Tim Pawlenty Could Stand To Gain While The Big Names Sit On The Sidelines

Bookmark and ShareThe 1st GOP Presidential debate is in the books. There are those who feel it lacked the “Wow” factor that it would have had if the top polling candidates had taken part. With Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin all declining to attend, the field was filled with candidates whose names are not well known on a national scale. Texas congressman Ron Paul is probably the exception to that statement but his public persona and Libertarian views have never played well to most in the GOP.

Of the remainder of the field that included former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and conservative talk show host Herman Cain, Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, it may have been Pawlenty that came out with the most to gain from the absence of the big name candidates.

Most of those polled said that they came away with a better opinion of Herman Cain than any other candidate. I agree. Cain came away as the non-politician’s politician but he is an unknown to most voters and will need much more than this debate to get the recognition he will need to mount a serious run. Santorum is known to a certain degree through his work on Fox News but has established himself as the social issues candidate so far in a time where the economy will likely reign supreme. Gary Johnson is the poor man’s Ron Paul and did little to move up the ladder in the debate and at points looked uncomfortable on the stage. Ron Paul is simply Ron Paul. Most Republican’s tend to agree with his economic stances and most independents with his social stances but he has difficulty communicating them in a manner that helps him in a conservative GOP primary.

That leaves Pawlenty, who did little to “Wow” the audience but came across as a solid candidate when put next to the CEO with little experience, the Libertarian’s with little communication skills and the evangelical social issue guy, as a possible challenger to the big name candidates who themselves have issues that will be exploited if and when they decide to enter the race. Romney has to answer for his health care program he implemented while Governor of MA. Gingrich has had marriage issues that have haunted him for years. Huckabee has issues regarding his stances on crime while Governor of Arkansas and Palin, well she has always incurred the wrath of the media and I expect if she decides to run in 2012 it will be no different.

So although he may have not brought the “wow” factor with him to South Carolina last Thursday night, it could be Tim Pawlenty who very well takes away the most from the debate. Although Herman Cain may have hit the “wow” factor it was Pawlenty who by reason of recognition stands to gain the most from the decision of the big names to sit this one out. If he stays on message and the more recognizable names continue to sit dormant, Tim Pawlenty has one up on the other candidates.

Bookmark and Share

Sarah Palin Fuels Speculation By Hiring Chief-Of-Staff

Bookmark and Share

As reported first by CNN and confirmed by Politico, former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin has hired a Chief-of-Staff for her PAC, SarahPAC.

Former Dole advisor and attorney Michael Glassner will serve in the role. Glassner is no stranger to Palin having managed VP operations for the John McCain 2008 Presidential campaign. In that capacity he was in charge of overseeing Sarah Palin’s travel, schedule and communications. A resident of Jersey City, Glassner is a former executive at IDT Corp. in Newark and was chosen to begin coordinating vice presidential details even before McCain chose Palin as a running mate.

“We are happy and excited that Mike is joining our team,” Sarah PAC spokesman Tim Crawford told CNN.

So could this be step one towards an announcement for a 2012 campaign? Most signs would point to yes. The Glassner hiring gives Palin an experienced chief-of-staff and a level of comfort with a top level staff member. As the speculation swirls as to whether she will run, either under the GOP flag or as a third party candidate, Sarah Palin has thrown fuel on the fire of that speculation with this hire. With Glassner she gets a solid, proven political advisor. Something you do not need unless you are making a bid for the White House.

Bookmark and Share

%d bloggers like this: