Indiana governor Mitch Daniels did not get the memo about CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives in Washington. The etiquette is that presidential wannabes should hew to a narrow band of harsh and harsher denunciations of liberalism, or anything suspected of having a liberal taint.
Daniels spoke in favor of principled compromise — “should the best way be blocked,” he argued, “then someone will need to find the second-best way.” He called for reaching beyond the conservative base to voters “who surf past C-SPAN to get to SportsCenter.” He said the Right “should distinguish carefully skepticism about Big Government from contempt for all government.”
This was not a typical CPAC speech, in fact not a typical speech for any politician anywhere. Daniels struck these admonitory notes not to lecture friends, but to prepare them to summon all the persuasiveness and coalition-building necessary to fight “the Red Menace,” his phrase for “the debts our nation has amassed for itself over decades of indulgence.” Rich Lowery – NRO
DSMW’s pick for President in 2012? Mitch Daniels. Contrary to Rich Lowery’s opinion that Daniels will not run, we think he will. We have been following him since he ran and was elected governor of Indiana. Mike Pence has thrown his hat in the ring for Daniel’s seat saying the people of Indiana have called him home and that frees up Mitch Daniels to run for president. Check out what we know about Daniels. You’ll like what you see…