Minnesota native (Eden Prairie) Aaron Blake now writes for The Fix political blog at the Washington Post and on Thursday he decided to go through the top 10 contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination and describe the biggest vulnerability of each.
The good news for Minnesota native (St. Paul and Eagan) Tim Pawlenty is that he is on the list. Here what Blake said about Pawlenty’s biggest vulnerability:
“Tim Pawlenty – Charisma (or lack thereof)
As problems go, lacking charisma isn’t as ugly as a bad vote or a personal scandal, but it can be just as deadly for a presidential candidate. The Minnesota governor is still unknown to the vast majority of people, and whenever a largely unknown candidate has burst onto the scene (read: Huckabee, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter), they usually have a personal flair that allows them to overcome money and name ID problems. We have yet to see that from Pawlenty, though he’s still got a chance to make a first impression on most primary voters.”
Personally, I don’t feel that about TPaw. He’s thinner than Haley Barbour, handsomer than Mike Huckabee, funnier than Mike Pence, more regular guy than Mitt Romney. I think his biggest vulnerability is running as a model fiscal conservative while leaving behind a huge deficit plus accounting tricks that make it even bigger.
Anyway, being declared charisma-challenged isn’t the worst you could do. Sarah Palin’s biggest vulnerability (according to Blake and his sources) is “Sarah Palin.”