The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

In­di­ana Gov. Mitch Daniels is not act­ing “pres­i­den­tial.” But he might be act­ing vice-pres­i­den­tial. In­deed, Mr. Daniels, who dropped out of the White House derby four months ago, has a new book, “Keep­ing the Repub­lic: Sav­ing Amer­ica by Trust­ing Amer­i­cans,” re­leased on Sept. 20. And he pro­vides 40 pages of ag­gres­sive eco­nomic pol­icy in a chap­ter ti­tled, “Change that Be­lieves in You.”

Mr. Daniels is still very much in touch with his in­ner Hoosier, all down-to-earth back­bone. The gov­er­nor, in fact, con­demns po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tants, call­ing them “merce­nar­ies” who see the typ­i­cal voter as a “child . . . eas­ily per­suaded to shy away from the bo­gey­man.”

And will vot­ers end up with a Rom­ney/Daniels or Perry/Daniels combo at the Repub­li­cans National Con­ven­tion in Au­gust? There’s a chance. Not much of a chance, but a chance. Mean­while, Mr. Daniels does stand in agree­ment with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on So­cial Se­cu­rity, cit­ing the same point that sent Mr. Perry’s crit­ics into de­ri­sive finger-point­ing mode last week.

“The whole setup is enough to

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