Newsweek: Emmer loss would ‘look like a repudiation of Pawlenty’s reign’

Newsweek has an item online about the 2012 Republican hopefuls for president and how they’re aiding GOP candidates around the country in these mid-term elections.

While it’s true they’re sincere about helping the party take over Congress, “the bigger priority for these ambitious politicians is figuring which 2010 outcome will put them in the best position for 2012,” the item by Andrew Romano says.

His take on Gov. Tim Pawlenty:

“T-Paw may be making the right moves nationally, but his popularity is plummeting in Minnesota. Anything less than a win for his chosen successor, Tom Emmer, who’s trailing by 11 in the latest poll, will look like a repudiation of Pawlenty’s reign.”

Not a glowing report, maybe, but at least he’s mentioned along with seven other potential candidates.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/05/2010 - 05:53 pm.

    A loss by Emmer may look like a repudiation to those unfamiliar with Minnesota politics, but as with everything else in politics, it’s far more complicated than that. Emmer’s managed to lose a substantial portion of the business community to Horner, where Pawlenty had a lock on it. Too, Emmer began his campaign in strident mode and only recently began to try to portray himself as someone else.

  2. Submitted by Tim Brausen on 10/06/2010 - 11:18 am.

    Minnesotans ARE ready to repudiate the Pawlenty years. He won in 2006 only because the voters repudiated Mike Hatch, and after 8 years of starving our state government the voters are ready to acknowledge that the rich need to pay their share of state taxes like we in the middle class. The Ventura-Pawlenty tax cuts did not generate the jobs promised, and it’s time to restore some equity to our state tax system.

  3. Submitted by Steve Rose on 10/08/2010 - 03:33 pm.

    What poll is calling for a Dayton landslide (11%)?

    The Rasmussen Reports poll published today (Oct. 8) says Emmer and Dayton are still in a virtual tie.

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