Mitch Daniels Doubles Down on "Truce"
But what would a “truce” mean in practice?
7:25 PM, Jun 15, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Mark Hemingway writes:
Daniels, whose spokesman declined my interview requests, leaves a number of questions unanswered. First, what does a truce mean in actual practice? Is he still unsure about whether the next Republican president should immediately reinstate the Mexico City Policy? Should the next Republican president fight to block taxpayer-funding for abortion in Obamacare?
Second, how would a truce help Daniels achieve his goals? How would not implementing policies on abortion supported by 65% to 70% of voters broaden his base of support and give him a mandate to solve fiscal problems? Who are the congressional Democrats who would vote for a fiscal reform package in exchange for not reinstating the Mexico City Policy for a year or two?
As Ramesh Ponnuru has observed, Ronald Reagan didn't make social issues his top priority, "But he neither softened his positions on them nor declared a truce. He did what he could on those issues while concentrating on the reinvigoration of the country, the resumption of growth, and the defeat of the Soviets."
Daniels leaves us wondering why he believes taking a different approach to social issues would help us get our fiscal house in order.