- T-Paw did a very good job here in Minnesota, but the problem with pursuing the presidency is that he didn't have the skill set to mount a national campaign in this era. You can't explain T-Paw's two terms as governor of Minnesota, especially his success in battling the DFL, in a 10-second sound bite.
- That's also the reason why Michele Bachmann is still in the race and T-Paw is not: Bachmann is more effective at getting her message across. You need to be able to get ideas through in Twitter-sized bites.
- It's worth remembering that Pawlenty is only 50 years old. He has plenty of time to do other things in politics. He may consider a run against Amy Klobuchar in this cycle, but that would be a mistake. It's a long time to wait, but T-Paw ought to consider either a run against Al Franken in 2014, or a run for a return engagement to the governor's mansion against Mark Dayton. He would be a strong contender in both races.
- Best guess: if the GOP is successful in wresting the White House away from the Democrats in 2012, T-Paw will be in line for a cabinet position. If not, he'll wait until 2014. We haven't seen the last of Tim Pawlenty. And that's a good thing.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I have been trying to ignore the 2012 campaign, but it's all over the intertubes that Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the race following a 3rd place finish in the Ames Straw Poll. Quick thoughts: