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Could Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (second from right) save the GOP? (Larry Downing/Reuters)
Republicans are getting desperate:
Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb, one of Gov. Daniels’ closest advisers, revealed to POLITICO that “the whispers have become shouts, the knocks on [Daniels’] door have become fist pounding.”
And why are they so desperate?
“Republicans are fretting the four dancing now can’t beat Obama in the fall — so their national talent search continues,” Holcomb said, adding that the pleas had come from “the adults” in the party.
Of course, "the adults" in the Republican Party are same people who thought Mitt Romney would be a great nominee. And they're the same people who led the GOP during the Bush years. They created our long-term fiscal problem with tax cuts for the wealthy and dumb wars, they undermined our economy with weak regulation of the financial sector, they failed to seriously address our energy and climate crisis, and they pursued an anti-gay, anti-woman social policy—and as George W. Bush's budget director, Mitch Daniels was right in the middle of it all. So for these "adults" who are so desperate to pick up where the Bush administration left off, Mitch Daniels would be a perfect president. But they won't get what they want, because even if "the adults" help Daniels surmount the procedural hurdles in his path, there's still something called "the voters." And the last thing most voters want is a repeat of the Bush years.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 06:54 AM PST.

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