The conservative commentariat’s boring, bow-tied elder statesman believes Louisiana Gov. Bobby Voucher would bring “a little more excitement” to the 2012 Republican presidential ticket. On ABC’s This Week, George Will offered a  circuitously qualified endorsement of Voucher, saying that since his first choice — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels — has already signalled he’s not interested and Wisconsin wunderkind congressman and Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan is needed in the House to steer America’s fiscal ship away from the craggy shore of social-safety nets, well, he’ll take Voucher.

“[Ohio Sen. Rob] Portman and [former Minnesota Gov. Tim] Pawlenty, they’re just fine,” Will said in that noblesse oblige tone of his. “I prefer someone who brings a little more excitement. Ryan would be good. The trouble is if you take Ryan out of the House, where he could in two years be the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, so, by default and that’s not to disparage him, I would go with Bobby [Voucher].”

So, there’s that.

It’s probably not a stretch to speculate that Camp Romney doesn’t want Daniels anyway: The Hoosier pol was former President George W. Bush’s budget director — not a stellar bullet point on the résumé — and the GOP would prefer voters forget that W. ever happened and pin America’s economic malaise on the current commander-in-chief.

See the whole This Week exchange here.

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