Yale, Mitch Daniels, and that Rent is Too Damn High Guy

Charles Dudley Warner of the Hartford Courant wrote in 1850 that “politics makes strange bedfellows,” but this is a menage a trois of epic weirdness.

According to a piece by Peter Finocchiaro at Ivy Gate, Yale libertarian CoCo Pannell is working really hard to get Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels elected president of the United States next year:

Pannell… and the other young libertarians at Students for Daniels are pulling out all stops, it seems. They made another ad, this one featuring none other than noted insane person Jimmy McMillan, otherwise known as “The Rent is Too Damn High” guy.

I could be wrong, but isn’t someone who’s famous for being balls deep in crazy probably a poor choice for political mascot? It looks like Governor Daniels agrees, since he went on a radio show and made it very clear that he has no earthly idea who those damn kids are. He softened the blow by saying he was glad that young people care about the deficit, or whatever. Except we really don’t.

Here’s the Yale students’ political advertisement:

Not only is Daniels unaffiliated with those Yale kids, it seems rather unlikely that McMillan, the former postal worker who hilariously ran for governor of New York last year by saying the “Rent Is 2 Damn High” over and over, is actually a Daniels supporter.

While McMillan is hardly a valid political candidate, his populist political positions include setting a fixed apartment rental rate across the United States of America and opposing any federal spending cuts to education or elderly care services.

Daniels, who served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush, was known for his budget cutting eagerness and acumen. His campaign for Indiana governor included plans to reduce the state budget by privatizing public agencies and cutting services.

Such policies, applied nationally, would presumably make the deficit less damn high, but they wouldn’t do anything about the rent.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer