Republican Presidential Hopeful Loses Bout To Gym Door

Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

Governor Mitch Daniels, pre-stitches

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the subject of much speculation as a potential contender for the GOP presidential nomination. The former Eli Lilly executive turned politician has taken the conservative state to even lower lows of right-wing foolishness by sponsoring legislation to deny children of undocumented workers in-state tuition rates and increasing fines on Indiana employers who hired their parents. Daniels is also no foe of big business as he famously leased the Indiana Toll Road for 75 years to a Spanish conglomerate for $3.85 Billion dollars.

Politically savvy, Daniels has earned the respect, if not admiration, from Democrats who staged a walk-out this year until two controversial bills were removed from the governor’s agenda. Still he is not invincible. Leaving an Indianapolis fitness center yesterday the Governor came face to face with a swinging door and came up the loser. The whack to the head cost him 16 stitches and considerable embarrassment.

The incident is not without a silver lining; It’s good preparation for what appears to be a wide open GOP field and the inevitable hard knocks politics are sure to inflict.

Source: Journal Gazette (Anne Gregory)

~Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger

28 thoughts on “Republican Presidential Hopeful Loses Bout To Gym Door”

  1. “He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up.” (said about Ailes)

    “He helped boost her up.” I wonder when it began to dawn on him that she’s an idiot???

  2. Fox News head Rober Ailes is quoted in New York magazine as saying Sarah Palin is “stupid.” She may want to get in, but if the Republican kingmakers over at Fox don’t want her, she is toast. Well, she was toast and a laughingstock anyway, but this is the final nail in the political coffin.

    “He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” another Republican close to Ailes told [Sherman]. “Roger is worried about the future of the country. He thinks the election of Obama is a disaster. He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.”

  3. So some will say that door knocked some sense into his head,to bad it didn’t come before he took on Planned Parenthood.

    On a side note with all these so called hopefuls dropping out,I hope it will shut their mouths,you know “put up or shut up”

    Swarthmore mom:

    “I wonder if Palin will get in.”

    This one in particular.

  4. Swarthmore mom,

    You have good instincts about all things political… Palin’s the ultimate narcissist so, on some level, she may want to run, but I really don’t know…

  5. Good morning to you ,anon nurse. Maybe Cain will be the nominee. I wonder if Palin will get in.

  6. Well, lets see. Mitch Daniels. Former business strategy guru for Eli Lilly. His team of aggressive marketers doubled their drug sales; doubled thir assets, during his tenure. The general thought is he’s a brilliant idea man with talent to burn.

    Unfortunately, when he left for politicial life, he also left a rather nasty bugger hanging in the nose of his former company: Their penchant for deception approached Olympian heights, which resulted in – I seem to recall – the largest criminal fines in U.S. history – the neigborhood of $2,700,000,000.

    Just for fun, lets all go back and take a peek at all those zeros.

    Boys will be boys.

    Tens of thousands of patients put at risk due to the “wink-wink” tricky marketing of drugs Evists and Zyprexa. Yawn. More than 30,000 lawsuits paid out. Yawn again.

    And my, oh my. Ain’t it cool that in the most cozily forgiving “corporatocracy” in the known universe, Billion-dollar fines in public safety issues are reduced to misdemeanors, and their nifty “idea men” are applauded so loudly they are allowed to run for President.

    Somebody please do me a favor and cue Rod Serling.

  7. OT, but on the heels of Rich’s comment…

    10 Steps to Defeat the Corptocracy
    By Bruce Levine

    May 20, 2011

    “Many Americans know that the United States is not a democracy but a “corporatocracy,” in which we are ruled by a partnership of giant corporations, the extremely wealthy elite and corporate-collaborator government officials. However, the truth of such tyranny is not enough to set most of us free to take action. Too many of us have become pacified by corporatocracy-created institutions and culture.”

  8. the Eli Lilly connection seems to get lost in pundits’ efforts to fall all over him. Big PhRMA and Bush’s deficits, what a combo.

  9. LOL, I want to see a picture of the door and hear what the person that bopped him has to say. Swinging doors are supposed to have windows in them (so that this kind of accident doesn’t happen) unless OSHA regs have changed in the last decade, which is possible. Also, ‘I ran into a door’ or some variant is something I heard more than once when a fistfight was alleged but no one wanted to make a formal complaint. An unhappy constituant maybe?

    Uh…I think I’m becoming too cynical 🙂

  10. SW – yeah, it is interesting that the current Republican Party is so far out into the weeds that neither Newt nor even Saint Ronald would be in the mainstream today.

    Fortunately the reporters are kind enough to never point this out and not so uncouth as to challenge any of the party’s leaders to explain how this came to be.

  11. Daniels also signed a bill that made Indiana the first state to cut-off funding to Planned Parenthood. As right wing as he is, he is viewed as a sensible moderate alternative. Rove wants him to run.

  12. This clown is one of the dark horse white knights of the Republican 2012 campaign season. Because he never met a master of the universe he would not bow before (well, maybe George Soros but he hasn’t met him so we can’t be sure) and he seems to keep the teabilly and the gawd squad wings happy enough.

    Like Boy Blunder he can appear reasonable but would probably further the destruction of America’s economy and middle class while allowing the religious right free reign to finish eviscerating the constitution.

  13. I did not know that anyone in the GOP had to ever work out….geeze with the screwing the US Citizens are taking….it would seem that they would be very flexible and pliable…. contortionist you might say….ready to assume any position….

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