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Pawlenty to Iowa

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will headline an Iowa Republican party event this fall, a trip that will mark his visit to the politically crucial state since he has made clear his interest in pursuing a presidential bid in 2012.

Pawlenty will be the featured guest at the "Leadership for Iowa" gathering on Nov. 7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds where he will appear with the party's candidates for governor -- including, presumably, former Gov. Terry Branstad (R), who formed an exploratory committee for the office today.

"Governor Pawlenty is an innovative, conservative leader and, as Iowa Republicans prepare for a robust gubernatorial primary election and nationally-watched general election for governor, his message of balanced budgets, lower taxes, and market-based reforms for health care and education will resonate with all Iowans," said Matt Strawn, chairman of the Iowa Republican party.

Pawlenty has made no secret of the fact that he is putting together the pieces of a 2012 political operation. Last week, he announced a political inner circle that included Terry Nelson, former campaign manager for Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) presidential bid, former Bush White House political director Sara Taylor and former Republican Governors Association executive director Phil Musser.

Pawlenty has also recently formed the Freedom First PAC, a political action committee that will allow him to donate to federal candidates for office and travel the country in support of his political ambitions.

Pawlenty's early start in Iowa is born of necessity. His likely rivals for the 2012 nomination -- former Govs. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) and Mitt Romney (Mass.) -- finished first and second in the 2008 Iowa caucuses and retain significant contacts in the Hawkeye State.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 7, 2009; 9:55 AM ET
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Pawlenty = lightweight
Romney - too corporate, and in a crowded field, the born-agains will ace him again
Huckabee - America will not elect a Southern preacher with foot-in-mouth disease.
Gingrich - past his prime, baggage, and another Dole given his chance
Jindal - Slumdog President? Not this time
Palin - incompetent airhead also-ran with no future

The GOP has no candidates. Four More Years.

Posted by: chgolaw25 | October 11, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

You know what is one of the more disturbing item? and it is plastered all over the world news outlets? Its corruption in the American government. Yes, we make mistakes. However, when an individual serves in your Congress, they should be held to the highest standard of behavior and conduct. They should be very aware and take care of their character when serving an office of Congress. Look at Rangel (he's one example.) There should be such a high level of honor and integrity in Congress, that any of them should fear breaking the law or being deceptive. Isn't this what you would want of such an important position as they hold? And, the consequences should be swift, resolute, and devastating. They all know very well of their actions and should be held accountable. The protection that is offered to Rangel makes the Democrats, and moreover the Congress appear corrupt and criminal. How can any country of the world look at this and not question your form of government and leaders? Yet, Congress will force this type of government on others. A double standard and one which creates an attitude of contempt toward the US. Its very easy to see this from the outside. Charles Rangel, and others like him, and those not caught yet..should be put out on their ear in a hot second...fired and punished. It should be one of shame and personal dishonor to have done this. However, I see no remorse there. When this type of behavior is punished severely, it will only happen again a couple times, then your Congressmen will think twice before breaking their oath and honor to your country. (Less than 300 short years it has taken to see the rise and falling of the US.) The US Air Force sums up what should be the goal in every taken breath of Congressman time in office- integrity, service before self, and excellence in all they do. There is a moral foundation for the success of the US, don't you be mistaken one bit!

Posted by: WestofMaine | October 8, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

What is the American fascination with a "rock star" image to be a successful president? The media and marketing gurus have done well to create the image and have sold it from your children up to adult. As we can see and from history, the presidents with "rock star" status haven't always been the best choices. You all seems to devalue those who are intelligent, have integrity in their professional and personal life, and truly have the country's preservation and best interests in mind. All that glitters isn't gold. When are you all going to learn before its too late? Again, I say internal conflicts and cultural wars will continue to distract your nation while others are united and moving ahead. The US is a GREAT nation, but it can fall like Rome...if you all don't get your act together. Actually it will be purchased from you.

Posted by: WestofMaine | October 8, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"You have to get someone who is

(1) a bone fide fiscal conservative,
(2) a foreign affairs junkie (no need for grandiose bs, just really smart and into history, careful with details),
(3) good at talking to people as if they are smarter than they actually are (inspirational, not a gas can) and
(4) able to say NO and mean it to the radio bigots and their organized lunatics.

Otherwise, you can rant at Obama all day every day and still you will win nothing."
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Goldandtanzanite you've described a competent and reasonable conservative - Mitt Romney. He is the perfect anti-dote to Obama's amateur hour, training wheels in the oval office debacle.

Posted by: Claire321 | October 8, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

B.O.R.I.N.G. Pawlenty is as exciting and inspirational as watching paint dry. The GOP can AND MUST do much better than this wonky middle-of-the-road guy.

