McKay Coppins at the Daily Beast has five reasons why he’ll miss Tim Pawlenty, following the former Minnesota governor’s early and rather lethargic exit from the presidential race.
He cites the “adrenaline-pumping” commercials, the awkward Lady Gaga references, flirting publicly with wife Mary, the end of the Pawlenty vs. Bachmann Minnesota rumble and:
5. The fake Southern accent
At some point, Pawlenty apparently decided that his St. Paul accent wasn’t quite resonating in all the right time zones. So he adopted a Southern drawl. People back home noticed the change after local broadcasts of a speech in Iowa, and Minnesota Public Radio had its fun needling their former governor for his shameless attempt at folksiness. (Pawlenty, for his part, insists the accent was unintentional and that it was not “some sort of strategic decision.”) With Pawlenty out of national politics, we may never again hear the ex-candidate’s imitation of an Arkansas Rotarian. The consolation, of course, is that Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his candidacy the same day Pawlenty dropped out, so the campaign won’t be lacking in long, lazy vowels.