Forever Speculating

Is any one else at all surprised at the speculation that Governor Pawlenty might start a run for president four two years from now? He’s a generically handsome, young, popular Republican governor in a decidedly blue state. He would have made a strategically killer vice presidential candidate (although admittedly he would have been much less hilarious than the actual pick) and he will make a strong candidate in 2012. And don’t let him tell you he’s not running. I’ve seen this before.

In the fall of 2004 I was in Boston. Bush had just won a second term (somehow). Mere weeks after this election victory–it was still November–generically handsome, young, popular Republican governor in a decidedly blue state Mitt Romney started going around the country speaking on a hot button issue he was an authoritative expert on: Gay Marriage (booga booga booga! WAHHH!). “I’m not running for anything” was his catchphrase, but anyone with half a brain could see right through it. This is not to say he shouldn’t have run (I wouldn’t ever have voted for him, but that’s beside the point), it’s just to say NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN.

Look for Pawlenty to do the same thing: go on a speaking tour on a big hot button issue that he’s an authoritative expert on (energy policy, specifically renewables) and deny up and down that he knows that he’s running for president. The fact is, he is running. Right now. He won’t call it that, and it may not make it to the primaries, but he’s running for something. And you don’t run for governor on FOX News talk shows.

3 Comments so far

  1. David (jacc) on November 17th, 2008 @ 11:10 am

    If he does run I hope he picks Palin as his running mate. And vice versa.

  2. Callahan (thekerosenekid) on November 17th, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

    I can’t help but agree with most of what you said here. Also, I must admit that Sarah Palin brought the most hilarity out of all of the elections I’ve been old enough to care about. I mean, even Ross Perot’s running mate couldn’t match her peerless sentence "structure" and her doublespeak pronouncements.

    Now that we’re in a safe place where Obama has a mandate and Palin isn’t anywhere close to the VP spot (2012 polls notwithstanding), I can laugh even harder than before.

  3. greg on November 17th, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    Why would the Republicans want another moderate? I would hope the McCain Case Study would prove that trying to be a Democrat will just spurn people to vote for a *real* Democrat. Would love to see a true conservative nominee for the Republican Party in 2012, and that’s definitely not Pawlenty.

    Edit: Forgot to add, Pawlenty doesn’t recognize new media/blogging/citizen journalism as relevant. I think the Obama campaign push and now proposed YouTube Fireside Chats will ensure the next Republican nominee not only uses e-mail (which McCain "had heard of") but also *gets* social media. That’s also not Pawlenty.

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