National media quick to weigh in on Pawlenty after he announces no third term

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As expected, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the Capitol in St. Paul announced this afternoon that he will not run for a third term.

His announcement caused a bit of a stir today here and in national media outlets, given Minnesota’s still-undecided Senate race and last year’s wide speculation that Pawlenty was on GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s short list for running mates.

Here’s some of the early reaction from national political sites on the web:

The New York Times says: “That decision signals that Mr. Pawlenty is strongly considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.”

The Washington Post arrives at the same conclusion, citing a difficult economy and “Pawlenty’s near-death political experience in 2006 when he won 51 percent to 47 percent in a three-way race” as important factors in his decision. (Note: The race was actually tighter than that, with Pawlenty winning by less than 1 percentage point, 46.69 percent to 45.73 percent.)

Politico, meanwhile, points out that while he has now cleared the way for 2012, he has yet to start constructing an official bid. “Pawlenty has yet to build the infrastructure — money, a PAC, a staff — of a national operation, but there’s still time,” reports Politico.

The Atlantic waxes poetic about Pawlenty’s “personal charm” and “mullet haircut.”

CBS and others speculate on how this new turn of events may affect Pawlenty’s decision to sign an election certificate if the state Supreme Court declares Democrat Al Franken the winner.

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by John Olson on 06/02/2009 - 03:54 pm.

    One has to consider that making this announcement ahead of unallotment on July 1 (or shortly thereafter) frees the Governor to slice and dice without having to worry about any allies quietly whispering what he should–or should not–cut.

    He’s an unrestricted free agent now.

  2. Submitted by Joe Johnson on 06/02/2009 - 04:27 pm.

    Laura Brod in 2010! Where should I send the check?

  3. Submitted by Chris Truscott on 06/02/2009 - 04:45 pm.

    I don’t mean to be picky, but Pawlenty’s “near death” experience was even closer than this:

    The Washington Post arrives at the same conclusion, citing a difficult economy and “Pawlenty’s near-death political experience in 2006 when he won 51 percent to 47 percent in a three-way race” as important factors in his decision.


    Pawlenty: 46.69%
    Hatch: 45.73%
    Hutchinson: 6.43%

    Pawlenty is a two-time plurality winner in elections with a left-of-center IP candidate in the mix.

  4. Submitted by Jeff Cagle on 06/02/2009 - 04:47 pm.

    I see Pawlenty getting into the race for the White House in 2012. He said the Republican Party (in general) needs new ideas to move forward. It echoes his message when he ran for Governor back in 2002. I agree with the Politico link that Pawlenty still has time to come up with money, a PAC and a staff (people besides Brian McClung).

    As for Laura Brod, I see her as a candidate for Lt. Governor at best.

  5. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 06/02/2009 - 04:52 pm.

    The same idea applies to his decision whether or not to resist signing an election certificate for Al Franken. By refusing to sign such a certificate, even if the state Supreme Court orders him to do so, our (non) Governor Pawlenty can now make himself a hero to the far right wing of the Republican party while, at the same time, causing massive destruction in the State of Minnesota. He can use the fact that he’s damaging his fellow citizens here at home as a springboard to launch himself into the 2012 presidential campaign.

    This has all the markings of an adolescent who’s been spurned by a friend or lover acting out revenge fantasies to “get even” with the ones who’ve rejected him. “I’LL SHOW YOU!”

    Won’t this man ever grow out of thinking and acting as if he were Tom Riddle in the “The Chamber of Secrets”? Apparently not.

  6. Submitted by Joe Johnson on 06/02/2009 - 04:56 pm.

    Jeff – Can you name someone else in the MN GOP that’s not the same old recycled trash. Experience in government is a worthless credential now days. Out with the old in with the new. Sorry Marty.

  7. Submitted by Don Effenberger on 06/02/2009 - 05:27 pm.

    We’ve corrected the statistics cited by the Washington Post.

  8. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 06/02/2009 - 09:22 pm.

    Only once in the past 70 years has an incumbent Democratic President lost a re-election. That president was Jimmy Carter.

  9. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 06/03/2009 - 02:39 pm.

    What are the “new ideas” Pawlenty keeps saying he would bring? Cut taxes for the rich and wait to see millions of jobs falling from the sky? Cut programs for the poor and see them become mysteriously healthy and no longer needing free health care or other state/county programs?

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