The Invisible Primary, 8/3

Tracking the GOP race to 2012

Tim Pawlenty penned an op-ed in The Washington Post this morning on health care; Mike Huckabee's PAC donated $2,500 to Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats; Eric Cantor is leading a GOP congressional delegation to Israel; Mike Pence told Fox this weekend that he has no plans to run for president in 2012; according to Dan Balz's new book on the 2008 campaign, John McCain's VP short list included Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Charlie Crist, and Bobby Jindal as well as Michael Bloomberg and Joe Lieberman; and is now rife with charts on 2012 potentials.