May 05, 2011

Oh boy

Didja know the first Presidential (cough) debate between Republican contenders (cough, cough) is being held this evening in South Carolina? It's true, it's true!

In addition to (former Minnesota governor Tim) Pawlenty, those slated to participate in the debate on Thursday are former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.); ex-Godfather’s Pizza chief executive Herman Cain; and two libertarians, Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson.
Be still, my beating heart!

Essentially none of the presumed leaders other than Pawlenty could be bothered to attend.

But wait, Link. Isn't it still a long time until the first primary/caucus? Well, yeah. Nine months till Iowa. However:

Consider the contrast with this very week four years ago, when a field of 10 Republican contenders lined up for the first time, onstage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. It included four former governors, two sitting senators, three members of the House and a former New York City mayor who had become something of a national hero for his leadership in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.
That was a pretty strong field, and compared to this one, it looks like Godzilla.

One imagines how the Obama political team feels about this disarray.

Posted by Linkmeister at May 5, 2011 04:07 PM | TrackBack

But have you seen Pawlenty's ads? Truly amazing. (He was my governor, so I'm entitled to snark.)

Posted by: Juli Thompson at May 6, 2011 04:33 AM