While I have long recognized that while the GOP cannot win by excluding social conservatives, I realize that to win it needs keep its focus (as did the Gipper) on fiscal and national security issues. Thus, I was heartened to read yesterday about the “truce” that one of the nation’s most accomplished Governors is proposing.
Mitch Daniels, chief executive of the Hoosier State (and a man who leads my list for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, “told [the Weekly Standard’s] Andrew Ferguson the next president ‘would have to call a truce on the so-called social issues’“:
. . . Daniels says the truce was “just a suggestion. It was an expression of urgency I think that all Americans should feel about certain other questions like the debt burden.”
Daniels continued, “I chose the word truce because no one has to change their point and no one has to surrender. Simply, we have to come together to address what I believe are the most urgent problems of the country.”
The governor’s broader concern about the limits and priorities of government is certainly warranted. Our government hides behind infighting to ignore looming existential crises, and yet is currently micromanaging your salt intake and making sure employers don’t have unpaid interns.
Mark Hemingway writes that the Indiana Governor has
. . . emphasized the need to focus like a laser beam on the existential threats facing the country — the two big issues he’s previously identified being the war on terror and the country’s precarious fiscal position. “We’re going to need a lot more than 50.1 percent of the country to come together to keep from becoming Greece,” he said.
Right on, Mitch! Seems at least one prominent Republican has familiarized himself with the record — and vision — of Ronald Reagan.