Like Portman, the governor of Indiana shares some credit for the wild success of the George W. Bush presidency: In Daniels’ case, he was head of the Office of Management and Budget, a handy credential to use in an election—if you’re a Democrat trying to attack the GOP ticket. Daniels won the enmity of the right wing last year when he suggested that the party call a “truce” on social issues.
“We wouldn’t stop our disagreements or our passionate belief in these other questions, we just sort of mute them for a little while, while we try to come together on the thing that menaces us all” like the economy, Daniels suggested. For religious conservatives, this was the equivalent of surrender. (More importantly, it would hurt their fundraising efforts.)
Daniels backpedaled, but it’s a slight that won’t be forgotten. He’s also said he would “disconnect the phone” if Romney called with the VP offer.
Apparently no one has yet to inform the governor of the existence of cell phones.
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