American Elephants

What Republicans Stand For: by The Elephant's Child

From Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ response to the the State of the Union Speech:

“An opposition that would earn its way back to leadership must offer not just criticism of failures that anyone can see, but a positive and credible plan to make life better, particularly for those aspiring to make a better life for themselves. Republicans accept this duty, gratefully.”

“The routes back to an America of promise, and to a solvent America that can pay its bills and protect its vulnerable, start in the same place. The only way up for those suffering tonight, and the only way out of the dead end of debt into which we have driven, is a private economy that begins to grow and create jobs, real jobs, at a much faster rate than today.”

“Contrary to the President’s constant disparagement of people in business, it’s one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs – what a fitting name he had – created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew. Out here in Indiana, when a businessperson asks me what he can do for our state, I say ‘First, make money. Be successful. If you make a profit, you’ll have something left to hire someone else, and some to donate to the good causes we love.”

Mitch Daniels is Not Running. Dang! by The Elephant's Child

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has announced that he is not running for the Presidency.  I’m very disappointed.

He had the most outstanding resume of any candidate so far. He served as on the mayoral staff of Richard Lugar, then when Lugar was elected to the Senate, as his Chief of Staff. Then Executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  He served as an advisor to President Reagan, then became President and CEO of the Hudson Institute.  He became Senior Vice President for Strategy at Eli Lilly, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the George W. Bush administration, and has been a very successful two term Governor of Indiana.

His wife and four daughters are opposed to a presidential run, and Governor Daniels is putting his family before politics. A presidential run not only takes a potential nine-year commitment, but the venom and constant public eye are hard on a family. The Daniels family had a hiccup in their marriage, when Mrs. Daniels left for another man,divorced, married, divorced, and remarried Mitch Daniels within a very short period. A painful episode for a family, and bait for unending speculation and gossip.

You might read a bit about his resume to compare with that of other potential candidates. We’ve had three years of disaster with someone with only a pretend resume and no real experience. There’s a big difference between having a couple of titles, and having a large number of actual accomplishments.

Can’t say I blame him for rejecting the opportunity. He would have been a good president. I wish him well.

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