I’m still pretty sure he wants to run for the Senate and not President, but it does seem to me that Jenn Rubin delivers a fatal blow to Mitch Daniels’ run for the Presidency.
The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg explains that Daniels didn’t go to the Tea Partyers or to the National Rifle Association for a testing-the-waters confab. Instead, he went to Manhattan
Surrounded by people across the spectrum, the liberals seemed to like him better than any of the other Republican candidates out there. Well, there you go. But more so, when asked who he’d call at 3 a.m. for foreign policy advice, given the choice between John McCain and Dick Lugar, he went with Lugar.
I don’t think I need to remind you that, as Jenn ably notes, Lugar “has run interference for President Obama on foreign policy issues such as START.”
Oh, and Daniels also received an award from the Arab American Institute, led by James Zogby. The group is not exactly on board with a foreign policy that treats Israel as a friendI wasn't bothered by him going to Manhattan as much as I was bothered with the reporters he sat down with to discuss his presidential candidacy. According to the New Yorker's Hendrik Hertberg:
On Tuesday, at the Gilded Age Upper East Side mansion that houses the nascent Bloomberg View, Daniels lunched with a baker’s dozen of journo-pundits ranging politics-wise from rightish (Peggy Noonan, Ramesh Ponnuru) and leftish (Michael Kinsley, Josh Marshall) to neitherish (Mark Halperin), and outlet-wise from mass market (George Stephanopoulos) to niche market (me).Michael Kinsley, who the Liberals barely claim anymore, and Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall, who shoveled shit for eight years about how George W. Bush stole the 2000 election, was to blame for 9/11 and should have been impeached for war crimes? Nice start, Mitch. Note to your campaign manager: You must win the Republican nomination first. Even Hertberg questions his strategy. "Daniels seems both temperamentally and, to a degree, ideologically unsuited for a Republican presidential primary, he writes. "He has to convince the hard core conservatives that he has the fire in the belly, that he will hew to the conservative line once elected and that he’s not interested in garnering the goodwill of the Georgetown cocktail set."