Since Daniels easy re-election bid this past November, a number of Republican party faithfuls have claimed to have had a moment of serendipity, touting Daniels as a “person to watch” in national politics, possibly at the presidential level. Hmm. I believe we did watch him from 2001 to 2003 as George W. Bush’s pick for Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
We watched Daniels oversee a $236 billion annual surplus turn into a $400 billion deficit during his 29-month tenure. And, here is a good one – in 2002, Daniels helped discredit a report by Assistant to the President on Economic Policy Lawrence B. Lindsey estimating the cost of the Iraq War at between $100-$200 billion. Daniels called the estimate “very, very high” and stated that the costs would be between $50-$60 billion.
Excuse me? What a wrong-headed estimate. The cost of the war – in monetary measure – is now approaching $600 billion dollars and will more than likely top $1 trillion dollars or more when it is all said and done. Yep, Mitch Daniels – wrong for Indiana and certainly wrong for the nation.
Let’s hope he really means it when he says he has no aspirations to politic at the national level.