Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Daniels: "Mute" social issues

On Laura Ingraham's show yesterday, Mitch Daniels continued calling for a truce on social issues (listen here).

What's more provocative rhetoric? A "truce" or a "mute" button.

INGRAHAM: For someone who's so pro-life -- and you get such great marks on the pro-life side of the ledger -- why a truce on social issues, given how that's the core of so much of what conservatism has been about since Ronald Reagan?

DANIELS: Yeah, Laura, I said this some time ago. It's still my point of view, and thank you for noticing. You know, ours has been without question the most pro-life administration in our state's history. We haven't just talked about it, we have advanced the right-to-life.

..... my outlook on these questions is the same as some of those who have questioned what I said. I guess two things.

One is that, first, those remarks were directed as much to the aggressors on the other side of these questions -- for instance, the proponents of gay marriage -- as much directed to them as anybody with whom I'm in agreement.

INGRAHAM: Do you think they've called a truce on these issues, governor?

DANIELS: No, obviously not. I said I was thinking of them as much as my own allies when I said it.

The major point, though, was something different, and it was just this: I believe.... that the arithmetic of our times says we are headed for Niagara Falls, fiscally. You cannot run any kind of enterprise -- private or public -- on a self-governing basis as deeply in hawk as we now are and are going to be.

.... to change the whole size and scope of the federal government in a radical way, then we are going to need a very broad constituency in this country to do that.... so that's all I meant, kind of a priority matter, first things first. Maybe we could just concentrate on that for a little while, because I think that's the most immediate threat to the republic we've known.

[Later]

If you don’t accept that we face a republic-threatening issue in terms of the debt--and again I would love to conclude one day that I was overreacting--but that threatens every one of us whatever our views on these other questions.

I would like to think that fixing it and saving our kids future could be a unifying moment for our country and we wouldn't stop our disagreements or our passionate belief in these other questions, we just sort of mute them for a little while, while we try to come together on the thing that menaces us all."

Christian Broadcasting Newtwork's David Brody replies:

"If Daniels gets in the race you can be sure that some other candidate is going to call him out on this. Whoever does it first will immediately endear himself or herself to social conservatives nationwide."

[Hat tip: First Read]