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Tim Pawlenty seeks to cement conservative credentials

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) may be leaving his current post at the end of this year but he's hoping to take with him a passel of accomplishments to fuel his courtship of conservatives in the run-up to the 2012 presidential race.

Last week, with Minnesota facing a $3 billion budget deficit and the state Supreme Court striking down the unilateral cuts he tried to make, Pawlenty engaged in a chess match with the state's Democratic-led legislature. He offered few concessions, held out long enough and wound up with an agreement that includes no tax increases and plenty of grist for a potential 2012 presidential campaign.

The situation left one longtime Democratic member of the state legislature saying the governor "learned that politically the more often he says 'no' to us, the more his political standing rises."

Pawlenty, for one, hopes that's true. He's at the tail end of eight years of what has been the most conservative gubernatorial tenure in decades in Minnesota -- since "Tightwad Ted" Christianson in the 1920s, according to the late Robert Novak.

That doesn't necessarily mean much to Republican presidential primary voters -- given Minnesota's longest-in-the-nation streak of voting for Democratic presidents and the fact that few people outside of Minnesota even know Pawlenty's name.

But, in an interview with the Fix, Pawlenty emphasized that his time in office has been more than just conservative by Minnesota's standards -- it's been conservative, period.

"I don't want to be immodest, but for a state that has such a historical strong lean the other way, it's quite a turn of events," he said. "Even if you take it out of the Minnesota context and just look at the record, I think it stacks up very well against whatever state you want to put against it."

That will be a key argument for Pawlenty, who figures to face a series of governors on the GOP ballot if he runs for president. The list so far includes, but isn't limited to, as myriad of current and former governors including Sarah Palin (Alaska), Haley Barbour (Miss.), Mitch Daniels (Ind.), Mike Huckabee (Ark.), Rick Perry (Texas) and Mitt Romney (Mass.).

Pawlenty has stepped lightly around direct comparisons to other governors but they are starting to creep into his patter.

When talking about his own state's liberal history, for example, Pawlenty couldn't help but compare it to Romney's state. "People often think of Massachusetts as the most liberal state in the country, but Massachusetts went for Reagan twice," Pawlenty said.

While Pawlenty has taken pains to emphasize his conservative record as governor, he's not without flaws that can be exposed in a Republican presidential primary. He has irritated some conservatives with his environmental policies and, in his first term, enacted a cigarette fee.

It's a near certainty that those strays from conservative orthodoxy -- not to mention other moments in an eight-year career as governor (and, prior to that, a stint in the state legislature) -- will be fodder for Pawenty's opponents once the 2012 campaign begins in earnest early next year.

But unlike Romney and Huckabee, both of whom struggled to defend past positions -- in Romney's case on abortion and gay rights, and in Huckabee's on taxes -- taken during their gubernatorial tenures, Pawlenty won't likely find his eight years as governor hung around his neck like a political millstone.

The real question is whether he has built up enough accomplishments in his time as governor to impress conservative activists on the campaign trail over the next 18 months.

Given that Pawlenty is a virtual unknown -- still -- to most of the people who will be the deciding forces in the caucuses and primary to come, his record as governor is critically important to making the case that he has not just talked the talk but walked the walk on conservative governance.

That's especially true because, tonally, Pawlenty doesn't offer the white-hot conservative rhetoric of Palin or his Minnesota GOP colleague, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

"Everybody's got different styles," Pawlenty said. "The rhetoric is interesting, but I'll put my results up on the wall, and I'm very proud of that. By any measure, it would be deemed conservative."

-- Aaron Blake

By The Fix  |  May 25, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
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His second term was only won due to his opponents melt down at the end. He begged and pleaded with the electorate for reelection. He promised to represet everyone not just those who gave him his narrow plurality victory. Then, as if by magic, he became the guy we really despise here in Minnesota. Arrogant, big ego Tim, who can only say no. Sure he held the line on taxes by kicking the can down the road to the next administration. For what, a low single digit polling in the presidential race? Well, 2+ billion of the three is now covered with borrowed education money. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out of the state Tim. We can do without your kind of conservatism.

