Thursday, 29 September 2011

Fallen Pawlenty Backs Romney to Win

The first big-name casualty of the Republican process endorsed one-time rival and once object of personal derision, Mitt Romney, as the man to lead the GOP in the general election against incumbent President Barack Obama. First he was taking swings at you, now he’s giving you a hug… That’s true friendship right there.

Support for T-Paw at the Ames Iowa Straw Poll. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
During, and in the lead-up to, the first GOP Presidential debate in June Tim Pawlenty began to deride the former Gov. of Massachusetts for his association with the Obama healthcare plan. He used the quite catchy sound bite "Obomney Care” but in the debate proper he backed down from ramming the point home in the public arena. And in this election hack’s opinion it was from there that his campaign started to crumble and disintegrate.

Pawlenty described Romney as a “man of great character” and “a man of principle.” He went on to say: “He is a formidable person, and he will certainly be a formidable president.”

The former Gov. of Minnesota has also been appointed as national co-chair of the Romney campaign. Is he trying to line himself up with a potential cabinet position in the prospective Romney administration? Surely not…

With respect to the rest of the field, the Pawlenty endorsement will be used by the campaign to depict Romney as more electable than perceived loose canons such as Perry and Bachmann. Ahhh, the Establishment’s next-in-line… Can you say Bob Dole?