Deconstructing The Absurdity

First one bits the dust, Tim Pawlenty drops out [VIDEO]

In 2012 Presidential Election, Republican Party on August 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

It was made formal by T-Paw on ABC’s ‘This Week’.

I’m announcing this morning on your show, that I’m going to be ending my campaign for president. But I’m very, very grateful for the people of Iowa, the people of this country, who I had a chance to make my case to, my supporters and staff and friends who have been loyal and helpful. I really appreciate all of them. I wish it would have been different.

Pawlenty finished third in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. “I’m from a small state and I don’t have a big national financial network, a political network, so measure of us was can you get some lift out of Ames if you will to get to the next round and that didn’t happen unfortunately. I wish it would have,” Pawlenty told ABC’s Jake Tapper.

Pawlenty’s success chart started looking bleak the day candidates like Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul joined in. He was hoping to be the other option to Mitt Romney which at the time sounded plausible as Romney was and will always be anything but the Republican blue-eyed boy. His polling numbers and his media presence plunged and it didn’t help when his campaign started taking on Bachmann and her migraines. In fact he lost a lot of Evangelic conservative support after taking on his fellow Minnesotan. To his credit he did try to show Mitt Romney down by playing the Romneycare card. He fell flat on his face when he was asked to respond to his comments in the first Fox debate. Tim Pawlenty was caught on the wrong foot and could barely slide away from the question while Romney stood across the isle with a smile on his face. His other comments to stir up his base failed even when he criticized Obama or the Democrats. His very casual and dispassionate approach and an absolute lack of media handling skills made him an unfit candidate, specially when he was up against media/spotlight hogging Bachmann, Perry (now), Romney and Palin (maybe).

“What I brought forward, I thought, was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing – a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different,” Mr Pawlenty said. It would have been a grave mistake had he ran on his records as a governor. The lawmaker who left the state with a $5-billion projected deficit, should really not consider running on his ‘strong record’. The gap was one of the highest in the nation as a percentage of the state’s general fund, only slightly trailing California’s massive gap. He hired a slew of consultants to steer his campaign to a possible victory in Iowa but that didn’t work out either.

Michelle Bachmann who won the Iowa straw poll was quick to respond to Pawlenty’s decision, praising him and hoping to broaden her base and perhaps even attract his backers. “I wish him well,” she said. “He brought a really important voice into the race and I am grateful that he was in. He was really a very good competitor.” 

Rick Perry (R-Texas) joining in the race pushed Tim Pawlenty further down the ladder and his unappealing performance at Iowa didn’t help his case either. With one down, it’s only about time when others down the order like Newt Gingrich, Fred Karger, Herman Cain, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum would follow suit. At this point it’s hard to say but considering the polls and the recently concluded straw poll Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann look like the last ones standing.

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