Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake of The Washington Post suggest that Indiana Republican Governor Mitch Daniels is on the fence when it comes to seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.
At CivicForumPAC, we are certainly fans of Mr. Daniels and his efforts to right the ship in the Hoosier State.
Below are the pluses and minuses of a Daniels’ candidacy should he choose to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 2012.
Pluses: Daniels is seen by many as a respected public policy whiz, something the GOP is sorely lacking as its 2012 presidential field takes shape. Within Indiana, Daniels is seen as a fiscal conservative who has wisely guided the Hoosier State through some rough patches.
Minuses: Daniels is not a strong organizer and he is not well known outside of Indiana and Washington, D.C. Should Daniels go on to win the Republican presidential nomination, his Dukakis-like stature could be an eyesore for voters when he squares off against President Obama.
Overall: Daniels is certainly a Tier 1 Republican candidate at this juncture. The key for Daniels will be to develop a consistent message that resonates with Republican voters outside of the Beltway as he works to boost his name recognition in the primary states. If he doesn’t, his campaign will implode by the time the circus hits the Palmetto State.