I didn’t post about this photo gallery in the Washington Post when it came out a few weeks ago because I assumed there was an editing error that the newspaper would eventually notice and correct. But I checked back just now and saw that the caption of the first photo is the same, so I assume the description of the image is intentional.
In this gallery of people the Post considers possible 2012 Republican candidates for President, the “photo of Haley Barbour” in fact has him a bit off to the side. At the center of the image is Governor Mitch Daniels, who is not even mentioned in the caption. Either the Post is consciously trying to snub him or his profile as a possible candidate is lower than the Mariana Trench.
In either case that’s too bad. He’s got a better resume than any other Republican in the gallery. He’s also smart, practical and not a culture warrior. And in this lousy economy, the state he is governing had a
huge budget surplus in 2009 and one of the smallest budget deficits in the country in 2010 (Thanks to Donald for correction). I am afraid of what it says culturally and politically that someone like Daniels isn’t taken as seriously as Sarah Palin or Haley Barbour as a worthy GOP standard bearer.