Pawlenty Out

Former Michigan governor Tim Pawlenty has dropped his bid to become the Republican that challenges failed president Barack Obama in the 2012 election following a poor showing in the Iowa Straw Poll Saturday.

Pawlenty placed a far-distant third behind winner Michele Bachmann and (snort) Ron Paul.  He was an early favorite, but never regained his lost momentum after failing to back up strong rhetoric he’d been using against front-runner Mitt Romney when he came face to face with Romney at a debate.

Now he’s gone.

“We needed a boost from Ames that didn’t happen,” Pawlenty told staff on a conference call Sunday morning, CNN learned.

Speaking to ABC’s “This Week,” Pawlenty said his campaign needed a lift in the straw poll.

“The pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist and so we’re going to end the campaign,” he said.

Pawlenty finished a distant third in the poll, behind Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Later in the article, CNN reveals why it has long been known for journalistic excellence.

In 2007, Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson dropped out the day after placing sixty in the poll.

Thompson placed 6th.