Indiana governor Mitch Daniels may not be the most charismatic politician in the GOP, but he gave the most memorable speech at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference. Concentrating exclusively on the exploding national debt, he decried this real menace to national survival. “If a foreign power advanced an army to the border of our land, everyone in this room would drop everything and look for a way to help,” he said. “We would set aside all other agendas and disputes as secondary, and go to the ramparts until the threat was repelled…That is our generational assignment.”
With a neighborly Midwestern style and unassailable logic, Governor Daniels pleaded for immediate, radical action to cut spending and simplify the tax system. Suddenly, those who seek ferocious focus on the looming fiscal catastrophe found a voice, and a potential presidential candidate..