Would I vote for Governor Daniels if he runs...

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"Across my lifetime I've been voting for men who claimed to be anti-abortion but after taking office did nothing to oppose the slaughter. I'm tired of it. I don't want to be lied to any more. Daniels isn't lying to me."

(Tim) Readers will remember my basic rule about voting: I won't vote for a county dog-catcher who isn't pro-life.

That said, if I were to make an exception, it might be for our Governor Mitch Daniels. A few months ago I got a call from an Iowa man long involved in Iowa politics asking my thoughts on Daniels for president? A couple friends work in the Daniels administration and since that conversation I've been thinking about a potential Daniels candidacy quite a lot. Here's a piece from the Wall Street Journal that has it about right...

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels believes he faces a taller challenge as he ponders a White House run: Could voters warm to his message that the country is doomed unless it slashes its debt and radically revamps the popular Social Security and Medicare programs?

In any other year, a campaign platform that gloomy would render a politician toxic. Today, with concerns over the nation's fiscal health on the rise, the Indiana Republican's wonkish bravado is making some think he is a good fit for the moment.

If the time is indeed right for Mr. Daniels's get-tough message, the angry budget standoffs in states such as Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey are also shining a new light on his credentials as a messenger. Mr. Daniels rescinded collective-bargaining rights for state employees six years ago—long before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker caused a firestorm by putting the same issue on the table.

Mr. Daniels also cut spending, trimmed the state work force to its smallest in decades, and turned a yawning deficit into a surplus, with only scattered outbursts of popular anger along the way.

He has emerged from all this with high marks from voters, and a profile that sets him apart from the other Republicans mulling a possible 2012 run. An array of conservatives, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, would like to see him enter the 2012 race.

He's the only potential candidate "who sees the stark perils and will offer real detailed proposals," Mr. Bush said last week in praising Mr. Daniels before a Florida business group. Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Thursday heaped almost identical praise on his Indiana counterpart.

So would I vote for Governor Daniels if he ran?

Daniels' commitments concerning what he calls "the social issues" are clear and firm...

which is to say Daniels is clear and firm in his commitment to use his leadership for limited government and fiscal reform rather than for justice and truth and mercy to unborn babies. He's made this completely clear.

So would I vote for Governor Daniels if he ran?

A long time ago, that wise old owl editor of "Presbyterian Layman," George Booker, took me aside at a Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly and said, "Tim, the only thing that will ever reform the PC(USA) is to take away their money."

Years later, I was working with that wise old owl publisher of "World," Joel Belz, to expose and oppose Zondervan's gender-neutered update to the New International Version known as Today's New International Version, and I remember Joel warning me, "Follow the money." In the Evangelical world money trumped doctrine and watching the money was to keep your eye on the ball. When it came to truth, money was a better indicator of reality than words.

So will I vote for Governor Daniels if he runs?

Here's my basic premise about the Republican Party, coined by my late hero and friend, Joe Sobran:

Fool me once, shame on you;

fool me twice, shame on me;

fool me three times--I'm a Republican!

Across my lifetime I've been voting for men who claimed to be anti-abortion but after taking office did nothing to oppose the slaughter. I'm tired of it. I don't want to be lied to any more.

Daniels isn't lying to me.

But also, he has a track record of cutting off the money of the Party of Death and all their dependents who milk the godless government school systems for a living.

True, I learn slowly; but increasingly I'm willing to give wise old owls a chance and cast a vote for discipline, painful though it will be to our nation. I'm willing to vote for cutting off the government money and usurpation of powers that keeps wicked men and women in office and leading our nation. Turn them out of office! Or failing that, cut off their money!

So if Governor Daniels runs, will I vote for him?

I'm ready to try something new--anything to get rid of the leeches who are sucking the lifeblood from our nation both financially and morally. If we can't win the social issues, let's try to win by using limited government and fiscal reform to starve them out of office. Or maybe we'll get lucky and the party of death will all sail for Cuba and stay there through the next congressional term?

What could be better than the Senate and House of Representatives lacking a quorum for two or three years?

So if Governor Daniels runs, will I vote for him?

Just let me say this: I'd vote for Governor Daniels long before I'd vote for Governor Palin or Governor Huckabee or Governor Romney or Congressman Gingrich or... Ron Paul?

Alright, Ron Paul might be even better, but we'll see.