Tim Pawlenty, Third in Iowa Straw Poll, Bows Out

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Say “Goodnight, Gracie”!

It’s funny, but, after awakening to analysis that third place “kept him in the running”, Tim Pawlenty announces he is dropping out of the presidential race.

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced on Sunday he is dropping out of the Republican presidential contest, after a distant third place finish in a key test vote.

Pawlenty made the announcement after finishing with 2,293 votes Saturday in Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll — seen as a key indicator of who will fare well in early nominating contests next year — over 2,500 votes behind winner Representative Michele Bachmann and second place finisher Ron Paul.

The Pawlenty campaign, officially launched in May, “didn’t get the kind of traction and lift we had hoped coming out of the straw poll,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”

Maybe it’s for the best. I have a hard time imagining “President T-Paw”.

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Curmudgeonly sesquipedalian.

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  • Bat One

    “Say ‘Goodnight,’ Gracie!”

    You’re dating yourself, Proof.  Although George and Gracie are inarguably the funniest man and wife team ever, and he was the best “straight man” of all time.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

      My granddaddie told me about something called “ray-dee-oh”. Something about “TV without pictures”.

  • Lgbpop

    I don’t care what he was called – although that insipid, juvenile T-Paw nonsense did nothing to add to his dignity – he got nowhere because he was a nobody, plain and simple. I don’t know what it is that renders most Minnesota politicians colorless, but he was the best example of it since Walter Mondull. I mean, Harold Stassen ran for president six or seven times and most people didn’t even know about him. If Hubert Humphrey had ever closed his mouth he’d have been invisible. 

    I do like Bachmann, despite her low-key demeanor. I’m glad the LSM are making her look like a character, that way she gets noticed.

  • Neiman

    Now if only Cain, Huntsman, Santorum (I like him), Gingrich and Paul would follow his lead, as we have a three-way race now: It is Romney, Perry and Bachman and for various reasons I don’t see a winner among them against Lord Obama. I would love to be surprised, but hating Obama is NOT a winning strategy and even if one of them by some miracle beat Obama on that basis – which is the conservative message so far; who wants anyone in the White House that does not have a clear message and plan for America, not generalities, not slogans and conservative pablum, but a new, easily understandable course to turn the country around, a comprehensive, actual battle plan?

    I am sick and tired of trust me leaders, we have been rudderless too long, since Reagan really and look what has happened to us. America needs to chart a new course that the people, those much hated peons like me can understand and enthusiastically embrace; and, we need a leader along with congressional leaders that will hold to that course despite unfair winds along the way. Problem is, even if we had all of that, the GOP has shown they are absolutely incapable of communicating any message/policy, they are communication retards.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Goodnight Gracie.

  • mikemc1970

    You have to have the fire in the belly to run for President. The Iowa Straw Poll was just one dose too many of antacid for him to continue.