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Tim Pawlenty endorses Kasich, Renacci in Ohio

1. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday will back former Ohio Rep. John Kasich's bid for governor and Jim Renacci's challenge to Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, the latest in a series of Midwestern endorsements from the all-but-certain 2012 presidential candidate.

Pawlenty -- through his Freedom First PAC -- had previously endorsed former Rep. Rob Portman, who is running for the Senate in the Buckeye State, and former Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, who is trying to reclaim the Cincinnati-area seat he lost in 2008.

For the past decade, Ohio has been the swingiest of swing states: George W. Bush's slim margin there over Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004 handed him a second term, although in the wake of that victory Democrats have scored across the board victories for governor, Senate and several U.S. House seats in 2006 and 2008.

Pawlenty's focus on Ohio is part of a broader strategic effort to use the power of his endorsements -- and the donations that come with them -- to build an image as a governor from the center of the country who understands the hopes and fears of people who live in that area, which also happens to be the central battleground in the 2012 presidential race.

That's not to say Pawlenty isn't dabbling in other races across the country; he'll endorse Arkansas Rep. John Boozman's Senate candidacy and Razorback State 1st district candidate Rick Crawford on Friday, and will travel to Oklahoma Tuesday to raise campaign cash for Rep. Mary Fallin's front-running gubernatorial candidacy.

Pawlenty's latest slate of endorsements cap a week that saw former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- both of whom also are mentioned as potential 2012 contenders -- announce a series of candidates they are supporting.

For Romney, Pawlenty, Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- who has issued a series of endorsements, including Fallin on Thursday, that have produced widely varying results for the candidates on the receiving end -- spreading donations around to aspiring candidates and traveling the country in support of them amounts to the spring training portion of the next presidential race. Most people don't watch it, but it sets the tone for everything to come over the next few years.

2. Even as Pawlenty wades into Ohio, an organization funded by the Democratic Governors Association is launching a new ad that hits Kasich for his time on Wall Street.

"Now we know how John Kasich got rich working on Wall Street," says the narrator of the Building a Stronger Ohio ad, noting that the former Ohio member of Congress set up meetings between the state's pension officials and his colleagues at Lehmann Brothers.

"When Lehmann Brothers collapsed, Ohio seniors lost $480 million from their retirement funds," says the narrator. "John Kasich got rich while Ohio seniors lost millions."

The ad is the third anti-Kasich spot funded by the group, which has received $1.5 million in contributions from the DGA and spent roughly $1 million to date.

Democrats insist the ads have served to erode Kasich's numbers in his race against Gov. Ted Strickland (D). There is a dearth of quality polling in the contest, but what is out there suggests the race is an absolute jump ball.

3. Florida businessman Jeff Greene's (D) unusual Senate campaign is living up to its billing, as the self-funded candidate has launched an attack ad against his primary opponent -- in Washington D.C.

The eccentric billionaire's campaign has gone up with an ad in the nation's capital seeking to press members of Congress into investigating Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) for seeking earmarks for a man now charged with fraud.

Greene's attacks on Meek's ties to developer Dennis Stackhouse haven't been big news in Washington, but Greene aims to change that. The ad points to Florida newspapers and their calls for more information about the matter. "Yet Congress does nothing, and the Meek scandal grows," says the ad's narrator.

Stackhouse is accused of stealing $1 million in funds intended for a biopharmaceutical park. He paid Meek's mother, former Rep. Carrie Meek (D-Fla.), $90,000 in consulting fees and gave her a Cadillac Escalade.

Last month, the Miami Herald, which initially broke the story in 2007, reported that Stackhouse provided Meek's district director with a loan for a down payment on a house.

4. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman's new Spanish-language TV ads present the Republican California gubernatorial hopeful as "a different candidate" who "respects our community," a sudden turnaround for Whitman who--as recently as two weeks ago--was touting her tough-on-immigration credentials.

Whitman is "the Republican who opposes the Arizona immigration law and opposed Proposition 187," the narrator of the ad says in Spanish, referring to the controversial 1994 measure backed by then-Gov. Pete Wilson (R).

Wilson, as we've noted before, had become a prime campaign surrogate for Whitman in the final days of the primary, appearing with the candidate in radio appearances and in ads praising her "tough as nails" immigration stance.

