We must not only assert, but assert with credibility, that we understand what is going on in the lives of everyday people. Empathy is going to get a bad name here for a while if it's going to be transported to the world of rule of law and jurisprudence, but empathy – which is what Adam Smith was talking about in the Theory of Moral Sentiments – is what distinguishes our species from the others.I don't know that I've ever heard an American politician accurately restate Adam Smith's ethical claims. So naturally, he's ruled out a run. Awesome.
UPDATE: FiveThirtyEight's "Gubernatorial Power Rankings" has Daniels as #6 in the country, and #4 among R's.