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Pawlenty to Start PAC

In the latest sign that he is preparing to run for president in 2012, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is starting a political action committee that will allow him to donate to state and federal candidates and travel the country in support of his party.

The "Freedom First" PAC is slated to hold its first official event in November, according to a save-the-date e-mail being circulated among Republican activists. The event, which includes a reception and a dinner, is scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Minneapolis Hilton. To serve as a "chair" for the fundraiser, an individual must collect $100,000 for the event while "co-chairs" are required to bring in $50,000. Individual tickets cost $5,000.

"When the Governor said he wouldn't seek re-election, he said in addition to finishing his term strong, he would help other Republicans candidates, and obviously a PAC is one key way to do that," said Alex Conant, an unofficial adviser to Pawlenty.

In the past few months, Tpaw has worked aggressively to introduce himself to potential 2012 Republican primary voters. He has visited (or will visit by the end of the month) a number of battleground states including Florida and Ohio and drew considerable media coverage for his speech last week at the Value Voters Summit in Washington. (That activity led us to name Pawlenty the second most influential Republican in the country last week.)

Pawlenty's expected rivals for the 2012 nomination already have PACs up and operational.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) is at the head of the PAC class, having collected $2.3 million for his "Free and Strong America" committee so far in 2009 and ending August with $811,000 in the bank. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin closed June with $732,000 raised via her "Sarahpac" while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee collected $305,000 through his "Huck PAC" in the first six months of the year.

In recent presidential elections, leadership PACs have become de rigeur for top tier candidates -- allowing them to begin the construction of a national financial apparatus while also building up chits with candidates running for office.

This process is especially important to Pawlenty as he has never run for national office before and starts at something of a disadvantage in terms of national organization and name identification when compared to Romney, Palin and Huckabee.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2009; 12:40 PM ET
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Pawlenty as a Minnesota governor leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. People are going hungry and uninsured, education money has been cut to the point there are 40 kids in each classroom. The MN deficit is 4.2 billion and getting worse. Pawlenty has done nothing for the state, except to campaign all over the country. What can he possibly offer the country? He will only say what his supporters want to hear. And, he has the personality of a door knob.

Posted by: cmgbeeler | September 23, 2009 10:17 PM |
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You are so absolutely right cmgbeeler! My late father was a serious victim of the self-serving Pawlenty! Pawlenty is nothing but a self-serving crook who lies and has done absolutely nothing for the states most vulnerable Disabled and Disabled- Seniors who have paid their dues in life. Pawlwnty raped them of everything! To cut a persons benefits who needs assistance with bathing, cooking, setting up 2-daily injections,taking back what the state already provided like a handicap ramp so that my father could get out of the house, bleeding my father of every cent he had, etc. Pawlenty DID bring the state of Minnesota down with his Bush/Cheny Crony's and socked it to Minnesota recently by cutting everything with his almighty power to get back at the Democrats for his self-serving paybacks,: pouting because he didn't get the RNC VP candidate nomination which was given to Sarah Palin, Pawlenty is a taliban neo-con religious fanatic with his co-hort Michele Bachmann, he is a criminal having been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for illegal campaigning, has done NOTHING for Minnesota except to start the Governor's Deer Hunting Opener. PAWLENTY IS FULLY RESPONSIBLE for Seniors and the poor having to resort to soup kitchens, having to eat dog food, Seniors having to make the decision of whether being able to eat or pay for life sustaining medications, a serious increase of job loss and homelessness, etc. Plain and simple, PAWLENTY DESTROYED MINNESOTA. But Pawlenty continues to live a life of luxury with his pockets being contnually lined by the Corporate INTERESTS who rule this country, who won't have to wait for someone to come in 2 times a week to be bathed, etc. because he has a premier health insurance compliments of minnesota tax-payers, etc, etc, etc. NO MORE PAWLENTY!!!! HE KILLED MINNESOTA!!!!

Posted by: merf-1 | September 24, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Proof that the party of NO is finished..Romney,Palin, Huckabee and Pawlenty;what no Sanatorium:); are the main contenders for an election that is nearly eighty years away..That is right, with these hacks, President Barack Obama re-election in 2012 is even more assured..Hey, Pawlenty, looking like the witch from the Wizard of Oz, how is that defense shield position working out for you, jeez, what a dimwit...

