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.