WHINEY, WIMPY, WUSSY comes to mind when I see or hear him. Where was he when ACORN stole the senate seat in Minnesota right under his nose? He is was not an effective leader and allowed ACORN corruption to run rampant and change the course of that election.

Yeah, now he's all over it, but it's a little too late.

I am sure he is a nice guy, but he's not the inspirational, leadership type. He doesn't have the IT factor needed in today's high stakes presidential politics.

We have other more seasoned candidates with more name recognition, more charisma and more leadership abilities than Tim Pawlenty. He will just muddy the waters and usher in another 4 years of Obama.

Posted by: Claire321 | October 8, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Some left wing liberal nut case wrote:
"NAMBLA does not have the support of many gays. "
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This may or may not be true, but the founder does have the support of Obama "czar" Kevin Jennings.
Why does Obama surround himself with tax dodgers, Butch Lesbians, radicals, racists, communists, America haters, and sexual deviants? Just curious.

Posted by: ricardo4max | October 8, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

The US is on a downward slide, (that is if you trust what you read in the mainstream), and NEITHER party has been able to stop it. Both Dems and Repubs have had their chance to better American and both have failed America in their own ways. So- keep up the bickering and arguing like children, meanwhile....other nations are solidly becoming more determined to rise to power over you..they are focused on education of the youth that will better their country, better management of their economy by making wiser investments, and they have the ability to control their problems internally, (even if it means stepping on some toes). You are drowning in social and cultural debates, no sound monetary policy or any real integrity in our gov't officials (both sides included.) or from large company CEO. Its all about greed (the ME generation) and that still exists today (see posts as an example). No sense of the sacrifices it took to make your country a great one...you all have forgotten that! From my view of the US from the north...the only real politician with integrity and true patriotism is Ron Paul. However, the majority of Americans tune him out. What a shame! Perhaps its because you really don't want that type of intellect in the White House. He's too honest! Go figure... The USA is a GREAT nation....why don't you all start acting like it! We are watching.

Posted by: WestofMaine | October 8, 2009 5:53 AM | Report abuse

look at all the radicals seeing the obama/reid/pelosi massacre coming in 2010 and 2012

even the radicals have quit trying to defend obama and gone entirely to ramping up the LIBERAL VITRIOL AND HATE toward the Real Americans

repubs wont support pawlenty - we let mccain run and lose to prove the point, but we really thought clinton would be the prez and we considered her safe.

but, as we made a mistake with regard to how radical the dems have become, the Real Americans are not going to screw these elections with fools like pawlenty or some other mccain clone

goldandtarfeather - it has got to be tough for you to see your radical friends having such short run in power and seeing America rejecting obamas and his fellow America haters once again

unfortunately, the damage done by obama and friends is going to take longer for the adults to clean up, but that is the price to be paid to stop fools like mccain and give America a little taste of what the dems have to foist on America

the damage being done by obama and radicals are going to put dems on the outs with America, but the damage is being done and must be remedied after another jimmy carter type rejection

romney will do the job, not sure he is conservative enough, but he will have to do

btw
- goldtarfeater - a little word game for you from Real America
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
REAGAN
PALIN
BUSH
HALLIBURTON
CHENEY
JOHN WAYNE
REAL (HETROSEXUAL) MARRIAGE
ILLEGAL ALIENS
LAW AND ORDER
US ARMY/NAVY/MARINES/AIR FORCE
GLOBAL WARMING FARCE
EXXON
WALMART
JESUS
GOD
ISRAEL
JEWS
AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM
AMERICA - LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

there that ought to give you enough heartburn from your liberal hate of America and should last you for the rest of the week if not for the rest of the month

Posted by: M_Algore | October 8, 2009 5:17 AM | Report abuse

When will the electorate realize that these useless discussions about whether this professional politician is better or worse than that professional politician is idiotic? We have to get rid of the entire lot of them and get the people involved in their government again. GOOOH! http://bit.ly/1qIEE4

Posted by: smeagalshire | October 8, 2009 3:48 AM | Report abuse

Pawlenty LOST the support of Minnesota Conservatives, when he enthusiastically embraced the Global Warming Scam

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So Minnesota conservatives are no brighter than the ones from anywhere else.

Nobody acquainted with the rotting corpse of the Republican Party expects you intestinal cells thereof to exhibit intelligence but one would at least expect you to be capable of acting out of self-preservation.

Instead you're all goo-gooing about some end-of-the-world fable and determined to make it happen.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 8, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

A Palin-Bloomberg ticket is such a ridiculous improbability that one would have to be on crack to give it as much as a passing thought. You may as well talk about Pope Benedict doing a nude scene. It's complete fancy.

Face reality, Palin is all washed up. The more people saw from her, the less credible she seemed, the more unready, the more unsuited.