Posted by: ruraledcomm | September 23, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

cmgbeeler's comments are completely bogus and untrue. It is obvious from that posting we have an overpaid and underworked teacher spewing their venom for being held accountable by the state of MN to teach our youth.
When the state legislature failed to balance the budget, Pawlenty took the lead and worked with both parties to hammer out the state finances. He is excellent at reaching across to various ideologies, hearing both sides of an arqument and taking a stand for what he believes is best for the people of this state. When the state risks a shortfall, like the private sector, he is not afraid to shutdown state agencies to balance the budget.
This is the type of leadership America needs. A man that keeps finances in order and will work with all persons to find a solution for what is best for the people.

Posted by: hannagreene | September 23, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty as a Minnesota governor leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. People are going hungry and uninsured, education money has been cut to the point there are 40 kids in each classroom. The MN deficit is 4.2 billion and getting worse. Pawlenty has done nothing for the state, except to campaign all over the country. What can he possibly offer the country? He will only say what his supporters want to hear. And, he has the personality of a door knob.

Posted by: cmgbeeler | September 23, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

All Putin had to do to distract Bush was put on a crucifix. That gave the world and history and comedians that "looked into his soul" laff riot.

All ANYONE has to do to distract the conservative detritus is find a way to fit "freedom" in somewhere. They'll *eat it up*

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 23, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Can I just say: "Freedom First?" He's got the option of "PawPAC," which is awesome, and he picks "Freedom First?" Feh, some leader of the free world this guy would make.

OK, I kid, I kid. But seriously, that name is lame.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | September 23, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Note to commenter htruman:

You might want to brush up on your Massachusetts Bay Colony history. Big Federal Government is to us contemporary Tea Partiers as King George was to the original Boston Tea Partiers.

Have a nice day. :-)

Posted by: SissyWillis | September 23, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

I don't want government agencies to be the busybodies telling other people how to live, I want everyone doing that. I want government to go back into the business of public information campaigns and drive out information on staying healthy, eating right, exercising, staying away from addictions. I want the USA to be more like Việt Nam with posters everywhere giving people useful information about taking care of themselves.

"Feed your baby healthy food."

"Wear your motorcycle helmet."

"Fewer kids means more for all of them."

STOP THE TYRANNY

And I want people who know they're all on the same big national plan and all paying into it and all paying for others' care to get some oomph about it. To chat out their coworkers and friends about dumping the lard and avoiding the grease and quitting smoking. Damn right, I want people to get on each others' cases and care about each other. Sue me.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite, has it ever occurred to you that you are a plague on the concept of national health care? Or are you deliberately trying to sink it?

No one I know is going to vote for national health care if it means that people like you get to supervise our diets and our lives.

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Are you demented? I'm not in national office, not in the FDA even. GET a GRIP.

Obesity is bad. Obese people get more diabetes, they have heart problems, and they cost insurance plans a lot more money. And a third of smokers die from smoking, using the damned things as directed.

I DARE you do justify either condition.

Wait. Let me guess. Some extremely general appear to pluralism, egalitarianism, and of course that heaviest hitter, "freedom," right?

Save it.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty has run non-ending deficits in Minnesota refusing to raise revunes or to cut spending resulting in record debt in a once properous well-run state. Under Pawlenty Minnesota has experience decline in prosperity, educational achievement and quality of life. Neglect and refusing to fund infrastucture led not only to bridge collapse but is evidenced state wide. Now he want to do to the rest of us what he did to Minnesota?

His recent flip-flop from sanity to insanity by abolishing all state funding when Acorn had never received a penny from the state of Minnesota, brings his honesty to the forefront of doubt. Add his Bachmann problem, his past association with an accused child molester who paid for his mistress' abortion, and Cheney into the picture and the future for Pawlenty doesn't look bright.

Posted by: xclntcat | September 22, 2009 3:38 PM
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True that xclntcat! LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN about this lunatic. He is SICK just like that lunatic Michele Bachmann who says she doesn't want Government involved in her life yet was happy to accept thousands upon thousands of tax free, tax payer dollars, for being a foster parent for some 26 kids! L U N A T I C S!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: merf-1 | September 22, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite, has it ever occurred to you that you are a plague on the concept of national health care? Or are you deliberately trying to sink it?

