Posted on | August 14, 2011 | 20 Comments
Tim Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he is ending his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination after a disappointing third-place finish at the Iowa straw poll.
Mr. Pawlenty thanked his supporters in an early-morning call, two participants said, but acknowledged that he had decided overnight that his candidacy could not proceed.
That was quick, wasn’t it? I landed in Des Moines on Aug. 3 and, eleven days later, Pawlenty quits the race. Some people will say this is merely a coincidence.
Perhaps it was the “neo-Confederate sex panic.” Perhaps it was those rumors that Pawlenty was behind those vicious smears against Michelle Bachmann. And, of course, perhaps the sudden implosion of the T-Paw candidacy had nothing to do with anything I did.
Plausible deniability. “No fingerprints,” IYKWIMAITYD.
Let’s face it though: Any Republican praised by David Brooks is pretty much doomed.
By the way, you may be wondering why I’m having breakfast with Ladd Ehlinger. He was up here in Iowa pitching his work to certain potential clients, and no he’s driving back to Alabama. He’s going to have a passenger — me.
It’s a long story. But it’s going to take a whole lot of explaining to make my wife understand my unexpected Alabama detour with the world’s most notorious political filmmaker. Hit the freaking tip jar!
- Aug. 5: Long Knives in Iowa
- Aug. 4: Fear and Loathing on Highway 193; Pawlenty Aiming at Bachmann?
- July 19: Why Is Tim Pawlenty Losing?