Much has been made of several unfortunate comments that Indiana governor Mitch Daniels has made, including his dismissive remarks about the importance of social and cultural issues, his recent baffling statement that he’s not prepared to debate former community organizer/TelePrompTer-dependent empty Barack Obama on foreign policy, and his “careless” words when democrat legislators sought political asylum in tax-and-spend haven Illinois to avoid voting on right to work provision. Many cite these remarks as potential problems if Daniels want to run for president next year. No doubt they are troublesome, and will cause conservatives to wonder whether he is challenging Sen. Lindsay Graham for the title “John McCain Jr.,” but could the real problem be something else, something closer to home? I refer to the following:
The confirmation that the Daniels’ marriage is the last hurdle in front of a bid for the White House highlights the delicate situation in which the Governor finds himself.
In 1993, Cheri Daniels left her husband with their four daughters and married another man in California. She returned a few years later, reconciled with Daniels, and the two were remarried in 1997. That is, in a nutshell, the story. The national press first picked up on it last year when it was buried at the bottom of an 8,600-word Weekly Standard profile.
Say what? Where do we start with this one? It’s the most bizarre story involving a Republican politician since Rudy Giuliani and his latest wife refused to tell reporters how they met. Other questions occur to inquiring minds, such as, is there something about women named “Cherie?” Isn’t that Tony Blair’s flakey wife’s name?
Let’s hope if Gov. Daniels does decide to run, he comes up with a better explanation for his marital problems than that lame attempt at an excuse offered by Newt Gingrich, who will announce his presidential bid today.