Mark Salter, writing at RealClearPolitics:

We had an excellent example of the statesmanship missing in our public affairs a few minutes after the president high-fived his way out of the House chamber when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels offered the Republican response.

In sharp contrast to the president’s address (and mercifully brief), Daniels set the severity of our fiscal crisis before his audience in direct, honest prose, unadorned with cryptic references to Obama’s supposed allegiance to Saul Alinsky, Kenyan anti-colonial movements, and French social democracy. He even began with a few grace notes to the opposition, which is a few more than the president offered.

Daniels’s theme: We’re in a serious mess; we all created it; we’re all going to have to fix it; the president’s policies made it worse; and Republicans will help you, the American people, dig us out of it without letting this “big and bossy” government make the job harder. The whole thing had the rarest of qualities in the rancorous, puerile politics of our time: It didn’t sweat the silly stuff, and focused only on the big job at hand, an admonition that’s been absent from our politics for decades.

In the long ago, pre-Trump, Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum, Romney and Gingrich yet-again days, I used this space to plead with Daniels to run for president. He declined for personal reasons. But, really, after Obama’s feckless performance and the histrionics and other silliness of the Republican nomination race, is it any wonder why I still find myself chanting this week, “Run, Mitch, run”?

Whole thing here.

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