Diary

Mitch Daniels, you're toast to me...

Mitch Daniels has been oft mentioned as a possible candidate for President in 2012. He’s done some good things as Governor of Indiana and appears to be popular with the folks in his state. He’s also tarnished his conservative credentials a couple of times with some “missteps” like his proposal for a “truce” on social issues until we can get the fiscal problems facing us on the way to being fixed. And then there’s his opposition to a bill in the Indiana legislature that would make his state – where he eliminated some collective bargaining ability by unions by executive order – a Right To Work state.

Frankly, I can live with the concept of the truce. Mostly because in the real world, social issues – primarily abortion – isn’t going to come off the table, it’s just not going to be front and center but there will still be ongoing legislative actions to curtail the practice when the opportunity presents itself. See the Congress working to defund Planned Parenthood as an example.

I’m not real fond of his opposition to making Indiana a RTW state, his rationale seems really weak and basically says, “We can’t possibly work on more than one thing at once. Oh well. If he gets the rest of his labor agenda passed, I can live putting off RTW too.

Now then, all that said, today Mitch crossed the line.

Turning toward Hoosier State politics, Daniels offered hearty support
to Sen. Dick Lugar, who is facing Tea Party opposition in the run-up to
the 2012 GOP Senate primary. “I’m for Dick Lugar, he’s the role model
I’ve had,” he said.

Daniels, who once served as Lugar’s chief of staff, emphasized that he
would not meddle in the primary. Voters, though, will know where he
stands. “Folks in Indiana know that I am for him and that I admire him
and think if he wants another term, he ought to have one,” he said.

The Washington Post had an excellent article on my Great White Hope!

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock will launch his primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on Tuesday with the support of a majority of both the state’s 92 Republican county chairmen and its state party executive committee, he told the Fix in a recent interview.

“I feel bad that he’s going to be humiliated by this list,” Mourdock said.
[…]
That such a large contingent of the party establishment should come out against or withhold support from an incumbent senator is highly unusual and reflects the difficult path ahead for Lugar in advance of the May 8, 2012, primary fight. It also suggests there is a clear path to victory for Mourdock.

Sorry Mitch. If you can’t back a known quantity like Mourdock who is head and shoulders better than Lugar, who is arguably worse than either my Senator John McCain or Lindsey Graham, if you can’t stand with the majority of the Republican Party leadership in your own state against a guy who is an out-and-out liability then your complete lack of judgment renders you unqualified to be President. And just so there’s no mistaking how pissed off and disappointed I am by that pile of crap you left on the floor of the studio with that non- endorsement, I wouldn’t be writing this if you’d said Charles Manson was your role model, you’d still be in the running for my vote.

You’ve had some bad days recently Mitch, but today was just pathetic.