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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Another one bites the dust

Is it any surprise that a former George W. Bush budget director and pharmaceutical company executive decided not to seek the GOP nomination in 2012?

With Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' decision not to join the "fun" in 2012, it's beginning to look a lot like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are the heavyweights to battle for the right to take on Barack Obama next year.

Daniels cited family reasons for his decision and there's no doubt that his marriage, divorce and remarriage to Cheri Daniels would have generated a bit of agita among the Family Values Crowd. But undoubtedly far fewer headlines than the mocking marital vows of the thrice-married, serial adulterer Newt Gingrich.

While Daniels made googly-eyes at the FVC and his record as Indiana governor may have cheered the Tea Party, I think he realized there were some serious obstacles to going from small state governor to POTUS.

His time at Eli Lilly -- and the scandals that rocked the company during his tenure -- were sure-fire campaign fodder.

But can any one keep a straight face when told that a man running on fiscal responsibility and concerns over the debt was director of Bush's Office of Management and Budget and designed the $1.3 trillion tax cut that, when coupled with two credit card wars, turned an inherited budget surplus into a yawning deficit.

I know I can't. Glad you're Back Home in Indiana, Mitch.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, who is going to get the nomination? Will it be the last man standing in a war of attrition, winner by virtue of not being killed off by the process, or will it be someone who actually wins by successfully making his case to the party's primary voters and power makers?

May 22, 2011 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

OL, have read this? It's good for a chuckle about Mitch Daniels & his rivals...
http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/gop-pot-mitch-daniels-newt

May 22, 2011 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Free Online Astrology said...

Pure greed has already screwed the American Dream for the past 30 years. Greed that moved manufacturing plants overseas, greed that deregulated Wall Street, greed that allowed private contractors to rip off hundreds of millions of dollars on two unfunded wars, greed that keeps totally ridiculous tax breaks for the rich... The Republicans are just chomping at the bit to finish the job.

May 23, 2011 5:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NAFTA screwed us.

May 23, 2011 6:40 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

A belated thanks for the past Joel.

May 27, 2011 9:09 AM  

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