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Tim Pawlenty 2012?

October 2, 2009

Politico gives us new details on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering for the GOP nomination:

“Taken together, Pawlenty’s efforts reflect a Republican trying to carve out a niche for himself in the very early 2012 jockeying. Before anyone else enters the arena, he’s seeking to win over Republicans who are reluctant, or downright unwilling, to embrace Romney and who think that other potential candidates — notably former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin — are nonstarters in a general election.”

More legitimate hopefuls can only be a good thing for the party, and I agree 100% with the assertion that there are really only two “electable” conservatives who have a shot at the presidency in 2012, Pawlenty and Romney.

One thing to think about: Romney’s getting up there in age – he’ll be 65 by November of 2010 – whereas Pawlenty is a relative spring chicken (the dude’s only 48! Take THAT, you ageist McCain haters!), so maybe we should give ol’ Mitt one last chance.

At the very least, I’m glad there are more Midwestern Republicans on the national stage, and best of luck to Gov. Pawlenty as he ramps up his efforts with the Republican Governors’ Association and beyond.

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