In addition, John, there’s this in the same story:
Then, in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last Monday, Pawlenty seemed to make an unforced error by calling into question whether Maine Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R) truly belonged within the Republican party.
“If Olympia Snowe disagrees with us on one or two things, there’s room for her, of course,” said Pawlenty. “But if she disagrees on everything, then that’s a problem.”
When I first watched that interview, I didn’t think it went terribly well. But then I watched the panel devoted to attacking him during a following segment. And then I read reader reactions in my e-mail box. At least as an Iowa strategy, I’m not sure that’s was a fumble.