Guess the Bush and Rove wing of the Republican Party — who’ve been practically begging Daniels to run — is heartsick. I am thrilled. Because while he seems like a nice enough guy and a decent governor, Mitch Daniels does not have the charisma and the retail politicking skills to fire up the base. Running another boring white guy against Obama, who will always have the media in his pocket, is exactly the wrong way to go.
But I am sure the Stuck on Stupid Party will now turn their attention to another “not Sarah Palin or Hermain Cain” candidate like Jeb Bush or Christ Christie. After all, they still haven’t learned their lesson even in the age of the Tea Party:
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told supporters early Sunday morning that he has decided not to run for president. In an email sent just after midnight Eastern time, Daniels said that “the interests and wishes” of his family led him to decide not to make the race.
The announcement was sent to supporters in an e-mail distributed by the chair of the Indiana state Republican Party, Eric Holcomb.
Daniels said the interests of his family precluded a run for the White House.
“In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all,” the e-mail said. “If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry. If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise. I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”
It will be interesting to watch the fallout in the coming weeks as our GOP superiors trip all over themselves to persuade an “acceptable”, “electable” Ruling Class Republican to enter the race. Just as with the media, we the grassroots should not allow them to pick our candidate. Look how well that worked out in 2008 (with the emergence of Sarah Palin on the national stage being the only silver lining).
Here’s hoping ‘Cuda jumps in soon!