And then she opened her mouth and it was all over. Not a single newspaper, Russia's visibility from some island, babbling nonsense, cliche after cliche ...

... and to top it all off, that resignation and that bizarre set of reasons.

Why does her name even come up? The arc of her trajectory in politics has been established, and it's meteoritic.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 8, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't care what Rachel Maddow or any other member of the left wing main stream media DemoRat Propaganda machine thinks about the Republican Party, Sara Palin, Tim Pawlenty..etc..etc...

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Nor do we lose many winks of sleep worrying about what a bunch of angry gun nuts think about Obama. Or if you think that ACORN screwed with the vote, of if you're idiot enough to believe Obama isn't a citizen, of if you believe that death panel BS.

You guys have managed to render yourselves beneath notice by caving in under the strain, by having a vast national meltdown instead of just being sore losers.

And nobody gives a damn how many guns you own.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 8, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the President for various reason, certainly none of them have anything to do with his success as a politician or a long successful career in law.

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Right, pure happenstance, an anomaly, a never to be repeated fluke. And don't forget it's unnatural too.

Why, if the voters hadn't been blinded by white guilt they would have voted for the man with a real economic plan for America and his scintillatingly intelligent and accomplished running mate.

(pause)

Yeah, right.

Obama won because he ran a solid and disciplined campaign and because he presented policies and proposals that Americans wanted to hear.

Next time you're in the mood to string a lot of cliches together, do it with beads instead. Then at the end you'll have something useful.

But oh, I loved the "real Americans can't spell" part.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 8, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

so many strange comments here. Posters from the right discussing who they like and why makes sense since the article is about Pawlenty. Of course the barrage of snarky insults from the college kids in their dorms trying to look cool and the basement troll is to e expected. What I find humorous are all the comments regarding the different Republicans, their backgrounds, talents and records etc.. The Palin stuff is way old by the way. I'm trying to balance the experience and accomplishments that Obama all of a sudden has with say Romney and his resume. The comparisons are ridiculous unless you're a bought and paid for extremist with moveondotorg or any number of soros financed anti-Republican Party silence the opposition groups. Obama is the President for various reason, certainly none of them have anything to do with his success as a politician or a long successful career in law. This guy is a product of populist media hype with the right friends at the right time. His resume wouldn't get him a job with 7/11 as a clerk unless his wife paved the way as she did for him in his very brief political career in Illinois. No president has every been so carefully created packaged and distributed as Obama and no amount of false and flawed commentary by leftist ideologues can change that. Plenty of dems have far more experience and I suppose political savvy than Obama but per the DNC Obama was the guy they could get the votes for. And they were right. the powerful media demanded him as did the fringe radicals and unions that pay for the DNC demanded him. Acorn won't be around for 2010 or 2012....change is coming and the hard core leftist will not like it just as the conservatives have no use for this change we are being dragged through kicking and screaming...politely of course. I have no intention of proof reading this to correct syntax and spelling errors and I couldn't care less all you leftist English majors posting here....insults are too be expected so don't disappoint......

Posted by: azsd19 | October 7, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what Rachel Maddow or any other member of the left wing main stream media DemoRat Propaganda machine thinks about the Republican Party, Sara Palin, Tim Pawlenty..etc..etc...

Posted by: booksum | October 7, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

For those unconnected to depravity, zouk is talking about the "North American Man-Boy Love Association," an organization of pedophile men numbering under a thousand and who claim to advocate for sexual relations between adult men and prepubescent boys.

NAMBLA does not have the support of many gays. Mostly they're a bunch of tired old bearded guys trying to shock people.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Hannity is running a story on NAMBLA. I think I saw you.

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Votes are votes, even when they're cast by racial minorities whom mental patients don't like.

Despite night after night praying while holding scrolls under his arm and begging "God" to help, Coleman lost.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Acorn saved or created over 40,000 votes. That was just enough to get over the hump with several creative counting methods. Won by 300.

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

leichtman:

The Bush tax cuts were NECESSARY for our economy to have gone on as long as it did. You do realize that -- short of massive borrowing like what Obama is doing right now -- government is normally limited to, at most, 100% of GDP, right?

http://perotcharts.com/category/taxation-charts/page/2/

Posted by: JakeD | October 7, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

shrink2:

What would you think about a Palin-Bloomberg ticket?

Posted by: JakeD | October 7, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bloomberg will be the next serious Republican candidate for President.

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By the time the GOP is rational enough to run a rational candidate Bloomberg will be long dead.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty is the governor of Minnesota that sit with his thumbs where the sun don’t shine while the democrats stole the senate election for the failed comedian, writer and radio talk show host Al “the lying liar”.

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Stole the election?