Posted by: mnd3 | May 28, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

How does Fix explain why nobody else in the press or the blogosphere is writing about He Who Sleeps, Pawlenty, except Fix.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 25, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"Given that Pawlenty is a virtual unknown -- still -- to most of the people who will be the deciding forces in the caucuses and primary to come," this blog should stop giving him endless free pub and move on.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 25, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I mean, what's a dead wife and child compared to saving a few dollars on your state taxes?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the families of the people who died and were injured in the bridge collapse will really be thrilled to read about Tim Yawnplenty's "tight-wadedness"

Posted by: JRM2 | May 25, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Poor lonely Ped.

His only friend in the world, this blog, soiled by those nasty unwashed conservatives. The horror!

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone here give an aerial copulation about zouk's or leapin's caricatures of liberals?

Didn't think so.

Go write it on a bus stop window, guys

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

berry has announced a victim's summit to be created by a panel which will cost less than a trillion and do nothing. He will announce this in the most important and eloquent speech ever.

Liberals are falling all over themselves to make the sacrifice and join. The smart liberals will line up at the government door to collect the money for helping others, the dumb liberals will line up in front for the free government goodies being handed out by the other liberals with all the Repub money they grabbed.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1


The question - to be more precise - is the clean-up easier -

1) without the dispersant which means the oil would be spreading for miles along the top of the water, or


2) with the deispersant which is causing the oil to be suspended under the water - allowing more time for biodegradation - AND maybe the oil will be in the form of tar balls which will be easier to scoop up once it reaches the shore.

I'm not sure if with the dispersant is better - because the burning it would have probably been an option as well.

The sheer volume of the spill may make this question difficult either way.

We are probably at 50 million gallons in the water right now - after taking into account for 50% evaporation rate.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, Devore might be right. The creators of 24 are pretty hard core right wingers. I think it was them who made that ridiculous Daily Show knockoff for FOX News which lasted about 3 episodes.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Maybe berry can bore the oil leak into submission with a teleprompter session.

It starts with "Let me be clear".....blah blah blah.....I will not rest...me....me....me...I.....at the end of the day...me...me...I......inherited......hopey........changey............me...there are those ...I...me...who.......unprecedented levles......government subsidized....me...I...me....free ......recovery package..finger pointing....I am President, like my jet??????

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/sestak_couldnt_have_been_nomin.html

"On March 27, 2009, the administration nominated Ray Mabus as secretary of the Navy. It wasn't until April 28 that Specter became a Democrat, and by Sestak's own recollection, he was literally being courted to run the day that news broke. On May 18, the Senate confirmed Mabus. And on May 29, Sestak entered the Senate race."

By the way, I heart Dave Weigel now for posting this video from one of my favorite bands of all time.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/last_call_27.html

37th, here is the speech.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/05/palin-backed_gop_candidate_rip.html

It's got his speech interlaced with Obama's. The video was made by a Republican blogger who is looking to out RINOs.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I guess Obama is reading this blog - NOW Obama says he will go to the Gulf on Friday for a photo-op BEFORE HE GOES ON VACATION.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, I'm not feeling all that bad for them, shrink..."

Ok, sorry for my mini-screed, I'm ok now.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

37thandO asks
"Im not sure if this will make the clean-up easier or more difficult."


What cleanup? I imagine BP thinks keeping the oil from reaching the surface is all the cleanup they have to do.

"Yes, mom, I did clean my room. (Just don't look under the bed or in the closet)"

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Posted by: bsimon1 | May 25, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse


Obama is GOING ON HIS SECOND VACATION SINCE THE OIL SPILL STARTED.


YEA, OBAMA CARES.


This is Obama's Oil Spill - clear and simple.


Obama's response has been to point fingers - AND THEN RUN.


WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street
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For a man who has dominion over the tides he has done little. The physical reality of the situation makes it hard to create an illusion that something good is being done (like touting an unread bill or porkulus spending). Maybe he needs to go on an apology tour to Louisiana.

Posted by: leapin | May 25, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I'm not feeling all that bad for them, shrink...

'California Republican Senate candidate Chuck DeVore says "Jack Bauer" would support him for US Senate. "

... a fictional character. Wonder if his supporters understand the distinction?

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

37th, watch the video. The plagiarism is very extensive.

Drindl, I don't know much about Angle other than the crazies like CFG and Erick Erickson seem to like her. But it does seem Republicans are doing their best to throw away this opportunity. I suppose another way of looking at this is that since the environment is supposedly so bad for Republicans, why not go for broke in getting the most conservative candidates possible? I'm not sure that's a good strategy. As bad as the Republicans electoral record has been since 2008, it is even worse if you disregard candidates who run as moderates.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey we all missed a really special event:

'A star-studded lineup of right-wing extremists graced this weekend's "Liberty Convention" in Montana.

