Obama thrashes Pawlenty in NBC-Wall Street Journal poll

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What does T-Paw have to do to get noticed?
Fancy campaign videos can only get a guy so far.

If the presidential election were held today, Barack Obama would beat Tim Pawlenty in a landslide, 50-31 percent, according to a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News.

T-Paw would likely be spared that humiliation, though, because he'd never make it past the GOP primaries.

The same poll shows him a distant also-ran with just 3 percent support among Republicans thought to be considering a White House run. Fox Newser Mike Huckabee took top honors there:

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Time to turn the boat around and head back down the river?
  • Mike Huckabee: 25%
  • Mitt Romney 21%
  • Sarah Palin 12%
  • Newt Gingrich 13%
  • Ron Paul 6%
  • Tim Pawlenty 3%
  • Mitch Daniels 3%
  • Rick Santorum 2%
  • Jon Huntsman 1%
  • Haley Barbour -

The results sound an awful lot like a recent Gallup poll that also found Huckabee topping the possible primary contenders, with Pawlenty coming in seventh -- behind Michele Bachmann, who wasn't mentioned in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

And here's something for T-Paw's PR shop to consider as he nears a decision about whether or not to get into the race: Almost two-thirds of Americans, 61 percent, have no idea who he is. Of those, just 3 percent have a "very positive" opinion about him.

What does our former governor have to do to get noticed? He's tried a book tour, tea parties, epic campaign ads. We'd suggest his own reality series: "Tim Pawlenty's Hockey Rinks."

But people just aren't buying whatever it is he's selling. As conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg wrote the other day, Pawlenty has "the audacity of poo."

Pawlenty's problem remains: He's boring. He's so boring he could have replaced James Franco at the Oscars without making the awards any more interesting. And he's unknown. It is very difficult for dull candidates to become well-known candidates while remaining dull. Hence Pawlenty's audacity of "poo."

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5 comments
Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

"Fancy campaign videos can only get a guy so far."Oh, I agree Hart.It's the slogans like "hope & change" and the custom iconic "O" symbols. Lets not forget about the wham bang punch a hugely biased media can have.

With the mushiness of America's electorate minds Slogans, media spin, and icons are the key. Don't f with something substantive.

webcelt
webcelt

Uh oh. I think Pawlenty is going nowhere, but now Jonah Goldberg thinks there's nothing there, and the last time Goldberg was right about something...well, I'm pretty sure he can spell his name. I must reconsider.

Nah, I still think Pawlenty doesn't get past the early primaries.

badgergopher
badgergopher

That doesn't make sense - of the 61% who have no idea who he is, 3% have a very positive opinion about him. I wonder if 3% of the people who don't know me hold me in such high esteem.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

Badgergopher,

Google "Venn Diagram."

The 3% that have a high opinion of T-Paw are not in the circle of the 61% who don't know him. They are in the circle of 39% who know him.

It's simple logic.

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