Franken got more votes. That's how it works.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

You are forgetting that Bloomberg switched to INDEPENDENT in 2007.

Posted by: JakeD | October 7, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Lets just cut to the chase:

Michael Bloomberg will be the next serious Republican candidate for President.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 7, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Once again the government media is picking the Republican candidate for president, and once again it is another rhino like McCain. Pawlenty is the governor of Minnesota that sit with his thumbs where the sun don’t shine while the democrats stole the senate election for the failed comedian, writer and radio talk show host Al “the lying liar”.

Posted by: NuffSaid2 | October 7, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Governor Pawlenty may be innovative, and a decent speaker, but he is not a conservative leader, at least not to Minnesota Conservatives. To us, Pawlenty is John McCain without the military experience. He has proved it again, by featuring Terry Nelson, Sara Taylor, and Phil Musser on his “political inner circle,” as well as the other country club RINOs listed in Cillizza’s Oct. 1 “The Fix.” Pawlenty LOST the support of Minnesota Conservatives, when he enthusiastically embraced the Global Warming Scam under the Aegis of the National Governors Association, when he was President of that organization in 2007-08. I don’t think he can extricate himself from that quicksand any more than Newt Gingrich can erase all of the photos and YouTubes videos of he and Pelosi on the Global Warming Scam Sofa.

Posted by: Americanus | October 7, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

BTW, shoutout to Dr. Rachel Maddow for reporting on last Sunday's "Meet the Press" that the person Phalin chose to ghost-write "Going Rogue" had previously coauthored a book with a well known alleged white supremacist. Kinda validates Charley (S@mbogate, Gregory Charles Royal-gate) James's fully sourced reporting on Ms. Phalin last year, doesn't it?

"MSNBC host Rachel Maddow thinks that for GOP to recharge, it needs to do some self-reflecting, and a good place to start is with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin—“the biggest brand name in Republican politics.” On Meet the Press, Maddow points out that Palin’s new book, Going Rogue, was coauthored by Lynn Vincent, who previously co-authored a book called Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party with Robert Stacy McCain, whom she—and some others— consider to be a white supremacist. According to Maddow, this is not guilt by association, but guilt by choice, and not a smart move for either Palin or her party."

Full story:

http://greatscat.com/2009/10/rachel-maddow-on-meet-press-roundtable.html

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 7, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"The new AP/GfK poll finds that President Obama has a 56% approval rating, up from 50% in September -- and the first time that his approval rating has increased in the AP/GfK surveys. Disapproval is at 39%, down from 49% last month."

He's doing all the right things.


Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 12:03 PM
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Yes. BHO's six-point bump in the polls was the news story in politics today--not a transcription of Pawlenty's press advisory for Wednesday. Henceforth, let Pawlenty distribute his own press releases and make him buy ads in the Post.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | October 7, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

shrink2:

Let me know if you have any opinions (professional or otherwise) on the Letterman issue, thanks.

Posted by: JakeD | October 7, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Jake why don't you spank your monkey over Palin where others don't need to read about it. You're in love with that stupid harpy, fine, write her love letters or something but stop clogging every god damn thread with the same adoring drivel.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

zuiko, we are not talking about some people, we are talking about McCain's campaign manager and the Bush/Cheney political director. And where are the newcomers, the outsiders, the ones willing to step on the toes of Karl Rove clones, people who have something so important to say that can not be ignored? But it is more than that. You need a Presidential candidate with those 4 qualities/abilities.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 7, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Meghan Stapleton, Palin spokesperson, also noted at the time:

"The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman."

Dave probably wanted to get Willow into his secret bedroom located above the Ed Sullivan (who would be turning over in his grave) Theatre.

Posted by: JakeD | October 7, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Gov. Palin was onto something when she noted:

"Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands - that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others."

What do you think of this, shrink2:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/addiction-in-society/200910/so-david-letterman-thinks-sarah-palin-is-white-trash

In other news, N.O.W. came out against David Letterman for the "toxic" work environment and urged CBS "to take action immediately to rectify this situation. With just two women on CBS' board of directors, we're not holding our breath."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/07/letterman.now/index.html

Posted by: JakeD | October 7, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

You aren't going to put together any campaign (or administration) without some people from W or McCain. Just because they both left a lot to be desired doesn't mean everybody they worked with is bad and should be avoided. The alternative is to hire amateurs or losers

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Oh yeah right. Like everyone with any competence was on board with McCain and Bush.

Go back to sleep.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

You aren't going to put together any campaign (or administration) without some people from W or McCain. Just because they both left a lot to be desired doesn't mean everybody they worked with is bad and should be avoided. The alternative is to hire amateurs or losers (who should he hire for a campaign manager? Romney's? Or should he hire someone who has never done it before?). I'm sure some of you libs pretending to be "conservatives" would like that, but it is not a strategy for success.

