‘And Another One Gone, And Another One Gone…’

“Another one bites the dust,” and this time it’s Mitch Daniels:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels — who had for months been flirting with a run for the White House — has decided not to enter the fray, the Indianapolis Star reports.

“I will not be a candidate,” he said, saying his wife and children had encouraged against running.

“On matters affecting us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women’s caucus, and there is no override provision,” Daniels said in a statement. “Simply put, I find myself caught between two duties. I love my country; I love my family more.”

I am glad he’s gone. He had real potential, both to win the presidency and to do more damage than I can begin to say.

I am also personally relieved to be in a long-term relationship in which neither of us makes career decisions for the other. But hey, that’s their business, not mine. And I certainly can’t criticize the result.

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  • Kay Dennison  On Monday May 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I applaud Daniel’s decision not only because I intensely dislike him but because he considered his family. The Presidency involves a huge sacrifice for a family and in terms of time, commitment and privacy. I doubt that his wife and four daughters found the idea of the Secret Service and the press intruding in their lives pretty awful and I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t be interested in life in a goldfish bowl either.

    If there’s a job in this country that requires support one’s family, it’s POTUS.

    I gave up my job when I became a mother — it was a joint decision by my then husband and I. I’ve never regretted it despite that it’s hurting me now.

  • Steve  On Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Kay, I am amazed that any spouse would tolerate his/her spouse’s becoming a presidential candidate. Politics is now a zero-sum game, and especially the GOP is determined that any opponent shall pay the price, personally as well as professionally, for running for office. There is no cure for this that I can see, although it would be very satisfying to see Karl Rove dunked in the shark tank that he created. 😈

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