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Cheney's Protege The Next GOP Candidate?

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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels - 2007 Indiana Governor's Arts Awards by wfiupublicradio.

by Ben Cohen

If there's one thing the GOP is good at, it's coming up with consistently bad ideas. Running thin on candidates to challenge Obama in 2012, the GOP are busy vetting prospective Reagan clones to put their money behind. And it looks like the best they can come up with (asides from no-hopers Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney) is Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Daniels, apparently a favorite of the Dark Lord Dick Cheney, is as conservative as they come, and has his hands all over the Bush Administration's tragic legacy.

A major behind the scenes facilitator of the disastrous Bush Tax Cuts, Daniels has a litany of catastrophic fuck ups to his name that apparently make him the go-to guy for the next election. Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones writes:

Daniels' predictions about the tax cuts weren't the only ones to
prove spectacularly wrong. Thompson wrote, "In early 1994, [Daniels
had] chided critics concerned about rising health-care costs and the
number of the uninsured Americans by telling The Washington Post:
'Markets do self-correct, and this one is well into the process. As
usual the politicians are several miles behind the market.'"

Thompson's story also presaged Daniels' most unforgivable
miscalculation. At OMB, Daniels was in charge of estimating the
potential cost of the Iraq War, which he suggested would be "an
affordable endeavor." In late 2002, he told the New York Times that the
Iraq War would cost only $50 to $60 billion, largely because the Iraqis
would not need sustained aid. He was one of the most prominent White
House officials to publicly flog former economic adviser Lawrence
Lindsey, who some believe was fired for suggesting in 2002 that the war
would more likely cost between $100 and $200 billion, a figure that is
proving mostly accurate.

It's nice to know that the GOP is completely incapable of learning from its mistakes, which should mean the Democrats can run the country virtually unchallenged. But then again, we're talking about the Democrats, who have managed to do a better job of sabotaging themselves than the Republicans ever could.

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