"Obama Must Run on 'Values' Since He Can’t Run on 'Performance'"
And then we have this (bizarro) opinion piece...
The appeal of a Mitch Daniels’s presidential run
I hope Mitch Daniels runs for president. Let me go further: I hope he wins the Republican nomination.
I can’t imagine voting for him.
But Daniels’s presence would improve the 2012 campaign. He’d make Barack Obama a better candidate.
And any husband who makes it clear that his wife has a, maybe the, deciding voice in whether to launch a presidential campaign gets even more Marcus points.
I have a soft spot for OMB directors. The job offers a broad perspective on the operations of the federal government and departments’ competing claims for funding. The OMB director knows where the fat is — and the political forces that prevent it from being cut.
I have an even softer spot for governors. Executive experience isn’t essential to being chief executive, but it helps. Dealing with recalcitrant state legislatures or sluggish state bureaucracies is good seasoning for the national stage. In addition, any president has to grapple with issues of federalism; the current fiscal pressures on states make having occupied the governor’s mansion an even more valuable perspective.
But the real appeal of a Daniels candidacy is that I believe he is serious about reducing the debt and realistic about what it will take to achieve that, as a matter of both substance and politics.
Yes, Daniels as OMB director from 2001 to 2003 oversaw the federal budget’s stomach-churning plunge from surplus to deficit. But in Indiana, where he was actually in charge, Daniels’s performance reflected the reverse: The state went from a $200 million deficit to a $1.3 billion surplus and earned its first AAA bond rating.
In a rigid GOP world of no-new-taxes ideologues, Daniels actually proposed a temporary tax increase to help close the state’s budget gap. He created a health-care plan for uninsured residents not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid — and paid for it in part with higher tobacco taxes. He believes in limited government but implemented all-day kindergarten and pressed for new spending on infrastructure.
Most fundamentally, Daniels understands that compromise is a sign of wisdom, not weakness. “Purity in martyrdom,” he told the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year, “is for suicide bombers.” snip
But candidate Daniels would press President Obama to sharpen his focus on getting the debt under control, and to spell out more clearly how that will be accomplished. He would be an especially worthy opponent — even if I flinch at the thought that he might succeed.
So, Obama is such a failure, she wants Daniels in the race, despite ALL of the positives she highlighted that Daniel's has actually accomplished, only to force Obama to actually step up and ACCOMPLISH something?
Ummm…doesn’t that kind of hint at the fact that Obama doesn’t deserve a second term?
She spends the entire article highlighting all of the great things Daniel's (not Obama)has accomplished, then criticizes Obama for not having a focus, or a plan for accomplishing anything on our debt crisis, yet she still supports Obama for a second term...? Baffling.