Tim Pawlenty is the first casualty of the Republican primary contest for President, with his announcement today of his dropping out. I am not too surprised. His only hope as a candidate was to win the Iowa caucuses. His attacks against the frontrunner in Iowa, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, in the debate last week proved completely ineffective. His loss in the Saturday Aimes, Iowa straw poll, coming in a distant third after Bachmann and Ron Paul (R. Pluto), demonstrated that his hopes in Iowa were minimal.
Pawlenty was a successful governor of Minnesota and is solidly pro-life. I doubt if he we will not hear from him in the future. There is a rumor that he may run against Senator Klobuchar in 2012 for that Senate seat. If he does, I would rate Pawlenty a slight favorite.