It seems like more and more prominent names in the GOP are deciding that they're not interested in running for President. Daniels had a lot of potential among independents. I'm certainly sympathetic, however, to the position that a presidential campaign would have a serious toll on Daniels' family. Too few people appreciate, I think, just how exhausting and brutal our ultra-long modern campaigns get for the candidates, their families, and their staffs. A lot of that, it needs to be said, is the fault of states consistently moving up primary dates to glean more headlines (Iowa and New Hampshire are especially notorious for this, perhaps because - call me crazy - there's pretty much nothing else newsworthy in either of those states). How long can it be before the Iowa Caucus is the day after Inauguration Day, and we really do have a perpetual campaign?
And while we're on the subject of campaign 2012, Tim Pawlenty did a video for his run. It's making the rounds on television, and I'm sure you can find it on the internet, but I don't feel like linking to it right now. However, in it Pawlenty lists our national problems and then says, "President Obama doesn't have the courage to deal with these problems. I do." Part of me is hoping that, just for that little bit of attitude from T-Paw, President Obama orders the release of the bin Laden death photo with a post-it note attached reading, "Got your courage right here, Pawlenty."