Wanted to return to Mitch Daniels in Indiana today because he’s already being sold, hard, by public intellectuals and media personalities, as outlined here by Steve Benen:
It’s indefensible. Daniels should be ashamed of himself and the pundits who praised Daniels’ “seriousness” should feel awfully foolish right about now.
If he becomes a GOP primary contender (or fake candidate:is that a new category?) I assume we’ll be buried in an avalanche of worshipful ill-informed blather so we may have to adopt a defensive posture and start the scramble to clarify some facts before any of the national fairy tales take hold.
The bill puts Indiana at risk of losing $4 million a year in federal family planning grants likely to be cut off because of the legislation. Daniels, known as a fiscal hawk, did not address the loss in his statement.
The bill wasn’t part of Daniels’ agenda and he did not publicly advocate for the Planned Parenthood provision, but signing it might help his chances of winning the GOP nomination.
Daniels opposes abortion rights, but his call for a Republican “truce” on social issues has drawn the ire of the social conservatives. Bill sponsor state Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, said social conservatives will be happy with Daniels’ decision. “No one will talk about the truce,” Turner said. “People in the conservative community care about action, and he’s clearly the most pro-life governor in America with a signature on that bill.”
Planned Parenthood says the bill could leave as many as 22,000 patients without access to Pap tests, birth control and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
The governor’s office said the law will affect 7 entities in Indiana that have a total of 34 locations in 21 counties.
22,000 ordinary people in Indiana just lost access to the affordable, preventative health care that they were getting so Mitch Daniels can call himself the “most pro-life governor in America”.
Those 22,000 people are sacrificing a lot for Mitch Daniels and his political ambitions. In return, I suggest we make Daniels own that new title, before he gears up the national conservative commentary sales force.
He’s now the most extreme governor in America on this issue, according to the bill’s sponsor, and who would know better than the anti-choice activist who is the bill’s sponsor? Not me. I’m going to take his word on that.
Step up and accept 1st prize, Mitch. Most extreme in America. Don’t be shy. People should know where you really stand.