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Family Decides Daniels Won’t Run In 2012

From a tear soaked Politico:

Daniels won’t run in 2012

By: Maggie Haberman and Jennifer Epstein
May 22, 2011

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told supporters in an email early Sunday that he will not run for president in 2012, a decision he said ultimately came down to his family’s reticence about a campaign.

The announcement by the former Office of Management and Budget director and favorite of much of the Republican establishment will again roil the unsettled GOP field—and likely intensify efforts to convince another major candidate to join the race, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Efforts by whom exactly?

The Daniels email, obtained by POLITICO, went out from Indiana GOP chief Eric Holcomb, a key Daniels adviser, soon after midnight, with the word "Urgent" in the subject line.

"The following is from Governor Mitch Daniels…." the email began. “I hope this reaches you before the public news does," Daniels wrote. "If so, please respect my confidence for the short time until I can make it known to all."

"The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate. In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry." …

Daniels’s wife, Cheri, was widely known to be concerned about the impact a campaign would have on their lives, which have followed an unusual path. Cheri Daniels left her husband and their four young daughters in 1993, married a former sweetheart in California, then returned and remarried Daniels – a set of circumstances that the pair would be unable to avoid talking about in the crucible of a campaign…

In a statement to the Indianapolis Star about his decision, he highlighted the role his family played in his decision. "On matters affecting us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women’s caucus, and there is no override provision. Simply put, I find myself caught between two duties. I love my country; I love my family more," he said

Apparently, the so-called ‘Women’s Caucus’ finally said ‘no.’ Still, it’s a more noble motive than dropping out of the race because you don’t want to give up your ‘reality show’ gig.

In any case, while we are probably not Mr. Daniels’ biggest fan, this is very bad news for the future of the nation. If good people are afraid to get into national politics because they don’t want to be excoriated in the press, the media will be picking our candidates from now on. Which, of course, they are already doing to a great extent already.

Yet for many, Daniels figured as an ideal potential candidate: Despite his tenure as the George W. Bush’s budget director, a post which Democrats would have used against him, he had budget-cutting chops of his own during two terms as Indiana’s chief executive.

No kidding. But of course this is one of the primary reasons the Democrat controlled mainstream media saw him as "an ideal potential candidate."

Daniels had made clear all along that there were really only five votes that mattered for him – his wife, and their four grown daughters.

Cheri Daniels’s reticence was well-documented. The governor told POLITICO in February that it was “safe to say” that she didn’t welcome the prospect of him running. In late March, she told the Indianapolis Star that if her husband ends up staying out of the race, the impact of a campaign on the family would “definitely be a reason.”

She shunned the spotlight for much of her husband’s tenure. Her star turn at a state GOP dinner two weeks ago was, sources told POLITICO, something of a testing-the-waters appearance to see how she fared. She was well-received, but the appearance prompted a fresh round of news accounts and reporters’ questions about their marital history.

Talking to reporters after the state GOP dinner, Cheri Daniels said that she wasn’t the only one in the family uncertain about agreeing to go under the microscope of a presidential campaign. "It’s not just me," she said. "I have four daughters and I have three sons-in-law and everybody has a voice.”

There is perhaps a little irony that Mr. Daniels decided not to get into the race because of ‘family values.’

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Family Decides Daniels Won’t Run In 2012”

  1. proreason says:

    It’s a deliberate marxist strategy now called Palinization.

    Everyone who opposes them knows that they will be subjected to media attacks, which one is tempted to call unprecedented, except that they always seem to be able to top the last outrage. If the bare bones of the candidate’s life doesn’t provide sufficient fodder for the lies, no problem. They just make shit up. It’s easier to do that then to have to pretend that what they say is tied somehow to reality anyway.

    It works. the last two “democrat” presidents have been outright criminals both of whom skated into office with virtually no scrutiny. It’s hard to say who was worse, a serial rapist or a hard-core marxist who managed to hide a history (in plain sight) that would make Vladimir Lenin blush with shame.

  2. Right of the People says:

    It seems that most folks who go into politics have more than one skeleton in the closet. Some of them entire graveyards full.

    The only difference as Pro points out is that if it’s a Democrap, it’s either ignored or even applauded by the Lame Stream Media but if it’s a Republican, it’s reason for automatic disqualification.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    We’re the fools for having such archaic and Conservative standards and traditions by which to be judged and then called hypocrites, even if what they’re accusing you of is make believe. That’s how they see it. All’s fair in war.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Okay, T-Paw’s on Rush and he’s showing some spunk as well as a good command over the issues and his message and record. Talking family values, talking faith, spirit and taking bold positions against conventional political wisdom. He also had a quick and witty retort in good humor to a less mainstream question regarding the Vikings. Good showing, he’s got me listening.

    • proreason says:

      Pawlenty is the best overall candidate for POTUS who actually is running. Pair him with Rubio or West, or even Cain…and if the economy continues as-is or worsens, we win.

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