Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels sent an email announcement very early Sunday morning, just after midnight, that he has decided not to seek the Republican nomination as the 2012 presidential candidate. Daniels is one of several high-profile people that the GOP Establishment have been encouraging to run. As a former budget director for the George W. Bush administration, Daniels was an advocate for reducing government spending. The pressure on Daniels by top Republicans to run appears to indicate some lack of faith in the current group of candidates, including old-hats like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty. So what caused Daniels to decided not to run?

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In his email statement, Gov. Mitch Daniels said the following: “The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate. In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.”

Some speculate that his wife, Cheri Daniels, was the key factor in this decision. The couple originally were married in 1978. Four daughters later, in 1993, Cheri divorced Mitch in order to marry her old high school sweetheart in California whom had just divorced. But that marriage did not last very long and in 1997, Cheri and Mitch remarried. She is well known for her lack of desire to be in the public eye. Only very recently did she make her very first speech at a political function.

So now that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is officially not going to run for president in 2012, to whom will the GOP Establishment turn their attention to now? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being heavily courted, as well as Jeb Bush, brother of George W. Bush and former governor of Florida. But the real story here is that the insiders of the Republican Party apparently have no confidence in either Mitt Romney nor Tim Pawlenty. Frankly speaking, neither do I, as both of them are as exciting as a slice of white bread soaking in a bowl of spoiled milk.

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