Sunday, August 14, 2011

That was fast.

As most Minnesotans will tell you, we really didn't have a governor between the 2008 presidential election and the 2011 swearing in of current governor Mark Dayton. The reason for this was that Tim Pawlenty, the ostensible governor, was either running to be the GOP vice-presidential candidate under John McCain. You may have heard that Senator McCain picked someone else. Once Senator McCain lost the election, Governor Pawlenty started running to be the GOP nominee for president. It would be an understatement to say that Governor Pawlenty spent a lot of time in Iowa.

Despite this, Governor Pawlenty did not capture the hearts of Iowans. He came in a distant third in the the Iowa GOP straw poll yesterday. Now, he has decided to drop out of the race. I don't know whether to commend him for being realistic, deride him for not having the courage to stand as a candidate until an actual, you know, primary or caucus, or simply point out that the GOP race is still full of people who will never, ever, ever, be the GOP nominee for president in 2012.


  1. Well, this will give Gophers -- ah hem! -- Pawlenty to talk about!

  2. It never ceases to amaze me how easily left-leaning folks will write off the Bachmanns/Perrys of the world. What evidence is there that Bachmann and Perry "will never, ever, ever, be the GOP nominee for president?"

  3. Anon,
    Since you are quoting the last line of the post, I take you mean that the Gillette Torvik blog has writen off Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry. We have not written off either of them. If you clicked on the links for "never, ever, ever" you would see that we (or perhaps just I) have written off Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Thad McCotter. We are also willing to write off Buddy Roemer and Gary Johnson. Mr. Torvik can decide whether Jon Huntsman should also be written off.

    Sean, thanks for the Wordplay.

  4. If I may correct a misimpression given by Anon.; there actually are two kinds of "left-leaning folks"; and I know examples of both.

    Some "left-leaning folks" do not trust the American people to avoid obvious blunders; to them the Bachman/Perrys of the world represent the risk of electing a crazy person President. They say that the Bachman/Perrys will never, ever get the nomination because being wrong on that count fills them with horror.

    Some "left-leaning folks" trust the American people to act with a modicum of rationality; these people would welcome the nomination of a Bachman/Perry person because they believe it would ensure the re-election of Obama. For these "left-leaning folks" the idea of a Bachman/Perry nominee fills them with glee.

    Interestingly enough, there are some "right-leaning folks" who apparently agree with the first group of "left-leaning folks" in this particular matter.


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