Probably goes without sayingI won't be writing my weekly Roundhouse Roundup (the column) while I'm out.
I did write a lengthy look at the struggling Gary Johnson presidential campaign, which was published in Saturday's New Mexican.
Speaking of Johnson, he had some nice words to say about the departing Tim Pawlenty:
"Gov. Pawlenty's decision to end his campaign is his to make, and I respect that decision. He and his many supporters have put forth a great effort, and should be applauded for it. As Republicans survey a new list of candidates today, including the departure of a candidate who is credible, experienced and who had a real record to run on, it is appropriate to question the inflated role of an event like the Ames Straw Poll in the process. That a pay-to-play gathering in Iowa six months before the first real ballots are cast can be such a qualifying -- or disqualifying -- event is something the media and tens of millions of Republican voters need to think about. A lot of voices have not been heard yet, and it is far too early for the 'system' to be picking winners and losers.
"If there is a message from Ames, it is that this race is wide open and that the vast majority of Republicans and Independents are still looking for the candidate who can win the White House in 2012."
Speaking of departing, I'm outta here. See you in a couple of weeks.