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.
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You are clueless -- and it's not funny; it's rather sad.
And that, sir, shows that you’ve bought the spin without reading what he actually said.
— Agreed. When I first read him saying ‘truce’ I was non-plussed but as socially conservative as I am, we are near financial meltdown. Lets get the ship righted first.
No they have a clue. People here post that so and so or Obama is stupid. They know exactly what they are doing. They want another McCain or Ivy League puppet.
Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - all Ivy League one worlder elites. Obama cannot speak without a teleprompter so I would be he is probably semi literate. No one even saw him at these schools. He was groomed with Saudi money and possibly CIA leftist elites.
They are not stupid - just evil.
Agreed. If we don’t turn our economy around, people won’t want to raise strong families. We won’t have them for sure if the government is in charge of our lives.
“you have to be a democrat from south bend.”
No, actually I’m an American from Texas. We have a governor who was trying to pull the same stunt - STATEWIDE. Basically sell off our highways (including freeways - as in I-10) to private companies for unrestricted tolling. We knew it was a SCAM and it was going to WRECK our state, so we (mostly Republicans on the outskirts of Houston), fortunately (and barely), managed to stop him (at least for now).
And sorry, you may wish to live in the fantasy of a ‘lease’, but when that ‘lease’ doesn’t end until my kids are dead, it is a SALE as far as I’m concerned.
Those crafty Texan conservatives . . . insisting that their roads be operated and maintained in the least efficient and most expensive way possible, by their government.
And his comment wasn't that social issues don't matter; it was that social issues shouldn't be allowed to get in the way of dealing with the very pressing crises we face.
So many people want easy answers, and they want their own issues to be the only ones people pay attention to -- that single-issue focus has been the bane of conservatism for years.
I don't know if Daniels is the best guy for the job, but he comes across as a thoughtful, intelligent, and able guy who by all accounts has done a very good job as governor of Indiana. (See this video to get a sense of the guy....)
Seems to me that he deserves a bit more honest look than the shallow twaddle that passes for political commentary by some on this thread.
a sale indicates ownership without restrictions....they have plenty of restrictions, rules, regulations, expectations, responsibilities etc.....and they can't take it out of the state(without permission)
“Those crafty Texan conservatives . . . insisting that their roads be operated and maintained in the least efficient and most expensive way possible, by their government.”
No, actually preventing a very slick company from signing SWEETHEART deals (as they did in Ontario and Chicago) with an IDIOT governor.
Here in Texas our highways were doing great and keeping ahead of the traffic, until we diverted a bunch of gas tax money, and then let the gas tax lapse (by not increasing it in 20 years). And I have driven freeways many times in Indiana, and they seemed just fine too.
I would not vote for him for dog catcher I've been to Indiana, the place is a damn mess.
Agreed. When I first read him saying truce I was non-plussed but as socially conservative as I am, we are near financial meltdown. Lets get the ship righted first.
“a sale indicates ownership without restrictions....they have plenty of restrictions, rules, regulations, expectations, responsibilities etc.....and they can’t take it out of the state(without permission) “
I guess you guys will just have to learn that Cintra knows how to play hardball.
Oh well, I guess you guys will just have to learn this the hard way too. Too bad you didn’t check with Canada first.
We, in Texas, knew what was coming, and pretty much stopped it.
In Indiana, we pay our bills, apparently unlike Texas and Ontario. Seriously, with the way the toll collection system is set up, you would have to intentionally be trying to pull off some scam to run into billing problems.
Before the lease agreement, the toll road in Indiana was a political payback system that was corruptly mismanaged. We heard all kinds of complaints before the lease was signed, but hardly anybody talks about it now except with positive remarks about how much better it is.
Turning a freeway into a toll road is stupid, but Daniels didn’t do that. He took a badly managed, money losing tollway, got rid of cushy union patronage jobs, and turned it into a cash cow for the state. Not only that, he used the cash in fiscally responsible ways to keep the state in a strong financial position.
Mitch Daniels is a fantastically talented leader. Leave it to the yahoos on FR to talk him down. Are there any sober voices of reason on this website anymore? What has happened to this place?
How about Romney,they are wetting thier pants over him,and John Huntsman jr.
Joking aside, the idea of private operation of public functions is an idea that goes back through Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher. And the fact of the matter is an asset is better maintained by an entity that has a financial stake in it, over one that does not. Even those much-despised parking meters in Chicago actually work. (The one that I found that didn't--I called the 1-800 number and the technician was standing next to me within 15 minutes--you think that would've been possible under the old, government run system?).
Most of them have already chosen their candidate and will tear down any opposition.
That pretty much covers it. If you hold the opposite view (of holding judgement until the races actually begin), it’s quite amusing to watch.
Comparing parking meters to the united states tax payer built and user funded interstate highway system is comparing an ant to an elephant. And is silly as hell.
So, apparently, you will accept only candidates about whom the MSM does not report; or at the very least, you won't accept anybody about whom the MSM has something nice to say.
That's a remarkable admission on your part.
But he'd make an excellent Commerce Secretary.
Daniels first action here in Indiana upon taking office was de-certifying the UAW as representative of state employees.
That little deal had been set up by Evan Bayh 16 yrs previous.
It took a lot of b@lls to do that in a state with a lot of union members.
It certainly made the state budget a whole lot more healthy.
I've lived here for 28 yrs and beg to differ.
And compared to Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois (states with similar geography and demographics) we're stellar.
LOL, it is a mess, just because you get accustom to your septic tank leaking is no sign your neighbor don’t smell it.
as we used to say at my old workplace
without data, you are just another manager with an opinion
And why talk about roads? Let's talk about nuclear power plants, water filtration plants, gas pipelines, and airports, etc. All of which are run by private entities with success.
Indiana compared to other states is like comparing a democratic republic to all other forms of government....it't the worst ever....except for all the rest
Amen to that....I am no fan of labor unions and at that time, I was a correctional officer. I was surrounded by people who were very upset by his anti-union stance but I would ask them, "what connection do you have with the union other than paying dues every 2 weeks. You can't strike, you can't walk out, you can't demand a raise (legislature sets salary levels).....of what benefit is the union to you???? never had a reasonable answer It certainly made the state budget a whole lot more healthy.