Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Blog

With midterms behind us, all eyes (and money and analysis and speculation, etc) have now shifted to 2012.  Yesterday, The Hotline released its inaugural edition of the “Presidential Power Rankings,” examining the most likely Republicans to end up with the nomination in 2012.  On the short list of contenders is none other than Arab American Mitch Daniels, who will also receive the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at our 2011 Gibran Awards Gala.

The Hotline placed Governor Daniels in the number nine spot in its ranking and highlighted his appeal stating: 

Indiana's successful two-term governor is getting the kind of early buzz any White House contender would kill for. But his decision to call for a “truce” on social issues, which angered social conservatives, put him on the wrong side of a key constituency before his campaign even began. While he’s been meeting with GOP power players to map out a potential run, Daniels has also been unusually honest about the fact that toying with a White House run is a great way to stay relevant.

Earlier this week, Politico’s Ben Smith wrote a blog entitled “Drafting Mitch” about a petition drive organized by a Chicago-area businessman who met Governor Daniels in 2008 and was “captivated by him.” 

All of this attention is not surprising to Arab Americans or voters in Indiana who have known about Daniels’ accomplishments and well-respected leadership style for some time.  Indeed, there is great excitement among Arab Americans about the possibility of having one of our own on the presidential ticket in 2012.