by Patrick Appel

Douthat's column yesterday called talked up Mitch Daniels as possible presidential contender. Chait has also had kind things to say about him. George Packer spots a rather major weakness:

Daniels was Bush’s head of the Office of Management and Budget from 2001-2003 (what happened to the surplus inherited from Bill Clinton during those years is a separate story). He was responsible for forecasting the budget in the event of a war with Iraq. His number came in at fifty to sixty billion dollars.

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