Flap’s Links and Comments for March 16th on 09:36

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These are my links for March 16th from 09:36 to 09:56:

  • President 2012: 5 reasons why Mitch Daniels should run for president – For months now, as Gov. Mitch Daniels has taken up residency on the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal and collected gobs of frequent-flyer miles during his many visits to D.C., Indiana political observers have debated at length the question of whether he will run for president in 2012.

    But here's a better question: Should he run for president?

    Today, less than a year before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries, let's discuss the five most compelling reasons for Daniels to make a run for the White House. (On Friday, we'll discuss the five reasons he should not.)

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  • Mitch Daniels worse than Romney on health care? – So much for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels being the last, best hope for fiscal conservatives in 2012.

    Daniels was my choice for the 2012 Republican nomination until I heard an interview RealClearPolitics.com dug up from his days as political director for the Reagan White House. Imagine the individual mandate morphed with the public option, and that's what Daniels supported in 1987.

    When Robert Novak, famed journalist and cohost of "Evans and Novak" on CNN, asked Daniels if federal health insurance for catastrophic illnesses should be a GOP agenda item, he replied, "I sure do, and I'm glad you asked."

    If Gov. Mitt Romney should lose his credentials as a fiscal conservative for instituting an individual mandate and an insurance program to cover the poor in Massachusetts, Daniels ought to lose his credentials for trying to nationalize health insurance.

    Short stature and a receding hairline aren't Daniels' only obstacles to the nomination. He must explain how someone who supports free-market economics could ever be in favor of socialized insurance.

    For a guy who, in March 2010, criticized Obamacare in the Wall Street Journal by saying, "We better start adjusting to our new status as good Europeans," his stance in 1987 sounds pretty European.

    But maybe, like Romney on many issues, Daniels has had a change of heart on health care. In his piece for the Journal, he advocates for a host of conservative reforms that "[s]hift to a system that allows individuals – not businesses – to buy health insurance tax free."

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    Mitch Daniels is slow out of the gate and appears not to be gearing up for a Presidential run anyway.