Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels debuts
The Weekly Standard's John McCormack and the American Spectator's Phil Klein write up the meeting Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) had with conservative reporters Tuesday. I'm struck with the sense that Daniels is a perfect tea party representative -- unconcerned with the details of foreign policy while broadly supportive of Republican ideas, bored by social issues, and very annoyed with the way Republicans tried to wedge Medicare cuts against the Democrats during the health care debate. Klein:
"I do not think it was a proud moment for the Republican Party at all," Daniels told reporters and bloggers at a Heritage Foundation gathering. "Medicare is going to have to change. I have to say, the granny card has been played so cynically against Republicans so many times, that I can certainly understand the turnabout there. But it is not a grownup attitude. We're going to have to have some grown up conversations. And to pretend that Medicare can continue in its current form is just not honest." He later added that, "I understand why they leap at the short-term temptation to score a point or two, but it's not really in the national interest."
Again, exactly what a tea party activist would say -- not too geared toward a 2012 general election.