Posted by: zuiko | October 7, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Republicans, you have a problem.
You can not re-run Bush/McSame.

You have to get someone who is

(1) a bone fide fiscal conservative,
(2) a foreign affairs junkie (no need for grandiose bs, just really smart and into history, careful with details),
(3) good at talking to people as if they are smarter than they actually are (inspirational, not a gas can) and
(4) able to say NO and mean it to the radio bigots and their organized lunatics.

Otherwise, you can rant at Obama all day every day and still you will win nothing.

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What the voters would elect and what the GOP would allow to get the nominations ... have no overlap.

The first sign of sanity or reasonableness and the hate-jocks will be all over him like white on rice.

The GOP has shot itself in the feet so many times with the hate and rage that there's nothing left but ankle-bone splinters. The next Republican president probably hasn't even been born yet.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney.

Posted by: RightStuff | October 7, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"Last week, [Pawlenty] announced a political inner circle that included Terry Nelson, former campaign manager for Sen. John McCain's presidential bid [and] former Bush White House political director Sara Taylor..."

and

"He is not perfect but I don't see a better candidate than Pawlenty at this point."

Republicans, you have a problem.
You can not re-run Bush/McSame.

You have to get someone who is

(1) a bone fide fiscal conservative,
(2) a foreign affairs junkie (no need for grandiose bs, just really smart and into history, careful with details),
(3) good at talking to people as if they are smarter than they actually are (inspirational, not a gas can) and
(4) able to say NO and mean it to the radio bigots and their organized lunatics.

Otherwise, you can rant at Obama all day every day and still you will win nothing.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 7, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

If your serious about winning, it would seem you would go with someone else.

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If "your" serious about posting then you should learn to spell and punctuate.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

He is not perfect but I don't see a better candidate than Pawlenty at this point.

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Well if Pawlenty is the best the GOP can come up with maybe we should just cancel the election as we should have in '96

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who votes in Minn. has got to be rotten to the core.

Mion. does not havea a state law outlawing filthy, dirty, unsanitary breeding of puppies. They sell these poor innocent creatures to breeders (ha ha), ship them half dead across the country and sell them to innocent people who do not know half of them are infected with contageous parisites.

MONEY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME, NOT HUMANITY OR LOVE FOR CREATURES OF GOD. Be careful folks, watch out for your children's health. Many of these parisites are contageous to humans, and your pocketbooks. Minn. is not interested in those who can speak . Well I am not interested in that disgusting state. Thank you very much!!!!!!!!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | October 7, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Minn. is a joke. About the most backward state in the country. Voting for anyone who is running for any kind of position are inhuman.

Puppy Mills and auctions of poor helpless creatures is a thriving business in Minn. There are no state laws protecting these
pups!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | October 7, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Pataki was a big time tax hiker (like Huckabee only not quite as bad). Tax hikers are pretty much DOA for the nomination. We don't need another "read my lips" nominee. Pawlenty is not one of those. He is much less "flexible" than Romney in his beliefs. He is a young charismatic guy... not sure how that makes him anything like McCain. He is not perfect but I don't see a better candidate than Pawlenty at this point.

Posted by: zuiko | October 7, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Willard "Mittens" Romney will never be president of the US. He is a flip-flopping phony, hated by the people of the one state he was governor of, for being a complete fraud.

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And if he looked like he might get the nomination there were be thousands of laid-off workers ready to testify how Mitt "Acquire and Fire" Romney at Bain Capital was behind the dismantling of successful companies to make buck for people already obscenely rich.

Mr. Plastic.

And a Romney campaign would have men of strong constitution vomiting on the floor in front of the TV couch, as parades of smiling beautiful Mormon childrun paraded before the cameras.

I feel lunch trying to come up just thinking about it.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Willard "Mittens" Romney will never be president of the US. He is a flip-flopping phony, hated by the people of the one state he was governor of, for being a complete fraud.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 7, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

another poster was banned but JakeD wasn't. It didn't work.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite


but you are too modest.

do you always talk about yourself in the third person, like Bob Dole.

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

wasn't Zouk a/k/a snowbama previuosly kicked off of this site for abusive postings?

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No he was banned as a sop to people who were outraged that another poster was banned but JakeD wasn't. It didn't work.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey ricardo.

The days when you can toss in some BS about "freedom" and "the Constitution" and expect every else to be convulsed with reverence in silence are OVER.

Deal.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

ricardo

you must not be aware of all the things liberals know. On this blog alone they know many things about the contributors:

where they live
what they read
what they think
how much money they make
their hobbies
their values
the number and type of friends
job experience
economic policy
war strategy
enviro data

all this knowledge without ever leaving the basement

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What's rigid and radical is thinking you are the only one who has those goals and possess the only means of achieving them.

