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Shocking: Pawlenty sets up committees in Iowa and N.H.

The lovely and talented Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib notes this a.m. that Gov. Pawlenty has established fund-raising committee in Iowa and New Hampshire, just to name two random states that a soon-to-be-former governor might want to visit occasionally for the climate. The committees actually will enable Pawlenty to make contributions through his national “Freedom First” organization to candidates in Iowa and New Hampshire for the 2010 cycle and try to accrue political IOU’s from those candidates heading into 2012.

Rachel S-B then notes that Pawlenty has said repeatedly that he will decide in early 2011 whether to run for Prez, but she goes further to indicate that this latest move and many others by TPaw “point to a run.”

Myself, I prefer to just say that Pawlenty is running. On the day he makes an official announcement of his candidacy, it will simply be a formality and more will be made of that stage-managed event than it is worth. Even if Pawlenty decides to announce next spring that he is not running for president — and I don’t dismiss that as a possibility — it will simply mean that he is ending his presidential campaign before officially confirming its existence. This is just how it’s done now. But it’s been at least 50 years since anyone actually committed real news — in the sense of something that was not previously known — on the day they announced for president.

Anyway. Pawlenty. Iowa. New Hampshire. Noted.

On a related note, I would also suggest that DFLers get over the habit of criticizing the guv for running around the country or saying/doing things obviously related to his presidential ambitions while he is still supposed to be focused on his job as governor. That’s also how these things are done and, for all you know, the next one to do similar things will just as likely be a Democrat and the carping that you are doing about it now will be waved in your face then. But, then again, that’s also the way things are done nowadays.

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Brian Simon on 06/16/2010 - 11:28 am.

    Good points. On the one hand its easy to find fault with Pawlenty in his heavy campaign travel schedule; on the other I don’t really care for how he governs, so should be glad his attentions are focused elsewhere.

  2. Submitted by Steven Smith on 06/16/2010 - 11:50 am.

    Right. He’s running. He’s running as a more-or-less full-time endeavor until he is shown that he cannot win.

  3. Submitted by Stephan Flister on 06/16/2010 - 12:31 pm.

    We could do a campaign slogan contest, just to help out. Here’s one:

    “At least I didn’t quit”

  4. Submitted by Rod Loper on 06/16/2010 - 01:39 pm.

    He is looking out for us, Eric. He appointed
    Phil”Dr.No” Krinkie to the MSCU board. This ranks right up there with appointing other “starve the beast” conservative superstars like Carol Molnau to

  5. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 06/16/2010 - 01:53 pm.

    So he’s got a presence everywhere but in Minnesota.
    All in all, I’d say that’s good news.

  6. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 06/16/2010 - 04:02 pm.

    I’ve never criticized him for being absent. He’s welcome to stay out of the state as long as he quits trying to screw things up here.

  7. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/16/2010 - 07:42 pm.

    Now that he’s solved our budget problems for the rest of the biennium, the governor is welcome to go anywhere he wishes, so long as it’s on his dime.

  8. Submitted by rolf westgard on 06/17/2010 - 05:05 am.

    Those of us who have Pawlenty on a level with Krinkie, Bush, Quayle, etc. tend to dismiss his presidential hopes. Don’t. With no significant negatives, he could well be the last man standing in the Republican battle for supremacy in 2012.

  9. Submitted by Steve Rose on 06/24/2010 - 04:30 pm.

    He may well be the last man standing, but I don’t give Pawlenty much of a chance against Hillary in 2012.

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