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Opening Arguments

Tell it, Mitch.

House Speaker John Boehner is announcing that Mitxch Daniels will be giving the Republican response to the State of the Union speech next week. From his remarks:

“Mitch Daniels is a fierce advocate for smaller, less costly, and more accountable government, and has the record to prove it,” Speaker Boehner said. “As governor, he has turned deficits into surplus, reformed government from top to bottom, and created a better environment for private-sector job creation.  For making tough choices and keeping his promises, Mitch Daniels is the right choice at the right time to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s address.”

Impressive. That man should run for president or something. Oh, wait.

I continue to be mystified by speculation that Daniels might consider seeking the vice presidency. His reasons for not running for the top spot -- too time-consuming, family against it -- would seem to apply to the veep's job, too.


Harl Delos
Fri, 01/20/2012 - 6:20am

The biggest value of a vice-president is that, if chosen carefully, he discourages assassination.

Anyone who hated Nixon hated Agnew more. Anyone who hated Clinton hated Gore more. Anyone who hated Dubya hated Cheney more.

Daniels appears to have good character and good judgment, and he doesn't appear to be driven by hatred. No matter which one in the clown car of contenders for the GOP nomination becomes the ham sandwich, he's going to be less acceptable to to Republicans than Mitch Daniels would be - and that goes double or triple for independents and Democrats.

Running for office only takes a few months. It's winning that your family has to worry about, and the vice-president doesn't even have to carry out his constitutional duties - the country pays a "President Pro Tem" of the Senate, so the Veep's naps need not be interrupted.

But who would be so foolish as to name him as vice-president, and thus encourage assassins?