Downside: Even with its governor on the ticket, Minnesota may be out of Pawlenty's grasp. Albeit by slim margins, the state voted for Obama in 2008, for Kerry in 2004, and for Gore in 2000. Pawlenty is a popular Republican in political circles, but he still lacks the national name recognition necessary to running a successful presidential campaign. Like other young potential presidential candidates possibilities, Pawlenty's relative lack of experience could be a liability when facing down seasoned vets like Romney and Huckabee. Finally, Pawlenty may suffer from a downside which every conservative will face in 2012 -- his conservative appeal may not resonate with crossover Democrats and independent voters.