No one I know is going to vote for national health care if it means that people like you get to supervise our diets and our lives.

Next, you'll be criminalizing getting into the shower and washing your feet before washing your armpits, because for some godforsaken reason you've taken it into your head that that's important.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 22, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

no way is this guy going to get the rep nomination that is reserved for rommney.

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Why don't you guys just tell the Democrats they can keep the presidency another four years? Better yet, twelve more? Please, by all means, give "Rommney" the nomminnationnn. He can stomp around the stage and promise to send tens of millions of jobs to India and China so we can save a buck on our next pair of sneakers and as an encore he can center his tie to thund'rous applause and fainting fans.

Oh god yes. He might even carry Utah!

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

New soda tax, cig tax

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I sure hope so. You have any idea what smoking and obesity are costing us? Shifting that burden to those costing us makes perfect sense.

Every time the price of smoking goes up more people quit, so it's a win-win.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Pawlenty for President... this is almost as exciting as the Fred Thompson candidacy though possibly with fewer laughs.
With luck he may even carry his home state.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | September 22, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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WRONG! We have had Plenty of Putrid Pawlenty. He is a crook who was fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for illegal campaigning when he was first elected in Minnesota. The one and only thing he did in Minnesota was to start the Governors Deer Hunting Opener! Geeeez, what a loser! Minnesota is happy to see him go and he knows it. He will never be supported by minnesota! We were so sick of his pouting when the RNC decided that Sarah Palin was a much BETTER selection as a VP candidate than Pawlenty was. He calls himself a Christian and yet he cut benefits for Minnesota's disabled, Seniors and most vulnerable! WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD WANT THIS ROTTEN PIECE OF WORK AS PRESIDENT???????

Posted by: merf-1 | September 22, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty supporters might want to read up on the history of nativism in the USA. It tends to get especially virulent when the USA economy is failing for reasons that have nothing to do with the victims nativism likes to target.

"Know-Nothings" come to mind.

Roman Catholic immigrants were frequent targets of such movements, and the usual result was a lethal riot by established Protestants against Catholics who had recently immigrated. The term "weavers" comes to mind.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 22, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Pawlenty for President... this is almost as exciting as the Fred Thompson candidacy though possibly with fewer laughs.
With luck he may even carry his home state.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | September 22, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Only thing you see from him is vacuous complaints. TP does not like Obama. TP is upset about the general direction of things. No specific matters, just a general malaise; did not work for Carter very well. No matter how many complaint tchotchkes Pawlenty gathers, they won't add up to a presidential campaign.

Posted by: Martial | September 22, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

no way is this guy going to get the rep nomination that is reserved for rommney.

Posted by: donaldtucker | September 22, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Mercy,Tpaw seems to have hit a nerve, but much less painful than Palin - she's like a trip to the dentist.
It's much too early to worry; the last election while interesting was much too long. Tim, you are better off to stay home and make Minnesota shine like it has before. That'll capture more votes than a fundraiser with no film at 11 on Fox.

Posted by: onthejourney | September 22, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

HTRUMAN 1 You have it ALL wrong about the T.E.A. party!! That stands for Taxed Enough Already you knucklehead!! New soda tax, cig tax, small biz are going to get extra taxes over the new takeover of healthcare, this is just the beginning and you need to open your eyes and see whats coming down the pipe! Keith Oberman and his TWIN BROTHER Rachel Maddow won't report on this but Fox will! Wake up brother the people who protest at the TEA parties love their country just as much as you my friend! God save us from the idiots in DC that are spending us to the bottom of the ocean!!

Posted by: shamrockchris | September 22, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Can we just get someone who will:
A. Balance the Budget
2. Legalize Marijuana
C. Bring our troops home!!

#2 is a tax myself and many other productive Americans will pay!! Unlike Turbo Tax Timmy Geitner!!

Posted by: shamrockchris | September 22, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

what they goopers really mean by freedom is the freedom to enslave. It's never off their radar.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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Now you're talking, so long as it makes the people at the tea party rallies (with their pasty Michigan men pysiologies) happy, than it's gotta be righteous.

Frreeeaaahhhddooommmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!

Anyone ever stop to contemplate how funny it is that a pack of jackals who can't stand Massachusetts name themselves after the Boston tea party?

