The Draft Mitch Movement

During his reelection run last year, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels kept insisting that it was going to be his last election ever. And good on ...
by | August 31, 2009
 

Mitch During his reelection run last year, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels kept insisting that it was going to be his last election ever. And good on him, I say.

Still, Daniels has been such a successful governor, with an appealing record for fiscal conservatives, that his name keeps bubbling up as a potential 2012 GOP candidate for president.

The Associated Press has a piece today rounding up the opinions of some out-of-state thinkers on Daniels' prospects, who range from thinking reluctance is no real obstacle to noting that Daniels might have the right resume but would need to work endlessly to get his name recognition numbers up to the necessary level.

"Mitch has been steady to the cause, he's stayed principled," said Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee. "The nation is going to recognize him."

Some political observers say Daniels is as good a bet as any for a national party reeling from Democrats' solid victory last year and the recent stumbles of former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and two other rising GOP stars -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Nevada Sen. John Ensign.

-- Alan Greenblatt

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