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  • Exclusive Extended Daily Show Interview with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels

    Mitch Daniels — the Republican governor of Indiana — sits down with Jon Stewart for this exclusive extended interview and talks about lowering taxes, saving the middle class and Barack Obama's "obsession" with the wealthy. (Spoiler alert: Surprisingly little discussion of the 1986 high school basketball classic Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper.)

    The interview continues after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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    Tags: Indiana, Jon Stewart, Mitch Daniels, The Daily Show, Video
  • Republican Camelot 2012

    Is there anything more glamorous than a Republican love story? You know the way this romantic tale always goes…white girl meets white boy, white girl humps white boy while his first white wife keeps busy raising their children, white girl marries white boy after white boy divorces aforementioned first white wife. Then repeat!

    Here’s your handy guide to love, RNC 2012 style!

    Callista and Newt
    Newt “Family Values” Gingrich commenced banging Congressional aide Callista in his off-hours back in the ‘90s, while he was still married to his second wife (with whom he’d cheated on his first wife.) At the time, his on-the-job hours were spent raking Bill Clinton over the coals for having oral sex with an intern.  Callista, who is 23 years younger than Newt, is now Wife #3.

    Cheri and Mitch
    In 1993, Cheri Daniels left her husband Mitch and their four daughters so that she could marry some other dude (BOLD!) She divorced the latter and got remarried to Mitch in 1997 (HOT!) She has yet to speak in public about it (MYSTERIOUS!)

    Michele and Marcus
    Michele Bachmann has publicly claimed that God told her to marry “Dr.” Marcus Bachmann, who today runs a pray-away-the-gay counseling center in Minnesota. Together, they’ve fostered 23 kids and spawned five bio-kids, one of whom politely turned down an offer to appear in Playgirl magazine!

    Ann and Mitt
    Ann and Mitt Romney started dating before Mitt left to convert all of France to Mormonism. When the Gallic nation proved resistant to his anti-alcohol, pro-war, God-gave-a-secret-text-on-secret-gold-tablets-to-a-random-18th-century-prophet belief system, Mitt returned home and married her. They have a bunch of attractive rich kids.

    Tim and Mary
    Tim Pawlenty was raised Catholic, but his wife Mary (a former Minnesota district court judge! hardcore!) was an evangelical Jesus-ian and now that’s what he is, too. They have two kids and are boring.

    It’s like a goddamned fairy tale with these people.

    Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage

    Tags: Callista Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty
  • Move Over Donald Trump, the Smart Money's on Mitch Daniels

    by Brian Kraker

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching sports — besides the certainty that the Mets’ season will end on opening day — it’s to never count out the underdog. Even if a team is injury depleted or the Detroit Lions, it might just stumble its way into a victory.

    Apparently the same logic applies to presidential elections, because, according to the New York Times, being an early front runner doesn't guarantee a party bid

    Why, it was roughly four years ago when one former Senator — and network television actor — Fred Thompson of Tennessee was supposedly gaining steam as a front-runner alongside Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York. A Quinnipiac University national poll had Mr. Giuliani leading with 27 percent and Mr. Thompson tied with Senator John McCain of Arizona at 15 percent.

    Of course, neither candidate got too far, as Mr. McCain later cinched the nomination after actual voting began.

    So Donald, if you want a chance at this thing, you better start dropping in the polls. Stop kissing babies, pile up jaywalking tickets, claim to know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, or something; because right now, Mitch Daniels looks like the favorite.

    Regardless of what the poles say, though, I still think Ronald Reagan will get enough write in votes to beat them all.

    Tags: Baseball, Donald Trump, Mitch Daniels, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Sports
  • Jon Stewart Kicks Off Indecision 2012

    On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart officially began coverage of the 2012 Presidential race, profiling such potential GOP candidates as Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. I don't know about you, but I really can't see any of them being able to carry out fundamental conservative policies like opposing a public health care option, maintaining The Patriot Act and perpetuating the war in Afghanistan. Ooh, you know who they should get? Barack Obama!

    Coverage continues after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c, and The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump premieres Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30/9:30c.

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    Tags: Donald Trump, John Bolton, Jon Stewart, Mike Huckabee, Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, The Daily Show, Tim Pawlenty, Video
  • Indiana Democrats Run Away from Anti-Union Bill, Too

    It's spreading! It's spreading!

    Mirroring recent events in Wisconsin, Democrats in Indiana’s state legislature plan to leave the state rather than vote on a bill that would bar unions from certain bargaining rights…

    In Indiana, the bill, for which Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) cautiously voiced support, stops unions from being able to negotiate contracts that require non-union members to pay fees.

    I hope that the Democrats realize what a dangerous game it is that they're playing. As more and more Republican governors attempt to take away union rights and more and more Democratic state senators flee their states, you know that eventually they're gonna end up in each others states. And then BAM!, Republicans win.

    I think that's how this thing works, isn't it?

    Tags: Democrats, Indiana, Mitch Daniels, Unions