Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Wallace Can Tie Wagon To Daniels Legacy Easier Than Pence Can
Even though many Democrats don't have much use for him anymore, Governor Mitch Daniels remains a popular figure among many independents, moderates, and most Republicans.
His record as Governor would play very well to his voters if he were able to run for reelection in 2012. You won't find many liberal Democrats, teachers, local government employees, or union members that would want to keep Mitch, but you might find a good number of others that would vote for a possible third term. As much as I don't understand why anyone would vote for Mitch again, many would.
That's why I think the smart thing to do for the GOP candidate running for Governor in 2012 would be to tie my wagon to his and pledge to continue the Daniels legacy. It would be a message that would not resonate with Daniels foes like this blogger, but it might just get the Daniels friends on your side.
Of the two Republicans in the race, one has a better chance of hooking himself to Governor Daniels, and that's not Mike Pence.
It's Jim Wallace. Wallace has a resume that compares favorably with Daniels prior to becoming Governor of Indiana. He also is also more a moderate with none of the baggage of being in Congress the last few years.
I can see Wallace taking this sort of strategy to heart. If you follow his Facebook page, Wallace has posted a picture of himself with the Governor as well as made it known that he was riding with Daniels in a charity motorcycle ride. While Mike Pence is out in Washington doing more damage to our country by being an obstructionist Republican in Congress, Wallace is maybe starting to paint himself as the man that will make it a third term for the policies of Governor Daniels.
Pence's tax cut plan was roundly criticized by economists and political strategists aside. Coupled with the poor way he launched his campaign from Washington, D.C., it looks like the odds on front runner for the Republican nomination is nothing more than on unstable campaign strategy footing with a lot of money in the bank.
Don't get me wrong, I'm 100 percent in the tank for John Gregg. I just think there is an opportunity for Jim Wallace to make an argument to Governor Daniels' voters on both sides of the aisle.