Pawlenty Who? Not Reagan. Not Gingrich

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is right about at least one thing: He is not well known.

That was proven on a recent “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” a public radio show from Chicago.

With an introductory quote from the Huffington Post of “He’s a super nice fella, personal and down to earth, but he’s also kind of boring,” an Iowan calling from a friend’s house in Falcon Heights, Minn., could not name the person who just announced he is exploring a run for the White House.

“This is his problem: He announced an exploratory committee this week and you have no idea,” show host Peter Sagal said. “That sort of sums up this guy.”

Sagal let the Iowan, who may see Pawlenty’s name on a caucus ballot early next year, know a bit about Republican Pawlenty.

“He succeeded there in Minnesota because unlike his predecessor, Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura, he was not completely nuts,” Sagal said. “And he plans, pretty much, to apply the same strategy to the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

“His campaign slogan will be: Pawlenty: you know, in your heart, you’ll have to settle.

“Maybe Pawlenty: Not Reagan, but not Newt Gingrich, either.

“Pawlenty: Hey, you have to vote for somebody.”