Mitch Daniels: Riding Harleys, Pinching Pennies

 

At his incredibly engrossing and great Tumblr feed, Ricochet member Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has posted some of his favorite pull quotes from Andrew Ferguson’s Weekly Standard profile of our very own Gov. Mitch Daniels. Turns out, they’re some of my favorites, too — such as:

Daniels talked about bikes for a minute, told them of a group of Harley riders he’d met back at the McDonald’s, asked them what they’d been hearing. Then he got on his Harley and the Abate guys got back on theirs, and they moved onto the highway. Twenty minutes later, a small delegation of gray-suited businessmen who had been deputized to greet their governor were standing on the porch of Pastarrific Italian Restaurant in Kokomo, when their governor appeared, hunched on his Harley, with a gang of 25 men in long hair and black leather jackets behind him, in a thunderous internal-combustion roar.

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    @MorituriTe

    Sheesh. Now I’m getting a man-crush.

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    @ScottR

    It doesn’t seem like an act, either: Smart, competent, policy-wonk toughguy with a Harley. Don’t be a tease, Gov. Daniels. Run.

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    @RobLong

    Another terrific section from Andy’s piece:

    We were having lunch one day at a favorite spot, the St. Louis Street Soda Shop in Vincennes, on the Wabash River. Having resisted the Fried Bologna Sandwich ($3.49, with chips, pickle extra), Daniels was washing down a quarter-pound Coney Island dog with a large butterscotch milkshake—“the best in the state,” he assured Dolly, the delighted owner—when a reporter from the local radio station appeared. She pressed him on the education budget cuts too. She told him the local school board had just laid off nine teachers and an administrator.

    “What would you say to those people?” she asked.

    He visibly flinched, just as he had on MitchTV.

    “I’d say it should have been nine administrators and one teacher. There are 20 things that school board could do before it had to lay off one teacher.”

    And a butterscotch milkshake! This is like, well, conservative porn.

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    @Fredosphere

    I hate to be the turd in the butterscotch milkshake here, but. . .having heard Daniels on the podcast, I can’t believe he has a serious shot at winning a national campaign. The guy has a serious fluency problem when he talks. It takes him f o r e v e r to get a sentence out. Yikes.

    After eight years of grinding my teeth every time Dubyah opened his mouth, and having to sit, horrified, through the ’08 campaign, listening to a silver-tongued snake oil salesman sweet-talk his way into the White House, I’d really, really, really like to see conservatives come up with a candidate who can at least talk his way out of a paper bag. Please.

    That’s why I think Haley Barbour should be the nominee.

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    @MorituriTe
    Rob Long: And a butterscotch milkshake! This is like, well, conservative porn.

    You’re just making it worse, Rob.

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    Scott Reusser

    Fredösphere: The guy has a serious fluency problem when he talks. It takes him f o r e v e r to get a sentence out. Yikes.

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    I’m pretty sure that’s not something we have to worry about with Gov. Daniels. Seriously, he’s supremely articulate. Maybe the nature of the podcast–four people, four different locations–led to stilted conversation in spots. Here’s something to worry about: In the article, the great Andrew Ferguson on the governor’s hair: “The day is fast approaching when the combover will no longer be able to work its magic.” Can it hang on until 2012? · Jun 9 at 7:24pm

    Scott, I would be delighted to find out that you’re right. I admit, the podcast was the only time I heard him talk.

    Daniels, Barbour, whoever: the GOP really needs a nominee this time who can put a sentence together in real time, and can stay on message without sounding like a traveling salesman, or a robot. Please. I’m begging you.

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    @ScottR
    Fredösphere: The guy has a serious fluency problem when he talks. It takes him f o r e v e r to get a sentence out. Yikes.

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    I’m pretty sure that’s not something we have to worry about with Gov. Daniels. Seriously, he’s supremely articulate. Maybe the nature of the podcast–four people, four different locations–led to stilted conversation in spots. Here’s something to worry about: In the article, the great Andrew Ferguson on the governor’s hair: “The day is fast approaching when the combover will no longer be able to work its magic.” Can it hang on until 2012?

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    @RobLong

    I’m with you, Fredo. I’m really tired of this high-wire act the Republicans perform every presidential cycle, where we’ve all got our hearts in our throats during every debate, every speech, every press interview.

    For my money, as I may have mentioned 1,000,000 times, Daniels is smart, witty, flinty, and just a bit sharp-tongued to make a huge impact, should he run. He’s not going to be a deer in the headlights. He’s going to be the headlights.

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    @DuaneOyen

    I suspect that Gov. Daniels is a good guy who will spare his beloved wife the truly ugly fate that would await her at the hands of the Andrew Sullivans of the world (“Show us Trig’s birth certificate, Palin, prove you are the mother”). Unfortunately. If he started to get any kind of traction, they would come gunning for her.

    But butterscotch instead of chocolate? Give me a break.

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