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Mitch Daniels Boomlet Ends

Posted on | February 22, 2011 | 43 Comments

He just threw Scott Walker under the bus:

Democrats went into a behind-closed-doors meeting Monday, refusing to return to the floor. Today, sources told The Indianapolis Star that Democrat lawmakers have left the state.
Daniels, a Republican, supported their right to deny Republicans a quorum to do business and the rights of labor unions to protest at the Statehouse.
“The activities of today are perfectly legitimate part of the process,” he said. “Even the smallest minority, and that’s what we’ve heard from in the last couple days, has every right to express the strength of its views and I salute those who did.”

The Underground Conservative was never on the Daniels 2012 bandwagon, but he’s sure as hell off it now:

Daniels took another step toward revealing himself as a Not Ready For Prime Time Player today when he told Indiana House Republicans to drop the Right-to-Work bill . . .

If you don’t support the right to work without interference from union goons, you’re not conservative:

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.
Daniels told reporters this afternoon that he expects House Democrats will return to work if the bill dies. It would be unfortunate if other bills are caught up in the turmoil, he said.

One of Daniels’ pundit fans, Jim Geraghty now says he’s “extremely disappointed.”

UPDATE: “Alternate headline: ‘Apparently, Mitch Daniels not running for president.’

Philip Klein bids for the Understatement of the Year Award: “In another move unlikely to endear him to conservative primary voters should he decide to seek the presidency . . .”

UPDATE II: Michelle Malkin: “Unfortunately, GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels has gone and made himself an honorary fleebagger.”

Hey, you know who benefits from this?

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