I’m getting pretty dizzy watching Daniels flip on this issue. A few hours ago Fox News reported that the Indiana Right to Work legislation had been pulled, giving private sector unions and democrats a major victory. This is because democrats allowed a deadline to pass by refusing to show up to vote. Republicans decided they couldn’t extend the deadline (which doesn’t require the democrats to be present) without the help of the governor’s office. This rendered the bill dead right?
Then the phone lines lit up, Daniels’ supporters in the conservative media began dropping away in droves, and Daniels realized he was in trouble.
Some background first. Daniels, on Tuesday:
“The activities of today are perfectly legitimate part of the process. Even the smallest minority, and that’s what we’ve heard from the last couple of days, has every right to express the strength of its views and I salute those who do.”
Oops. Realizing that his presidential chances just went down the tubes, Daniels started backtracking. Here’s Daniels some moments ago:
“The House Democrats have shown a complete contempt for the democratic process. The way that works, as we all learned in grade school, is that if you seek public office you come, do your duty, you argue, you debate, you amend if you can, you vote ‘no’ if you feel you should.”
“You don’t walk off the job, take your public paycheck with you, and attempt to bring the whole process to a screeching halt. You know, if they persist, the Democratic Party of Indiana will need a rebranding effort because this is as anti-democratic as behavior can be.”
So is Daniels on board or not? Well, give him credit for being honest. Daniels doesn’t know where he stands, but he vows to talk tough while not taking a stand! Again, from a presser just a little bit ago:
“I don’t know how we’ll proceed, but I can tell you what won’t happen. We will not be bullied or blackmailed out of pursuing the agenda we laid in front of the people of Indiana. That agenda is going to get voted on.”
Mitch Daniels – He doesn’t know what he’s going to do or what side he’s going to take, but by God he won’t be bullied! Unless of course he tacks left to appease democrats that run away from their duties, then tacks right when he realizes that he’s squandered his reputation.
We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what Mitch thinks tomorrow about private sector unions, his majorities in the Indiana General Assembly, and his presidential chances. For those of you not from Indiana, this is typical Mitch Daniels.