Does this kind of press guarantee he won’t be the nominee and I’ll only have to worry about Mitt Romney? Huntsman already got the kiss of death from Jimmy Carter.
I think Daniels has a great shot at the nomination. Republicans are desperate for a serious candidate. The Palin era is over; Republicans want the anti-Palin now. Daniels is about as anti-Palin as you can get. Smart won in 2008. Republicans want a winner, so they won’t go dumb again.
The lefty-wonks like Daniels because he’s serious. The lefty-wonks like serious people on the right until it looks like those people might gain influence. (Remember, they liked Paul Ryan too, before they decided he was the devil.) All this early praise for Daniels will disappear pretty fast if he gets a little momentum, and then they’ll be deriding him for Bush’s fiscal policies and early estimates of the cost of the Iraq war. And when they do, it will just serve to assure Republicans that he’s on their side.
The data isn’t perfect. Essentially, the NIAAA tabulates alcohol sales for each state and then divided it by census population numbers, including any person 14 or older. The reliance on sales figures probably explains Nevada’s strong #2 showing. But what’s up with New Hampshire?
If New Hampshire (4.22 gallons/16 liters) were a country, it would stand astride the world, trailing only the Czech Republic and Moldova - which is tops in the world thanks to moonshine consumption - in ethanolic goodness.
No surprise that Utah finds itself at the bottom of this list. Its modest sales - 1.34 gallons/5 liters - are similar to nations like Liberia (5.06 liters), Jamaica (5.0 liters), and Lesotho (5.55 liters) in which disposable income is too precious to be spent on alcohol. Among wealthier nations, only the Arab states and Singapore are more teetotaling than Utah.