January 15, 2007

SIGNING UP THE HEAVY HITTERS:

Pawlenty to co-chair McCain '08 exploratory committee (Associated Press, 1/15/07)

Gov. Tim Governor Pawlenty says he's co-chairing a committee that will explore the possible presidential candidacy of U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Pawlenty tells Fox News this morning that McCain is a once-in-a-generation leader who can bring the country together.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2007 1:50 PM
Comments

"SIGNING UP THE HEAVY HITTERS"

Impressive. At this rate he will have the endorsements and money that President John Connally had in 1980.

Posted by: h-man at January 15, 2007 3:11 PM

Pawlenty was barely re-elected against a bitter old DFL pol, and the MN GOP has lost probably 8% of the electorate since 2002. Pawlenty is not a heavy hitter.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 15, 2007 3:25 PM

How'd other Blue state Republicans do?

Posted by: oj at January 15, 2007 3:44 PM

Connaly had no endorsements--he wasn't the anointed. It was Reagan's turn.

Posted by: oj at January 15, 2007 3:45 PM

Anybody notice the softball Bush lobbed to McCain last week? (The one with "surge" scrawled on it.)Batting practice.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 15, 2007 3:49 PM

McCain has San Diego Chargers written all over him as OJ and others already have him in the White House when he hasn't shown he can make it through the primary season yet.

Posted by: AWW at January 15, 2007 3:57 PM

McCain has San Diego Chargers written all over him as OJ and others already have him in the White House when he hasn't shown he can make it through the primary season yet.

Posted by: AWW at January 15, 2007 3:58 PM

Arnold did just fine. Of course, he may not even be a Republican.

Posted by: ratbert at January 15, 2007 4:12 PM

The GOP isn't the NFL--the favorite always wins.

Posted by: oj at January 15, 2007 4:41 PM

Kevin Phillips thought John Connally was the man with an economic plan. Of course he went to Colgate so that doesn't count as a major endorsement.

Posted by: h-man at January 15, 2007 4:46 PM

The GOP hasn't nominated a man with an economic plan since Hoover.

Posted by: oj at January 15, 2007 5:12 PM

Who is Kevin Phillips?

Pawlenty is the heaviest Republican hitter in MN. Who is Rudy or Romney going to sign up there, Gil Gutneckt?

Who else has shown that they can get through the primary season?

Posted by: sam at January 15, 2007 8:14 PM

McCain's not as strong as the San Diego Chargers.

Being at McCain's side will weaken Pawlenty over the long run, I expect.

Posted by: pj at January 15, 2007 8:35 PM

He's the governor of MN, not AL.

Posted by: oj at January 16, 2007 8:50 AM

McCain is fully capable of alienating moderates and Democrats as well as conservatives.

Posted by: pj at January 16, 2007 12:04 PM

He's popular with conservatives.

Posted by: at January 16, 2007 5:04 PM
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