On the Journal Editorial Report today Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal remarked that the Republicans had their "B" team in the presidential race, and he was perplexed why, for example, Mitch Daniels wasn't running.
Henninger is usually level-headed, but this was boiler-plate. In every presidential election I've voted in except when the incumbent president was running the complaint was the poor candidates to choose from--even in 1980 when Reagan was running.
Further, apparently Henninger didn't listen to Governor Daniels' statement as to why he didn't run. Concerns for his family. Yes. He didn't want to be put through the same wringer Sarah Palin went through. Or that Newt Gingrich is going through. Daniels' wife left him for another man, and then came back. Imagine how that would play out in the press. Imagine the two hour Brian Ross interviews on the subject.
All the people yelling about how Gingrich can't win running against the press (including some on the Journal Editorial Report), apparently don't see what their wide open standards on what is okay for the serious press to do has an impact. The same people who don't refute* poor and biased reporting (like that of Brian Ross) have no clue that it is forcing good, even "A team", people out of the public square. People like Mitch Daniels.
*The Wall Street Journal has a fig leaf on this because at least James Taranto in his opinion column pointed out some of Ross's fact problems. But, unfortunately, not the hard news or editorial divisions.