- He had a weak opponent with a weak message.
- He has bad economic policies.
- He's selling off the state's assets to the highest bidder.
- His ethics are bad.
- He only won by a big margin because he got a free pass in this election.
I almost forgot the most important point. Mitch Daniels is boring. How about unattractive? Any takers? Yeah, those guys Bayh and O'Bannon were the real life of the party, weren't they? I understand that Democrats can't be expected to be cheerleaders for Daniels, but at the same time, give the guy his due. He had a lot of big ideas which he pushed these past four years to move this state forward. Not all of this ideas were good or well thought out, but he's forced the state to think about where it's at today and what it needs to do to move it forward. Whether you like him personally or not, I think most Hoosiers decided to give Daniels another four years because, on balance, they believe he is moving the state in the right direction. It probably didn't hurt that the guy has taken the time to meet more Hoosiers in person during his term as governor than any other governor in Indiana history. And given the number of big and controversial issues he tackled compared to his Democratic predecessors, that big re-election win is a pretty ringing endorsement.