While his comments concerning a “truce” on social issues will certainly not endear him to the socially conservative Iowa crowd, Mitch Daniels is without question a top-flight 2012 GOP contender, thanks to his fiscally conservative record as Indiana’s governor.
Additionally, Daniels is seen by many as a respected policy whiz, something the GOP is sorely lacking as its 2012 presidential field slowly takes shape.
Daniels is not considered a strong organizer, nor is he well-known outside of the Beltway or the Hoosier State. Should Daniels win the Republican nomination, his ties to Bush 43 could be a target for Team Obama who would welcome any excuse to replay their anti-Bush messaging from the 2008 election.
If he does enter the 2012 GOP presidential scrum, the key for Daniels will be to develop a consistent message that energizes Republicans outside of the Beltway as he works to boost his name recognition in the early primary states. If he doesn’t, a Daniels campaign may not get any further than the Palmetto State.