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I recorded the debate last night and got about half way through before I felt like I was being pulled into a deep sleep.  Kind of like what Gandalf did to Pippin as they road to Minas Tirith from Isengard after Pippen grabbed the Palentir.

I like to view myself as more of a scorekeeper or a handicapper when it comes to political races and halfway through there is only one person that causes me any concern while the rest of the world seems to take him for a joke.

Maybe it's because I'm from MN that I can see what he's doing or maybe I'm crazy but at this moment I'm convinced Tim Pawlenty is the GOP nomination.

I think he is the only person that is stubborn enough to wait it out.  

I think he is the only person that will bash anyone and everyone over the head to get what he wants done.

And if he keeps on this "balanced budget" kick he is on for the next couple of months it is going to catch fire.

People don't like Romney...and I think Obamacare is really the only thing that is going to stop him.
Perry is a bit of a mystery to me but I don't think people want to go the TX route again quite yet...
Bachman is going to look more empty as the campaign goes on.  It's clear this is about her as a personality rather than a leader.
Cain is a dirty bigot and a dummy who ran a lesser quality pizza chain.  Godfather's pizza was very bad >:P.
Paul...I wish Obama could run against him but he does too much educating and not enough campaigning.
Santorum...VP
Gingrich...I don't really know why he is even doing this
Huntsman...<3's Obama

I know Pawlenty is tracking low in the polls but the longer he stays in the more attractive he is going to become to a wide swath of GOP voters.  

This guy knows how to campaign and eventhough he was slow out of the gate, once he gets his footing, he's not going to quit.  

When I think of the things I'm hearing from the teabaggers and some of the things he is saying they start to match up pretty well.  Balanced budget from a state where balancing the budget is law, court appointments, ability to attack hard when he wants to.

He's the only one I'm scared of and if he keeps getting picked on for being to goofy or lacking an edge, wait until he has to make that contrast to Obama, the GOP will eat it up.  

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, denig, Danise94

    Who shot ya? Seperate the weak from the ob-solete Hard to creep them Brooklyn streets It's on ____, f**k all that bickering beef I can hear sweat trickling down your cheek

    by mim5677 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 08:13:45 AM PDT

  •  Perry can appear not to be crazy (1+ / 0-)
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    and he can moderate the Texas accent which he will do to compete in the general election. He is a deft politician. Do not underestimate him. I live in Texas and he is the only one who scares me should he get the nomination. He destroyed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the GOP primary for the last gubernatorial election. She was a very popular politician in Texas and probably still is. But he made the case that she was one of those "squishy moderates" and he made it stick. It wasn't even close. Also he won't be afraid to be brutal in his attacks.

    •  That's the thing (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know Perry, so I couldn't say.  

      Who shot ya? Seperate the weak from the ob-solete Hard to creep them Brooklyn streets It's on ____, f**k all that bickering beef I can hear sweat trickling down your cheek

      by mim5677 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 09:18:44 AM PDT

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  •  Bill Russell is the best! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, this is my country Retchin' and turnin', she's like a baby learnin' how to live ~ Buffy Sainte-marie - Soldier Blue

    by denig on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 09:01:25 AM PDT

    •  Bill Russell (1+ / 0-)
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      was not a better basketball player than Micharl Jordan.
      He had a better career due to ring collection but he was not a better player.

      Who shot ya? Seperate the weak from the ob-solete Hard to creep them Brooklyn streets It's on ____, f**k all that bickering beef I can hear sweat trickling down your cheek

      by mim5677 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 09:18:03 AM PDT

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  •  This is a very interesting diary. (0+ / 0-)

    I found your quick analysis to be very good. I can't see how Pawlenty could end up being the nominee, because he fades so, into the woodwork. But upon reading your diary, I must admit, you made great points.

    I apologize for not addressing the content of your diary first. I just got lost in the Jordon poll. I always like to mention how much I love Bill Russell and I rarely get the opportunity. So I jumped at it. But it was at the expense of addressing your spot on analysis.

    Thank you for this diary. I love writing that makes me thing and offers me insight. You did both.

    Yes, this is my country Retchin' and turnin', she's like a baby learnin' how to live ~ Buffy Sainte-marie - Soldier Blue

    by denig on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 10:35:50 AM PDT

    •  that would be makes me think, not "makes me thing" (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, this is my country Retchin' and turnin', she's like a baby learnin' how to live ~ Buffy Sainte-marie - Soldier Blue

      by denig on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 11:05:39 AM PDT

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    •  No problem (1+ / 0-)
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      I couldn't think of a related poll but wanted one in the diary.  MJ is a subject that I have to be careful delving in to.  

      Pawlenty could totally fall off, but just from being here in the state, if he thinks he can smell the finish line, even by default, he'll take it.  This is a guy with no shame.  We thought he was done the last time he ran for governor but he got through even though people didn't really like him here, even the GOP but he plays ball and if the GOP wants to give him a shot he will do what they say.  He was closer than people realize to picking up the VP slot for McCain and he is going to beat that teabagger balanced budget deal for the rest of the time he's in the race.  

      We'll see though.

      The other thing is that Iowa is right next to MN and they know him pretty well especially along the border of the two states, plus the chance to pick up MN is GOP crack.  Romney will never pull MA and Obama will never pull TX but MN will shut the race down for us if it goes republican.

      Who shot ya? Seperate the weak from the ob-solete Hard to creep them Brooklyn streets It's on ____, f**k all that bickering beef I can hear sweat trickling down your cheek

      by mim5677 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 09:06:29 PM PDT

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      •  I loved the completely unrelated nature of the (0+ / 0-)

        poll.

        This is very interesting about Pawlenty, as the 'turtle' in the race.  I had in my mind, all but written him off. Now, not so much. You make great points.

        Yes, this is my country Retchin' and turnin', she's like a baby learnin' how to live ~ Buffy Sainte-marie - Soldier Blue

        by denig on Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 07:58:40 AM PDT

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    •  I've come a long way (1+ / 0-)
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      about ten years ago I wouldn't even admit Russell had a better career.

      Who shot ya? Seperate the weak from the ob-solete Hard to creep them Brooklyn streets It's on ____, f**k all that bickering beef I can hear sweat trickling down your cheek

      by mim5677 on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 09:07:17 PM PDT

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      •  ha ha ha ha! (0+ / 0-)

        I remember the first time I saw MJ. I was standing in the LR and Basketball was on the TV. Suddenly this amazing being was flying across the screen, and his movement was so beautiful. I gasped. I had not had my breath taken away like that, since I was little and saw Bill Russell. I was completely hooked.

        After that, I was glued to the screen when ever he played. When he came to town, you know I had tickets! When he 'retired' to play baseball, I was inconsolable.

        So I totally get any and all devotion to his career, his accomplishments and his talents. He was mesmerizing and thrilling. Every time I saw him play, he took my breath away all over again. I always felt really privileged that I was getting to see such greatness.

        You really have an excellent way of expressing things, simple, to the point, yet chock-full of the goodness. I was especially taken with this post of yours

        You really gave voice to what I was thinking and couldn't figure out how to say.  I wanted to thank you for that!

        Yes, this is my country Retchin' and turnin', she's like a baby learnin' how to live ~ Buffy Sainte-marie - Soldier Blue

        by denig on Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 08:21:53 AM PDT

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