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Drudge Report puts Pawlenty front and center

The Drudge Report, a right-wing megaphone that gets the attention of America’s newsrooms, has Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s picture splashed front-and-center today with a headline TPaw must surely love.

The link connects to The Politico, whose tacit partnership with Drudge has been much commented upon and which also features a big TPaw photo up front. The Politico, run by ex-Washington Post journalists, is owned by Allbritton Communications, which has its own conversative history. The Pioneer Press has a content-sharing deal with the site.

While the governor has gotten lots of non-critical coverage of his proto-presidential candidacy, this is perhaps the clearest signal yet that conservatives and media friendlies see Pawlenty as a big-time player.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Louis Petersen on 10/01/2009 - 10:15 am.

    If the country can stay awake during his speeches, I put his chances of winning the Presidency at 2.3%

  2. Submitted by Pat McGee on 10/01/2009 - 11:24 am.

    Politico also notes “Yet Pawlenty lacks a few important strengths that some of his possible opponents enjoy. He doesn’t have the ability to finance his own campaign as Romney does, nor does he maintain anything close to the former presidential hopeful’s donor and grass-roots base. He lacks Huckabee’s natural hold on social conservatives. And he’s never going to enjoy a fervent following like the one Palin can point to.

    It’s also not entirely clear what Pawlenty’s signature issues will be, since there is no overarching accomplishment in St. Paul that he could clearly run on.”

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  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 10/01/2009 - 04:21 pm.

    Signature issues? Cut taxes for the wealthy and programs for the poor. Slash government. Cut taxes some more.

    Wait for economic BOOM with a kazillion new jobs.

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