Pawlenty drops out of presidential race after finishing distant third in Iowa

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) just announced on ABC News This Week that he’s out of the GOP race for president. With Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) coming in first and third, what does this tell us?

Open thread for discussion…

Edited to add… Bachmann is now on This Week with guest host Jake Tapper. Note to her … although she’s downplaying experience governors have and how important it is to lead and manage in the Executive Branch, I think it’s pretty damn important. I wrote about executive leadership in Oct. 2008.

McCain does have leadership experience; four years at Annapolis, seven years as a pilot before being shot down, and he served as the executive and commanding officer of a training squadron in Florida for a couple of years. One thing is for certain, the armed services of our country do a very good job training leaders.

I was certain that Obama would not select Biden for this reason alone. Neither have managed a business, an office, a city government or a state government.

Presidents normally have had executive and/or military leadership positions prior to taking office.

Bush (43), Clinton, Reagan, Carter and FDR all came from the ranks governors. Bush (41), Ford, Nixon, Johnson and Truman were vice presidents prior to taking the oath. Kennedy was a senator prior to taking office, but had four years of military service during World War II. Eisenhower had extensive military experience beginning when he enrolled at West Point in 1911.  Even Hoover had eight years of experience as the US Secretary of Commerce under Harding.

That’s almost 80 years of presidential history. Obama does not have experience to match previous presidents.

Others writing … Jazz Shaw with some analysis at Hot Air.

9 replies
  1. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    If he quit that easily, he wasn’t up for the challenge. I wonder if he and his people are going to keep dishing dirt on Rep. Bachmann to the press. His best contribution to the campaign was the term “Obamaneycare.”

  2. TomL
    TomL says:

    I’m with the Alabama Slammer, TPaw wasn’t up for the challenge. He always made me feel uncomfortable and during his little tit for tat with Bachman?when she said she fought for this and against that even though she couldn’t win his answer was “If that is leadership then quit it your killing us” that proved to me he was a quitter. He also said he wanted to reform “Obamneycare” I never heard him say repeal. At least he read the tea leaves and got out instead of harming himself for a future run at Senator someone needs to take on Franken.

  3. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    On the other hand we had a president with the best resume that included, congress, senate, Minister to Russia, Secretary of State and an appointment to the Supreme Court, which he refused and became Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Yep that was the record of James Buchanan before he became president.? We know how well that turned out.
    Point being that a party hack is a party hack, like Dole, Biden, McCain, and yes Romney.? I’d prefer a man (or woman) of principles like Adams, Polk, Lincoln, Truman, or Reagan.

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      Me, too. But, surprise, surprise, I think I’m going for Bachman. Maybe we need some estrogen to nurture this country back to life! Let’s put her in the Big Chair, and Perry or Cain VP

  4. Law-AbidingCitizen
    Law-AbidingCitizen says:

    Obama epitomizes the absolute need for executive experience. His so called being a congress-critter (He voted “Present”, what’s that?), a adjunct law-school teacher who published nothing (and no lawyer remembers him),? and? and a community organizer! That equals nothing, no experience, not for being a President of the United States. The man is a fraud! Obama = O

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