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Mitch Daniels is disappointed in Mitt Romney.

On Wednesday morning, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels issued a stirring endorsement of Mitt Romney, saying, "Mitt Romney has proven that he understands what is at stake and is prepared to summon Americans to the changes that will restore the American Dream and our national greatness. I'll do whatever I'm asked to help him." Romney, for his part, was more than pleased, saying, "Daniels shares my background in business, and he has used the principles of the private sector in government."

Later in the day Wednesday, talking to the Indianapolis Star's Matthew Tully, Daniels sounded a tad bit less enthusiastic about his party's presumptive presidential nominee:

"You have to campaign to govern, not just to win," he said. ". . . Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what's at stake and a constructive program to make life better. And as I say, look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve."

After a pause, Daniels added with disappointment: "Romney doesn't talk that way."

Before you start to think Daniels wants Romney to embrace a policy agenda that would actually help non-wealthy people, let's be clear: Daniels went on to say that "You don't change one thing about the policies you advocate or your principles." Daniels is not saying that Romney should stop wanting to roll back workers' rights or change his mind about his embrace of the Republican budget that would hurt low-income people and seniors and students. He's just saying that Romney should do a better job sounding like he cares about what happens to non-millionaires.

But Romney's not that good an actor, so Daniels better get used to being disappointed.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  How you make Republicans angry. (14+ / 0-)

    I think a very valuable line of messaging for Democrats is to, right away, brand Romney as the "leader of the Republican Party".

    It's true in a technical sense -- he's the nominee. But referring to him that way will upset many Republicans on such a core level. He's the leader but no one wants to follow him, they just want him to be president. Implying that Republicans should look to Romney for leadership within the party will drive them nuts, and then they'll say stupid things.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 11:38:43 AM PDT

  •  People would love republican policies (8+ / 0-)

    if only they explained it better.  I believe that is the paul ryan school of denial.

  •  To be fair... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Krush, sherlyle, Liberal Protestant

    What Republican can actually do this?

    "...spend the precious time and dollars explaining what's at stake and a constructive program to make life better."

    What constructive programs do they have or have described in the last three years?

    "It looks like how music sounds." --My four year old nephew upon looking through a kaleidoscope for the first time

    by Mote Dai on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 01:18:44 PM PDT

  •  This is the problem with endorsements (4+ / 0-)

    gained through extortion.

    Mitt doesn't get too many spontaneous endorsements. Heck, he's even negotiating the terms of the deal with Ted Nugent for that coveted endorsement. Sounds a little like negotiating with a terrorist if you ask me...

    Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

    by cassandracarolina on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 01:47:58 PM PDT

  •  You gotta wonder what planet they're living on n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle, Liberal Protestant

    GOP = Greedy One Percent

    by Palafox on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 02:47:07 PM PDT

  •  So, in the eyes of Governor Daniels, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sherlyle

    Mitt Romney is just practicing the wrong kind of hypocrisy?

    I just love Republican logic!

    -5.13,-5.64; If you gave [Jerry Falwell] an enema, you could bury him in a matchbox. -- Christopher Hitchens

    by gizmo59 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 02:47:32 PM PDT

  •  a whole bunch of GOPers don't want Mitt to win (0+ / 0-)

    Daniels and the whole list of GOP presidential wannabes bet their careers that Obama wins another term and they'll be able to run in 2016. A Rmoney win would be disaster for Jeb Bush, Christie and the whole gaggle of GOP strategists who told them not to challange an incumbent.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 02:56:28 PM PDT

  •  The whole Republican campaign (0+ / 0-)

    is shot through with contradictions anyway.  The only shred of consistency in the whole thing is that they're advocating for the rich, especially if they're white businessmen -- yes, men.  The rest is an elaborate fraud designed to convince the rest of us that what's good for the rich is somehow good for everyone else.  If we don't believe that,  they tell us we should vote for the Republicans anyway because they're against the things that a lot of people are afraid of.  Any candidate that could actually believe all that should probably be seeking expensive, private mental health care.

  •  Well Mitch, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mr MadAsHell

    that's just the way the cookie crumbles.

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:03:22 PM PDT

  •  Shorter Daniels: This guy sucks but ...MEH ... I (0+ / 0-)

    had to endorse him

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:03:52 PM PDT

    •  Shorter Daniels? (0+ / 0-)

      The guy already struggles to reach 5 feet wearing heels.

      Boehner (n) North German: variant of Böhnhaas - someone who does a job they don't have the qualifications for and who typically delivers shoddy work

      by Calouste on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 04:28:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "People who have yet to achieve" (1+ / 0-)
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    Krush

    Well, seeing that I am 41 year old, and I have yet to have a multi-millionaire CEO father, or married to a wife who is the heiress to another multi-million fortune, I guess I would fall into this category. I better vote republican so I can 'achieve'! Watch out, I'm gonna achieve!

    •  I don't think Reagan would do this: (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      icemilkcoffee, Calouste

      The new spokesperson, Richard Grenell, is Romney's national security advisor.

      Obviously, not his advisor on women.

      The GOP War on Women continues.

      •  Not to mention completely off the mark (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Calouste

        They can't even get their insults right.  I am a hetero man and I find Rachel Maddow to be gorgeous and sexy in the best possible 'smart sexy' way.

