Tim Pawlenty, Not Important
Here in Minnesota, we don’t mind keeping a low profile. It’s kind of our way. But there are limits to how low a profile we prefer. To wit: GQ has named former MN Governor and once GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty as 2011’s least influential person alive. Says GQ about T-Paw:
Every election season produces a number of hilariously pointless candidates who have no chance of winning. Some of them have value as novelty items. Look! It’s Alan Keyes, the token black Republican! And over there! It’s David Duke! He’s a racist! These are the fun, fringy candidates. The Sharpton Sector, if you will. Then there are folks like Pawlenty, who fail to register even as novelties. T-Paw (as he calls himself) spent much of 2011 as a six-foot-tall paperweight, an aggressively forgettable fellow perfectly suited to the role of debate filler. The $1 million he spent to lose the Iowa straw poll might as well have been burned in front of a group of orphans.
To be perfectly honest, this isn’t a terrible position for a politician to be in, this November 2011, gearing up for the political madhouse that will be 2012. Not that, given another cycle, Pawlenty could have mustered anything other than that general ‘that guy?’
Others who made the list include: Hosni Mubarek, January Jones, Hank Williams, Jr, Harold Camping, Paul Reiser, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tila Tequila’s Twitter feed, Marcus Bachmann (blech), you get the picture. Quite a distinguished list of non-accomplishment, there.