Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thune Is Out

Senator John Thune just announced he would not run for President in 2012, narrowing the list of skilled Republican politicians from the midwest running for President to exactly zero.

This gives lackluster Tim Pawlenty some extra oxygen, potentially giving him a freer hand in Iowa, a media market that is highly cross pollinated with Minnesota news. In a field in which Huckabee doesn't run (and Caucus-going Republicans don't like their other options i.e. Mitt Romney), Thune's absence is certainly a shot in the arm to Pawlenty's campaign, giving him an early hope for national news coverage. I can't wait for the first Des Moines Register poll, which usually sets the perception of the field.

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