In short, it’s not enough for a GOP presidential candidate to support socially and culturally conservative public policies. It’s also important that he use his candidacy — and, if elected, his office — to rally public and congressional support for such measures. Especially in the modern information age, public persuasion and consensus-building are tremendously important.
We know that Mitch Daniels ultimately will do the right thing. What we don’t know — and, in fact, what we have real reason to doubt in lieu of his “truce” talk — is whether Daniels will fight for what is right. The evidence in Indiana, sad to say, suggests that he will not. And that isn’t good enough for a president of the United States.
John R. Guardiano is a writer and analyst in Arlington, Virginia. He writes and blogs for a variety of publications, including FrumForum, the American Spectator and The Daily Caller. Follow him at his personal blog, ResoluteCon.com, and on Twitter @JohnRGuardiano.