I have the same problems with certain features of this Nate Silver graph that Little Miss Attila, Hot Air, and heck, Nate Silver does: but the relative positions of the various politicians running in 2012 seems reasonably intuitive.
Then again, I’m generally for Pawlenty*. I’ve had enough excitement lately, thanks: I just want somebody who can balance the blipping budget without too much drama.
*I’m also generally for staying out of the primaries as much as is practical for a writer affiliated with one of the largest and most influential right-wing political blogs. Which is to say, I’m not going to be too successful at staying out of it, but hopefully I won’t get sucked into anything resembling the 2008 GOP primary season.