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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Gary Bauer not pleased with Mitch Daniels

By Jennifer Rubin

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.

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 15, 2011; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  2012 campaign  
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Unless Paul Ryan gets drafted--Christie won't go--Pawlenty might just win by default. (Assuming Thune doesn't run).

Posted by: WS_Bull | February 15, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Once again, serious readers are given The Rubin Gossip Column.

Psst, Gary Bauer, who is -very- influential, didn't like Mitch Daniel's speech. Pass it on.

Posted by: MsJS | February 15, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Values voters? Meth-addicted, in 'the closet' evangelical preachers? Family value Senators who use prostitutes. Or just the values of torturing prisoner and giving up personal liberty to the Homeland Security forces.

Fanning the flames of the "Culture Wars" distracts from the Corporate takeover the country. But RepubliCorps doesn't want anyone to notice so, "Hey look! Homosexuals want to marry! Ahhh!!!"

Posted by: thebobbob | February 15, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Gary Bauer's appeal is so limited, he wouldn't be able to get elected dog catcher!

And millions of social conservatives I suspect, consider him to be the 'worst representative for social conservative values' we could find! I certainly do.

But he is important to Ms Rubin. Important because she can use this dunce as a club to slam Daniels over the head with.

'disrespectful to political warriors like Rush Limbaugh'? That tells you all you need to know about Bauer. Talk about empty rhetoric. Does he have any idea what the difference is between being disrespectful and making a valid point!

Perhaps Ms Rubin thinks all we need to elect the next president are voters who listen to Rush, Sean, etc.

Well, I don't listen to them, and neither does my wife and my daugher! And we are all conservative republicans.

Blauer is a opportunist, who peeps his head out of his
'little hole in the ground' only when he can attack someone as
not being 'ideologically pure'. And for him that means social issues first and formost.

Sorry Ms Rubin, try peddling your junk somewhere else!

Posted by: tennisman874 | February 15, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

As an evangelical conservative, I say "screw Gary Baur, and Screw Rush Limbaugh". We need some one who can cobble togather a coalition of cost cutters.

If evangelicals don't want people having abortions, or gays in the military, or gays to marry, then evangelicals need to get out of their pews and go evangelize. Forced morality, by the use of the power of the Government, is not morality, it is coercion.

Christ's command was to spread the Gospel of his kingdom and his kingdom was not of this earth. People can not be coerced into the kingdom of God. This should be the concern of the evangelicals.

Financial solvency of our country should be the concern of all responsible citizens.

Posted by: Clutch | February 15, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Clutch: I'm not an Evangelical Christian, but I'm more so than you. There are some things as important as money, and that's protecting the innocent unborn. The role of the government is to protect, and even Chris Christie in liberal NJ has the ba**s to speak out in favor of life. Now that's a real man to get behind.

Posted by: WS_Bull | February 15, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

There you go again.

Did you ask Mr. Bauer how he knows more than Daniels about "Reagan's vision" when Daniels actually worked for Reagan (as his political director, no less)? No one has even declared to run (wait, Cain?) and the punditocracy is running amok with breathless postings about .... junk.

Posted by: buster5 | February 15, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I know that Bauer worked in the Reagan Admin. as undersecretary of education, as a junior policy person and on some family values council. That ain't exactly the West Wing. Still, how is he more qualified than Daniels when it comes to understanding Reagan's vision.

Posted by: buster5 | February 15, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Mr. WS_Bull: You can be sanctimonious about it if you want, but I have seen first hand the consequences of living in a country with outlawed abortion. You do not stop abortions by outlawing them, you only change them into poorly done abortions. You stop abortions by changing the moral outlook of the individual. The Government cannot do that, no matter how much liberals want to try to legislate morality, it can't be done.

I believe abortion to be abhorrent with the exception of the life of the mother being at stake. Even then it is regretable. That being said, trying to legislate it away was unsuccessful before and will be again. I would not choose to abort a child, but I must remember that I don't get to make the choice for some one else.

I have come to the conclusion that the so called "wedge issues" are carefully cultivated by the Parties (being the Republicans and the Democrats) to maintain their control over their special base. I desire a President who says that the social issues while very important are too devisive for us to solve at this time and therefore should be set to the side when we are at a moment of crisis, so we can make progress on some thing we can agree on.

Posted by: Clutch | February 15, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

It floors me how many people are ignorant on these Blogs. I listen to Rush when I can and obviously he has a strong following amongst the republican base. However, I encourage anyone who thinks that Mitch Daniels is a RINO to actually do the research on his RECORD!!!!!!! It's easy to call names that you've seen other people claim of someone else, but you'd better make sure the facts match up. Let's just look at a few examples of Daniels record:

- Immediately disposed of the Public workers Union in Indiana when he became governor....that doesn't sound so RINOish or Union friendly....huh

- Brokered a deal to lease Indiana's toll road that was netting a 2-3 billion dollar deficit annually to a private company for 100's of billions that were immediately tagged for the county the Toll road runs through and a few other road projects. In the lease are mandates that the private company cannot raise rates on the toll road without meeting certain criteria, they must hire Indiana workers to run the toll booths, they must hire Indiana State police to patrol the road and the must hire Indiana road crews for repairs....this financially makes sense to conservatives and is also anti-illegal immigrant as state workers must be hired for maintenance and patrol....hmmm

- He is currently pulling certain bargaining abilities away from the teachers union and completely reforming Indiana's education system to allow tax dollars to be used for parents to send their kids to private schools if they choose....this is means tested so that it is available first to families of low income that could not afford private education otherwise. This is anti-union, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-middle/low income families....sounds pretty conservative.

- He's balanced the budget every year in office.....that isn't RINOish

- He had to work with an indiana legislature that was at least partially controlled by liberals (I can't remember if it was the house or senate) until the 2010 election cycle where he campaigned for state candidates and they ultimately took over both parts of the legislature.....sounds pretty good to me as conservative leaning

- He made national headlines as making Indiana the #1 state in the nation in lowest number of STATE WORKERS PER CAPITA!!!! This means small government for those reading this in Rio Linda:)

- I cannot find a single issue that he compromised the conservative position to get the bill passed....not one. Not one compromise or back-tracked statement that would indicate he'd fold on social or fiscal conservative issues.

He's a devout Presbyterian, he's served as an elder in his church, he's run the operations for a major US company (Eli Lilly North American Ops) he's kept Indiana in the black ink column for his tenure as Governor without raising taxes.....

WHAT DO YOU MEAN RINO?!?!?!?!?!?! He's politically savy so he doesn't usually show his hand until he's sure he can accomplish the goals he's going to promise. He's founded and

Posted by: jduvall2816 | February 16, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

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