Whitman's overture to Latino voters, nine days after her primary win over state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, indicates that her campaign is focused on reaching out to a group that will be key to victory this fall; at 35 percent, California's Latino population is the largest in the nation.

Whitman also has the fortune of running on the same ticket as Abel Maldonado (R), the Mexican American lieutenant governor. Asked whether he'll be actively involved in the skirmish between Whitman and Democratic nominee Jerry Brown, however, Maldonado demurred.

"I'm running for lieutenant governor as myself," Maldonado said, adding, "My message isn't going to change from the primary."

5. It's Friday -- let's play two! Fix chats, that is.

At 10:30 a.m., we'll field questions -- in a live video chat -- about our "Worst Week in Washington" winner: Texas Rep. Joe Barton.

Then at 11 a.m., we'll spend an hour fielding your questions on anything and everything about politics -- and any stray questions about the new Fix iPad. (It arrived Thursday.) It's the Live Fix chat!

You can either submit questions in advance or just follow along in real time.

See you there!

With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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Email message sent to Tim Pawlenty at

Hello Tim:

Before you start proclaiming that you support John Kasich for Governor of Ohio, you should first learn that John Kasich clearly does not practice what he preaches as described on the web site

We would appreciate your thoughts on those facts for which there is overwhelming and irrefutable evidence about the Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups against John Kasich, his family, and thousands of others. John refuses to do anything about those serious crimes and dangerous hypocrisy while he continues to send his twin daughters to that private "Christian" school where the administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to the students (including John Kasich's own daughters) on how to treat your business customers and fellow man.

Thank you,
Ohioan Voters

Posted by: OhioanVoters | June 22, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's do a quick count of Seats that the R's need to retain to break even in Congress. NH. Going more and more blue so two real conservatives try to get on each other's right, meaning soon one will be standing in the piney woods of Maine and the other better learn to tread water. Rubio may not get to the primary, since it looks like both his addresses in Florida are going to belong to Deutsche Bank, and the R's won't have much of a nominee, although Kogut or Escofferry don't seem to have been indicted for anything yet. Rand Paul seems to be staying at Gesthemeni, but he is just too loquacious for him to stay there much longer. George Walker Portman is usually referred to as unknown outside SW Ohio, but is actually well known state wide for exporting the jobs he advertises as having left the state. McCain is going down to the T-Party that couldn't get him elected in 2008, and his replacement also has a bad case of tongue in cheek disease. And the T-s have decided that Lisa Murkowski is the last wooley RINO, and are dead set on making the species extinct, again. And Bennet in red rock Utah is gone and there the T-s dispute over whom is further right than Joseph Smith.

In the great awakening that ought to follow the democratic landslide that hits this year, when the republican Awakening will be on 5 November when the D's have a five seat cushion against filibuster and the R's go under a hundred in the House, Gored, skinned, and sensitive ex-RINOS may emerge from the seared and blasted Savanah grasses and herd to gether as the anything else party, staunchly in the center and totally opposed to allowing Conservatives to drink at their new found water hole.

Here's to the coming New American Centrist party, may it get to near majority status about 2024.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 19, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

It took CC TWO tries to say anything at all about Ohio and he still doesn't get it. About all anyone from Ohio knows about Pawlenty is that the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge is a sibling to the low bridge that fell in the Mississippi. The JM would drop more than 100 ft, gets hammered at lest as heavily as the one in Minnesota, and is in greater need of replacement. You could run Pawlenty, Kasich, and a picture of one of the thousands of bridges in Ohio that need immediate replacement and ask how Kasich is going to pay for that, when he is even less fiscally responsible than Pawlenty.

The only ad Kasich has out so far is an attack ad saying Strickland has out an attack ad, (which nobody seems to have seen) showing that he has nothing to say so he attacks. The subtlety of this, that if Stricknland attacks, it is because he has nothing else, but Kasich, who HAS nothing at all attacks because he has some as yet undisclosed plan to balance the state's budget by eliminating 40% of its revenue. Portman, meanwhile, has a plan to create jobs by cutting the unemployment insurance tax that is needed to pay for unemployment benefits.

