“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”
Yup, all those shots across the bow of Mitch Daniels in the newspapers where reporters somehow tracked down Jason Horowitz–who knows where they came from. Ben Smith said it was from a “rival campaign aide.” Probably from the Santorum or Pawlenty oppo shop. Goodness knows how much money those guys were spending on oppo. Not good ol’ Mitt.
Sure, Barack Obama’s reelection means higher taxes, continued unseriousness about debts and deficits, further expansion of an already unsustainable welfare state, and further war against religious liberty and the role of religion in the public square.
But on the other hand, imagine how insufferable it would be if we had to listen to stuff like that every day for the next four years. And pretend that Tagg-2024 was a real possibility.
So Happy New Year.