Posted by: nodebris | October 7, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse
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Where do I say that? That's right, nowhere. A typical liberal left wing ploy is to put words into their opponents' mouths in order to appear to win a debate. Your statement is so ridiculous that only another left wing nut would swallow it.
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unadulterated jingoism. i'm sure you have no idea what's in the constitution. you've never read it, and the only thing you care about is a misread version of the second amendment.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse
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You are sure ? LOL!! There's really no point in responding to you anymore. You are either a thoroughly brainwashed "useful idiot" or a hard core Marxist America hater. Sad and pathetic, either way.

Posted by: ricardo4max | October 7, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

wasn't Zouk a/k/a snowbama previuosly kicked off of this site for abusive postings?

Posted by: leichtman | October 7, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

We The People, if we hired the most qualified and accomplished would vote for Mitt Romney.

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Yeah, we'd be Disney-eyed with enthusiasm to have a president who would offshore as many jobs as he could. Bottom line, don'cha know.

Just what America needs .. a shallow free-market zombie screwing working people.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I also have a blue crowned conure and all the evidence points to the fact that he is more intelligent than you.

but so is my kids godlfish.

it is not a very high bar.

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"Bird brain" is hardly an insult to someone who has parrots.

My birds can let themselves out of their cages.

Zouk can't even get a weekend pass.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

bird brain in the house.

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh Jesus another Savior Pawlenty post.

Who cares about this bore? He's not going to be nominated, much less elected.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 7, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

as I recall you have already been kicked off of this site once for your hateful personal attacks. Are you trying for number two?
Those of us who have been on this site for a while know your ugly tactics and no one, absoluetly no one, is impressed.

Posted by: leichtman | October 7, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

No the lawyer with a masters in business that put up the good honorable fight for our great Secy of State

>>>>>>>>>>>>

so would it be fair to say that there is not one thing you do well?

I begin to see why you cheer on incompetence, it is in your being.

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"We The People, if we hired the most qualified and accomplished would vote for Mitt Romney."

even the people in your own party rejected him, pretty overwhelmingly, much less the general electorate.

Posted by: leichtman | October 7, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

high school dropout?

No the lawyer with a masters in business that put up the good honorable fight for our great Secy of State. As I recall you were arguing last October how Palin was going to carry McCain to victory.

How did that work out for you? You still struggling to graduate from trade school?

Posted by: leichtman | October 7, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Romney/Pawlenty: Now there's an exciting ticket. zzzzzzzzzz Turkey on white with mayo.

I can see the minority vote really flocking to the GOP if this is the ticket.
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Looks like liberals STILL looking at the color of ones skin instead of the content of their character.

No wonder things are a mess.

We The People, if we hired the most qualified and accomplished would vote for Mitt Romney.

If folks are voting on candidates for other reasons then we are still going to be in trouble after 2012.

..........Mitt Romney for pragmatic proven leadership

Posted by: allenridge | October 7, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey CC - is this on topic? I am so confused.

I must assume that when your head is so full of voices, the topic is difficult to choose.

Oh, must be that liberal double standard again.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The new AP/GfK poll finds that President Obama has a 56% approval rating, up from 50% in September -- and the first time that his approval rating has increased in the AP/GfK surveys. Disapproval is at 39%, down from 49% last month."

He's doing all the right things.


Posted by: drindl


People are starting to feel sorry for this loser.

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Romney/Pawlenty: Now there's an exciting ticket. zzzzzzzzzz Turkey on white with mayo.

I can see the minority vote really flocking to the GOP if this is the ticket.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 7, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

reporting a relevant news story is different than posting lunatic conspiracy theories, snow white.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey CC, is this on topic:??

Or are your rules more or less kinda mushy?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.


Wow -- this must have rocked the socks of the nuts who watch fox:

In a segment just now with Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Fox News's Shepard Smith gave a stunning argument in favor of the public option.

"Over the last 10 years health care costs in American have skyrocketed. Regular folks cannot afford it, so they tax the system by not getting preventive medicine," Smith said. "And we all end up paying for it. As the costs have gone up, the insurance industry's profits, on average, have gone up 350 percent. And it's the insurance companies which have paid and which have contributed to senators and congressmen on both sides of the aisle to the point where now we can't get what all concerned on Capitol Hill all seem to [believe] and more than 60 percent of Americans say they support, a public option."

He refuted Barrasso's argument that the public option is a government option.

"Every vote against the public option is a vote for the insurance companies," Smith said.

Posted by: drindl

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Pamlenty could not even control his state, he let the democrats steal the senate seat in the last election. How could he control the country?

