Tim Pawlenty Back On Message

That's a good attack dog.

"Senator McCain's life experiences are epic, they are legendary," Pawlenty said in response to a question at the National Press Club. "They are a life story. Not a life oratory but a life story," Pawlenty added, in an apparent reference to Obama's much-discussed public speaking skills.

"That stands in contrast to Senator Obama," Pawlenty said, turning his attention to the presumptive Democratic nominee. "It is simply a matter of fact that less than four years ago he was a state legislator."

"It's not even a close call in my book as to who you want in sitting in the Oval Office as President of the United States, leader of the free world, commander-in-chief."

So, did these guys not see the primary where these sorts of attacks demeaning Obama's oratory were fairly ineffective for Hillary Clinton?

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So, Not Pawlenty, Then?


CW has held that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is on John McCain's VP shortlist but he may not be for long. Maybe he knows something we don't know. Check out who Pawlenty praised today, and, by extension, who he criticized.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, often mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate John McCain, said Wednesday GOP candidates would do well to adopt a positive tone like that of McCain's Democratic rival Barack Obama.

"Say what you will about Barack Obama," the Minnesota Republican told a conservative group, "people gravitate when you have something positive to say." He added that McCain has been positive as well.

"People want to follow hopeful, optimistic, civil, decent leaders," Pawlenty said in a speech to GOPAC, which helps recruit Republican candidates. "They don't want to follow some negative, scornful person."

Gee, who might that negative scornful person be? Talk about off-message. Sounds like Pawlenty is giving McCain a big F-you, doesn't it? Could get awwwwkward in St. Paul next month. I'd put money on Romney, although the CW theory right now is that McCain's ultimate decision will likely be informed by Obama's decision. I still think Pawlenty is toast, though.

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Pawlenty Vetoed Larger Transportation Bill This Year

Yes, I am going to point a finger because it needs to be pointed. While I will not blame Tim Pawlenty for bringing down the bridge in Minnesota, his record is proof that he cared more about taxes then the health and safety of Minnesota families.

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MN-Gov: Hatch 45, Pawlenty 39, Hutchinson 9

There's a new poll out from the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance of the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota:

Mike Hatch (D) 45, Tim Pawlenty (R) 39, Peter Hutchinson (I) 9.

Say buh-bye, Smilin' Tim!  Gee, it's going to be nice to have a Democratic governor again.  :-)

Oh, by the way:  Don't forget to leave a snarky comment for the right-wing Powerline readers that infest the comments section over at the link I provided.

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GOP selects Minneapolis/St. Paul for '08 convention

So the RNC went with the Twin Cities for their '08 convo.

For the Democrats, it's down to NYC or Denver. NYC?  With Bloomberg as Mayor and possibly an independent candidacy-- that takes about 2 seconds to reject.

Denver is the first, right, and best choice. The only thing blocking it from happening appears to be good old single-issue politics-- Denver apparently doesn't have enough labor hotels, blah. Deal.

Anyway, for the GOP, MN seems a great choice on the surface (but they thought reforming social security was a great choice too). They've had growth in this part of the midwest, IA, MN, WI at the Presidential level. It contrasts with the Democrats going for the SW part of the nation (NM, AZ, NV, CO). But Democrats have been surging in Minnesota since 2004. They could pick off a House seat, they'll likely win an open Senate seat, and it'd be great to have Hatch defeat Pawlenty for the Gov race in MN. Of course, it depends on who the nominee is for Republicans.

The last Twin Cities convention happened in 1892, with the GOP's President Benjamin Harrison unsuccessful re-election bid. The last Denver convention happened in 1908, when Democratic nominated the ticket of William Jennings Bryan and John Kern.

Update [2006-9-28 11:41:44 by Jerome Armstrong]: Someone asks, "Did you know that the single best indicator for voting preference among white males is union membership?" Yes, I do. It's very important (it's in Crashing the Gate), but not the only thing that matters. A group within the Democratic Party that is exerting it's influence to the detriment of the wider progressive movement is how the DNC has operated in the past. Having our convo in NYC would be a big mistake. Everyone agrees with that (OK, so a super-majority do), and given the binary choice that we have, it's time for labor and unions to think about the wider movement beyond their own interests.

Update [2006-9-28 13:12:12 by Jerome Armstrong]: A reader points out that it's Denver's mis-doings, so I'm wrong to peg labor with responsibility for the blooming turd. That could well be the case, and anyhow, it didn't warrant the flipness. I was going off of what Balz had wrote in the WaPost today, which may be the case, or may be mis-informed conventional wisdom.

One thing that's clear is that the DNC should not have allowed themselves to get boxed in by the RNC and the Twin Cities. I mean, we have a situation where one of the final three choices for the '08 has been revoked by the city itself, leaving only two choices. How did that happen?

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