Via L.A. Times (h/t reader James), Mitch Daniels will not run for President:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said early Sunday that he won’t run for president because of family considerations, narrowing the field in the race for the GOP nomination.

“In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” Daniels said, disclosing his decision in an e-mail to supporters. “The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.”

So what does it mean?  Here are my random first thoughts, in no particular order and to be added to throughout the day:

  • Very, very good day for Pawlenty, the conservative who is acceptable to the Tea Party movement and the establishment, and who is launching his formal campaign tomorrow.
  • No real impact on Romney.
  • Increases likelihood that someone who has said “no I’ll never run” may change his mind.
  • Just as well, we need someone who wants it and is willing to fight like hell for it, and then take on the Chicago machine like it’s an “only one person leaves the ring standing” match, because that’s how the other side treats it.

What do you think?

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