Writing off Pawlenty

That punditocracy can be pretty fickle. Seems like they spent the month of May building Tim Pawlenty up as the likely chief challenger to Mitt romney for the Repub nomination, then the month of June tearing him down, with an astonishingly large part of the focus being his one bad anwer in the New Hampshire debate.

Now they are starting to write him off. On Politico, Ben Smith notes a couple of pieces enumerating his alleged failures as a candidate that have a tone of tentative obituaries. Maybe his candidacy is in a death spiral, but I’ve seen too many rises and falls to think I can see the end from here.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/06/2011 - 01:17 pm.

    As I see it, right now, Pawlenty has two reasons for campaigning:
    First, there is the unlikely event that the leading candidates (say Romney and Bachmann) deadlock and the GOP turns to a mutually acceptable compromise.
    Second, on the assumption that any GOP candidate is a long shot in 2012, he is trying to establish enough national visibility to be a viable candidate in 2016. In this sense, it is better NOT to be a nominee who ends up being a loser.

  2. Submitted by Bill Gleason on 07/06/2011 - 02:23 pm.

    Unfortunately for Pawlenty, he isn’t a very good candidate now, based on his Minnesota record, and this actually isn’t going to change in 2016. In the mean time, what is he going to do to buff his credentials and how is he going to live? Maybe he could join the Norm’s lobbying gang in DC? Probably should do that permanently. His political obituary is deserved.

  3. Submitted by William Pappas on 07/06/2011 - 09:40 pm.

    There can be no death spiral if there was no life. Pawlenty’s macho military posturing plays badly against his boring persona and inability to challenge Romney. Pawlenty’s record in Minnesota is worse than dismal, it is a disaster worthy of former President Bush’s ability to turn success into abject failure. Mysteriously, there was this initial effort by the national press to portray Pawlenty as a “serious” and tested presidentail candidate more from the center than just about everybody but Romney. That misinterpretation and spin was bound to meet reality and when it did the thud was painful to watch. Still there has been no death spiral, only a spiraling realization and acknowledgement of the real Tim Pawlenty. Call that a death spiral if you must.

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