By Esme Murphy

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

Today the CPAC straw poll was released. A prominent gathering of conservatives, it’s the first significant poll gauging Republican hopefuls for the 2012 Presidential nomination.

Yes, it’s ridiculously early, but I have to wonder how former Gov. Tim Pawlenty feels. After working for two years on a not-so-transparent bid for the White House, after numerous trips to Iowa, after being Governor of Iowa’s neighbor to the north for eight years, he gets 4 percent of the straw poll vote.

And so did Rep. Michele Bachmann.

The two Minnesotans are tied for sixth.

Granted Sarah Palin finished even lower with 3 percent of the vote. (For the second year in a row Ron Paul won, this time with 30 percent and Mitt Romney came in second with 23 percent.)

The question is — is Pawlenty’s 4 percent showing diminished because of Bachmann’s 4 percent showing? After all, she first expressed interest in the race just weeks ago.

Pawlenty, according to one New York Times analysis,, is positioned almost perfectly in the center of the Republican hopefuls.

But he has to be wondering where he would be if Michele Bachmann hadn’t suddenly crashed the party.

Comments (19)
  1. Tour Guide says:

    I’m struggling to find redeeming qualities in either Pawlenty or Bachmann. True to their modern-day conservative credentials, thoughtful and sincere analysis of facts means nothing to them. We have seen what Pawlenty-style leadership does at the state level. Why would anyone want to promote that sort of record at the national level? And Bachmann…well, what does she have on her record? Can we point to ANY accomplishment beyond self-promotion and muck-raking that she can claim? Both of these politicians are a far cry from more accomplished and responsible Minnesota leaders like Mondale or Humphrey. –Shane, Mpls.

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      Younger people are stepping up to the plate, even if it bothers people who are stuck in the network TV 60’s.

  2. tony rozycki says:

    Shane, Hubert’s passed away & Fritz isn’t running this time.

    1. Edward says:

      Insightful observation, Tony.

      1. Tony says:

        Thanks Ed! It’s always fun to guess if you might know your fellow commentators. I have friends named Edward & Shane who still work in the same office as far as I know. But there’s at least one Richard who comments on Esme’s Blog a lot who I thought might be a cousin, but apparently not.

  3. Kevin says:

    Has anyone done a comparison of the comments of Tim Pawlenty to those of John Boehner on President Barrack Obamas handling of the situation in Egypt?

    1. Tony Rozycki says:

      Kevin Interesting question. I think John Boehner’s brief comments at the beginning of a Sunday morning TV news show were mostly just meant to be polite & respectful, while Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich (and probably most other Republican hopefuls) were much more critical of President Obama’s handling of the situation in Egypt. Check out the cover of the current Newsweek magazine! (It’s not only Fox.) Sometimes Obama sounds to me like he now wants US to “nation-build” Egypt’s economy (population 84 million).

  4. richard says:

    BOTH are an embararessment to Minnesota. There is not a half of brain between them. Neither is honest nor do they have the best interests of Minnestons. Both are suffering from delusions of adequacy.

  5. GOP Losers says:

    Thanks Tim, Thanks Michelle, four more years of Obama

  6. The RIght is Confused says:

    The way things are going, it looks like Obama is going to get 8 years to clean up the mess made by Bush & Cheney…Seriously, does anyone respect Dick Cheney (5 deferments because I refuse to fight for my country)

    1. dk says:

      oh so true – well stated!

  7. Harry Baals says:

    It looks like Obama is going to have the full 8 years to clean up Bush & Cheney’s mess. Maybe Cheney can get a deferment from taking any of the blame, he’s good at dodging responsibility.

  8. Tony Rozycki says:

    Obama’s a pretty good reader & a fair rebounder.

  9. Murph says:

    What does it matter? If the current people in Washington don’t stop dumping on ordinary Americans.Those ordinary people will become ornery people and everybody currently running for office and in office will be sent off in tears! If gasoline is a commodity for instance,why not sweatshirts and slinkies and yo yos? Gasoline is a MANUFACTURED PRODUCT! It does not qualify as a commodity any more than say enriched uranium or instant coffee!Stop playing games in government or a new game called revolution will soon happen and it won’t be in AFRICA! Stop the greed feed and deliver on your promise to help Americans,not just RICH Americans!

  10. Pete Theismann says:

    Based on Pawlenty’s record why would anyone vote for him. To use a Reagan phrase. Are Minnesota’s better off then when Pawlenty entered office.

    As for Bachmann – she is Minnesota’s version of Joe McCarthy

    As for Cheney – he sets and example of how to dodge responsibility. We should all seek 5 deferments and then tell other’s to go in harms way

  11. Susan Casanova says:

    I think that you should have mentioned the limited number of persons even attending the CPAC meeting. I did hear the number given but can’t recall it with accuracy. Then, out of the limited number of conservatives attending, it was reported that only a small number took the time to even vote in the Presidency Poll. I was surprised when I heard how few were interested, since they all must have known that results would be publicized. If the number of voters given was correct, I can’t see why this is even a “news” event. And then, to see that our two Super Conservatives only received 4% of that tiny number of votes, makes it laughable, in my mind, as to why they might be considering a run for president.
    I think that they are being given print space and broadcast time because they are being used to sell papers and fill time on TV. They allow themselves to be used because they are raising money.What are they going to do with that money? I do not know. They are not going to embarass themselves by wasting big money on a futile run for public office. Real Conservatives would not waste that amount of capital! My conclusion is that the ones most interested in them are themselves.

  12. Tony Rozycki says:

    Harry/Pete, I never voted for Bush or Cheney, but it wasn’t Cheney’s deferments that were responsible for 9/11. Humble opinion of honorably discharged vet.

  13. Murph says:

    Since Wisconsin governor and his faux Koch buddy blew the GOP’s cover. I think being 6th to the eventual loser in 2012 is good place for them both to drop out,don’t you?

  14. Gilbert R. says:

    I’m not into politics very much ( i think its another form of organized crime), if my memory serves me right ever since the republicans have been running things, it seem the country and and ever republican state( including Minnesota) has gone from having a surplus budget to being in debt by billions of dollars’. They seem to only have negative things to say about are current commander and chief. In case people forgot the president is cleaning up the mess former president bush left behind, and he left one HECK of a mess behind.

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