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.
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