Today, the former governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, officially enters the race for President, and my initial reaction is that he has as good a chance of any of the current crop of Republicans to win the nomination.
He is almost exactly four years younger than me (our birthdays are three days apart), also a former hockey player, and we were students on the U of M campus at the same time. T-Paw got his start in politics when he was appointed to the Eagan Planning Commission by one of my old bosses, Vic Ellison. He went on to serve 10 years in the legislature, and eight years as governor. In that time he was a steady, principled conservative voice who consistently outwitted the DFLers in the Legislature.
He's bright, energetic and begins his campaign with far more meaningful experience than the current occupant of the White House had when he launched his 2008 campaign. Here's the video Pawlenty released in advance of his announcement. Go get 'em, Tim.