When Mitch Daniels announces his candidacy, I may have to go off the grid for a while, I don’t think I’ll be able to take the nonstop fluffing he gets from all the serious people. Even the liberal Hendrik Hertzberg (a favorite of many of you totebag types) has gone more or less all in:
I found his affect reassuring. To all appearances, his temperament is undoctrinaire even if some of his economic views aren’t. When it comes to red meat he seems to be a vegetarian.
Michael Kinsley and Josh Marshall may not be far behind.
On Tuesday, at the Gilded Age Upper East Side mansion that houses the nascent Bloomberg View, Daniels lunched with a baker’s dozen of journo-pundits ranging politics-wise from rightish (Peggy Noonan, Ramesh Ponnuru) and leftish (Michael Kinsley, Josh Marshall) to neitherish (Mark Halperin), and outlet-wise from mass market (George Stephanopoulos) to niche market (me).
My guess is Marshall doesn’t go for it, but Kinsley does. I can’t see how the contrarian in him can resist.