The event -- organized by far-right activist Mona Docteur, and her Celebrating Conservatism group -- was predicted to attract 5000 conservative foot soldiers. In fact, only around 250 showed up. But what the event lacked in numbers, it more than made up for in the anti-government animus -- and sometimes outright wackiness -- of some of its speakers.

Docteur herself was tied to a recent effort to have local leaders in Montana fill out a "questionnaire" pledging, among other things, to form a local militia and to make federal government employees to get written approval before approaching "any Citizen."

Here's a quick rundown on some of the other speakers:

• Red Beckman: A veteran tax protester who has frequently clashed with the IRS, Beckman is also a conspiracy theorist who according to an Anti-Defamation League report has said that the "Federal Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the so-called New World Order are conspiring to dominate the world." In his 1984 book The Church Deceived, Beckman wrote that the Holocaust was God's judgment on Jews for worshipping Satan. He also has spoken at Christian Identity events, which promote a white supremacist version of Christianity.

Beckman told the Liberty Convention this weekend that the federal government was violating the Old Testament commandments about respecting God, and would fall just as the atheist Soviet Union had, reports The Missoulian. "I know the federal, small-g god is going to go down," he said. "The king I serve says its going to go down."

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

shrink2


Yes you are right - oil is supposed to float on water but the dispersant is causing the oil to be suspended underwater.

Im not sure if this will make the clean-up easier or more difficult.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

What is with people feeling sorry for lying right hypocrites (now another from the South Carolina clique)? What's next, we are going to her story is "compelling" too, just like Mark and Jenny's was? Yuck. Sick of these people.

Or maybe its just that I want to get paid if I have to hear about all the mistakes a person has made and how selfish they were and sorry they hurt people they love and are now asking for privacy and God's forgiveness and...it is such a steaming pile of BS.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama is GOING ON HIS SECOND VACATION SINCE THE OIL SPILL STARTED.


YEA, OBAMA CARES.

This is Obama's Oil Spill - clear and simple.

Obama's response has been to point fingers - AND THEN RUN.


WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I feel kind of sorry for this gal, but these teabaggers who campaign on their virtue should be a little more careful. Maybe she can get Anunzio to come a perform some type of miracle for her -- make the evidence disappear.

"It's not looking good for state Rep. Nikki Haley down in South Carolina. The Republican operative-turned-blogger who revealed yesterday that he had what he calls an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley, the leading GOP gubernatorial candidate, now claims to have years of emails, voicemails, and texts between himself and Haley that prove the existence of the relationship. And a post on his blog suggests he might divulge them since Haley is strenuously denying any sexual relationship whatsoever. "

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Two phrases I am very tired of reading...

"No one could have anticipated..."

and

"It has been done successfully in the past but it has never been done at this depth..."

For example, the Coast Guard and the EPA are acknowledging their approval of BP's plan to sink the disaster with Corexit (after all, whose planes are doing the spraying?) and yet now we hear they "never anticipated so much" of it would be used.

Well we were talking about the out of sight out of mind PR mentality here weeks ago. And every day the Unified Command US Government/BP spin site was posting the vast quantities of detergent they were using...as if that were a sign they were really getting after the mess...instead of just dropping it out of sight.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

That plagarism should be investigated - but it sure seems like they BOTH PLAGARIZED FROM THE SAME THIRD PARTY.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

tolja it was passel

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

That plagarism claim from the other day


First, one has to doubt whether a Republican would plagarize from Obama.


I would like to know how EXTENSIVE it is - if it is only - WE COME TO A CROSSROADS - AND WE HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE

That is very trite - and anyone could have thought that up


Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

http://crooksandliars.com/nicole-belle/rachel-maddow-corners-rand-paul-his-e

Paul's Maddow interview. I highly recommend it.

(sorry for the thread jack, but I can't find myself getting too excited about Tim Pawlenty or the 2012 Presidential race with these midterms looming)

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

dawd -- know anything about Sharron Angle? She's even better than Rand Paul, although perhaps not as wiggy as Annunzio in NC -- but:

On her website — full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors — Angle declares: "Like a soldier going to war, I am fighting for my country, the Constitution and a free society."