Posted by: htruman1 | September 22, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I am looking for someone who is fiscally responsilbe. Tpaw...at the very least wont spend money that we don't have. Currently we don't have enough fiscally responsible politicians. Certainly not in Minnesota where I am from. The left is a joke when it comes to spending. The Bush right...is an even bigger joke...because they pretend to be fiscally responsible. The left controls the congress in MN...and they are mad Tpaw wont raise taxes. I am looking for spending cuts at the Federal level. America, elect some cost accountants!!! Let's get responsible together.

Posted by: RobMc1 | September 22, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

He's pro-choice. Fox won't let him be president.

Posted by: blarsen1 | September 22, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

what they goopers really mean by freedom is the freedom to enslave. It's never off their radar.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the "Freedom First" PAC contains a clause stipulating that under a Pawlenty administration that Terri Schiavo would remain plugged into an electric socket until she was 100.

Somehow I always cringe whenever the American Taliban throws around expressions like "Freedom", because unless you're talking about stock piling guns, or giving the corrupt more ability to pollute and/or engage in monopolistic behavior their claim to freedom somehow always rings hollow.....

Posted by: htruman1 | September 22, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

wayoffbaseguy @ 323 takes no prisoners.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 22, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I think bhoomes was correct. I saw Thune [especially] and Corker [less likely] as potential rivals to WMR, but he posted here several times that he saw no likelihood of that, in response to me.

I miss bhoomes and worry that something has happened to him.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 22, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"I'll have a BLT. On white toast. Hold the bacon. Hold the lettuce. Hold the tomato."

"So, mayo on white toast?"

"Oh, no ma'am. Hold the mayo."

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 22, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

One negative on Pawlenty not yet mentioned here is his pandering to the Minnesota cops on the issue of medicinal marijuana, which has overwhelming public support in Minnesota like it does in every civilized place. Pawlenty and the cops went so far as to refuse to support a bill that only would have applied to terminally ill patients. What % of Americans would have supported such a bill? 90%? You have to be a serious sadist not to, and it's hard to believe this wouldn't hurt him in a general election, and maybe even in the Republican primaries.

Posted by: newageblues | September 22, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I here they already have a campaign slogan picked out.

"Pawlenty will screw up the country like he screwed up MN."

Posted by: antonio3 | September 22, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

crude and ugly and depressing
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another topic of expertise from the left wing lunatic.
anyone notice the sewage this troll brings with it every day?


one banning wasn't enough. this kind of sickness needs multiple shots of penicillin.

Posted by: snowbama | September 22, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite wrote: "I call troll."

Pawlenty's record was more than McCain could overcome.

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I don't give a damn about Pawlenty, he's another cookie-cutter Republican and about as interesting a candidate as a dead goldfish.

I was commenting on your calling Palin a "wise choice." She gave McCain a 2-week boost but thereafter absolutely *cemented* the Obama narrative that McCain was loopy, unstable, impulsive, and incompetent.

Yeah, wise choice.

I will never forgive him for introducing that stupid vicious hateful woman to the national stage. She made our politics more crude and ugly and depressing than any three decades of Republican nastiness ever could have.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"Andy, it will be "moot". Posted by: mark_in_austin"

Aw! Why'd you have to go and correct him. I was so hoping for the mute part.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 22, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota Fatuous has read the tea leaves and decided that he is as well placed to blow lots of donated money in the pursuit of nary a delegate vote as Rudi ever was.

Call Guiness and check for the category of total dollars blown in a political campaign without a single vote acquired. TP is going for it.

You see, the Republican Process always has been rigged and the obvious strategy to beat the fix, going for the centermost 40% of the Republican Party will never be tried by a republican Candidate. For the next three years every Republican Wannabee will try to stand to the right of every other Republican Wannabee, so that by January 2012 the entire cast will have exited stage right and be gaily dancing off to oblivion, a state that is always well to the right no matter which way these bozos face.

Think of it as Riverdance facing North and constantly moving right on Navy pier in Chicago. As they blindly become Lake Michigan Dance you have the effect of the Republican Party's current direction.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 22, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I call troll.


Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite


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And the idiocy begins.

Let me preview the discourse:

troll, troll, troll
racist
insane
stupid, conservative crooks

there that should save the loon and the rest of you a lot of wasted time.

Posted by: snowbama | September 22, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite wrote: "I call troll."

Pawlenty's record was more than McCain could overcome.

