Mitch Daniels state of the union response

As I watched Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels give the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union tonight, I felt myself wishing he was a candidate for the presidency. Governor Daniels provided the most straightforward, practical conservative philosophy I have heard in a long time.

9 Replies to “Mitch Daniels state of the union response”

  1. Jeff barth

    I agree with you. It was one of the best conservative speeches I have heard in some time. Nothing about destroying America to defeat Obama. More about the “loyal opposition” working to persuade our American people to choose a different course. No talk about abortion, bombing Iran, Sharia law, tax cuts for billionaires, Gay marriage… Reasonable talk.

    Clearly he is not a Tea Party nut.
    I think I could work with him.

  2. troy jones

    So many times it is tempting to “wish” we had another choice because the process exposes pecadillos we don’t like. Unfortunately, I have yet to have met the perfect candidate. In fact, because nobody if perfect, he doesn’t exist.

    So it is with Mitch Daniels. There are “maxims” about people, while not totally true, do have aspects of the truth. For instance, there is this one which speaks to the difference in management abilities and possibly other traits:

    “Everyone who used to work for Romney is for Romney. Everyone who used to work for Gingrich is for Romney.”

    With Daniels, it is “If you shake his hand, be sure to check your wallet.”

    I personally have such an encounter with Daniels. The details are not important and I don’t want to raise it as it regards wounds that have now healed.

    In DC, there is an “ethic” that if you ask a person a direct question that displays you have evidence of their real agenda, the person gets an opportunity to “change” the subject or otherwise obfuscate so you can live to have a relationship down the road. But, if the person denies it specifically, you take them at their word, and you later discover their denial was an outright lie, you no longer trust them.

    In our world, it is hard to grasp this “ethic” and it is easy to criticize. Maybe the easiest analogy is war is ugly but there is a code of conduct. Politics isn’t pretty but at a certain level it does depend on trust. Give it up. . . . not good.

    Mitch Daniels early in his career had a firm reputation of being very competant, smart, and dishonest. When he became the head of OMB, he kept the same reputation. The consequences in DC of being dishonest (Word is not good) is you are not trusted and have no friends, nobody willing to go to bat for you. You survived solely on your smarts and competance.

    I take Daniels at his word that he didn’t run for family reasons as I trust he places his family above all. But, when he made that decision, the closer people were to Daniels the more likely they were to be relieved.

    FYI: In DC while I was there, Gore and Daniels (he as a staffer) were held in the same regard. Not liked and not trusted.

    1. JLB

      Although I agree with you that there is no such thing as a perfect candidate, given my knowledge of Mitch Daniels, I disagree your this assessment of his reputation. I do not know what you heard in Washington, but I do know that his reputation in Indiana is about as solid as one could have, both now and while he was running for Governor the first time in 2004.

      All that said, I am bias. I campaigned for him in 2004. Take it for what it is worth.

  3. Anonymous

    “Dogmatic ideological parties tend to splinter the political and social fabric of a nation, lead to governmental crises and deadlocks, and stymie the compromises so often necessary to preserve freedom and achieve progress.” – George Romney, then Governor of Michigan, explaining his refusal to endorse Barry Goldwater in 1964

    If Mitt believes as his father did, he has my vote.

      1. THC

        Mitt following in his father’s footsteps would require a set of principles possessed by George Romney that Mitt has already amply displayed he does not possess.

  4. Duh

    Simply stated, the speech was a campaign speech that got me so livid at times that I wanted to eat my TV. Oblabla has taken the phrase “full of bull” to a whole new level. He is wrong on so many levels and is either ignorant or dishonest in recognizing his conduct.