We’ve Been Robbed!

The only man more boring than Tim Pawlenty will not seek the highest office in the land:

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has decided not to run for president. He alerted followers of the news in an email sent out early — really early — Sunday morning, probably while he was drunk, or at least, feeling restless after Saturday Night Live. Daniels, an establishment Republican favorite, had built up a reputation as a “sane” Republican by not actively demonizing Muslims and talking about “the deficit” all the time, but he stripped Indiana funds for Planned Parenthood and continued to identify himself as a Republican in 2011, so how sane can he really be? Even so, someone should check on David Brooks and make sure he’s doing okay.

Mitch Daniels Won’t Be Running for President [Gawker]

I guess his marital issues will play havoc with the always pure and noble and just and wise and intelligent GOPer primary voters.

The actual quote:

“I will not be a candidate. On matters affecting us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women’s caucus, and there is no override provision. Simply put, I find myself caught between two duties. I love my country; I love my family more.”

And The Wife again thanks the Beltway cheerleaders for forcing her previous marital problems onto the national stage.

I never understood the Mitch Movement, since Mitch himself never showed any real interest in running. Good Ol’ Haley seemed a little more interested, but that was still a Beltway phenomenon. And even if Governor Goodhair put out those trial balloons himself, they’re very tentative.

I can’t speak for wingnuts, but such cautiousness can’t be very becoming. How do you back a candidate who’s afraid to commit? Or to commit to even considering to commit?

Palin’s trick is that she’s fully committed to considering, which is enough to keep those speaking fees rolling in.

@nojo: so he listens to women on the one hand and kills a bunch of them by defunding Planned Parenthood on the other? Someone needs to be cockpunched.

@blogenfreude: Worse: He defunded Planned Parenthood for no good reason.

Meaning: If he didn’t plan on running, why the wingnut red meat? Cynical and ambitious I can understand — even if damnable — but now he’s just craven.

Unmentioned: Mitch Daniels is 5-7. Just like Kucinich. But without the Hot Wife.

My bet? It was the Stature Issue. Which Daniels himself acknowledged in February.

@nojo: Just like Kucinich. But without the Hot Wife.

Let’s just accept it as a given that Kucinich is hung like a horse, since he had absolutely no qualms about running for president. If anyone mentions his height, he just grins, and whips out the ginger.

@flypaper: More likely hung like a pony, but yeah.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin buys a house in Scottsdale. Or doesn’t.

As reported, the story is 667 words of pure speculation, based solely on the fact that the purchase was made through an instant Delaware corporation, the actual buyer isn’t disclosed, and the corporation’s lawyer — who has no stated relationship with Palin — says no comment.

So: Either it’s pure linkbait, further blurring the line between the august Arizona Republic and mere bloggers, or there’s a telling detail the reporters are holding back.

@nojo: Michelle could post him up. He’s got no chance.

@flypaper: The only surefire ticket for either party is Elizabeth Kucinich and Michelle Obama. They wouldn’t even need to show up for debates; just broadcast commercials of long, unnarrated make out sessions.

@Dodgerblue: 12-year-old Malia could dunk over him….she’s towering over the Brazilian Foreign Minister in this photo. Your crush Shelly Oh looks hot as always, too.

@SanFranLefty: You ain’t kidding. Boobs are for show, hips are for go.

@SanFranLefty: All of the Obamas are so gorgeous that it’s dazzling. Have we ever had such an attractive First Family? I think they surpass even the Kennedys.

You Light Up My Life composer commits suicide. Makes sense to me. That song made me want to kill myself many times.

Also … Yay! One less rapist in the world.

@nojo: the august Arizona Republic

Bwah hahahahahahahahahaha! Good one.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: And it’s starting to smell like an uncredited tip-off: A blogger notes that the Palins own property on Safari Lake in Alaska, while the Mysterious Delaware Corporation is called Safari Investments. Naming games fit their style.

Still, while I can understand the need to maintain the confidentiality of a source, and some sources can be too sensitive to credit even obliquely, the story needs something to lend it plausibility. “While we can’t confirm political gossip that the Palins bought the house…”

@Dodgerblue: While I hope you’re aware of Tom & Lorenzo for their Shelley Oh! coverage that the girls here at Stinque often linque to, you should definitely bookmark the blog that is pure Michelle fashion/photo pron, Mrs. O.

@nojo: Palin was scheduled to speak at the Safari Club International annual convention in January, according to the ads I saw in Sports Afield.

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