Mitch Daniels: The Man from Bush?

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William Kristol has posted an article on the Weekly Standard that should raise some eyebrows.  Governor Mitch Daniels has been selected to deliver the GOP response to the President for Tuesday’s State of the Union.  Kristol is claiming that they received a draft of Mitch Daniels speech via mysterious courier, and that the last draft section of the material included a proposition to let him know if you want him to run by contacting him here, at  We have discussed how there could be a late entry into this race who would try to capitalize on Republican dissatisfaction with the candidates in the field, and Bill Kristol has himself opined in this manner, but what this should all tell you is that the Indiana Governor, and George W. Bush OMB Director now wants you to tell him to run.

If your nose is now wrinkled with the smell of Karl Rove, you’re not alone.  If you believe this has been a long-planned con-job, you see what I see.  There will those of you who will say that I have pronounced Mitt Romney the establishment candidate, but what I’ve actually told you is that Mitt Romney is the establishment guy upon whom the establishment has settled, for now, in lieu of somebody they like better.  Enter Mitch Daniels.  The diminutive governor of Indiana is a long-time Bush confidante, and it has been in the works to put this guy up since last spring.  The problem is that he has a whole range of problems, and he needed to accomplish certain things as governor to make the case that he’s ready to lead the country.  You’re not going to be given any chance to vet this guy, and to the degree you do, you’re going to be told now that “well, you’d accept so-and-so despite the same problems,” and you can bet that this is what this whole Gingrich “open marriage” accusation will have been about: Clearing the way for what will be termed in media as an open marriage between Daniels and his wife. You will be told to accept Daniels on this basis.

I know that you’ll say “Mark, Bush 41 endorsed Mitt Romney,” to which I’ll say:  No.  It was an unofficial endorsement.  My question to you is:  Which candidate has either George W. Bush and Jeb Bush endorsed?  Answer: Nobody, yet.  Do you suppose this could be the moment for them to leap back onto the public stage and make those endorsements, and propel their man Mitch into the race?  You betcha!  How will he pull it off with so many primaries behind, and so many ballots already closed off?   The answer is simple for this too, because these early primaries were engineered forward precisely so those states would lose half their delegates to the national party, and those delegates can be turned in the service of the GOP’s interests.   That’s big, and what it will mean is that if Daniels gets in now, and cleans up in the states into which he can still make entry, combined with the at-large delegates to the convention, he can easily become the party’s nominee “by acclaim” or some such thing at the convention.  Unconventional?   Indeed.  Some of you will be happy with all of this, and that’s your right, but I don’t think you should be, because it tells us a few things that are exceedingly disturbing.

This entire campaign, and all of the candidates you’ve seen may have been a side-show to the main attraction, and I think it’s going to be a contest not between Romney and the non-Romney, but instead between BushCo and non-BushCo.  I’d ask you to consider Kristol’s article, and I would further ask you to consider the entirety of this campaign, and I would most fervently ask you to watch carefully.  As I’ve told you before, you can learn a lot from an endorsement, but you can also learn a lot from the lack of one.  Here’s how you will know if I’m right:  If by February the 15th, Mitch Daniels becomes the runaway front-runner, or moving rapidly in that direction, you will know. Another clue can be found in another Kristol column, from December 8th, when he discussed the GOP’s Valentine’s Day Option.  From that article(emphasis mine):

“The key, I think, would be if both Romney and Gingrich stumbled during January. If that were to happen, there would be a window of opportunity in February—during the gap between the first spurt of January primaries and Super Tuesday on March 6. The window probably closes around Valentine’s Day—Tuesday, February 14—so let’s call the late entry the Valentine’s Day option. That could be the last chance (unless there’s a deadlocked convention, which isn’t totally outside the realm of possibility either) for Republicans to throw off the old suitors and run into the arms of a new Prince Charming. Or two. And Valentine’s Day is for the young.”

Funny isn’t it? When you look at what happened this week, both Romney and Gingrich stumbled.  Isn’t it amazing how prescient William Kristol has been?  Of course, if you’re a player among insiders, it’s easy to look smart later, isn’t it?  This will be an amazing thing, if it comes to pass, and it will also require the destruction of those now remaining, including Gingrich, Paul, Romney, and Santorum.  Santorum is taking himself out, and Ron Paul will not pass muster with most Republicans because he’s been painted as a kook, and while I have disagreements with him on foreign policy and national defense, the media knock on him is an unfair caricature of a tin-foil hat-wearing old man, and that’s precisely what the establishment has wanted you to believe. This leaves Gingrich and Romney, and we have seen the attempts to destroy both of them this week, some originating from one another, but more emanating like bad gas from the press, with an invisible guiding hand leading them to the attacks.

Nobody hates bad conspiracy theories worse than I, but if I were to believe in a conspiracy, I would suggest to you that the GOP’s nominee is likely to be somebody who is not now in this race, although soon will be, and that events will present you with an all-new alternative and that everything you have seen thus far has been engineered with few exceptions to lead you to a certain conclusion.  Get ready.

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8 Responses to Mitch Daniels: The Man from Bush?

  1. PalinSupporter2012 says:

    Run Sarah Run!!! If it is not too late for Mitch then it is not too late for Gov Palin.

  2. Kathleen says:

    I live in Indiana. Daniels is my Governor. He has done a good job. I am not saying he is the best but good. He has kept Indiana's unemployment stable. He is alright in my book. Is this a endorsement, no. It just says I like him.
    I would like someone with the fight of Newt Gingrich. The courage of Scott Walker. The passion of Sarah Palin. And "not afraid get their hands dirty help the people he leads" of Bobby Jindal. I haven't seen anyone with character of these four I mentioned rolled in one person so …
    By the way, Mark, I am not sure what you meant by non-Bush and Bush.

  3. They can do or say whatever they want, I'm not gonna vote for Mitch "See How the Media Loves Me!" Daniels, either.

  4. Brenda P says:

    An excellent piece!1 If you have seen the Ides of March movie this is exactly what seems to be happening in real time in the Republican party. Thanks for your great thoughts.

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