Daniels is just the sort of leader most needed in a Republican revival: an upbeat, tolerant, conviction politician. And the most compelling GOP critic of the red menace. “I stubbornly adhere to the view,” he told me, “that Americans can be talked to like adults about the deficit problem. They can be told the pure arithmetical facts of life — the injustice that current policies are doing to the poor, the young and minorities.”
But Daniels seems resigned that political arguments are no longer his to make.
Returning quietly to private life after public service is honorable and admirable. But this doesn't change one fact. The best Democratic politician in America is about to take his oath as president of the United States. The best Republican politician will soon be president of Purdue.
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