I am, of course, very disappointed that Mitch Daniels decided not to run for President. I certainly understand and appreciate his concerns regarding his family, and how they may have been affected by a Presidential run; much of Daniels’s supposed “dithering” has in fact been deliberation and care in trying to decide whether a campaign would have been right for his family. Others appear to like having their preferred Presidential candidates jump into the race with both feet, without much care or concern over whether the initiation of a candidacy is the right thing to do under the circumstances, but as per usual with Daniels, he decided to be more intelligent and thorough in the process of making a decision. I applaud his outlook, and his healthy sense of humility–not to mention his appreciation of the gravity of the decision he had to make. I only wish that the decision had been a “yes.”
I don’t know what is in the future for Daniels; he is term-limited in his current job, so next year, there will be a race for Governor of Indiana that will not feature him as a candidate. I can only hope, however, that this highly intelligent, conscientious, substance-oriented patriot will somehow find himself in a position where he can render service to the country.