We won't know the results from the Iowa straw poll until about 6 p.m. this evening, but since last night, the competition has already been heating up between the GOP candidates, soon-to-be candidates, and non-candidates alike. There isn't a lot of attention to go around, what with Rick Perry announcing his candidacy today, and Sarah Palin simply being in the vicinity of the whole event. But that that didn't stop the rest from making their mark. Last night, on the straw poll eve, six candidates already got the competition started, in what the New York Times describes as "a ritual that has taken on outsize meaning." Let's see some of our favorites moments so far from the campaigning politicians.
Tim Pawlenty vs. Michele Bachmann: Apparently Pawlenty was showing plenty of spine (something he was criticized for in the past), taking some shots at Michele Bachmann and even teasing Mitt Romney. His crack about mowing Mitt's large yard? According to Pawlenty, “I was just having some fun with that and pulling Mitt’s chain a bit – it was a joke." Any regrets about taking on Michele Bachmann: "Nobody’s questioning her spine, we’re questioning her results." And as to how well he thinks he will do? ""If we do really bad, we'll have to reassess, but I don't think that is going to be the case." Very bold! And the boldness continues! We also hear that today he is wearing bright green.