Tim Pawlenty says he’ll kick off his campaign with a budget-cutting plan that reworks Social Security and Medicare. Politically, that’s, uh, questionable.
He’s risking a Romney-esque reputation of adopting an insincere affect, writes Josh Green. His record needs little embellishment, but here’s the painful quote from a Minnesota observer: “He’s sacrificing his authenticity and intelligence in pursuit of some dumbed-down notion of charisma.”
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, whom Romney gambled on early and other potential ’12ers scrambled to endorse later, says, “…no one in the field excites me right now.”