Posted by: jppappas | October 7, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Well Pawlently can be Mitt Romney's veep.

Between the two of them the GOP should do very well in the West and Midwest in 2012.

But Romney is the guy with the experience and know-how. Could have used Romney in the White House right now......

We can all thank Hollywood and our liberal MSM wolfpack press for installing/elected Obama last November..........best propaganda campaign since Hilter was installed/elected the same way in Germany in the 1930's...........

Posted by: allenridge | October 7, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The last poll I saw had Huckabee in the lead followed by Palin, and Romney, Pawlenty polled dead last. He's too Bushy.

Posted by: devilstowerwy | October 7, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"Aren't you the high school dropout who swore up and down up until January that hillary was bound to win?

Posted by: snowbama"

Aren't you the one who found a new poll every day from August to November showing how Obama was going to be crushed on election day?

Posted by: DDAWD | October 7, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

" He made Bolds stands against the IRS and the Borders. Step up if you want my vote.

Posted by: shenager"

Sheesh. I mean, I usually get my books from Amazon or ebay, but I never required a candidate to go after Borders to get my support.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 7, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"If Pawlenty is the best Republicans can do... get ready for 4 more years of Obama. Absolutely pathetic if that's the best we can do."

Yes, exactly, that is what we have been trying to say. You can not win if you keep trying to re-sell Bush/Cheney.

Look at the people around Pawlenty, somone show us the fresh faces; Pawlenty's new ideas? Anyone?


Posted by: shrink2 | October 7, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Muammar Qaddafi and Vladimir Putin have all praised Barack Obama. When enemies of freedom and democracy praise your president, what are you to think? When you add to this Barack Obama's many previous years of associations and alliances with people who hate America-- Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfleger, etc.-- at what point do you stop denying the obvious and start to connect the dots?

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

It's going to be big fund watching the GOP primaries for the 2012 presidential race. Like throwing a fish head into the middle of a flock of seagulls.

Posted by: nodebris | October 7, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Your silence is deafening.

Posted by: leichtman |


Aren't you the high school dropout who swore up and down up until January that hillary was bound to win?

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"Yes my rigid philosophy is to protect and defend the Constitution, encourage free enterprise and capitalism, and support freedom and liberty. What a rigid radical agenda!"

What's rigid and radical is thinking you are the only one who has those goals and possess the only means of achieving them.

Posted by: nodebris | October 7, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

If Pawlenty is the best Republicans can do... get ready for 4 more years of Obama. Absolutely pathetic if that's the best we can do.

Posted by: sarahbearsouth | October 7, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"Yes my rigid philosophy is to protect and defend the Constitution, encourage free enterprise and capitalism, and support freedom and liberty. What a rigid radical agenda! "

unadulterated jingoism. i'm sure you have no idea what's in the constitution. you've never read it, and the only thing you care about is a misread version of the second amendment.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow -- this must have rocked the socks of the nuts who watch fox:

In a segment just now with Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Fox News's Shepard Smith gave a stunning argument in favor of the public option.

"Over the last 10 years health care costs in American have skyrocketed. Regular folks cannot afford it, so they tax the system by not getting preventive medicine," Smith said. "And we all end up paying for it. As the costs have gone up, the insurance industry's profits, on average, have gone up 350 percent. And it's the insurance companies which have paid and which have contributed to senators and congressmen on both sides of the aisle to the point where now we can't get what all concerned on Capitol Hill all seem to [believe] and more than 60 percent of Americans say they support, a public option."

He refuted Barrasso's argument that the public option is a government option.

"Every vote against the public option is a vote for the insurance companies," Smith said.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Mr Pawlenty im sure is a fine canidate. Here is my problem, why on earth would you hire the guy who couldnt get McCain/Palin elected? If your serious about winning, it would seem you would go with someone else. Do you not remember the cat fighting that went on within his campaign? Do you not remember the leaks about Palin. Dude, if you want to win you need to make real aggresive power moves that will show your leadership, and wisdom, and so far i think you struck out on both. Sorry. I voted Huckabee last time in primaries. He made Bolds stands against the IRS and the Borders. Step up if you want my vote.

Posted by: shenager | October 7, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"The new AP/GfK poll finds that President Obama has a 56% approval rating, up from 50% in September -- and the first time that his approval rating has increased in the AP/GfK surveys. Disapproval is at 39%, down from 49% last month."

He's doing all the right things.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

It is true Pawlenty needs a fresh new face to move up. Blepharoplasty works. Those eyes at half mast pose a real curb appeal problem.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 7, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

It's good to see fresh new faces moving up in the GOP. Add Marco Rubio in Florida to that list too.

Posted by: onecent100 | October 7, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes my rigid philosophy is to protect and defend the Constitution, encourage free enterprise and capitalism, and support freedom and liberty. What a rigid radical agenda! LMFAO at you neoComs.

