Here’s the best indication yet that Mitch Daniels will run for President: he’s already started mortgaging his values.
Despite his promise of a “truce,” Daniels issued a statement on Friday affirming that he would sign a bill de-funding Planned Parenthood, should the bill cross his desk. Promising to commit political capital to a divisive, pointless, and abusively anti-human rights act solely to placate social conservatives proves the truce is over.
It also suggests Governor Daniels has begun the hard task of shedding his moderate credentials, an effort that only makes sense if undertaken to appease the increasingly radicalized Republican Party. If that’s the tack he’ll take, though, Daniels will do nothing more than reprise John McCain’s tragic role: that of the good man, who loses himself to lose an election. The American public has rejected extremist Republicanism, time-and-time again. 2010 is not to the contrary, as Daniels will find, should he continue with this pathetic re-invention.