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The First Casuality Of The Iowa Straw Poll, Governor Tim Pawlenty

Well, it was going to happen anyway, he just couldn’t get good buzz. I actually thought he could be one of my top three, right up until the moment his campaign thought questioning Michele Bachmann’s migraines was a good move. The campaign only got more petty from there on. It never ceases to amaze me how, in a Republican primary, anyone thinks being a bitter small person would somehow put you in a positive light in the eyes of the electorate. Governor Pawlenty had really great ideas about how to get this economy moving, but instead decided the gutter is where he would play.  It wasn’t even against Barack Obama, hell, you expect to play in the gutter with the Democrats, but against your own Republicans?  No way. To call out someone for their positions or votes on liberal ideas is one thing, to attack someone and question their ability to run this Country because of migraines is another. You Really Had A Chance, You Allowed Your Campaign Operatives to Destroy It:

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty said today he will end his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

Pawlenty informed his supporters in a conference call and then announced his decision on ABC’s This Week. He finished a distant third in yesterday’s Iowa presidential straw poll, well behind the winner, Rep. Michele Bachmann, his Minnesota rival.

“We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward,” Pawlenty told ABC. “That didn’t happen, so I’m announcing this morning on your show that I’m going to be ending my campaign for president.”

Even though he came in third, when he said he needed to be in the top five, the numbers that put him in third were indeed a bad omen for going forward.

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  1. I liked T. Paw. I like nearly the whole field of candidates. Oh I wouldn’t have voted for him in the primary, but I would have been able to get behind him in the general if he had by some miracle won the nomination…..

    I’m still pulling for Herman and will vote for him if he’s still in the race by the time we get to Illinois, but I think with Perry in the race the scenery has changed. What actually worries me most is that we’ll split the conservative vote 5 ways and some Rino will get the node (like last time).

    • I could have supported him as well, but my mind was changed with the whispering campaign by his staff on Michele’s migraines, I have a lot of friends, men and women, including my husband who have suffered migraines and it didn’t stop any of them from working as hard as or more so then those who don’t have them.

    • No, not this time, Brian. The first RINO just dropped out.

      I think it comes down to a street fight between Romney, the RINO establishment and Perry, Mr 10th Amendment. In the current environment, Perry should prevail.

      I like Cain a lot, but this race is going to be too expensive for him. He’d make a great VP pick, although I’m thinking it might be Rubio.

      I don’t want to hear any VP nods towards TPaw or Romney. It just sets up RINOs to “take their turn.” We need to break that habit.

  2. When Gov. Pawlenty started that mud slingin’ match he lost any credibility he had in my opinion. At that rate if he may as well run as a lib. That’s what they do.

    At least have some civility towards the people on the same side.

    • When Pawlenty told Iowans that ethanol subsidies had to go, he hurt his chances in Iowa. If wonder-boy campaign manager Nick Ayers gave him the advice to come out with that, he shouldn’t have taken it.

      Such honesty is more than some can abide and leads to some of the attitudes our politicians have. The electorate is cynical about politicos. As a 10 term very conservative TX rep once told me “sometimes the voters aren’t much of a bargain”

      You can have whiz kids that come up with great campaign spots and awesome strategy. You still have to get people excited and working on the ground for you. Even with this great campaign ad, Pawlenty couldn’t break through:

      Dadgum, Republicans should borrow that and play it over and over.

      • You bring up a really good point TG. That of people being told to take their medicine.

        If the ethanol subsidies go away, the corn prices will probably start to come down and that’s not a receptive message to farmers raising corn.

        This simple fact also underlies how the general population will react to having their favorite sugar teat removed.

        It all sounds good until it starts to come out of our own pockets.

  3. His attack on Bachmann was both the symptom and the cause of his demise. Perry coming in was the final nail.

    As I said yesterday, I had been hearing that the straw poll is really something to be survived (a winnowing) more than any indication to eventual victory.

    Bachmann is formidable. After what happened to Pawlenty (he really stepped in it bigtime) it will be a rather breezy day in ole tarnation before another upstart tells her she is ineffective. Lady’s got grit.

    T paw’s departure was totally expected by me. After Thursday, he no longer had people’s respect. And without that, he didn’t have nothin. I’m not necessarily saying he got beat up by a girl, but…

  4. The pundits said the candidates needed to stop making it all anti-Obama all the time and start attacking each other to whittle the field down, so Pawlenty dutifully went along. The pundits have reported that other pundits have said that the science is settled on global warming, so all we have to do is haggle about the details of dealing with it, and Republicans have dutifully agreed with the pundits. Separating the pundits from the truth is a lost art.

    • bob, the entire “pundits say…” nonsense has gotten to the point of becoming a stumbling block. Sure, there are political patterns that are considered to be “traditional”, such as putting a massive amount of emphasis on events like these straw poll. But it disturbs me to no end, because it’s like watching the self-fulfilling prophecy principle come to life where people keep doing the same old, same old, time after time, expecting different or better results.

      There can and are times when it is better to break with tradition. And in this particular battle against Obama, this could be one of those times.

      I’d love to see Repubs “break the mold” and try some thing that are bold, maybe even take the path least expected.

      It would keep the race more interesting, and it would keep our opponents off-balance.

  5. Tim Pawlenty was not going to get nominated because he was too low key and quiet to fire up the support that is needed to win. The post-mortem analysis that Pawlenty is a petty RINO hack is a complete missing of the mark in my opinion. There can be columns written about a candidate dropping out for many candidates, because only one candidate is going to win the nomination. I will not hold my breath until the column is written about Bachmann dropping out of the race. and the post-mortem is that she lied about her opponents or that she had nothing more than fighting hard on her record of accomplishments. Tim Pawlenty was a good Governor in Minnesota and Mitch Daniels was a good Governor in Indiana. Neither one of these men have the political savvy to fire up support needed to win the nomination for President.