She wants to privatize Social Security; cut federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; abolish the federal income tax and institute a "simpler, fairer, flatter tax system"; "defund Obamacare"; pull the United States out of the United Nations; ban all abortions; get rid of the Energy and Education departments as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and remove all campaign finance restrictions.'

She is now running even with Chicken Sue Lowden, and stands a good chance of being the candidate to run against Reid. When an overwhelming number of Nevadans want to shut down the Yucca Mountain project, how do you think they'll feel about nuclear plants there? Or turning Social Security over to Goldman Sachs?

Reid must be laughing his as* off.

So far, that's 3 certifiably lunatic candidates the teabaggers have sucessfully got up there.

Gopers like the Davids Brooks and Frum are getting very worried about November, as they should be.

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

What is not stated, is that pawlenty never gotten a majority in any state wide race. He got in office with a plurity, less than 50% of the vote. MN where I live, is a state that is among the top three for voter turner out. Pawlenty signed a law raising taxes to the people in Hennepin County (Minneapolis), over saw the collapse of I35 bridge over the Mississippi River. As I have observed my state goverenment in the last 8 years, my opinion of pawlenty is that he is an opportunist and a bald face liar. I guess that means he is a perfect fit as a replublican.

Posted by: bytheway1 | May 25, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama is GOING ON HIS SECOND VACATION SINCE THE OIL SPILL STARTED.

YEA, OBAMA CARES.


This is Obama's Oil Spill - clear and simple.


Obama's response has been to point fingers - AND THEN RUN.

WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping we were done hearing about this drowsy dullard. CC must be the only uh writer in print who cares if "tpaw" lives or dies.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone been keeping track of the primary for the R nominee for Harry Reid's spot? Chris C has been saying that the field is weak there, but wow, theses guys are terrible. As low as Reid's approval ratings are, he seems to be running close. But while Lowden has been the frontrunner, the tea party candidate, Sherrod Angle, has been pulling close and is probably the least electable.

Lowden, for her part, has been blaming the Angle surge on Reid for spending a lot of money against her and pushing for ANgle's nomination.

Also, Rand Paul says his actual interview with Maddow was fair. His subsequent media treatment was not.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/24/rand-paul-maddow-was-fair_n_587107.html

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

'passel' is southern dialect, shrink, from 'parcel.' I presume he's trying for a southern flavor, but either didn't knw the correct term, or typo'd. It's just irksome that this happens almost every day now. I guess budget cuts don't allow for proofreaders anymore.

Yes, 12Bar, perhaps Pawlenty will become a preeminent pastels painter now since his record as a politician is pathetic.

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Pawlenty excites few people - NEXT !


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Eric Black explores a poll that explains why Tim Pawlenty is a conservative darling (though his name goes unmentioned):

http://www.minnpost.com/ericblack/2010/05/25/18440/compromise_not_a_dirty_word_except_maybe_among_repubs

To summarize: Dems & Independants are more likely to support compromise and candidates that are willing to compromise. Republicans are not. Which explains a lot about our current political environment & why Repub congressional leaders are saying 'no' and only 'no'. How does it relate to Gov Pawlenty? See the Fix's note above about ending this year's budget showdown; once again, Pawlenty stubbornly refused any significant compromise.

The other interesting data point is that Repubs are apparently also more willing to vote for untested candidates, like businesspeople in their first run for office, while Ds and Is are more likely to prefer candidates with political experience. As Repubs continue to promote such candidates, like Whitman, Fiorina, McMahon, Paul, etc, I can't help but wonder whether they'll win enough swing voters to win some of those elections. If the above poll is correct, the GTP may not win as many seats as they expect this year.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 25, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the interesting use of the word "pastel", perhaps the clue is in the last paragraph.

"Everybody's got different styles," Pawlenty said. "The rhetoric is interesting, but I'll put my results up on the wall,..."

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"...the fact that few people outside of Minnesota even know Pawlenty's name."

This is just about all there is to say.
You can not run for as the Republican Presidential candidate if no one knows your name two and a half years before the election. He is running in 2012 to become the 2016 nominee.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

He meant a passel of accomplishments (its Western), but since Aaron isn't from here, he uses Eastern words, like pastel. Or he could have meant pastiche, or perhaps, a palette of accomplishments.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

More on D'Annunzio:

"D'Annunzio's comments came in response to an article published in Sunday's Charlotte Observer that details reasons that Fetzer and others have called D'Annunzio unfit for office.

