Gary Bauer not pleased with Mitch Daniels
As I noted this morning, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels's CPAC speech may have thrilled fiscal wonks inside the Beltway, but he may have offended more conservatives than he won over. I asked Gary Bauer, one of the most experienced and politically influential evangelical Republicans, what he thought of the speech. He told me, "His economic message was well delivered, but sadly he played a song using one note. We just celebrated the Reagan vision, but too many of our leaders are tone deaf on how to rally the whole coalition of economic, social and national security conservatives. The first candidate who rediscovers the formula will emerge the nominee."
Nor did Gary think it was wise for Daniels to take a poke at some conservative favorites. He cautioned, "I also think it makes no sense to sound disrespectful to political warriors like Rush Limbaugh who kept conservatism inspired during the last two years in the Obama/Reid/Pelosi wilderness."
In the 2008 presidential primary, values voters hung back and in fact never coalesced around a single presidential candidate. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wound up as the nominee but never excited religious conservatives. I asked Gary if religious voters would do the same this year. His answer was intriguing: "I think eventually one conservative candidate will emerge to compete with an establishment favorite." I take that to mean that the race will come down to Mitt Romney and the top "not Romney" contender, someone whom values voters, Tea Partyers, and hawks can rally behind. At this stage it remains far from clear who that might be. But at least for now, Daniels may have put off a large segment of the electorate.
| February 15, 2011; 12:05 PM ET
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