I’m often warned against (mis-)underestimating the Republican Party. I mean sure, they’re at least partially a pack of deranged extremists, and maybe those are the elements that command true media attention. But the party leadership, the ones that truly matter, well they’re a more reasonable bunch, right?
We may now be forgiven for concluding otherwise. Though I’m not one to set much stock by the Iowa Straw Poll — any vote where Ron Paul ends up second is probably not a good predictor of future events — apparently Tim Pawlenty is. Citing his third place finish, he just dropped out of the race.
That’s one moderate, electable candidate felled by radical theocrat Michele Bachmann. Who’s next?
Update: Wonkette nails it.
Make-believe Republican candidate Tim Pawlenty ended his candidacy today in a desperate bid to convince voters he had been running for the GOP nomination.