The documents, according to the article, suggest that D'Annunzio went to rehab for a heroin dependency, was arrested multiple times, and served jail time as a young man. The documents also claim D'Annunzio's ex-wife accused him of saying outrageous things about a religious awakening, including claiming to have discovered the Ark of the Covenant.

D'Annunzio has admitted to several personal failings in his blog, "Christ's War," including using drugs, and being arrested as a teenager and as an adult.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/05/25/1456913/dannunzio-calls-for-nc-gop-chair.html#ixzz0oxWFU5hD
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Incredibly enough, his supporters KNOW all this and actually find his prior record to be a sign of strength. Shows the political naivety of the TP movement.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The Fix summarizes the problems with the GTP thusly:
"Last week, with Minnesota facing a $3 billion budget deficit and the state Supreme Court striking down the unilateral cuts he tried to make, Pawlenty engaged in a chess match with the state's Democratic-led legislature. He offered few concessions, held out long enough and wound up with an agreement that includes no tax increases and plenty of grist for a potential 2012 presidential campaign."


To put that in historical context, Gov Pawlenty has presided over 4 bienneums, and every one of them started with a budget defict that was temporarily plugged with one-time funds, budget shifts and other accounting gimmicks that have failed to solve the systemic problems with the state budget. This is viewed in 'conservative' circles as a victory. Did he cut spending? Sortof; he cut heavily in a program called 'local government aid' which required local municipalities to significantly raise property taxes in order to provide expected services like police & fire departments. Where Gov Pawlenty had direct, unilateral control over the budget - the governor's office - the budget & staff grew every year; nary a cent of waste to be found. Interesting, that. While he announced a hiring freeze, he didn't actually impose one. So what we have, as his term winds down, is a future bill due in the next governor's term. The new conservatism doesn't actually solve problems, it whitewashes them, and pushes the reckoning down the road, for the next guy or gal to clean up. Gov Pawlenty has a solid record of doing exactly that.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 25, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

@drindl,

I HAD to do more research on this North Carolina Tea Party candidate, Tim D'Annunzio. The Charlotte Observer is right on top of the story and ran the establishment GOP charges.

Today, D'Annunzio strikes back: Tim D'Annunzio calls for N.C. GOP chair to resign.

During Monday's press conference, D'Annunzio refused to answer questions about the charges because children were present. The children are his own grandchildren whom he brought to the press conference.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/05/25/1456913/dannunzio-calls-for-nc-gop-chair.html#ixzz0oxRRyKPx

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

"He's at the tail end of eight years of what has been the most conservative gubernatorial tenure in decades in Minnesota -- since "Tightwad Ted" Christianson in the 1920s,"

Rendering him completely unelectable for a general.

From the Dem point of view, he's probably the most desirable R nominee besides Palin, no? Or am I missing someone?

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Haha Republicans are already backpedaling from their promises of November domination. Back up Tim, back up!

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 25, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I have the picture of the month. If you want to see what 37th looks like, there is a photo of him holding sign to "Seize BP Assets". And he's far from a teenager.

http://www.npr.org/?refresh=true

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

More Nuts from North Carolina! Write about this one, Chris!

"The battle between GOP establishments and Tea Party candidates is playing out across the country -- but seldom sort flat-out and publicly as the case in North Carolina. Tim D'Annunzio is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination to face off against conservative Dem Rep. Larry Kissell (D).

But the state GOP says he's unfit for office and is circulating divorce court records claiming that D'Annunzio once claimed to be the Messiah, traveled to New Jersey to try to raise his stepfather from the dead, believed God would drop a 1000 mile high pyramid on Greenland and even that the Ark of the Covenant would be found in Arizona.

The last suggestion, frankly, you could see catching on in this climate. "

"I consider Mr. D'Annunzio unfit for public office at any level," Tom Fetzer, the North Carolina GOP chair, told reporters recently. "What he could do to the party as our nominee is secondary in my view to what he could do to the country if he got elected."

To undermine D'Annunzio, the state GOP has been circulating records from his 1995 divorce and from a 1998 child support judgment. In the latter, as the Charlotte Observer reported Sunday, the judge called D'Annunzio "a self-described religious zealot," and wrote that D'Annunzio had "described the government as the 'Antichrist'."