With Tweedledumb and Tweedlegeek on the ballot the Republican Party advertises for its replacement. And the red king, Voinovitch, continues to sleep away into retirement, dreaming that he ever meant anything to anyone at all.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

And look, bumble is talking about himself again! Should we tell his doctors he suffers from low self-esteem?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 18, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Does Pawlenty open his PAC's wallet when he gives an endorsement, or is he looking for money to flow HIS way in return for the kind word? That's the way Palin comes off. She isn't out of 5 figures yet when it comes to financial support of other candidates, and isn't that the idea behind the PACs and the millions they take in? It isn't?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 18, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh look, a complete thread with only moonbats, misfits, dunces and losers. not a single intelligent being present. Drivl, Ped, DDunce, BJ and the rest have succesfully driven the average IQ down below 50.

so sorry to intrude on your little wonderland of ignorance. Have fun kiddies.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 18, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

My jaw dropped when I saw this title. Of all the ...! Barton over every fold, and what's at the front of a political writer's thoughts? A republican governor nobody cares about endorsing a republican governor nobody's ever heard if. Jesus Christ in a crutch.

I swear, Chris, you're as tone deaf as Barton.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 18, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

URGENT TO: POTUS/VPOTUS, WH Staff, Obama cabinet, members of Congress:


• "Dissidents" and "undesirables" also targeted by multi-agency program for financial sabotage; community-based, police-protected, GPS-enabled vigilante stalking and harassment; ideology-driven censorship -- a genocidal purge.

All of those cell towers you see all over America are NOT all for phone calls.

Some of them are TORTURE TOWERS -- part of a nationwide microwave/laser radio frequency "directed energy weapon" system that is being used by operatives of the multi-agency Homeland Security-run "fusion center" network to silently torture, impair, and physically and neurologically degrade the functioning and well-being of extrajudicially, unjustly '"targeted" citizens...

And apparently, this precision-targeted domestic weapon system being used to attack and harm U.S. citizens has been deployed WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS or high state officials.

Exhibit A: U.S. Patent No. 7629918, held by Raytheon, for the "Multifunctional Microwave Laser Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapon System."



BUCKS COUNTY, PA: "Mid-Atlantic States (including D.C.) Centcom of a Fusion Center Gestapo."


Posted by: scrivener50 | June 18, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

My take is the same as mark's, Jonah, actions are part of politics too. When have they not been.

We're in an odd world when what a politician talks about is more important politically than what he actually does.

Are smoke and mirrors now the only things that matter?

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Jonah posted:

"but this isn't a blog about major accomplishments, it's a blog about politics. And I can't help but notice that all of the posters clamoring for the topic aren't really offering any analysis of their own as to how the escrow will change the political landscape -- just complaining that they aren't getting the chance to read about something they already know."

Speaking for myself, I thought the media and the punditocracy would have noted the action, thus creating a political dynamic in which the accomplishment did indeed change the political landscape a bit.

The action was a welcome contrast to the summary speech the evening before and that speech surely seemed in play for its presumed lack of political effect. Why would not the accomplishment be in play for presumed political points?

Just my own take, Jonah, but I really do not understand what is thought to have political "game" effect if this does not.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 18, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Bachmann is now trying to back away from her comments. “I said that I was concerned that Washington, the Obama administration, could use it as a permanent ATM,” Bachmann insisted to the Pioneer Press. “I want to make sure everyone knows I’m not a shill for BP.”

Who will now be known as Michelle 'I'm not a shill for BP' Bachman."

We already know what you are, Ms. Bachmann, now we're just haggling over price.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 18, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"It's becoming increasingly clear that Rossi thinks he can win while literally tying himself to America's mortgage crisis on the side of the folks who are making big bucks by buying up houses foreclosed on during the mortgage crisis. It's a strange strategy."

Posted by: drindl"

Ya mean figuratively.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 18, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

A Republican presidential hopeful endorsing the Republican candidate in the Ohio gubernatorial race? He's a gutsy one, that Tim Pawlenty. I thought he was going to endorse the Green Party candidate, I really did.

