Mitch Daniels’s overnight decision against a presidential bid will immediately raise the volume on the low-hum grumbling among Republican insiders that they’re gearing up to face President Obama with the weakest primary field in recent memory.
The pressure on a handful of Republicans who’ve insisted they won’t consider running but would be potentially strong alternatives to Mitt Romney will now significantly intensify, but the ultimate beneficiaries of Daniels’s absence may be two candidates already on course to run: Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman.
At the moment, though, the Indiana governor’s exit illustrates the degree to which the GOP race is being shaped by who’s not running.
Ah yes, the same tools that told us we BETTER support Charile Crist over Marco Rubio if we were good Republicans are still stuck on stupid. Why is it I wonder, are they so afraid to look at a rising star who talks straight, answers questions directly, and who has the support of the Conservative base, solid business experience, and charisma to boot? Why are they afraid to Raise Cain?
Herman Cain said that if he were president and negotiating a Middle East peace deal, he would offer the Palestinians “nothing.”
“I’m not convinced the Palestinians are really interested in peace,” Cain, the former CEO of Godfathers Pizza, said on Fox News Sunday.
President Obama last week gave a speech calling for Israel to withdraw to pre-1967 boundaries, with “mutually agreed swaps.”
Cain, who formally announced his Republican candidacy for president Saturday, said that, “if we look at history, it has been clear that the Palestinians have always wanted to push the Israelis and push Israel for more and more and more.” I don’t agree with that, and I respect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or taking a stand and saying they cannot give that up.”
He also said “it’s Israel’s decision, not President Obama’s decision as to where those border lines ought to be.”
So, we are supposed to ignore Cain, or Bachman, in favor of the “Moderate, oh-so-electable” Republican re-tread that the “establishment tells us to get gaga over? Stacy McCain has the right thought about that
The discomfiture of “Republican insiders” is a very good thing. Can we get a show of hands of anybody who thinks “Republican insiders” (you know, the guys who backed Dede Scozzafava and Charlie Crist) have a clue as to how to win elections? Anybody?
I keep saying this election is different, American voters are not looking for an established politician, they are looking for someone who is NOT a life-long politician.