T-Paw Kicking Himself
7:48 PM, Oct 11, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Pawlenty campaign's strategy of betting so much on the Iowa straw poll was certainly a mistake. Pawlenty never had a chance of winning a straw poll dominated by conservative activists. The importance of the poll seems to be minimal at best, as its winner, Michele Bachmann, is now polling in the low single digits. The Iowa straw poll's fifth place finisher, Herman Cain, is now running neck-and neck with Romney in Iowa and national polls.
The whole premise of a Pawlenty candidacy was that he would be a generic conservative Republican "consensus candidate." If Republican voters were ever going to rally behind the consensus candidate, it probably would have been late in the game.
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