Daniels was viewed by many in Indiana and in Washington as the natural candidate to run for governor. “It was just assumed that he’d be going home,” says a Washington lobbyist who is a Daniels backer. “His family is back there, he still commutes back and forth.”
But Daniels made clear in several interviews and in private conversations with White House staff that he isn’t sure he can — or wants to — remove himself from what has become a challenging job of waging budget battles.
“He walked into a mess, and he’d like to see it through,” says the lobbyist. “The state party is pressuring him for an answer and it’s just not the right time.”
That Daniels is interested in staying on has surprised a number of people, many of whom didn’t think the former Eli Lilly executive was up to the task at OMB. A better time to leave would probably be six months to a year from now. By then, fiscal analysts believe the economy will more clearly be in growth mode, and Daniels can perhaps walk away knowing the budget-balancing mess will be on its way, too, toward being repaired.
But back home in Indiana, the state party is anxious to get Daniels on board, and is asking White House political guru Karl Rove to impress upon Daniels the need to step up and run. That wouldn’t make things in the White House any easier, but it would make the state party’s life easier, because it could then say no to former Rep. David McIntosh. He ran for governor in 2000 and was buried by more than 15 percentage points, and it’s not clear that he’s done anything that would narrow that gap in a 2004 repeat. Even McIntosh seems to realize he’s not wanted. According to U.S. News and World Report, he has told party officials that he won’t get a campaign up and running until after Daniels has made a decision on his own future.
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H/T to National Review Online