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Daniels Won’t Fight for Right-to-Work Legislation
NRO ^ | February 22, 2011 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 02/22/2011 1:58:55 PM PST by ejdrapes

Daniels Won’t Fight for Right-to-Work Legislation

February 22, 2011 4:39 P.M. By Katrina Trinko
Gov. Mitch Daniels made it clear in a press conference today that he was not prepared to fight for the passage of right-to-work legislation, which is being pushed by GOP state lawmakers. Today most Indiana Democrat assembly members left the state in order to ensure there would not be a quorum.

“For reasons I’ve explained more than once, I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised,” said Daniels.

In a December interview, Daniels said that he was against the issue being raised this legislative session since it had not been a focus on the campaign trail. “I think if you’re going to try to do something that fundamental, you owe it to the public to have that kind of an airing first, and that has not happened here,” he remarked.

Daniels also emphasized he didn’t want to escalate the issue any further.

“I’m not sending the state police after anybody,” he said.

“I trust that peoples’ consciences will bring them back to work,” Daniels added. “I choose to believe that our friends in the minority, having made their point, will come back and do their duty and the jobs that they’re paid to do.”


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Indiana Freepers know more about this? Seems like Daniels is caving. I'm sure collective bargining wasn't a major campaing issue in Wisconsin; doesn't mean you ignore the issue because the other side is having a temper tantrum. At least Scott Walker has balls. Seems like Daniels needs to grow a pair.
1 posted on 02/22/2011 1:58:58 PM PST by ejdrapes
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To: ejdrapes

Thanks for playing Mitch.


2 posted on 02/22/2011 2:01:33 PM PST by MNlurker
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To: ejdrapes

After three fleeibusters (TX, then WI, then IN), this phenomenon deserves a name. If anyone can think of a better word than fleeibuster, I’m curious to hear it.


3 posted on 02/22/2011 2:01:37 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: ejdrapes

He’s out of contention for any national office, so far as I am concerned. This is caving in to Union Goon tactics.


4 posted on 02/22/2011 2:01:52 PM PST by pogo101
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To: ejdrapes

The Indiana right to work legislation was only directed at the private sector. Daniels suspended government workers’ collective bargaining powers (I won’t call them “rights”) the day he took office.

This is an issue that Daniels has been reluctant to tackle and he’s made no bones about it. He has his sights set on other issues right now. Or offices....


5 posted on 02/22/2011 2:02:04 PM PST by henkster (Before we make any more "investments" we ought to be shown the prospectus.)
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To: ejdrapes

Is this the guy that some FReepers were chanting to run for president? He’s squishy, IMO.


6 posted on 02/22/2011 2:02:10 PM PST by Catsrus (Have)
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To: ejdrapes

I’d love to hear from those FReepers who think this azzklown is presidential material.

I suspect they won’t be here on *this* thread, though.


7 posted on 02/22/2011 2:02:41 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: ejdrapes

Daniels worked for the RINO Bush administration. What do you expect?


8 posted on 02/22/2011 2:02:50 PM PST by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: ejdrapes

I always thought Daniels was a RINO. IN could do a lot better than Daniels.


9 posted on 02/22/2011 2:02:59 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Catsrus

Yup. Where are those pro-Daniels Freepers now? Daniels isn’t even suited to be dogcatcher let alone a politician.


10 posted on 02/22/2011 2:04:43 PM PST by max americana
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To: ejdrapes

Hey Mitch...love ya bunch....BUT: Slavery is never OK.


11 posted on 02/22/2011 2:04:45 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: ejdrapes

Caving already!

The spine of a jellyfish. He can forget about my support on any presidential aspirations he may have.


12 posted on 02/22/2011 2:04:52 PM PST by Castigar
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To: HiTech RedNeck

When things got tough, they bolted. It’s a boltbuster.


13 posted on 02/22/2011 2:05:10 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: ejdrapes

The more we hear from Daniels the longer his RINO horn grows.


