Tim Pawlenty is complaining.
Sarah Palin is riding with Rolling Thunder on Monday and Pawlenty does not like it. Pawlenty said, ““We need to quit worrying about polls and bus tours and get onto the issue of how we’re going to fix the country and get the country back on track.”
That is great, coming from the man who is the GOP’s gift to insomniacs.
Of course the real issue for Pawlenty is his collapsing poll numbers. Pawlenty was asked on MSNBC if he thought Sarah Palin would run. He said, “Who knows?”
Pawlenty only pulled 6 percent in a recent GOP poll behind both Herman Cain and Sarah Palin. Palin polled around 15 percent.
Pawlenty might be doing better in the polls if he was a conservative and if he had a compelling message. Of course, Pawlenty has flip flopped on cap and trade. He claimed earlier this year that he had “flirted with it and decided it was a bad idea.”
Cap and Trade is one of those things, if you have to flirt with it to decide it is a bad idea, you probably are not good Republican Presidential material.
If that were his only flip flop, he might escape. In 2006, he said he was open to the idea of an “individual mandate.” Perhaps this was just another idea he “flirted with” before deciding it was a bad idea.
Unfortunately, it is not that simple. In 2006, as he outlined his plans for the next four years as governor, he attacked the free market in the form of insurance companies. Instead, he wanted all Minnesotans to have insurance through the form of a state mandate.
At the time, Pawlenty said, “I think a mandate by itself is potentially helpful, but is not an answer by itself.” Really Mr. Non-Compelling? Perhaps repealing liberty and freedom might be potentially helpful, but not an answer by itself.
Pawlenty’s whining about Sarah Palin can be distilled down to two things. First, Palin, unlike Pawlenty has a compelling message. If she is the nominee, she offers a good reason for people to vote for her. Pawlenty’s campaign seems to be centered around, “I’m not Romney” and in the general election, it would be, “I’m not Obama.”
Pawlenty’s second problem is related to his first. He cannot gain traction in the election because he offers no compelling reason to support him. Sarah Palin offers a compelling reason. She also has the media fire power to generate her own campaign traction.
In the end, the question does remain, will she run or won’t she? My money is on her not running. For those who are Palin fans don’t get all bent out of shape. That is not a slam against her. That is a prediction. I have seen enough campaigns to know there are certain things you look for if someone is running. I do not see them with Palin. Could she turn around and still run? Sure. Until the filing deadline, all bets are open.
If she does run, it will be a game changer.
In the meanwhile, Mr. Non-Compelling is running has hard as he can. And we are all yawning…..
Timmy is BORING!.. Sarah and Michelle can kick some Butt!! Conservative, Woman Power.. Giving Birth to Americans in many ways! Literally! God Loves a beautiful, strong conservative woman... It takes one to know ONE!!