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Direckshun
05-18-2011, 09:48 PM
Daniels vs. Daniels
Why people are curious about the Indiana governor's marriage..
By JAMES TARANTO
MAY 17, 2011

This column hopes that Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana, decides to run for president. He is a serious public servant with a strong reformist record, and was one of the few Republicans with competitive constituencies to withstand the Democratic tide of 2006 and 2008. In the latter year, he was re-elected with 58% of the vote even as Barack Obama carried his state, the first Democrat to do so since Lyndon B. Johnson.

Another Republican survivor was Tim Pawlenty, who won a second term as Minnesota's governor in the GOP's annus horribilis of 2006. Of the Republicans who have so far set up presidential exploratory committees, Pawlenty is the only one whose candidacy is not, for one reason or another, preposterous to contemplate. Daniels would provide a real alternative to "Pawlenty by default."

There's been a lot of talk recently about Daniels's marriage to First Lady Cheri Daniels--or rather, about his marriages to her. The Washington Post explains:

The couple has a complicated personal history. They divorced in 1994, and Cheri Daniels moved to California, where she remarried. The future governor, then a senior executive at the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, raised the couple's four daughters, who at the time spanned the ages of 8 to 14. Cheri Daniels later returned, and the couple remarried in 1997.

The Post spends a long but inconclusive paragraph trying to explain why this would matter, noting that "officials at potential rival campaigns to Daniels disagreed about whether the personal history of Cheri Daniels would ever be a vulnerability or even germane to the race."

There has been no suggestion that Mr. Daniels behaved wrongfully in private, much less in public. Mrs. Daniels's actions back then are reminiscent of Meryl Streep's character Joanna Kramer, the villain in "Kramer vs. Kramer." But since the Indiana first lady is a private citizen who appears to have no political ambitions of her own, her past indiscretions are none of anyone's business.

Yet there's a curiosity around this story, which we suppose comes down to the question: What does it tell us about the character of a prospective president? Or, to put it more pointedly: If a man would take back a woman after such a betrayal, is he tough enough to lead the country?

On the information available, that question is unanswerable, and the compression of the narrative is probably deceiving. The story jumps ahead three years, from betrayal to reconciliation, but the only clue about the middle of the story is a quote noted by the New York Times:

[Mr. Daniels] has discussed [the marital drama] only once publicly, telling The Indianapolis Star in 2004: "If you like happy endings, you'll love our story. Love and the love of children overcame any problems."

"The love of children" certainly speaks well of the governor's maturity and leadership. Perhaps that will prove sufficient to assuage whatever doubts voters have about the story. The Times adds that "it is a topic that Mr. Daniels does not relish delving into," and we must admit the past few years have made a reluctance to talk about oneself into a very attractive quality in a president.

Meanwhile, Gov. Daniels does seem to display a reserved sort of toughness in his political life. An editorial in The Wall Street Journal earlier this month noted that he overcame strong resistance to win passage of a far-reaching education reform law: "Answering to the unions, Democrats tried the flee-to-Illinois strategy to block the reform but Mr. Daniels treated them with gentle scorn and waited them out."

And after calling for a "truce" on social issues, Daniels signed a bill banning state funding to Planned Parenthood. The Times's Gail Collins quoted abortion advocate Nancy Keenan: "He called a truce on social issues, and he was the first to fold." Keenan had evidently construed "truce" to mean "surrender" (or "switching sides"), a mistake that more than a few social conservatives made as well. Conservatives who like happy endings could do worse than to give Daniels a second look.

Direckshun
05-18-2011, 09:49 PM
Subjecting national scrutiny to a personal situation is absolute bullshit.

Is Daniels tough enough to lead?

I don't know -- let's look at his goddamn record. Not some shit in his personal life.

Seriously.

HonestChieffan
05-18-2011, 10:01 PM
I suppose this offended you so much you were compelled to post it so we could share your rage?

Jenson71
05-18-2011, 10:06 PM
Puzzling why the Journal would include it. It's a weak reach, not worth the time.

BucEyedPea
05-18-2011, 10:18 PM
So a man who can forgive is weak? Quite the opposite. I wonder if this trait would stretch to his FP....cause I like it.

RaiderH8r
05-18-2011, 10:46 PM
Subjecting national scrutiny to a personal situation is absolute bullshit.

Is Daniels tough enough to lead?

I don't know -- let's look at his goddamn record. Not some shit in his personal life.

Seriously.

This is exactly the tactic that launched Barry Obama into the US Senate over Jack Ryan. They (Chicago Tribune) forced open Ryan's divorce records. Coincidentally enough Obama's chief advisor and subsequent WH was a political writer at the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune shopped the case out to California where the court ruled the papers be opened which BarryO quickly used against Ryan forcing Ryan's withdrawal from the campaign. So this really wreaks of Axelrod's shenanigans. This "shit" is Barry's "65 toss power trap". Page 1 of Barry's playbook.

Dredge up the marital difficulties and exploit them to his advantage. Yepper.

orange
05-22-2011, 03:42 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/22/mitch-daniels-president-2012_n_865185.html

Ah, but you've got Cain. An Palin has a fire in her belly. ;)

oldandslow
05-22-2011, 09:49 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/22/mitch-daniels-president-2012_n_865185.html

Ah, but you've got Cain. An Palin has a fire in her belly. ;)

Seriously, this is a kick in the pants for folks looking for a serious candidate from the GOP.

I think Obama is gonna win by default...

SNR
05-22-2011, 10:09 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/22/mitch-daniels-president-2012_n_865185.html

Ah, but you've got Cain. An Palin has a fire in her belly. ;)
Looks like I've staying home again this election. Fabulous.

HonestChieffan
05-22-2011, 10:16 AM
To bad. He has potential.