Tim Pawlenty launches exploratory committee for 2012

Earlier this week, in a pretty impressive ad, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty announced that he was launching an exploratory committee to run for President in 2012. It had “hero” shots at every turn, beautiful landscape footage of “The land of a thousand lakes”; Factories, school children, and every other aspect of blue collar, mid-western Americana.

Pawlenty, with the northern skyline behind him made his announcement and the ad closed with a clean, and slick “Pawlenty 2012″ graphic.

That’s as exiting as Tim Pawlenty is going to get folks.

Pawlenty is a fine candidate, but his environmental record dating back to 2007 will hurt him a close primary with a popular, more conservative alternative.

He’s a cap and trader, that is about as exiting as a glass of warm milk and I can’t see him beating Palin or Gingrich, let alone a frontrunner like Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee.

I wish him luck, but I don’t think it’s going to do him any good in such a crowded field.

In a crowded field, Pawlenty is a second tier candidate