If pundits and columnists represented the GOP base, Mitch Daniels would be the odds-on favorite for the presidential nomination in 2012.Supporting his premise, Martin notes The New York Times’ David Leonhard says Daniels has "the most credibility", David Broder says his record is "dazzling" and Rich Lowry calls him "a Reaganite who is not trapped in 1980s nostalgia." The bad news for Daniels: "Bruce Babbitt, Paul Tsongas, Ross Perot, John Anderson, Lamar Alexander and John McCain in 2000 all won plaudits from elites for their willingness to speak hard truths about the real problems facing the country rather than just pandering to the partisan rabble."
The Indiana governor has been showered with favorable coverage from political thinkers and analysts in recent months, most of which heaped praise on his thoughtful and principled approach to governing while celebrating his serious yet down-to-earth mien.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Politico: Daniels Is "Heartthrob Of The Elites"
Politico's Jonathan Martin flatters supporters of a presidential bid by Gov. Mitch Daniels in a story focused on his support among media pundits and columnists.