Here is the real narrative for the fall, CC -- the real question -- will the teabaggers tear the gop apart?

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

the wages of weakness:

Just a few snippets in the life of liberal leadership:

AP - North Korea declared Tuesday that it would sever all communication and relations with Seoul as punishment for blaming it for the sinking of a South Korean warship - can you smell the weakness?

The Dow Jones industrials plunged below 10,000 Tuesday as traders turned away from stocks amid worries about the global economy and tensions between North and South Korea.

Home prices fell in March from the previous month, a sign of a weakening housing market despite historically low mortgage rates and now-expired tax credits.

Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.


and that's just today.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Tasty Pastel Pawlenty Puffs, Margaret!

CC, why no link to David Frum's review of Limbaugh's bio today?

"For one, Chafets exposes some disconnects between Limbaugh's private life and public presence. Chafets has seen more of the pundit's personal world than any other journalist, and reveals some distinctly grandiose tastes in this self-imagined tribune of Middle America.

"Largely decorated by Limbaugh himself, [his Palm Beach house] reflects the things and places he has seen and admired. A massive chandelier in the dining room, for example, is a replica of the one that hung in the lobby of New York's Plaza Hotel. The vast salon is meant to suggest Versailles. The main guest suite, which I didn't visit, is an exact replica of the Presidential Suite at the Hotel George V in Paris. There is a full suit of armor on display, as well as a life-size oil painting of El Rushbo. Fragrant candles burned throughout the house, a daily home-from-the-wars ritual."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/24/AR2010052403339_pf.html


Real down-to-earth manly man, huh? Just a regular guy.

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Liberals talking about deficits.

Funny.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 10:58 AM
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Shall we talk about the $12 Trillion of Republican debt we've been saddled with?
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | May 25, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"a pastel of accomplishments to fuel his courtship of conservatives"

That is some bad writing. As they used to say in the New Yorker,

BLOCK THAT METAPHOR!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 25, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I will not rest until this oil spill is stopped - Present ident Obungler

With the long Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, President Obama is finally addressing one of the great broken promises of his administration: his early pledge to return home to Chicago every six weeks or so. In 16 months at the White House, the Obamas have been back home just once - in February of 2009. But they plan to make the trip over Memorial Day weekend, an official said. After arriving on Thursday night, they will visit with friends and participate in private events.


His empty promises don't even last a week anymore.

The BP oil rig explosion will be President Obama’s ‘Katrina’ — in fact, it will potentially be much worse in terms of long term effect. While President Bush took a matter of a few days to mobilize federal assistance to flooded New Orleans, Obama has demonstrated near-complete incompetence and inaction over a month and counting. Still, there is no leadership or clear-cut solution to answer one of the worst environmental disasters in modern time. Eleven people are dead, fisheries and scores of fragile ecosystems dying day-by-day. President Obama finds himself deservedly being attacked from the left and the right.

The Obama administration seems content to allow BP to stick tubes in the toxic gusher, poke and prod it while the President finger-points. President Obama has so far tried blaming it all on President Bush, President Clinton, the Minerals Management Service, BP, Halliburton — anyone but himself.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The Fix: Now with more Pawlenty news! There's so much exciting Pawlenty news that CC had to hire assistants to make sure he didn't miss anything! Welcome to the Pawlenty Praise Party, Aaron Blake!

Posted by: Blarg | May 25, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The uncontrolled, environmentally and politically toxic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now lapping at the White House. "I'm angry and the people back in my state are very angry," Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, fresh back from home, said in a speech on the House floor Monday afternoon, in which he waved a photo of a dead pelican and a copy of the Oil Pollution Act mandating the president to "ensure the effective and immediate removal of discharge." Instead, he said, "the finger-pointer in chief" had been "ceding power to BP."

finger pointer in chief.

I love it.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Liberals talking about deficits.

Funny.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) may be leaving his current post at the end of this year but he's hoping to take with him a pastel of accomplishments to fuel his courtship of conservatives in the run-up to the 2012 presidential race.

Last week, with Minnesota facing a $3 billion budget deficit and the state Supreme Court striking down the unilateral cuts he tried to make, "

First of all, a 'pastel' of accomplishments?
Does that mean 'pale' or perhaps invisible?

EXactly where is the accomplishment here, leaving the state with a $3 billion dollar deficit? By what bizarro world narrative is this an accomplishment?

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

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