The Fix – First thoughts on Barbour’s exit

So where does this leave us? A few thoughts:

Clearing the way for Daniels?

Barbour and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels are good friends and have said publicly that they didn’t want to run against each other. And for the longest time, it was assumed by most political observers that Barbour was the more likely presidential candidate.

With Barbour gone, a significant impediment to Daniels running is now out of the way, and those who know the governor say his decision just become a little (emphasis on little) easier.

All of that said, there is still considerable doubt that Daniels will run, and it’s no cinch.

Daniels is expected to make his decision in the near future.

And what about Huckabee?

Washington Post
4/25/11