Daniels said he plans to talk to folks in the parking lot, but can’t fit into his schedule a joint appearance with Palin.
This is Palin’s third trip to Indiana, and Daniels has yet to campaign with her, though Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman was with Palin at the previous rallies in Noblesville and Fort Wayne.
“I’m going by (the Palin rally.) I’ve got another event scheduled at the same time, but it is close by, so I’m going to go by and spend as long as I can there and hang out in the parking lot and spend some time with the folks standing in line or patiently waiting to get in,” Daniels said. “I’m not speaking at the rally, no.”
And why not? Gov. Daniels has a good campaign going. He isn’t seen as particularly partisan. Plenty of folks seem ready to vote for him and Senator Obama. Gone are his accusations about Democrats “car-bombing” the process. It’s hard telling what a second Daniels term will look like. I suspect if Democrats retain control of the state House of Representatives, Daniels will govern more like he did in 2007-2008; if Republicans take control, it will look more like 2005-2006. An appearance with Palin throwing out red meat to the 25% or whatever who still think Bush is doing a good job wouldn’t be in Gov. Daniels’ self-interest. He probably doesn’t want to get stuck answering questions like, “Gov. Daniels, do you agree that Sen. Obama is a terrorist-loving, America-hating socialist who is ‘not like us’?” and “Will you also be relying on ‘Joe’-the-‘Plumber’ to shape your policy? If not, is it because you are an elitist who hates ordinary Americans?”