Sunday, August 14, 2011

T-Paw Quits After Drawing The Short Straw

The Iowa Straw Poll proved disappointing for Pawlenty’s presidential hopes.  He came in a distant third behind Michele Bachmann and moRon Paul garnering 2,293 votes.

I was watching Fox & Friends this morning when the anchors of the show alerted their viewers that Pawlenty was quitting the race.  T-Paw chose to make his formal announcement on ABC’s This Week.

The two-term governor of Minnesota had been eyeing a bid for the White House for years and you’ll remember he was being considered by John McCain as his running mate in 2008.

Pawlenty had doubled down staking everything he had in his campaign arsenal on the Straw Poll and when he came up short he decided to pull the plug saying, “[We] didn’t get the kind of traction we needed and hoped for” in order to continue.

“There are a lot of other choices in the race,” he said. “The audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.”

Yes, Tim, they were.  Someone who isn’t a RINO and wasn’t for Cap and Trade before he was against it.

Jake Tapper, ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent, asked Pawlenty if he would consider being a vice presidential candidate in 2012. “I’ve been down that road before,” he said. “That’s not something I’m going to consider.”

John Hinderaker of Power Line, a supporter of Pawlenty, feels his “[W]ithdrawal leaves Mitt Romney as the only serious candidate who is mainstream in both policy views and persona. Romney continues to lead in the polls, but I don’t think he is immune, by any means, to the rebellious mood that claimed Pawlenty as its first victim.”
Do you think that if Pawlenty had continued his attack of “ObamneyCare” instead of backing off that his results would have been better?  We’ll never know will we?
Via Memeorandum.

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