I don’t care that Mitch Daniels’ wife Cheri left Mitch, married another guy, then came back and remarried Mitch three years later. I don’t care if Mitch spent the intervening years working out and hanging with his motorcycle buddies.
But if Daniels were a Democrat, I doubt Ben Smith would be writing things like this:
The bitter pill has now, at least in part, been swallowed. If a fear of triggering public discussion of a 15 year old marital rift was a reason for Cheri Daniels to veto the run, it’s less of one now, for the simple reason that it’s already underway.
And so Daniels, whose waiting game (in this theory) was effective family politics, if puzzling national politics, can now say, “Well, now it’s out there. And now it’s old news. No reason not to run.”
I think Daniels is a weak primary candidate for a variety of reasons, but there’s no doubt Daniels will be establishment media’s favored candidate in both the primary and, if he gets there, the general. He’s the new John McCain. So his personal life will not be explored. Funny how this never happens with Democratic candidates.