By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

A columnist for the site The Daily Beast labeled ex-Gov. Tim Pawlenty “boring, bland and unknown” and then goes on to argue that he could in fact win the GOP nomination.

As he announces his bid for the presidency, Pawlenty’s “boring” quotient may be helpful. With Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump and Mitch Daniels announcing in the last week they won’t be running, he has already gotten a boost just by their absence.

And then there are those sitting on the sidelines who are anything but boring. Has anyone ever called Rep. Michele Bachmann boring? How about Sarah Palin? Newt Gingrich has already seemed to implode his candidacy by attacking the republican proposal on Medicare.

Then there are the millionaire former governors Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. Romney in Massachusetts proposed a health care law that is the model for what republicans vilify as “Obamacare.” Romney has also flip flopped on abortion rights. Huntsmen actually worked for President Obama as ambassador to China and once praised Obama in a letter as a “remarkable leader.” Controversial stuff for republicans but certainly not boring.

For Pawlenty, boring may be the new exciting. Bland and unknown may be the tickets for success in 2012.

Comments (9)
  1. John Shannon says:

    All I know is that I’m not in that big a hurry to have a Presidential Library in Minnesota.

  2. Victim Du Jour says:

    One reason Why Pawlenty became Governor is because he was being a smart ass with Governor Ventura.

    So far what I am seeing from T-paw is like a Microsoft Run for president template.

    He just has to start talking smack like Donald Trump.

    1. Tony Rozycki says:

      To quote the candidate, “Don’t confuse being loud with being strong.”

  3. Karen Sorensen says:

    I am in complete agreement with John Shannon

  4. Tony Rozycki says:

    I’m completely more interested in who we choose for President in 2012 than the location of the next Presidential Library.

  5. richard says:

    How could anyone from Mn. vote for this bozo? His track record sucks and he only has one policy….no new taxes/tax breaks for the wealthy. He left Mn. with a $5B deficet and does not give a damm about working and middle earners….you know, the ones who really pay their fair share of taxes. In Mn., the middle class pay more, as a percentage of earnings than the wealthy and the corporations. This guy is a phoney from day one….he’s just getting “slicker” at saying the “right” things, that’s all. He is a HYPOCRITE!

    1. StraycatStrut says:

      Richard…… same “song and dance” with other left Kool Aide drinkers….. I think your comments too are “bland and boring”. Come up with something worth reading about in your comments next time if you could think to do better.

      1. richard says:

        straycat…I’m sorry, did I confuse you with facts? I might have been bland and boring butmy post is accurate. Is that “better”?

  6. Tony Rozycki says:

    So far I prefer Tim to Barack or Mitt. For one thing TP helped Minnesotans
    get a new State Park on beautiful Lake Vermillion.

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