Politico reports that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is going to flex some early presidential campaign muscle with the announcement today of his new PAC, Freedom First. (Where do they get these names?) The move (didn't we just elect a president?) is meant to pre-empt Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, cast by a couple of GOP sources in the story as bad bets:
“Who else is a credible alternative that’s going to have a national campaign infrastructure?” asked one Republican operative, listing only Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) as another potential entrant, before noting that the senator has done little to suggest he’s interested in challenging Obama.
“There are basically two guys who are electable conservatives,” said another plugged-in Republican, assessing a field that right now seems notably thin.
Like to hear Huckabee's response to the suggestion that he's non-electable. Don't care about Palin's.