The buzz on Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty's decision not to run again for his position is that it clears the way for him to run for president in 2012. Which seems true. But that's not just because it gives him more free time. Plenty of serving governors run for president. Rather, it's because this is a really crummy time to be a governor.
It's a bit hard to make the case for your candidacy if the state you're in charge of just saw its unemployment numbers shoot up and its deficit explode. But by leaving now, Pawlenty can exit before a lot of the damage has been done and before a lot of the hard choices -- how many children, exactly, should be cut from the state's insurance rolls? -- have to be made. Part of being a popular executive is making sure to not be around when you'll have to do things that will make you an unpopular executive.
One of the concerns, however, doesn't seem likely to manifest. As Pawlenty is now looking to appeal to primary-voting Republicans, some thought he'd do more to hold up Al Franken's certification. Pawlenty, however, says he'll abide by the ruling of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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