Silver linings are few and far between tonight. Let me note that our favorite governor — Minnesota’s Tim Pawlenty — has pulled ahead of Mike Hatch by 14,000 votes with 74 percent of precincts reporting. I’m taking the liberty of posting my NRO column of this past Saturday below:
When Republican Tim Pawlenty was elected governor of Minnesota in a three-way race to succeed Jesse Ventura in 2002, conservatives all over the country took note. Here was a boyishly handsome, charismatic conservative who had been elected governor in famously liberal Minnesota, home of Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. At the Council on National Policy meeting of conservative activists in Orlando early last year, Pawlenty was prominently discussed as a possible 2008 presidential hopeful.