Can Mitch Daniels Win Over the GOP?

Monday, 16 May 2011 09:55 AM

By John LeBoutillier

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The past week has seen Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul enter the race, Mike Huckabee withdraw, Mitt Romney dig himself deeper into his self-created healthcare hole, and the vaunted Bush machine start to declare for Mitch Daniels.

The Indiana governor, George W. Bush’s first Office of Management and Budget director, has said — only half-jokingly — that he’d pick Bush's former National Security adviser and secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, as his vice presidential running mate.

The facts surrounding Mitch Daniels’ wife, Cherie, are disconcerting and certain to be a major factor in his campaign, if he runs. In short, she left him a few years ago for a married doctor and moved to California, divorcing Mitch and leaving their daughters behind. Then, years later, she came back and they re-married.

She appears to be a political detriment.

Of course none of this has anything to do with what kind of president Mitch Daniels would make. But campaigns automatically find a weak spot and then exploit it. For example, Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping and his authorship of Romneycare.

With Huckabee out of the race, where do his values voters go? Not to Daniels. Not after he told them to cool it on abortion and gay marriage and instead focus on fiscal affairs. There is no way they will embrace him. So Iowa and South Carolina and Nevada — three of the first four states — will be big trouble for the Indiana governor, should he run.

Conclusion: We do not yet have even one good candidate.

If a candidate does not surface, then we’re probably in for four more years of Obama.

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