Daniels Apologizes for Not Running

by Daniel Foster

From Mitch Daniels’ e-mail to supporters — notice it’s a downright apology letter:

“The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate. In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.”

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“If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise. I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”

“Many thanks for your help and input during this period of reflection. Please stay in touch if you see ways in which an obscure Midwestern governor might make a constructive contribution to the rebuilding of our economy and our Republic.”

Daniels also told the Indianapolis Star of his decision, “I love my country; I love my family more.”

I can’t help but wonder if Newt Gingrich’s bad week — sampling as it did so many of the various traps and snares of the campaign gauntlet, from Meet the Press to Tiffany’s — had anything to do with finally resolving Daniels against a run.

Not to go all high-school-lit-crit on you, but the decision coming as it did in the early hours after the last rapture put me in mind of Yeats, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.”