I was going to say I doubt Pawlenty's endorsement would encourage anyone who wasn't already going to vote for John Kasich to vote for John Kasich, but now that Kasich's lost the NRA endorsement to his Democratic opponent, maybe the Kasich camp is hoping the Pawlenty endorsement will drag some folks who "vote with their guns," as the saying goes, back from Gov. Ted Strickland.

More kvetching than usual today about Chris's choice of topics. You know, the BP escrow is a big deal for President Obama, but this isn't a blog about major accomplishments, it's a blog about politics. And I can't help but notice that all of the posters clamoring for the topic aren't really offering any analysis of their own as to how the escrow will change the political landscape -- just complaining that they aren't getting the chance to read about something they already know.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 18, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

these silly stories about Hillary do
nothing but undermine Hillary's legitimacy
as SOS. I fully take her at her word when
she pronounced that that will not happen and
she is not interested in it. For once
the media needs to get off of her back and
respect her for being exactly what she promised to be in June 2008 (but was challenged by most Obama supporters during the transition)a team player for the POTUS.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 18, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

CC fails to note that the Barton Meltdown was a seminal political moment. There Barton was, apologizing publicly to the most hated man in America.

Talk about tin ears and lack of message discipline. Suddenly, it became crystal clear even to clueless out of touch Rs what this all looked like to ordinary Americans -- groveling to the enemy.

So, immediately, they all started walking it back:

Before Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) became BP’s biggest fan and apologist yesterday, one of the loudest voices criticizing the Obama administration was Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who said that BP needs to stand up for itself:

“They have to lift the liability cap,” said Bachmann. “But if I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there — ‘We’re not going to be chumps, and we’re not going to be fleeced.’ And they shouldn’t be. They shouldn’t have to be fleeced and make chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest — they’ve got to be legitimate claims.

Bachmann is now trying to back away from her comments. “I said that I was concerned that Washington, the Obama administration, could use it as a permanent ATM,” Bachmann insisted to the Pioneer Press. “I want to make sure everyone knows I’m not a shill for BP.”

Who will now be known as Michelle 'I'm not a shill for BP' Bachman.

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

M-I-A, it's not just HRC you get, you also get Hillary World.

Seriously, Hillary World truly is a vast government-in-exile, including ex-Clinton folks, think tankers, pollsters, corporate media embeds, moneymen, and certain foreign interests. It would be like the cavalry coming to the rescue of BHO's WH.

Right now, BHO brings a pea shooter to the gun fight, totally clueless about what he's up against. Hillary World will bring a laser guided missile to the party; it lives for these battles with the baggers and hate broadcasting. Remember in her darkest hour, President Taylor needed ex-President Logan. Gotta agree to disagree on this one. :)

The fact that Quinn was cleared to write about this HRC-as-veep scenario means it IS in play, regardless of whether it comes to pass.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 18, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Kenneth Feiburg seems to be admired by every
litigator in the country mark, but no mention
of his appt, his experience with the 911 fund or the silly slush fund comments.
What is also not mentioned, considering the constant lawyer bashing we read about, is that
the fund likely speeds up claims processing
by 5-10 years and its my understanding that
claims will be handled administratively and
without claimants having to be paying lawyers a contingency fee which is great news for the claimants.
We only read one idiotic post here about a 20
minute meeting that was in fact 4 hours long.
Can anyone imagine what the right would have
said had he come out of the meeting with $0?

$20 billion for the Gulf Victims is a b.f.d.
as Biden once famously said.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Mark, thank you for the legal analysis.

It's amazing really, how little credit Obama is getting for that $20B, a huge accomplishment.

As for Hillary, I think you are right. She is good where she is. Biden is great with FP, but his tongue does have a mind of its own sometimes, it seems.

But I would think of the switch as purely political, and thus disappointing. But what is there to be desperate about? Look at the R 'presidential' field -- talk about weak and desperate.

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I didn't read the Sally Quinn piece carefully enough: her Plan A is to have HRC replace Biden BEFORE 2012 (and she explains the process by which it would be done). Plan B is to have HRC run as BHO's running mate in 2012. The article is clearly NOT a snark or William Bennett-style thought experiment.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 18, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

drindl, see #5 - Barton's due reward comes at 10:30 EDT.

Leichtman, I posted early yesterday morning that I believed BHO deserved plaudits for leveraging $20B in escrow from BP. Did anyone else notice, all day long? I am hoping that you did, because, like me, you realize that no Prez ever managed a feat like this in the context of environmental cleanup.

