FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Gov Mitch Daniels speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Indiana is posed to create the nation’s broadest private school voucher system and become the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood, just as Gov. Daniels nears an announcement on whether he will make a 2012 presidential run. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)Just when the Indiana Legislature gives Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) a gift allowing him to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood it looked like the truce was over.

Well, not quite.  He made some incredibly absurd remarks in Washington about education.  I have said that this is one primary issue we can see some daylight between the candidates.  Not all “conservative candidates” are created equal when it comes to the issue of a federal role in education.

Dana Milbank of The Washington Post recapped Daniels remarks on Education Policy at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday:

“Most of what I’ve talked about so far, and much of what I will, is strongly supported by the Obama administration,” the Republican governor of Indiana told the standing-room-only crowd at the American Enterprise Institute. “I salute the president, Secretary [Arne] Duncan. They are right about these things.”

Off-message alert! One of the right-minded thinkers in the room rose to give Daniels a second chance to criticize Obama. The governor declined. “I really do want to salute and commend — and I’ve done it over and over — the president, Secretary Duncan, for a lot of leadership in this area,” he affirmed. “There is a federal role” in education, he argued. “I believe in national standards.”

I’d love for Governor Daniels to say where in the Constitution it authorizes a federal role in education.  I’d also love to see the data that tells him national standards written by educrats are better than what local school districts, community stakeholders and parents can come up with?  Perhaps he doesn’t like the democratic nature of keeping such decisions local.  It’s great that he signed a bill increasing school vouchers for Indiana students, but he is anything but consistent on this issue.  He just lost any traction that he could have possibly gained from recent legislation.

Update: Getting an Instalanche

12 comments
  1. What a maroon! If he really said this or anything like it I think he had to have been sotted up.I’d love to hear his Constitutional justification for “national standards”, when states and localities are beside themselves in their inability to get Johnny reading, how the hell does he think this will be fixed by bureaucrats living thousands of miles away? I suspect that this has something to do with Mitch’s “managerial bias” (my description) that caused him to want to do away with the system of township trustees and replace them with county managers. This is a symptom of him being infected by the the idea of a managerial revolution of sorts in government, and betrays a simple distrust of local wisdom and subsidiarity. If he’s going to pretend to be a libertarian, I think he needs tutoring VERY badly.

  2. Perhaps Daniels is about to pull an “obama” bait and switch (something we conservatives rarely do) by saying one thing and doing another when elected. Sounds to me like he governs as a conservative in Indiana?

  3. Perhaps Daniels is about to pull an “obama” bait and switch (something we conservatives rarely do) by saying one thing and doing another when elected. Sounds to me like he governs as a conservative in Indiana?

  4. Kind of frustrating that our choices appear to be between quite bad and really bad. Regardless of Palin’s unelectability, she sure says the right things. We could do worse, and we almost certainly will.

    1. 9 May 2011

      dear Bryan,

      I am an strong, unabashed Palin supporter, thus it is unsurprising that I do not believe Palin is unelectable. You summed it up well. “She sure says the right things.” Am tired of rinos. A winning strategy for Republicans is not/Not/NOT to sound like dem lite, but the clearly distinguish conservative values from liberal values.

      Not sure where your negativity comes from, please take a look at this: http://pollinsider.com/palin-electability-series/

      I will work as hard as I can in the primaries for Gov Sarah Palin.

      But, should Palin not receive the nomination, I will support ABO (anyone but obama).

      Take good care,

      Sandy

      1. When you say negativity, I’m assuming you’re referring to my use of the word “unelectable”. I would very much like to be wrong about that. I can very directly say what informs me, or who. It’s Michael Medved, who relayed a survey that basically suggested that there is a fairly large segment of the country who would never, ever, ever vote for her. I supposed that the upside is that US voters are fickle, and that one survey does not amount to a guarantee. I heart Sarah and would like for us as a nation to divest ourselves of the Ivy Leaguers and have more bumpkins, so to speak, representing this country. I want someone who’s killed and eaten wild animals as my president. I want someone who was not raised in a bubble to be my president. And that’s one of many reasons why I love Sarah Palin as president.

      2. When you say negativity, I’m assuming you’re referring to my use of the word “unelectable”. I would very much like to be wrong about that. I can very directly say what informs me, or who. It’s Michael Medved, who relayed a survey that basically suggested that there is a fairly large segment of the country who would never, ever, ever vote for her. I supposed that the upside is that US voters are fickle, and that one survey does not amount to a guarantee. I heart Sarah and would like for us as a nation to divest ourselves of the Ivy Leaguers and have more bumpkins, so to speak, representing this country. I want someone who’s killed and eaten wild animals as my president. I want someone who was not raised in a bubble to be my president. And that’s one of many reasons why I love Sarah Palin as president.

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