Today’s Gallup Poll makes clear the size of the task Gov. Tim Pawlenty has of getting the Republican nomination for president in 2012 (assuming he wants it). The big green bar up there (click for a larger image)? That’s former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The little one? That’s Tim Pawlenty.
It’s not an impossible task, of course, but Romney is making powerful friends the old-fashioned way. He’s giving them money. The Boston Globe reports Romney’s political action committee has taken in $1.6 million so far in 2009, and given away thousands of dollars to state and federal candidates (none from Minnesota).
Romney also has another advantage over Pawlenty. When his gubernatorial term ended, his state wasn’t an economic basket case.