I am guessing BHO had to give up something for that escrow. Not a lot, but something. The reason he would not have had to give up a lot is that substantial mitigation made before prosecution in Fed Ct. is looked upon kindly by both the prosecutors and the judges. The simple fact of comparing pre-indictment restitution sentencing results to those made under the actual pressure of felony prosecution would be an important negotiating position, and in the anti-pollution
statutes I think pre-indictment mitigation assures no prison time, right? Or is that just policy, and not statute?

I think this is a purely political idea powered by Ms. Quinn's correct belief that HRC would be free to campaign for the Administration as VP.

As politics, it thus makes sense. HRC is a tireless campaigner who cannot campaign as SOS.

For governing it has no value. Each is doing the job assigned. JB is no diplomat even though he is a FP pro. He is a key voice on FP in the WH, where he does not have to measure his words. HRC knew less than JB going into her SOS job, but she is smart, now she is seasoned, and she is more disciplined in her speech than JB. In other words, it would be a waste of her OJT to move her now, and he is not the ideal front man at State.

There is a political down side, too. Such a move would be perceived by the public as weak or desperate, because its only motivation is political, and not substantive.

Let me be more specific: I would see it as weak AND desperate.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

There's about another big fave, Dino Rossi today, so I'll fill in the blanks:

"Rossi is a former gubernatorial nominee, and national Republicans are stoked about him now that he's decided to run for Senate against incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D). Sticking with the job he had before he announced his candidacy, Rossi has decided stay on as the headline speaker for a series of seminars advising real estate speculators on how to profit off the collapsed mortgage market. Today, his spokeperson told Salon that he plans do more before he's done.

It's becoming increasingly clear that Rossi thinks he can win while literally tying himself to America's mortgage crisis on the side of the folks who are making big bucks by buying up houses foreclosed on during the mortgage crisis. It's a strange strategy."

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Co-sign Leichtman1's 9:22am post. It has gotten beyond silly -- the anti-BHO/Dem false narratives and fake controversies, the refusal to say anything positive about the President, and the TP free ads.

Rasmussen, whose Faux News-leaning outlier polls are often cited here, got a smackdown in a lengthy Post article this week but there was no mention of it in this blog.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 18, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

What about the extraordinary $20 billion dollars that Obama got from BP? That's a huge accomplishment and isn't even getting mentioned.

It's called actually getting something done instead of bloviating and spewing, the only thing pundits seem to care about.

Actions are more important than words in the real world. But not in Beltway LaLa Land.

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Another free Pawlenty shout-out?!?

Now you have the interns giving The One Who Sleeps free shout outs. Sad. TP hasn't been in the presidential discussion for about six months. We hope you get something out of all of this bogus Pawlenty hype. Maybe four or five days as his press secretary during the '12 campaign before TP drops out?

HRC to the rescue...maybe.

BTW, for those who scoffed at our call for HRC getting back in the WH in some capacity (as COS or a presidential candidate in 2012 -- which reflected murmurings within O-Nation -- read Sally Quinn's Post column today.

In it, she loudly argues for BHO to replace Biden with Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate in 2012. Quinn is the ultimate Washington insider so, IMO, it is highly unlikely she would have written the piece without the blessing of top Dems and Hillary World, or the sense that this is a very reality-based narrative.

Hillarians, apologies for those who once unkindly dismissed you as a bunch of "harpies, mentals, and losers." Your President and your country needs you and your Leader now. Be on the ready to serve...soon.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 18, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

This really is pathetic and laughable. I wonder if CC knows he's becoming an irrelevant joke.

Where is the column on Worst Week in Washington featuring Joe Barton?

There's another piece written by CC in the Post-- headline:

"How Joe Barton's apology to BP saved President Obama's week"

No mention of the $20 billion dollars -- it's a joke.

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I am assuming that CC will be writing a full story on Barton and how is screw-up has probably saved President Obama's public image on the spill in his Worst Week column.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 18, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Tim Pawlenty's house has no doors, only walls he walks through.

Tim Pawlenty is the reason Waldo is hiding.

