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Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota has been gearing up for a bid for the Republican presidential nomination for months. He chose not to run for re-election as governor. He has hit the early-state circuit. Everything is ready once he leaves office on Jan. 3.

Except for this: He may not be able to leave.

Under Minnesota law, the governor’s term extends as long as it takes to swear in a successor, even if a recount takes months. And that could just happen.

But basically there is no chance this could happen to Pawlenty, because the recount is almost certain not to make the vote count close enough to turn into a long process like the Franken/Coleman race. But The New York Times pressed on anyway for some reason. As for Pawlenty, he’s going to launch a book tour in January either way, no matter if his dumb old state needs him to do this “not president of the United States” job or not. [NYT]

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  • mdotsota

    Actually, Republicans have already said they're going to drag this out as long as humanly possible because they now control both the state senate and state house for the first time and see it as an opportunity to get all of their major agendas through with a Republican in the governor's chair.

    This isn't even speculation, they are literally telling reporters this. Not like it matters who the state actually voted for or anything.

    • SorosBot

      Sometimes I miss the days when the GOP tried to hide their corruption.

      • Not_So_Much

        I'm old, but I don't remember those halcyon days…sadly.

        • SorosBot

          Well it at least happened in the 70s. Today, Richard Nixon would say "Anyone who thinks the President shouldn't be sending hired goons to burglarize the DNC is an unpatriotic anti-American!" Publicly.

          • Negropolis

            I miss Nixon, and his visible discomfort in having to interact with humans and all. Nixon was just a out-of-place time and galaxy traveler hoping that his next leap would be the leap home…

  • Zvi_Bleindmeis

    Garrison Keillor is going to be so upset that he may use some intensifying adverbs.

  • nounverb911

    He can always quit, just like the snobilly queen.

    • widestanceroman

      "She didn't quit, she just changed her priorities."

      John McCain

      • V572625694

        Ha ha, same way Cheney dodged the draft by getting Lynn knocked up: he had "other priorities."

  • Gratuitous World

    i believe they call this the 'Favre-Clause'

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Pawlenty has been so busy not running for president that he hasn’t been in Minnesota much. I suppose now that he can cause lots of damage being a interim governor he’ll start hanging around the state. This sucks.

  • MoeDeLawn

    A Nelson Muntz "Ha-ha!" to you, Governor Timmie!

  • betweenstations

    Nope. He insists on letting peole know how HOT he thinks his wife is. She's a former(?) county judge.

  • CapeClod

    Don't you hate it when something delays you from taking up your Quixotic ambitions?

  • LionelHutzEsq

    Surely Jesse Ventura will save the day.

  • Naked_Bunny

    Pawlenty can either use the tried-and-true Republican approach of taking enormous amounts of vacation time or the more daring Tea Party favorite of quitting in mid-term. Either way, Minnesota is better off.

  • mumbly_joe

    That's right, because even though endlessly prolonging a recount that is itself a foregone conclusion would enable Pawlenty to remain Governor of a bicameral Republican majority for months after a Democrat was elected, that's not going to happen- after all, this is the MN State GOP we're talking about: delaying the changing of the guard in that fashion for purely political reasons is something completely beneath them, Sirs.

  • nounverb911

    He grows Norwegian bachelors?

  • Pragmatist2

    The man has no place else to go. New poll today showed he would get 19% of the Republican vote in a Minnesota primary.
    He has no known skills so he needs a job in January. It might as well be the no-show job he has been doing for 6 months now.

  • Negropolis

    I can't for the life of me understand his appeal. And, for Republicans, in these insane times, and can't see how he can fake crazy enough to even place third in the presidential primaries.

    He's decidedly less crazy than Palin, blander than Mitt Romney, and lacking the Southern drawl of Haley Boss Hogg Barbour. In a Republican primary, you might as well be a communist socialist Muslin.

    • inedal

      wasn't he governor when that bridge in minnesota collapsed? could that have been due to his eagerness to cut budgets, not taking care of bridge repalrs & upkeep, etc.. or was it god's will to bring this incompetent dude some free publicity? come to minnesota it's great, we have collapsing bridges and we're proud of it…
      maybe that will be the slogan for his prezidential campaign. he might get more votes than sound-bite Sara…

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