last time! Never again should we allow the Left and the Elites pick our candidates.
It’s very telling that the Left goes after Palin, who hasn’t even announced her intentions for POTUS yet, but don’t offer a word of criticizm towards those they already know are going to run like Romney, Newt and Pawlenty.
Who ever the Left fears most they attack and demonize. This is why I know Palin is the right choice (if she decides to run of course)!
Mitch Daniels open to VAT, oil tax hike
These comments come on the heels of a September profile in Newsweek, in which Daniels said tax increases might be necessary to tackle the federal deficit. At some stage, there could well be a tax increase, Daniels told the magazine. They say we cant have grown-up conversations. I think we can.
Daniels has previously clashed with Norquist over the formers refusal to sign the No New Taxes pledge.
Is there such a thing as the Official Free Republic Kiss of Death? If there is, Mitch Daniels is now the proud owner of one.
Very clever writing. Praise the man with faint praise, paint him as an elite and watch the rabble with the pitchforks and torches tar and feather him without bothering to find out who he is.
He has supported VAT tax, hasn't lifted a finger to get a marriage amendment passed in Indians and slapped social conservatives in the face by calling for a truce on social issues.
He has supported a VAT tax, hasn't lifted a finger to get a marriage amendment passed in Indians and slapped social conservatives in the face by calling for a truce on social issues.
Mitch has been known to raise more than a few taxes.
Mitch Daniels opens to VAT and oil tax hike. These comments come on the heels of a September profile in Newsweek, in which Daniels said tax increases might be necessary to tackle the federal deficit. At some stage, there could well be a tax increase, Daniels told the magazine. They say we cant have grown-up conversations. I think we can. Daniels has previously clashed with Norquist over the formers refusal to sign the No New Taxes pledge.
Pat Bauer stopped the Marriage Amendment in the House, didn’t he?
hasn't lifted a finger to get a marriage amendment passed in Indians
Is there a reason why he would need to do so in Indiana?
and slapped social conservatives in the face by calling for a truce on social issues.
And that, sir, shows that you've bought the spin without reading what he actually said.
Here's all you need to know about Daniels...
Yeah, a huge one. I find his voice irritating and he isn't doing a damn thing to change it.
IOW, you wish he had breasts.
I recall hearing on the radio that he balanced Indiana’s budget without raising taxes. I will give him a look when the time comes. I don’t go for that “all I need to know” stuff when the Election is far away.
It's a masterful hit piece of journalistic art at it's highest (or lowest).
“If Mitch Daniels is the nominee, Ill vote third party. Im not interested in the Elites choices.”
I’ll join you. I’ll NEVER vote for someone who sells off highways to private companies with monopoly protection for unlimited tolling (as he did). He can go to the No Labels bunch as far as I’m concerned.
No, I wish he had guts. Inside-the-beltway elites are gutless wonders.
Actually, that's all we need to know about you.
If you actually read the articles, you see Daniels explaining his positions, and he's obviously given them some thought.
Do you have a real argument about his statement that the country's financial condition is grave, and is the most serious issue we face today?
Or do you disagree with his statement that a heavy reliance on imported oil (which is the oil he would tax) represents a serious national security problem?
Heh...Daniels is DOA. You can try and pimp him all you want around here, but we're all on to him. He's squishy on abortion and supports a VAT.
Wouldn't it be wiser to wait until someone actually declares he (or she) is running for the nomination?
Really? Look at the shape our country is in. You want to keep electing the same old idiots that have nearly destroyed it and you think I’m clueless? That’s funny.
“Leased it to a private company.”
LOL. I lease for 75 years is no different than a sale...at least as far as my life time is concerned. 5 years ok, 10 years maybe ok, 75 years - HE GAVE IT AWAY!!
Yup. He “gave” away a corrupt, top-heavy bureacractic taxpayer moneypit. And now people can actually drive on it.
“Yup. He gave away a corrupt, top-heavy bureacractic taxpayer moneypit. And now people can actually drive on it.”
Someone had told me earlier that the real reason he gave it away was to teach the union-heavy North (Indiana) a lesson. That makes sense (and is somewhat in line with your comment). However, I definitely don’t want someone that VINDICTIVE as president - we’re already dealing with a person like that.
An endorsement from The Economist is a bigger albatross in my opinion. If they leaned to the right in the old days, they certainly do not lean that way now. They are reliably anti-American on just about every issue.
Let me guess, he was a government union employee. /s
“Let me guess, he was a government union employee. /s “
Maybe was - doesn’t matter.
Ill join you. Ill NEVER vote for someone who sells off highways to private companies with monopoly protection for unlimited tolling (as he did). He can go to the No Labels bunch as far as Im concerned.
you have to be a democrat from south bend....the lease (not sale) of the Indiana toll road was brilliant. Billions of dollars came to the state, only for infrastructure, much of which is being spent for a freeway from Indy to Evansville, and completion of the heartland corridor from Fort Wayne to Lafayette.....both projects will benefit the state mightily
I have lived in Indiana for forty years and feel that he is the best Governor that this state has ever had....along with Doc. Bowen. Everything that he has done has not been absolutely painless(what it) but he sees a need and figures out a way to solve it and the VAST majority of intelligent Hoosiers approve of his measures.
I am in favor of road privatization as fast as is technically possible.
I think we had enough of the elites in high office ! The last non-elite POTUS was Ronald Reagan. Carter was a Naval Academy ring knocker. Time for a non-elitist for POTUS !
It seems as far as those who post on FreeRepublic are concerned it is Palin or Duncan Hunter or the country will just have to get along with another four years of the disasterous Obama.
He’s the go to the guy FTABR Crowd - that is, for any one but Romney. Daniels doesn’t have Romneycare as an albatross around his neck and he’d carry his home state in the general election. Romney can’t.
Out of curiousity, what is Romney's home state this week?
Describing the Economist as “right-leaning” indicates a whole lot more about this writer than the Economist itself.
“Leased it to a private company. And so far, it’s working far better than the alternative (which was to allow the government to continue operating it).”
You obviously have not driven the Indiana Toll Road in recent years. And, speaking of monopolies taking over previous government-run systems, how much do you know about the private enterprise (monopoly) operating parking meters in Chicago?
And I am well-familiar with the differences between the Chicago parking meter and the Indiana Toll Road contracts. The former is fraudulent, the latter is not.
Its would be an interesting contrast of Midwesterners. A conservative Hoosier against a Far Leftist Illinoisian. One guy fresh off two terms as an experienced chief executive vs a President who talks a good game but hasn’t done anything to turn the economy around. A solvent state vs a basketcase one. We could do worse.
And, last I checked, the governor of Indiana had no authority over Chicago's parking meters.....