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July 14, 2011

When Doing Everything Right Doesn't Work

Walter Shapiro: "If presidential politics were a rational enterprise governed by flow charts and PowerPoints, then Pawlenty -- a competent, conservative former governor -- would be in serious contention right now, perhaps a few strides off the pace as the GOP race heads into its first turn. But, instead, less than a month before the August 13 Iowa Straw Poll, Pawlenty finds himself struggling to gain his footing. Poll numbers mired in the single digits, a soporific debate performance in New Hampshire, anemic fund-raising -- all have contributed to a media verdict that Pawlenty is nearly finished before he has really begun."

"This storyline has clearly been over-hyped: With a weak GOP field, it is a mistake to write off Pawlenty more than six months before the Iowa caucuses. Yet it is also undeniable that the former Minnesota governor is in serious trouble... Why is it that Tim Pawlenty--for whom everything appeared perfect in theory--cannot seem to break through?"


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