If David Broder is still capable of having an orgasm, it would appear that Mitch Daniels has given him one:
Back in Washington, the luxury of having a thoughtful presidential contender was striking for everyone hearing Daniels. The onetime Reagan White House political director and Bush White House budget chief is not your run-of-the-mill intellectual. His style is to be down-home, but his record of accomplishment is dazzling.
The turnout was a reminder that during the Reagan and Bush years the Republican Party mustered battalions of policy wonks who were at least the equal of their Democratic counterparts. Most of them have retired to think tanks and law firms now, but they are plainly eager to get back into the battle if Daniels summons them to the 2012 campaign.[…..]
Still, in a party where a candidate such as Angle can be the nominee against the majority leader, brains are clearly a precious commodity. What we saw in Washington on Thursday night was a reminder that despite the occasional appearance, Republicans do not lack in that regard.
I can’t see Daniels winning the Republican primary, but if I had to take a wild guess what the 2012 Republican ticket is, I’d go with Thune-Daniels. It’s a good ticket. Take some supply-side whackiness, sprinkle a little Greg Mankiw tax magic on them, have Daniels discuss them with a mixture of “wonkiness” and “just a bit of a Southern country twang“, and presto, you have serious economic policy! Bobo can gush about Thune’s prairie good looks and Daniels’ sound Burkean reserve.
All this talk about the danger of the Palinistas is nonsense. O’Donnell and Palin have horrific favorability numbers because they are seen as idiots by much of the population. Anyway, if O’Donnell is elected Senator, she’ll vote exactly the same way that Thune does and pretty close to the way the triumvirate (Collins, Snowe, Graham) does. She’ll just look stupider doing it. For liberals, that should be seen as a feature, not a bug.
Serious Republicans led us into Iraq. Serious Republicans made the Citizens United ruling. Serious Republicans along with serious Democrats oversaw the financial meltdown. If Republicans succeed in destroying our society, they will do it with seriousness, not with anti-masturbation campaigns and reality tv shows.