Republicans apparently are counting on the American public to have short memories, or to not be aware of who Mitch Daniels is and what policies he's endorsed since they decided to tap him to give the response to President Obama's State of the Union Address this Tuesday evening.
Daniels attacked the President for not turning the economy around quickly enough, ignoring the fact that he's personally responsible for a good deal of the debt and deficit we're dealing with now during his time working in the Bush administration.
From Steve Benen back in February of last year -- The Record Mitch Daniels Doesn't Want to Talk About:
A couple of days ago, David Brooks praised Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) for his record of fiscal responsibility. That record, in Brooks' vision, starts in 2004 when Daniels was elected to statewide office.
But there's also that inconvenient period in which Daniels was Bush's budget director, and the U.S. government began the most fiscally irresponsible period in American history. [...]
It's true that Daniels, as Bush's budget director, was helping shape the books during an economic downturn, but I seem to recall Republicans concluding that these details are irrelevant -- Obama inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, but as far as the GOP is concerned, that's not a good excuse for large deficits.
For that matter, Daniels is correct that his tenure also included 9/11 and the launch of two wars, but every president in American history raised taxes to help pay for previous U.S. wars, to prevent deficits from spiraling out of control. Bush, with Daniels' blessing, approved two massive tax cuts that ultimately added $5 trillion to the debt in just eight years.
It's that same debt that Daniels believes will destroy the country. Funny, he didn't think that way when he was directly responsible for making the problem worse.
Daniels also claimed during this speech that it's his party that wants to "save" our social safety nets, but this is the same man who called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme." And as Media Matters Political Correction posted last May -- GOP "Savior" Mitch Daniels Wants To Voucherize Medicare, Slash Social Security Benefits.
Daniels also claimed his party is concerned about restoring "hope and upward mobility and greater equality" for Americans, but he's been busy pushing "right to work" legislation through his state that would have the opposite effect.
The fact that this man is one of the people that the Republicans and the beltway Villagers in the media are still touting as some sort of "savior" for the Republican Party just speaks to how extremely weak their field of candidates are right now.
I'm sure there will be a lot more fact checking of this speech as people have time and pointing out the lies by Daniels that were made here and his utter hypocrisy, which it deserves. I'll just leave it there for now with the text of the speech below the fold for anyone that would like to weigh in further at this point.