Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) is throwing his support behind former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson's (R) Senate bid, the latest good news for Thompson and latest sign that Daniels has no problem bucking Tea Party groups.
.... This is the second time this election that Daniels has split with Tea Party groups — he's been a big backer of his former boss and mentor, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who appears likely to lose his Tuesday primary to Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), a Tea Party favorite.
While Daniels is beloved by many D.C. conservatives, he's shown a willingness to buck the right wing of his party — he's refused to rule out increasing taxes as part of a broader deficit reduction deal.
If Mitch were ever going to run for president, 2012 would've been the year, but in the small chance he does in '16 or '20, these endorsements would be problematic for the base, as would this ad he cut for Dick Lugar last week.