14 posted on 02/22/2011 2:05:13 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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Daniels Calls For Truce in Indiana

By Philip Klein on 2.22.11 @ 4:09PM

In another move unlikely to endear him to conservative primary voters should he decide to seek the presidency, the Indianapolis Star reports that:

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should to drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.

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 right to express its views, he added.

The governor clung to his view that this is not the year to tackle right to work.

Jim Geraghty is running out of patience with Daniels:

If the Indiana House Democrats get what they want through this tactic, what’s to prevent them from using it again and again every time they think they’ll lose on a big issue?

I had been open-minded about Daniels’ “truce” talk — no matter how much a Republican presidential candidate talks about the importance of social issues, 75 to 90 percent of the president’s time from January 2013 to 2017 will be spent on economic and fiscal crises and managing a dangerous and rapidly changing world. But a concession to Democrats on major reforms like these will spur a lot of talk about Daniels’ toughness, or whether he’s too conciliatory to an opposition that has gone completely off the rails, or more accurately, out of the state….

When it came to the social issues "truce" statement, my attitude was that Daniels was stupid to make the comments if he intended to run for president, but in reality he was merely explicitly stating what most other Republican politicians were also doing implicitly -- focusing on economic and fiscal issues. By in large, the GOP message of the 2010 midterms was not big on social issues -- the Pledge to America, for instance, barely mentioned them. But my bigger fear with Daniels has been that, like Bush 41, he'd be willing to raise taxes as part of a bargain with Democrats. And this latest cave in adds to that perception.

UPDATE: Transcript of Daniels' remarks here, his office claiming that his comments were misinterpreted.

15 posted on 02/22/2011 2:06:05 PM PST by ejdrapes (Some on the Right have jumped the shark over Egypt)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Fleebaggers! :D


16 posted on 02/22/2011 2:07:02 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: henkster
He has his sights set on other issues right now. Or offices....

That's not gonna happen now...

17 posted on 02/22/2011 2:07:07 PM PST by Last Dakotan (Hunting - the ultimate in organic grocery shopping.)
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Sorry, Mitch, you just lost my support.

This means the minority can and will direct the legislative process from now on. This is as wrong as giving the Speaker sole control over what bills reach the floor. The majority of the voters of Indiana have been disenfranchised by this move.

So much for all that work to re-establish a majority in both houses.

18 posted on 02/22/2011 2:07:34 PM PST by Military family member (My Man Mitch!!)
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To: henkster
He has his sights set on other issues right now.

You can now make that "had his sights set" on other offices... After this, along with his call for a "truce" on social issues and favoring amnesty for illegals, any plans he had to run for president are stillborn...

19 posted on 02/22/2011 2:07:34 PM PST by CA Conservative
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Sorry, Mitch, you just lost my support.

This means the minority can and will direct the legislative process from now on. This is as wrong as giving the Speaker sole control over what bills reach the floor. The majority of the voters of Indiana have been disenfranchised by this move.

So much for all that work to re-establish a majority in both houses.

20 posted on 02/22/2011 2:08:04 PM PST by Military family member
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To: henkster
I'm sick of all the truce talk though. And some of his comments sound like he wants the GOP to drop the issue so the Dems will come back to Indiana. So basically they know they can throw a temper tantrun and Daniels will cave.
21 posted on 02/22/2011 2:09:22 PM PST by ejdrapes (Some on the Right have jumped the shark over Egypt)
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I’d love to hear from those FReepers who think this azzklown is presidential material. I suspect they won’t be here on *this* thread, though.

I like Mitch and I'll vote for him if he runs for President. As another poster has already pointed out, Mitch has gotten rid of collective bargaining for state workers in his first term, and his position on collective bargaining in the private sector is clear.

When this came bubbling up last week, Mitch asked that the House GOP not bring the issue to the floor until the rest of his agenda for the session--which ends in a few days--was passed. They didn't do that, so Mitch returned the favor.

22 posted on 02/22/2011 2:10:46 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: ejdrapes

Isn’t this the same guy who said social conservatives should lay low?

Seems he is more of a McCain we-all-need-to-get-along rather than a conservative.

