Although I knew going into Thursday night’s Indiana Republican Party Annual State Diner there wasn’t going to be any news made regarding Mitch Daniels and a potential run for the Presidency, I was still looking for some sign or indication as to what the Governor was thinking.
Pulling a couple of strings I managed to get a seat up close where I could get a good look at the Governor’s facial expressions and body language. After all, 90% of all communication is non-verbal and no matter what comes out of your mouth, the eye-contact, posture, mannerisms and all that all other stuff can say a whole lot more.
Verbally, the Governor’s statement on the Presidency was pretty short, ” he wouldn’t say he wouldn’t do it.
But what did Mitch Daniels’ body language say?
From where I was sitting, it said he would really like to run for President. Notice, I said he would like to run for President. I think in his mind he honestly believes he could do and give the incumbent a good run for his money. I think he truly believes he could take what he’s done with Indiana over the past seven years and take it to the national level. Don’t forget, while most states are struggling to get by, Indiana’s big budget fight was what to with the extra surplus?
I think what’s stopping Daniels isn’t so much his wife, Cheri, but his daughters. The First Lady of Indiana had a good debut and could probably grow into the role of being FLOTUS. The children on the other hand are a different story. From my interaction with the Governor over the past few years, I can tell he’s very protective of his girls and would not do anything that he thought would turn their worlds upside down, which is something a Presidential run would definitely do.
So unless the kids buy in, a Mitch Daniels being half of the dream ticket will be just that, a dream.