    • Very astute analysis, as always, Pil. The thing I like most about Bachmann is her firyness (is that a word?). Of course that is sometimes the thing I like least about her. The reason we currently have 9 or more current and potential candidates is that people haven’t made their conclusions yet. Sadly, the debate Thursday did little to help in that regard.

      During the web debate “intermissions”, Pat Caudell ripped Fox apart for their schedule of questions.
      There were 9 topics.
      Nine.
      The ninth topic of the night ?
      Jobs.
      Only after trying to break down Bachmann over her relationship with her husband could they find time to talk about….
      Jobs

  1. I liked T. Paw. I like nearly the whole field of candidates. Oh I wouldn’t have voted for him in the primary, but I would have been able to get behind him in the general if he had by some miracle won the nomination…..

    I’m still pulling for Herman and will vote for him if he’s still in the race by the time we get to Illinois, but I think with Perry in the race the scenery has changed. What actually worries me most is that we’ll split the conservative vote 5 ways and some Rino will get the node (like last time).

    • I could have supported him as well, but my mind was changed with the whispering campaign by his staff on Michele’s migraines, I have a lot of friends, men and women, including my husband who have suffered migraines and it didn’t stop any of them from working as hard as or more so then those who don’t have them.

    • No, not this time, Brian. The first RINO just dropped out.

      I think it comes down to a street fight between Romney, the RINO establishment and Perry, Mr 10th Amendment. In the current environment, Perry should prevail.

      I like Cain a lot, but this race is going to be too expensive for him. He’d make a great VP pick, although I’m thinking it might be Rubio.

      I don’t want to hear any VP nods towards TPaw or Romney. It just sets up RINOs to “take their turn.” We need to break that habit.

  2. When Gov. Pawlenty started that mud slingin’ match he lost any credibility he had in my opinion. At that rate if he may as well run as a lib. That’s what they do.

    At least have some civility towards the people on the same side.

    • When Pawlenty told Iowans that ethanol subsidies had to go, he hurt his chances in Iowa. If wonder-boy campaign manager Nick Ayers gave him the advice to come out with that, he shouldn’t have taken it.

      Such honesty is more than some can abide and leads to some of the attitudes our politicians have. The electorate is cynical about politicos. As a 10 term very conservative TX rep once told me “sometimes the voters aren’t much of a bargain”

      You can have whiz kids that come up with great campaign spots and awesome strategy. You still have to get people excited and working on the ground for you. Even with this great campaign ad, Pawlenty couldn’t break through:

      Dadgum, Republicans should borrow that and play it over and over.

      • You bring up a really good point TG. That of people being told to take their medicine.

        If the ethanol subsidies go away, the corn prices will probably start to come down and that’s not a receptive message to farmers raising corn.

        This simple fact also underlies how the general population will react to having their favorite sugar teat removed.

        It all sounds good until it starts to come out of our own pockets.

  3. His attack on Bachmann was both the symptom and the cause of his demise. Perry coming in was the final nail.

    As I said yesterday, I had been hearing that the straw poll is really something to be survived (a winnowing) more than any indication to eventual victory.

    Bachmann is formidable. After what happened to Pawlenty (he really stepped in it bigtime) it will be a rather breezy day in ole tarnation before another upstart tells her she is ineffective. Lady’s got grit.

    T paw’s departure was totally expected by me. After Thursday, he no longer had people’s respect. And without that, he didn’t have nothin. I’m not necessarily saying he got beat up by a girl, but…

  4. The pundits said the candidates needed to stop making it all anti-Obama all the time and start attacking each other to whittle the field down, so Pawlenty dutifully went along. The pundits have reported that other pundits have said that the science is settled on global warming, so all we have to do is haggle about the details of dealing with it, and Republicans have dutifully agreed with the pundits. Separating the pundits from the truth is a lost art.

    • bob, the entire “pundits say…” nonsense has gotten to the point of becoming a stumbling block. Sure, there are political patterns that are considered to be “traditional”, such as putting a massive amount of emphasis on events like these straw poll. But it disturbs me to no end, because it’s like watching the self-fulfilling prophecy principle come to life where people keep doing the same old, same old, time after time, expecting different or better results.

      There can and are times when it is better to break with tradition. And in this particular battle against Obama, this could be one of those times.

      I’d love to see Repubs “break the mold” and try some thing that are bold, maybe even take the path least expected.

      It would keep the race more interesting, and it would keep our opponents off-balance.

  5. Tim Pawlenty was not going to get nominated because he was too low key and quiet to fire up the support that is needed to win. The post-mortem analysis that Pawlenty is a petty RINO hack is a complete missing of the mark in my opinion. There can be columns written about a candidate dropping out for many candidates, because only one candidate is going to win the nomination. I will not hold my breath until the column is written about Bachmann dropping out of the race. and the post-mortem is that she lied about her opponents or that she had nothing more than fighting hard on her record of accomplishments. Tim Pawlenty was a good Governor in Minnesota and Mitch Daniels was a good Governor in Indiana. Neither one of these men have the political savvy to fire up support needed to win the nomination for President.

    • Very astute analysis, as always, Pil. The thing I like most about Bachmann is her firyness (is that a word?). Of course that is sometimes the thing I like least about her. The reason we currently have 9 or more current and potential candidates is that people haven’t made their conclusions yet. Sadly, the debate Thursday did little to help in that regard.

      During the web debate “intermissions”, Pat Caudell ripped Fox apart for their schedule of questions.
      There were 9 topics.
      Nine.
      The ninth topic of the night ?
      Jobs.
      Only after trying to break down Bachmann over her relationship with her husband could they find time to talk about….
      Jobs

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