There is no such thing as tornados – Tim Pawlenty just hates trailer parks.

Posted by: drindl | June 18, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Every day, every thread at the FIX features stories about Rs(Pawlenty, Thune, Kasiche, Romney, Palin) or negative stories about Ds(Greene, Etheredge, Menedez).
No one thought that CC or the FIX would actually have the balls to run a positive thread about Obama's obtaining $20 bln. an amazing amount of money that circumvented drawn out litigation and years of court fights for many folks in the Gulf. No way, no how. The Fix has become nothing more than free internet advertising space for the GOP.
How about Joe Barton's idiotoc comments
and the potential of his becoming Chairman
of the House Energy Committee,you would think that just MIGHT BE the lead thread this morning.
Everyone in D.C. is talking about that story and the damage it will do to the GOP messaage, and what does the Fix want to talk about? Palwenty endorsing Kasich.

has become a joke.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 18, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Everyone who follows this blog on a regular basis knows that Chris is a wee-bit GOP-centric.

Not mentioning Barton in the daily round-up is quite extraordinary.

We have what appears to be the greatest environmental disaster in American history, and the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee apologizes to the company that caused it, and no mention of it on The Fix?

And the "lead story" is who Tim Pawlenty endorsed in Ohio?


Posted by: Bondosan | June 18, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Who cares who Pawlenty endorses? I want to know who Sarah Palin thinks I should vote for.

Posted by: mnteng | June 18, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I can see Jerry Brown's commercial right now. "Meg Whitman she was against immigration and now she is for it. She was against Prop 187 and now she is for it. She was for slapping her employees around before she was against it.......Oh wait that was because she was sued, the other two were because she is a liar who will say anything to get your vote"

Well probably not the liar part, but you get the drift.

DDAWD, I wanted you to know that I checked and Tim Pawlenty endorsed this message so it is F$*%ing golden.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 18, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I think that was worth its weight in Haley Barbours, ddawd. Thanks for the grin.

I see that "The Fix" never took up the accomplishment of BHO in extracting the escrow from BP, which I incorrectly assumed it would do, yesterday morning before I left town. "The Fix" recognizing Cong. Barton, [R] Andarko, as the worst, for criticizing the singular accomplishment, is a consolation.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 18, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

#1. No need to even hold the elections now. If Tim Pawlenty likes a candidate, that candidate WILL win. Ohio, just save yourselves the cash and build a crappy bridge with it or something.

#2. Waste of valuable cash. Pawlenty get what Pawlenty want. Democrats need to find a race that Pawlenty has not weighed in on. But Pawlenty might just be waiting for the Democrats to spend a lot of money on a race before he comes in and snatches it away with an endorsement. Don't let his ho-hum vanilla exterior fool you. He is a very, very cunning strategist.

#3. Has Tim Pawlenty weighed in on the Dem nomination? I think once he makes his endorsement, we will get the winner. Of course, he will probably end up nominating Rubio and his general election endorsement will end up trumping his endorsement in the Democratic primary. Unless he endorses his primary endorsement over his general endorsement. With Pawlenty, you never know. He may seem capricious, but he is playing chess while the rest of us are breaking rocks with other rocks.

#4. Does Tim Pawlenty know Spanish? If not, he should endorse English as the language of California. That way all of the voters in California who only know Spanish will ditch their native tongues and learn English. That way, Whitman can dispense with the Spanish language ads. If Pawlenty knows Spanish, then there's not even an election to be had. Just hand the governor's cape to Whitman.

#5. I don't know who had the worst week in Washington, but we do know who had the best week. I won't ruin the surprise. Let's just say his name rhymes witn Schim Schmalenty. But if the completely unrelated Tim Pawlenty has an opinion on who had the worst week, I think we are all worse off for not knowing who he endorses for worst week.

Also, Pawlenty says that instead of going to college, students should be about to dial up their iPads and download an iCollege app for $199. So now my biggest regret in life is not waiting to see what Tim Pawlenty endorsed in terms of higher education. My college education was less than $200, but I could have avoided listening to boring professors drone on about some stupid bio-chemistry crap if I had just gone to iCollege. But at least future college students will have what I didn't. The benefit of Tim Pawlenty's endorsement.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 18, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

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