This is the bookend to Mike Huckabee.

The GOP Establishment will have to buy bulk anti-depressants for this one, because Mitch was their guy. I never saw it, especially against Obama, but I’m not seeing Tim Pawlenty either, at least not for the big job.

From the AP:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination.

In a middle-of-the-night message on Sunday, Daniels said he was taking the advice of his family and would skip a White House bid.

Daniels told his friends and supporters he ultimately decided he wasn’t willing to sacrifice his family’s privacy.

Politico has the email text, which reads in part:

“I hope this reaches you before the public news does,” Daniels wrote. “If so, please respect my confidence for the short time until I can make it known to all.”

He went on, “The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate. In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one, but that, the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.”

I’m a night owl, so I saw this break, but it’s weird as hell for someone so high profile to unload news like this in a wee hours Sunday morning blast. Hey, but everything about the Republicans struggle to find a decent nominee is odd.

The issue with privacy is a real problem, I believe. The intrusiveness of the 21st century new media world is scaring off the families of politicians who didn’t sign on for the scrutiny. It’s such a relentless spectacle, filled with probing and all sorts of intrusion. I’m not speaking of Daniels now, but some of the best minds will simply not be squeaky clean and shouldn’t have to be as far as I’m concerned. One person I’m thinking about is Eliot Spitzer. Looking at 2016, I’d rather have what Spitzer offers than what Gov. Cuomo is serving up.

The calls will go out to Gov. Christie yet again, because Daniels not running is going to freak out the good old boys who believe Obama is beatable, but don’t believe the candidate to take it on is anywhere near the on deck circle.