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This Howard Fineman interview provides a nice bookend to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s visit to New Hampshire last week. You may have also caught Pawlenty’s appearance on WMUR-TV’s Close Up. It has quickly become part of the governor’s media repertoire to joke about his low name recognition, but the Fineman interview has generated some additional attention for Pawlenty’s suggestion that the media’s obsession with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is crowding out coverage of other potential Republican presidential hopefuls (like him) who do not have her national profile.
There may be some truth to this, but it is hard to gauge from a print interview the extent to which the comment may have been a throwaway line delivered somewhat in jest. Still, as I have written previously, Pawlenty need not be in a rush to change this circumstance. As we get closer to starting up the next presidential election cycle in late 2010 and early 2011, media outlets will be eager for a fresh candidate storyline that doesn’t involve Sarah Palin or the return of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. For now, Pawlenty seems to be working the invisible primary at about the appropriate level of intensity. I’m not sure there is much to be gained at this early date from sharing national headlines with Palin.

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