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Non-Rabble Rousing Pawlenty Ends WH Bid

From a tut tutting Associated Press:

Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid

By BRIAN BAKST – Associated Press
August 14, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll.

"I wish it would have been different. But obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist so we are going to end the campaign," Pawlenty said on ABC’s "This Week" from Iowa shortly after disclosing his plans in a private conference call with supporters.

The low-key Midwesterner and two-term governor had struggled to gain traction in a state he had said he must win and never caught fire nationally with a Republican electorate seemingly craving a charismatic, nonestablishment, rabble-rouser to go up against President Barack Obama.

The Republican electorate are "craving" a "Rabble rouser" to go up against "President Obama"? Mind you, this is not an editorial. It is supposed to be a news article.

By the way, has the Associated Press ever described Mr. Obama as a "rabble rouser"? A man who actually was a professional rabble rouser when he was a ‘community organizer’?

Pawlenty tried to turn up the heat on Obama and his GOP rivals. But it often came across unnatural and he never was able to stoke the passions of voters.

"What I brought forward, I thought, was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different," he said…

The two-term ex-governor of a Democratic-leaning state was on Arizona Sen. John McCain’s short list for the vice presidential spot in 2008. He had spent roughly two years laying the groundwork for his 2012 campaign and had hoped to become the alternative to the national front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

But this summer he unexpectedly found himself in a grudge match with Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who shot to the top of polls in Iowa after getting into the race…

Pawlenty said his message "didn’t get the kind of traction or lift that we needed and hoped for coming into the and out of the Ames straw poll. We needed to get some lift to continue on and to have a pathway forward. That didn’t happen." …

On paper, Pawlenty, 50, seemed to have all the right ingredients as a candidate.

His blue-collar upbringing offered him a natural rapport with middle-class America. He governed as a fiscal hard-liner in a left-leaning state, winning his second term in a year when Republicans elsewhere got drubbed. He made inroads with the right crowds and assembled an all-star cast of advisers with loads of presidential campaign experience

But Pawlenty struggled to connect. He came off as bland and rehearsed next to more dynamic contenders. He languished in the polls. Perry’s candidacy shoved Pawlenty further to the side.

His inability to stoke the passions of voters the way other candidates and even noncandidates have was evident

No matter what you might think about Mr. Pawlenty, what is evident is that these campaigns start far too early and go on far too long and cost far too much money.

It would probably be a good thing for candidates like Tim Pawlenty to still have a voice in the candidate debates a few months from now, when they might actually start to matter.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Non-Rabble Rousing Pawlenty Ends WH Bid”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “No matter what you might think about Mr. Pawlenty, what is evident is that these campaigns start far too early and go on far too long and cost far too much money.

    It would probably be a good thing for candidates like Tim Pawlenty to still have a voice in the candidate debates a few months from now, when they might actually start to matter.”

    I wholeheartedly agree. Campaigns shouldn’t be allowed to begin until January 2 of the election year. There should be 1 primary held in April so everyone in every state can choose from every candidate. You could still let Iowa and New Hampshire have their little elections, caucuses whatever they want to call them to keep them happy but let the entire voting population have an equal say.

    I’m tired of living in a state that doesn’t vote until “Super Tuesday” when half of the people I might have voted for have dropped out because the people in Iowa and New Hampshire decided they didn’t like them.

    Have the primary in April and have the conventions over no later than June 15th. Then give each candidate $100 million dollars for their campaign and not a penny more.

  2. proreason says:

    Well, Rabble Rouser is an ok description of little Spike, but a better one is Communist Agitator.

  3. Chase says:

    After a positive review of his record by National Review, I was leaning toward Pawlenty. Unfortunately, and I agree with the campaigns being too early and too long, hype and persona are higher prioritites with the gum-chewing electorate, over experience, perspective, character, and execution. T-Paw as a Veep also might have been helpful in carrying some important Electoral College votes in an election, but his stepping aside 11 months or whatever before a convention pretty much ensures his fading from any further appearances on a national stage, though there is always the Senate and the failed comedian to oust.


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