There are few things more silly and irritating in the presidential election cycle than those candidates who are puffed up by the media as “the real thing” then choose not to run after all the hype then announce well they could have won anyway if they had chose to run.
Case in point – Mitch Daniels the Governor of Indiana.
Despite several years as George Bush’s budget director helping lay the groundwork for the worst recession America has had since the Great Depression, Daniel was touting himself as the solution to the country’s financial woe based largely on his cutting of social services to poorer citizens and laws aimed at restricting teacher unions (an unfortunate trend around the country).
Truth is Daniels record as budget director while a stumbling block was not as big a worry as his private life (I believe this was the real reason he didn’t run)
Daniels had based his consideration process on whether his wife Cheri was willing to go along with being part of a presidential campaign. His wife had married him in 1978 then divorced him in 1993 and married another man(moving to California leaving their four daughters with Daniels) then divorced the other man and remarried Daniels in 1997.
From what I’ve read of this, here’s what I come up with – His wife was apparently already seeing the other man while still married to Daniels so she was having an affair and left him for another man.
In other words, Daniels was a cuckold. There’s something very male, very “saving face” about being disgusted by this and Daniels, reaction which was to take her back when her little adventure didn’t work out, makes him look gutless from the “macho” point of view.
The fact he also allows this woman to make the decision on whether or not he would run for president indicates that Daniels is a henpecked weakling, a man whose wife has firm control of his testicles. Not to sound sexist but this is not the strength of character we would want in a president. She didn’t want to have the issue dragged out in the media-It has nothing to do with Daniels but he gave in to her request.
I think this would have come up in the campaign as would have Daniels drug arrest while in college.
Why is the drug arrest an issue?
Daniels and a college roommate were arrested with several shoeboxes of marijuana and LSD and pills, much more than what would be needed for personal consumption.
In other words, Daniels was selling drugs as a part-time student job (something his roommate admitted to but Daniels got away with a fine and a denial of his own involvement). Well, I guess he could point to this as an early example of his business acumen.
Truth was the Mitch Daniels proto candidacy was a creation of the media. Coupled with his talk of a “truce” on social issues, he would have been viewed with suspicion by the ever radicalized and nutty tea party base of the Republican Party and as the rest of the story of his life came out, viewed with suspicion by everyone else.