        If he said it about say, Janet Napolitano (no offsense to the great Secretary & Governor), it would at least be in the ball park of plausibility, if still completely unfunny and homophobic.

      •  it's is a bait since he is gay himself ... (0+ / 0-)

        is is just so everyone will mention that Rmoney has hired a gay man......but leave it to democrats and self-serving pundits to take the bait.

        /If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer/. Thoreau

        by hron on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 07:17:37 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Under Achiever (1+ / 0-)
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      icemilkcoffee

      Why just today I cannibalized three profitable companies that provided 70 percent of the workforce in two states!  

      People can do a lot if they just set their mind to it. Get out there and convince an elderly couple to get a reverse mortage. Hopefully they will be on the street by winter and you can sell the house for three times what is worth.

      There are so many ways to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and become a multi-millionaire.

  •  "look at everything through the lens of folks who (0+ / 0-)

    ..have yet to achieve" so you can sound as if you give a rip about them.  Even though you don't.  Thanks, Mitch.

  •  I would feel better about this... (0+ / 0-)

    ...if Republican voters were to translate their disappointment with Romney into a lack of enthusiasm at the polls. But, so far, we don't see much evidence for that.

  •  some team (0+ / 0-)
    Romney’s  point man  Peter Flaherty,

    Ed Gillespie senior adviser,

    Gov Tim Pawlenty, Romney surrogate,

    Romney’s top policy hand Lanhee Chen,

    Zac Moffatt Romney’s digital director;

    http://www.politico.com/...

    In a Romney presidency with a GOP Congress who do you think they'll put on the Supreme Court? What will happen to your grandparents' Medicare and Medicaid or to children with pre-existing conditions? - V. P. Joe Biden

    by anyname on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:17:03 PM PDT

    •  Lanhee Chen (0+ / 0-)

      Lanhee Chen Joins Free and Strong America PAC As Policy Director Mitt Romney's Free and Strong America PAC today announced that Lanhee Chen, Ph.D, alumni of Governor Romney’s ’08 presidential bid, will join the PAC as policy director.

      Chen was also a health policy adviser to Bush-Cheney ’04, the campaign to reelect President George W. Bush. Chen served in the George W. Bush Administration as a senior policy and political aide at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

      Most recently, Chen was the Deputy Campaign Manager and Policy Director on California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner's campaign for governor.  

      Chen is a member of the State Bar of California and previously practiced law at the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

      http://vladimirputin2012.com/...

      In a Romney presidency with a GOP Congress who do you think they'll put on the Supreme Court? What will happen to your grandparents' Medicare and Medicaid or to children with pre-existing conditions? - V. P. Joe Biden

      by anyname on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:24:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What's the opposite of (0+ / 0-)

    "Fired up, ready to go"?

    Maybe it isn't "drowning in cash but still struggling to give a shit," though I believe that's an accurate summary.

    Winning elections is great, but building movements is better.

    by Alvin K on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:17:30 PM PDT

  •  I saw this episode on Twilight Zone. (0+ / 0-)

    They all endorse the hypocrite and become hypocrites themselves. Soon they can no longer distinguish the truth. They breed such dishonesty and confusion among themselves that they dishonestly vote for the man they despise and the incumbent wins a second term. Then Rod Serling smokes a cigarette and smiles like he knew all along.

    Voting Republican is a luxury that very few Americans can afford.

    by Says Who on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:18:53 PM PDT

  •  Daniels is not that (0+ / 0-)

    good an actor, either, which is why he is incredibly insulated from regular folks here in Indiana.

  •  Interesting diary. When I think of Daniels I (0+ / 0-)

    think he has got to be one of the GOP's best dissemblers.  I also think if you like ALEC initiatives you'll like Daniels.  He is the alpha of everything we think about that is happening thanks to GOP leaders at the state level against labor, privatizing everything, disenfranchising voters, destroying local government's funding, attacking public schools, and consolidating power.

    This policy direction is an anathema to natives of Indiana who prize their autonomy above almost all else.  Local government is sacred.  Mitch Daniels dissembled so well that he got in office a second time and took people like our local rural GOPers for a huge ride.  They do not like him!

  •  Daniels is an authority.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...on modern Republican strategy: Lie to middle class workers, get them to vote against their own interests, then take away their unions.

    It's a proven strategy.

  •  Romney doesn't think that way, either. (0+ / 0-)

    Mitt Romney's Like A Box Of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get!

    by kitebro on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 03:59:18 PM PDT

  •  Perhaps Mitt (0+ / 0-)

    can get Manchin's endorsement instead...

    A pessimist looks both ways before crossing a one-way street

    by beefydaddy18 on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 04:27:31 PM PDT

  •   "Folks who have yet to achieve." (0+ / 0-)

    Fuck, that sounds just like myself and my wife who have subsisted on well over a $100,000 taxable income a year for over a decade. Too bad my kid pays low taxes on his $10.75 an hour job when I made $8.50 an hour thirty five years ago. Mitt's lazy ass wife needs to learn to flip Burgers or STFU, for $2 an hour. Right Willard, you rat?

  •  When will Mitch (0+ / 0-)

    be an official Republican baldheaded cocksucking midget? Seem to me I have seen that term applied to Rick "Niggerhead" Perry's most recent opponent for Governor of Texas . Nobody cried foul them. Crush these scummy cockroaches and stomp them three times with anger, they don't die easy.

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