We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I had to stop at "America did not vote for". Does the Governor inhabit a different world perhaps. The one I live in saw a legitimate election, aside from the ACORN votes of course. And now we single out 'notes' versus TelePrompter as being exemplary. Still not near a extemporaneous speech, with someone speaking from their heart and not their money/power grubbing soul. Fie on all of them.
Daniels is my top choice for 2012. Steve, he's not like Huckabee at all. Huckabee's a Christian populist busybody; Daniels is a real small government conservative. Remember those? He was called Mitch the Knife when he was budget director, and he has kept Indiana solvent while states like California, NJ and NY spent themselves into insolvency.
Hopefully, the RNC and the supposedly friendly right-leaning media will allow people like Daniels, Pawlenty, and Jindal to get a fair look. Unfortunately, the dreadful campaign finance laws are still going to give the edge to the self-financed, such as Romney.
Gadsden, that same small government conservative is the similarity I saw with Huckabee. I realize that Christian is a dirty word to the media, but that doesn't bother me. He never saw himself as a populist, BTW. As governor of Arkansas, he managed to get some key legislation passed, with difficult budgetary problems, in the face of a 70% Democrat majority.
Any governor, or business exec, is preferable to a Senator (or community organizer) as a presidential candidate, IMHO.
"Americans did not vote for . . ." -- I think that's a legitimate point, given the evident blindness of many voters to the signals Obama was sending out about what he was likely to do once he gained power. It may have been obvious to people who were obsessively reading about his record, but it wasn't at all obvious to lots of the "Independents" who were eating up his vapid campaign speeches with a spoon. Now Obama's handlers appear surprised that the public doesn't like his platform all that much, after all -- as if the handlers had completely forgotten how assiduously they (and a compliant media) hid his record and his philosophy of government from the voters before the election.
Mitch Daniels makes me proud to be a Hoosier. I've lived in Arkansas for the past two years, but have continued to follow events in my home state and track Mitch's successes.
He is, without question, the best governor Indiana has had in my 64-year lifetime. Indiana's finances were deep in the red when Evan Bayh left the governor's office to become a senator. Thanks to Mitch's brilliant management, the state is one of the few in the nation with a surplus.
I've spoken with Mitch several times and ridden motorcycles with him and I can tell you he is the most genuine person I have ever met in politics, based on my 34-year newspaper career.