Drop him.


23 posted on 02/22/2011 2:13:04 PM PST by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot.)
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To: Nervous Tick
I suspect they won’t be here on *this* thread, though.

Here's one of them. This is going to check Daniels off my donation/support list. I will still vote for him in November in the (increasingly unlikely) circumstance that he runs and is nominated.

24 posted on 02/22/2011 2:13:20 PM PST by Notary Sojac (Who's Damaged America More? (a) Al Qaeda (b) Wall Street Investment Bankers)
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To: pogo101

To be honest, I can’t figure out any meaning to the idea of the governor “fighting for” the bill. Either it’s going to arrive at his desk or it won’t and that’s up to the legiscritters. It’s rather unseemly, actually, for a governor (or president) to be hounding a legislature like it was a balky dog he was trying to get to do a trick. If it arrives, everyone knows he’ll give it the nod.


25 posted on 02/22/2011 2:14:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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>> his position on collective bargaining in the private sector is clear

Oh, it’s plenty clear to ME what it is. For Mitch, it’s A-OK if the citizens of Indiana are slaved to a union.

>> Mitch returned the favor.

Tit for tat is childish. Not what I want to see in a POTUS.
Especially when the course of action he chooses undermines an ally at the worst possible time, and is a “cut off your party’s nose to spite its face” sort of move.

No Mitch Daniels for me, thank you. Not after this BS.


26 posted on 02/22/2011 2:16:25 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: pogo101

ditto - buh bye, mitchie....


27 posted on 02/22/2011 2:19:45 PM PST by matginzac
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To: Nervous Tick

I take him as saying “well, this really isn’t the way I preferred to see this put through. I preferred the other, non controversial items not to get held up by this entirely foreseeable fleeibuster (or fleebagging or boltibuster). I’m not going to get bent out of shape if this union bill dies. Ball in your court now, dear legislators.”


28 posted on 02/22/2011 2:21:30 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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Tit for tat is childish.

It's actually one of the most successful strategies in game theory. Definitely not childish.

Look, Mitch warned the House about this issue and they went ahead with things. Mitch is letting the House GOP know who is in charge. I don't mind that.

29 posted on 02/22/2011 2:22:48 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: Publius Valerius

Maybe in turn, the GOP legislators were hoping that putting the other items under the gun would heighten the public outrage at the boltibuster. After all they’re supposed to be there to represent the Indianan public.


30 posted on 02/22/2011 2:28:30 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: ejdrapes

Just because he says he would not “fight” for it, does not mean he would refuse to sign it if it gets passed.


31 posted on 02/22/2011 2:36:32 PM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Wouldn’t surprise me, because everyone knew that this would happen. Either yesterday or two days ago, when the GOP said that it was bringing the bill to the floor, the Ds announced, then and there, that they weren’t going to attend. No one made any effort to stop it.

I think the GOP expected some more support from the Gov and to score some outrage points with the people of the state of Indiana.


32 posted on 02/22/2011 2:42:01 PM PST by Publius Valerius
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To: Publius Valerius

The governor was reticent about it, but it seems it’s too soon to get a public weigh-in. It took, what, a week or so before the WI Republicans knew they were not gambling with public fire. I don’t think Indianans are going to be any more sympathetic to the boltibuster than Wisconsinites were. But it’s going to have to show up in the published polls before the Rats will consider leaving their make believe world.


33 posted on 02/22/2011 2:49:53 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: CA Conservative

Don’t forget to add his consideratioin of a VAT to your list. Also, He’s for death panels to.


34 posted on 02/22/2011 3:12:10 PM PST by Clyde5445 (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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He has his sights set on other issues right now. Or offices....

Mitch is a governor so if he thinks he's moving up, after this spineless move, he is full of demonRAT gingivitis.

35 posted on 02/22/2011 3:16:22 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I understand and respect your view, but I disagree in two respects.

1. The days of the dignified, above-it-all chief executive who blithely waits for bills to be sent to him, ended shortly after George Washington’s presidency. Today, I not only expect but WANT the chief executive to lead, to set the agenda.