Posted by: kwoods2 | September 22, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain knew he would go nowhere with Pawlenty and wisely chose Sarah Palin.

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I call troll.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

angelinwhite wrote: "Woo hoo, this made my day! I am a TPAW supporter all the way! These nasty comments mean you are AFRAID of TPAW in 2012!! What are you afraid of? That he will win and turn this country around in the RIGHT direction?!! Can't wait for 2012!!! Go TPAW!!!"

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I can certainly tell that you don't know the man.

In truth, there is not a lot of difference between Pawlenty and the present occupant in the White House as you cannot believe a thing that either of the men say.

Posted by: kwoods2 | September 22, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

allenridge,

I doubt very much that Mitt Romney will saddle with Pawlenty as a year ago February, Mitt Romney (in a straw poll on Super Tuesday) won first in Minnesota where Pawlenty could not even give McCain the second slot which went to Huckabee with McCain a distant third.

McCain knew he would go nowhere with Pawlenty and wisely chose Sarah Palin.

Posted by: kwoods2 | September 22, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty has run non-ending deficits in Minnesota refusing to raise revunes or to cut spending resulting in record debt in a once properous well-run state. Under Pawlenty Minnesota has experience decline in prosperity, educational achievement and quality of life. Neglect and refusing to fund infrastucture led not only to bridge collapse but is evidenced state wide. Now he want to do to the rest of us what he did to Minnesota?

His recent flip-flop from sanity to insanity by abolishing all state funding when Acorn had never received a penny from the state of Minnesota, brings his honesty to the forefront of doubt. Add his Bachmann problem, his past association with an accused child molester who paid for his mistress' abortion, and Cheney into the picture and the future for Pawlenty doesn't look bright.

Posted by: xclntcat | September 22, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

He like Coleman are history!

Posted by: kwoods2 | September 22, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The fact that he's friends with Cheney gives him big negatives. Not to mention he hasn't done a good job for his state. He is one of the people who became Governor just as a stepping stone to the Presidency. This guy is not impressive. I fer the GOP won't have anyone who can stand on the stage with Obama.

Posted by: Julescator | September 22, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

It has been humorous watching mild-mannered Pawlenty pretend to be strident in these last few weeks to appeal to his cracked base.

He'll never be president, of course: Too boring.

The limp nickname "T-Paw" says it all.

Posted by: mypitts2 | September 22, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"Twin City bridges falling down, falling down, falling down."
'Twin City bridges falling, Pawlenty of nothing."

Nothing, save for turning Minnesota into Mississippi.

Education testing levels down (due to full support for no-child left behind (all will be left behind), and eliminating programs that had raised Minnesota test scores into the top ten bringing in a rightwing kook from Virginia as Educ. Czar to dismantle the system. (She was forced out after a year, because her extreme initiatives were rankling just about everybody.

No account budgets. Accounting shifts (like Bush's not including his wars in the budget), putting debt burden on future generations of Minnesotans and pushing more burdens on property owners and un-funded mandates on cities and counties.

Touts Minnesota's health care plan, but cut 35,000 low income people (17,000 children) out of the program. All in the interest of fiscal constraint... of course, he violated state law requiring county voters to okay sales tax increases for the new Twins Stadium, so corporate welfare is alive and well in Minnesota.

A few years before he chose to run for office he was Chief of Staff to a "family values" candidate who had just gotten over the groping of a 15 girl in his swimming pool when the bombshell dropped that he paid for his DC mistress's abortion. Grunseth was his name.

A close friend of Dick Cheney. After Pawlenty announced for the Senate seat, Cheney called him and told him he wanted Coleman in the Senate and that'd he'd help him get the governorship and maybe higher office sometime in the future. (The future is now.)

Knees are bleeding from pandering to corporations and right wing extremists.

Parses his words better than Bill Clinton, and has that folksiness of Dubya. (I wonder if he's going to get a ranch?) He definitely knows how to spin the lowest common denominator.

Yep, sounds like the next GOP Presidential nominee.

Posted by: wayoffbaseguy | September 22, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on. Pawlenty is a nonentity. Just another reoackaging of the same stale Reagan-era nonsense that nobody wants to hear anymore and coming from a guy who couldn't inspire a fish to swim.

