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The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup

First Posted: 04/01/11 06:43 PM ET   Updated: 06/01/11 06:12 AM ET

If we've accomplished anything here at the 2012 Speculatron in these first few weeks, we hope we've encouraged all of you to just chill out about the state of the 2012 presidential race. It's early! And not a lot of candidates have jumped into the race. But so what? Did you stupidly schedule a debate in May? Did you commit yourself to saying things like:

"One of the bigger political stories of 2011 -- outside of the Tucson shootings, the collective-bargaining battle in the Midwest and what's happening in the Middle East, of course -- has been the slow start to the upcoming presidential contest."

No. You probably did not. So just chill. Yes, the race has taken a decidedly weird turn. Paced by Donald Trump's reality-teevee campaign for something, the discourse has skidded into a ditch of birther lunacy. And this, in turn, has led Joe Klein to declare a state of "American embarrassment." But why is "America" implicated in this? Seems like we're just talking about the same old people who have always embarrassed us -- candidates for higher office.

And let's just agree that no matter how embarrassing it may be, it doesn't count because it's April of 2011. The real-deals are still drifting around the edges of the campaign. And I promise you, the fact that the campaign conversation has been so strenuously degraded is something they see as a good thing. It can even get worse, if we let it, and why not! The good news if you're a Tim Pawlenty or a Mitt Romney is that if you just appear on the scene and behave semi-seriously, you'll instantaneously elevate the discourse. You'll be seen as a hero to semi-sane people.

All I can say is that this is all working out GREAT for Buddy Roemer, who isn't saying anything to anyone -- he's just sort of being a quiet, pleasant guy in a Winnebago. To find out more about what's been going on in your 2012 campaign, please feel free to enter the Speculatron for the week of -- ha, ha! -- appropriately, April Fool's Day.

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Earlier this week, while Joe Klein was rending his garments over the state of the 2012 race at the corner of Heartattack and Vine, one of the people that Klein named as potentially providing succor to his needs was former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Here's some good news: Pawlenty totally unlocked that "I Am Not A Birther Loon" badge on Foursquare, so hooray.

We hope he ends up being the candidate Klein imagines him to be. When we shake the 2012 Speculatron Magic Eight Ball, we keep getting "Better not tell you now." The Eight Ball's reasons why not include the fact that TPaw has lately started to indulge himself in some "fiat money" crackpottery, he's flipped from his reasonable position on "cap and trade" (the sort of thing a Joe Klein might admire) to a "well, that was sure dumb" position, and he wants to give corporations a tax holiday, which is sort of like giving a squid more tentacles.

We'll see how it goes!
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