Posted by: ricardo4max | October 7, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Remember that Pawlenty is the vice-chair of the Republican Governor's Association and has a free reason to travel and build connections without spending money out of his own coffers. Why should he spend while he can travel on the RGA and raise profile, cash and connections. He is competing against Romney & Huckabee. But if we remember, Romney was chairman of the RGA from 2004-2006, in which he got his big start in the Presidential race doing just that. It seems that Republicans have learned from that mistake. Romney spent so much time running for President, he forgot to run the RGA and Republicans took a drumming in governor's races in 06. Now T-Paw is the vice-chairman of the RGA, leaving Hayleigh Barbour to run the RGA and focus on governor's races here in 09' and 2010. There is nothing better for T-Paw than to be vice-chairman of the RGA right now. Great move for him and the Republican party.

Posted by: reason5 | October 7, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"...a hyper-reactive empty-headed Barbie-doll such as Gov. Sarah Palin."

Now is it acceptable?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 7, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

sverigrab -- I don't disagree. I'm just saying Pawlenty, who seems pretty far right to me, doesn't appeal to the crazy base, apparently, so likely isn't going anywhere.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

why don't we hear more from you about how succesfull the GOP was in the Minnesota Senate race, and about how many Senate and Congressional seats you picked up in November. Your silence is deafening.

Posted by: leichtman | October 7, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Ricardo. You don't like liberals picking our candidates? How else could they win?

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

sverigegrabb:

Why didn't you refer to Romney as "former Gov."?

Posted by: JakeD | October 7, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

According to a prominent Republican economist, their party is brain dead when it comes to the economy.

"But perhaps the most persistent — and thought-provoking — conservative critic of the party has been Bruce Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett has worked for Jack Kemp and Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He has been a fellow at the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation."


"Above all, however, he thinks that the Republican Party "no longer has a credible economic policy." It continues to advocate tax cuts even though the recent Bush tax cuts led to only mediocre economic growth and huge deficits. (Numbers from the Congressional Budget Office show that Mr. Bush’s policies are responsible for far more of the projected deficits than Mr. Obama’s.)

On the spending side, Republican leaders criticize Mr. Obama, yet offer no serious spending cuts of their own. Indeed, when the White House has proposed cuts — to parts of Medicare, to an outdated fighter jet program and to subsidies for banks and agribusiness — most Republicans have opposed them.

How, Mr. Bartlett asks, is this conservative? How is it in keeping with a party that once prided itself on fiscal responsibility — the party of President Dwight Eisenhower (who refused to cut taxes because the budget wasn’t balanced) or of the first President Bush (whose tax increase helped create the 1990s surpluses)?

“So much of what passes for conservatism today is just ""pure partisan opposition,”" Mr. Bartlett says. “It’s not conservative at all.”


Partisan politics not thoughtful economic policies is what Pawlenty and the rest of the GOP represent according to their own economic guru.No longer credible and partisan. His words not mine nor Nancy Pelosi's.

Posted by: leichtman | October 7, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Not that CC needs any defence, but this is the difference between NEWS and OPINIONS. Pawlenty keeps making news--not world-shattering news--but political insider news. If CC remained silent about it, you can be sure that the there would be some Troglodyte who would criticise that as well.

T-Paw is moderately non-controversial, relatively non-polarising. That alone makes him a refreshing change from the Sarah Palins and Haley Barbours of the R. side. I certainly think he's preferable to an insincere used-car salesman-type such as Romney and a hyper-reactive empty-headed Barbie-doll such as former Gov. Sarah Palin.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | October 7, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Drivl off her downers again.

Posted by: snowbama | October 7, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

You see from Ricardo why the 'conservative movement' is dying. It is an 'ism' like communism. Becoming more like communism all the time -- with a rigid ideology that demands purity, and you can never be pure enough to suit the true beleivers. That means purges of pragmatists and a shrinking party with extremist leaders who can't be elected in a general.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Pawlenty is a) NOT a conservative and
b) Another loser!
Please please please no more McCain's!!
Close Republican primaries and restrict to Republicans only.

Posted by: ricardo4max | October 7, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Pawlenty has reassembled the Bush Cheney team and its political program.

Republicans are like animals, curiously unable to leave their dead.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 7, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Andy, without peanut butter and jelly.

The most charisma-challenged guy in politics.

Posted by: drindl | October 7, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Why oh why do you keep writing about Pawlenty. He is as bland as wonder bread with peanut butter and jelly. He doesn't energize anyone and will most likely loss his own state in an election.
His actions remind me of Gov Pataki three years ago. Made all the right moves, but people just didn't like him.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 7, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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