2. Even if Daniels were determined not to “fight for” this or that bit of legislation, there is NO reason for him to ANNOUNCE THAT FACT. Unilateral disarmament is not wise.


36 posted on 02/22/2011 3:17:08 PM PST by pogo101
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To: ejdrapes

My GOD he talks like John McCain!!!!!!


37 posted on 02/22/2011 3:17:47 PM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (At DiDi's Used Guns, if we can't kill it, it's immortal - DiDi Snavely, Proprietor)
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To: ejdrapes
My letter to Mitch:

Dear Gov. Daniels,

Thank you for handing control of the Legislative agenda to the Democrat Party. I have supported you since you announced your run for office. I have defended your actions--Daylight Savings Time, the Tollroad lease, etc--to my fellow Republicans and to others. I was all set to support a bid from you for president.

Today, you took all that away from me.

By asking the GOP to back off of the Right to Work bill, you have essentially handed control to the Democrats. All the work I did, the hundreds of hours I spent putting together signs for you and for other GOP candidates so the GOP could take back the house and Senate in Indiana are now wasted. Rest assured that any time the Democrats want to stop a bill, they will simply walk out. I guarantee they will.

This was a golden moment for you. You had the chance to show real leadership, like Gov. Walker in Wisconsin. Instead, you caved.

I have never been so disappointed in someone I have respected in my life. Please do the country a favor; do not pursue the GOP nomination for president. Just retire and go away. If this is how you show leadership, then we don't need your services any further.

Sincerely,

38 posted on 02/22/2011 3:18:29 PM PST by Military family member
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To: pogo101

I guess I’d ask at what point the governor’s (or president’s) tap dance for the legislature should stop. By energetically doing the limbo and tango and anything else you care to name, Obama got Obamacare foisted on a public that overwhelmingly didn’t want it. Somehow that marks a point of unseemliness to me.


39 posted on 02/22/2011 3:25:21 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: ejdrapes

F’n jellyfish.

This clown wants to be PRESIDENT???

Ha!


40 posted on 02/22/2011 3:28:00 PM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Military family member

Well written. Very well written.


41 posted on 02/22/2011 3:29:12 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: ejdrapes

Bye, bye presidential run.

I now move Daniels to my RINO column.


42 posted on 02/22/2011 3:32:34 PM PST by Fledermaus (If the GOP now cannot defund NPR, etc. then VOTE THEM OUT and start over.)
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To: ejdrapes

So who else are the Anybody-but-Palin crowd going to cling to, now?


43 posted on 02/22/2011 3:40:49 PM PST by rabidralph ((Mu)Barak must go!)
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To: Fledermaus

daniels is such a loser RINO...he just told everyone what a fckless putz he really is. I bet he had tea and cookies with mccain and lugar this afternoon. It is interesting how when push come to shove the RINO shows itself.


44 posted on 02/22/2011 3:42:41 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Military family member

Good stuff, and P.S.: He called the “runaway legislators” tactic an entirely legitimate one.

Wow. I thought he was an intelligent earthling. He’s neither.


45 posted on 02/22/2011 3:45:19 PM PST by pogo101
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To: ejdrapes

Take him off the list.


46 posted on 02/22/2011 3:47:58 PM PST by gleneagle
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To: ejdrapes

Many here called it long ago...Daniels is a lightweight.


47 posted on 02/22/2011 3:51:23 PM PST by roses of sharon ("Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43)
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To: hal ogen

And he probably tweets with the Commie-twins from Maine.


48 posted on 02/22/2011 3:56:30 PM PST by Fledermaus (If the GOP now cannot defund NPR, etc. then VOTE THEM OUT and start over.)
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To: ejdrapes

Seriously, how much more fundamental freedom is there than the freedon not to belong to an organization if you don’t want to?


49 posted on 02/22/2011 5:49:30 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Wanna learn humility? Become a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Fleebaggers.....


50 posted on 02/22/2011 7:16:30 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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