This all you got?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 22, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Whoo-hooo!

yawn....zzzz....That's Pawlenty campaign

The man puts people to sleep.

Mitt Romney - makes one think of "Utah Mormon Internet sex-perverts"

Sara Palin - makes one think of "short one in the six-pack" when it comes to her ingenous brain!

Hucabbee (?) - Most people don't even know his first name and he reminds people of an evagelical preacher - separate of State and Chuch!!!

YEP WOOO-HOOO...yawn yawn.....clap clap...lights offf...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

REPUBLICANS ARE BORING AND CORRUPT

Posted by: danders5000 | September 22, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

John1263:

Assuming that Obama is even legally "President", I predict that he will not be re-elected.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Why don't these Mitt Romney supporters realize that nobody is going to support someone who is a legacy kid during an economic downturn like this. I am sorry but his pedigree is wrong for these times. Republicans need to support T-Paw.

Posted by: lancediverson | September 22, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Funny that republicons are fallig over themselves alredy to be the candidate who loses to President Obama

Posted by: John1263 | September 22, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually intrigued by what T-Paw has to offer. The more I hear from him the more I like him. I like seeing Governors running for President because it would be nice to see someone who has had to balance a budget operate the executive branch instead of a glorified community organizer

Posted by: TexasProud1 | September 22, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

His decision to help stall the will of the people of his state in last year's senate race certainly makes more sense in light of this. Keeping Senator Franken from taking his seat was just a cheap sop to the extremist wing of his party -- the most extremist wing. There is no "non-extremist" part og the gop any more. Just the extremist, the very extremist, and the tea baggers.

Posted by: John1263 | September 22, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty sounds like polenta - same consistency.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | September 22, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

In theory Pawlenty sounds like a good fit for the republicans. There's only one problem--he's pro-choice as is Romney (most of the time). There's no way he would get the Christian conservatives, even if he changes his position, because then--like Romney--he'll be seen as a flip flopper.

Posted by: blarsen1 | September 22, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, allenridge has found The Fix. Get ready for a new level of nastiness.

If you don't believe me, check out his posts on dozens of stories.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | September 22, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Another repugnican bozo.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | September 22, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Pawlently can be Mitt Romney's veep......

That way the GOP will reestablish itself in the Mid-west and West in addition to the South.

We will push the Dems into a regiona party, the Northeast. Along with their corrupt enablers in our MSM wolfpack press\

..........Romney / Pawlently 2012! for real pragmatic and proven leadership with proven results.......unlike Obama

Posted by: allenridge | September 22, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoo, this made my day! I am a TPAW supporter all the way! These nasty comments mean you are AFRAID of TPAW in 2012!! What are you afraid of? That he will win and turn this country around in the RIGHT direction?!! Can't wait for 2012!!! Go TPAW!!!

Posted by: angelinwhite | September 22, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Andy, it will be "moot".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 22, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Freedom First?"

Well, "Country First" worked so well for John McCain....

Posted by: Bondosan | September 22, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

This will all be mute in about two months when the Supreme Court strikes down the McCain/Feingold campaign finance reform law.

Posted by: AndyR3 | September 22, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, boy! Don't let those 100-and- something votes at the Value City conference go to your head. I heard some of them were pity votes.

And are there really fewer than 600 Value Voters in this country, or do they not let the women-folk vote? If there's just 600 of them, why do we pay any attention at all?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 22, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

T-PAW: HARD-RIGHT LAP DOG.

Pawlenty could have cultivated the image of a moderate centrist. I mean, he looks the part. Instead, he has adopted the rhetoric of hard-right demagoguery.

He may win the GOP nomination. It could be argued that at least, he's no Palin.

But as a national candidate, he is D.O.A.

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ATTENTION A.G. HOLDER:

Where is the DOJ Civil Rights Division investigation into the covert use of silent, harmful microwave and laser directed energy weapons on unjustly targeted Americans and their families by a Bush-legacy federal-local "multi-agency coordinated action program" that continues to commit civil and human rights violations under Team Obama...

...including warrantless GPS-activated "community stalking" harassment by vigilantes affiliated with federally-funded community policing and town watch groups?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 22, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"This process is especially important to Pawlenty as he has never run for national office before..."

That is why he is attacking the appeasement of Nazis and Commies, to show how wise he is about foreign stuff.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 22, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

GO T-PAW!!!

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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