Pawlenty is out!

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has dropped out of the presidential race!  That’s too bad, in my opinion.  Though he didn’t come across strongly, he seemed like someone who could credibly serve as president.   Who will benefit from his exit?

Pawlenty realizes he wasn’t what GOP voters were looking for – The Washington Post.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I have this nagging feeling that we might have missed a chance for another Calvin Coolidge. And that makes me sad.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I have this nagging feeling that we might have missed a chance for another Calvin Coolidge. And that makes me sad.

  • fws

    I felt a little sadness too. And I am a democrat. I would rather see someone run against Obama that I could also honestly vote for. Why? I love the United States and want the very best for it regardless of party.

    It seems that Pawlenty lost because he would not toss red meat to the primary Republicans that they are craving. He is, in a word, too minnesota nice , a gentleman, to do that. Attack politics are simply not his style.

    This fact would have made for an interesting race with Obama that maybe would have focussed on issues rather than ad homem.

  • fws

    I felt a little sadness too. And I am a democrat. I would rather see someone run against Obama that I could also honestly vote for. Why? I love the United States and want the very best for it regardless of party.

    It seems that Pawlenty lost because he would not toss red meat to the primary Republicans that they are craving. He is, in a word, too minnesota nice , a gentleman, to do that. Attack politics are simply not his style.

    This fact would have made for an interesting race with Obama that maybe would have focussed on issues rather than ad homem.

  • LAJ

    If he would have stopped attacking Michelle Bachmann, he would probably still be in the race. It is too bad that he’s out.

  • LAJ

    If he would have stopped attacking Michelle Bachmann, he would probably still be in the race. It is too bad that he’s out.

  • DonS

    I understand his decision to get out, as it was clear to most of us that his campaign was not gaining traction. A campaign without traction raises no money.

    However, it was an odd quirk of politics that he picked the results of the Iowa Straw Poll as the impetus for his exit. Because I doubt that either Bachmann or Paul, the two candidates who finished ahead of him, will ultimately figure in the race.

    Ironically, though as FJU says, Pawlenty has a reputation as a “nice guy” politician, at least at the national level, he couldn’t resist showing his dislike for Bachmann and attacking her at every turn. That was surely a mistake.

  • DonS

    I understand his decision to get out, as it was clear to most of us that his campaign was not gaining traction. A campaign without traction raises no money.

    However, it was an odd quirk of politics that he picked the results of the Iowa Straw Poll as the impetus for his exit. Because I doubt that either Bachmann or Paul, the two candidates who finished ahead of him, will ultimately figure in the race.

    Ironically, though as FJU says, Pawlenty has a reputation as a “nice guy” politician, at least at the national level, he couldn’t resist showing his dislike for Bachmann and attacking her at every turn. That was surely a mistake.

  • Jonathan

    Someone explain to me how Pawlenty would still be in the race had he not criticized Bachmann.

  • Jonathan

    Someone explain to me how Pawlenty would still be in the race had he not criticized Bachmann.

  • Cincinnatus

    I’m glad he attacked Bachmann, as she needs to be gone yesterday. But the guy had the charisma of my wife’s small Japanese sedan. I feel sleepy after having merely looked at it.

    All the Republicans need to do to win in 2012 is forward a candidate who can attract the (favorable) attention of the voters while not being clinically insane. Why is this so hard? I will be shedding no tears for Pawlenty.

  • Cincinnatus

    I’m glad he attacked Bachmann, as she needs to be gone yesterday. But the guy had the charisma of my wife’s small Japanese sedan. I feel sleepy after having merely looked at it.

    All the Republicans need to do to win in 2012 is forward a candidate who can attract the (favorable) attention of the voters while not being clinically insane. Why is this so hard? I will be shedding no tears for Pawlenty.

  • http://lutheranvisuals.com Ken Ring

    He was the Minnesota Governor during Sen Franken’s recount when hundreds of ballots somehow turned up with Franken’s name. I can’t believe he couldn’t have insisted on a more honest count.

  • http://lutheranvisuals.com Ken Ring

    He was the Minnesota Governor during Sen Franken’s recount when hundreds of ballots somehow turned up with Franken’s name. I can’t believe he couldn’t have insisted on a more honest count.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    I don’t (er, didn’t) know much about Pawlenty, but that fact alone was one of the more compelling reasons in his favor for me (as I’m not crazy about Obama, either — and, you may recall, didn’t vote for him in the first place). Most Republican candidates I am familiar with just make me shake my head.

    But go ahead, Republican voters, elect Bachmann. I dare you. The country’s already circling the drain. Let’s make it an entertaining ride.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    I don’t (er, didn’t) know much about Pawlenty, but that fact alone was one of the more compelling reasons in his favor for me (as I’m not crazy about Obama, either — and, you may recall, didn’t vote for him in the first place). Most Republican candidates I am familiar with just make me shake my head.

    But go ahead, Republican voters, elect Bachmann. I dare you. The country’s already circling the drain. Let’s make it an entertaining ride.

  • Steve Billingsley

    IMO, one of the biggest reasons that Pawlenty failed to gain any sort of traction isn’t that he was too “Minnesota nice”, it’s that he came across as inauthentic. He seems to have been a pretty effective governor who was tough in legislative battles with a majority Democratic legislature, but his campaigns were pretty benign. He tried to get tough on “Obamneycare” and then backed off of that when he had a chance to do that in front of Romney at the first debate and then went all bare knuckles on Bachmann at the second debate. It just came across as phoney and desperate.

    He just didn’t seem comfortable in his own skin in the few high-profile opportunities that he had to distinguish himself. “Minnesota nice” probably would have been a better approach, particularly if that’s who he really is. Mom’s advice still works, just be yourself. If that isn’t good enough, well it isn’t your problem.

  • Steve Billingsley

    IMO, one of the biggest reasons that Pawlenty failed to gain any sort of traction isn’t that he was too “Minnesota nice”, it’s that he came across as inauthentic. He seems to have been a pretty effective governor who was tough in legislative battles with a majority Democratic legislature, but his campaigns were pretty benign. He tried to get tough on “Obamneycare” and then backed off of that when he had a chance to do that in front of Romney at the first debate and then went all bare knuckles on Bachmann at the second debate. It just came across as phoney and desperate.

    He just didn’t seem comfortable in his own skin in the few high-profile opportunities that he had to distinguish himself. “Minnesota nice” probably would have been a better approach, particularly if that’s who he really is. Mom’s advice still works, just be yourself. If that isn’t good enough, well it isn’t your problem.


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