Tim Pawlenty for President

It’s official now. He said it.

“I’m Tim Pawlenty, and I’m running for President of the United States.”

71 Comments

Rougement

about 11 years ago

What 'interesting' development.

udarnik

about 11 years ago

Wait, what kind of balloons could he have?  Red ones, and what else?

zra

about 11 years ago

The Stranger's Paul Constant on TPaw.

"I don't know," he replies. "I wish I had a good answer for you on that."

Bret

about 11 years ago

Um, no Tim, you don't get it.  Your little ad is proof of that.

Mildred

about 11 years ago

I sure do hate elections lately.

Sam

about 11 years ago

Pawlenty would have been a much better governor had he NEVER intended to run for president.

Jim Wilferling

about 11 years ago

Wow. Um. Wow. No, No Way, Never. If It happens, I hear Himchal Prasesh is nice.

Jim Wilferling

about 11 years ago

"I moved a Democratic state in a conservative direction." This is a good thing? Blech! He's gonna make BOTH the Bush's look like Mother Freaking Theresa!

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

The "Silly Season" is pretty much neverending these days.

Here is the Democratic National Committee's swift response:

Ben

about 11 years ago

We as Americans, as Minnesotans, and as Duluthians ... will never forget the mullet.

Gunns

about 11 years ago

"I moved a Democratic state in a conservative direction."  Yeah, and you still won't be able to win it come election time. He really thinks that we are all so stupid that with a little cinematic and dramatic effect, we'll all somehow forget what a shitty governor he was and how he left us all twisting in the wind while he prepared to further his own career. 

Mildred

about 11 years ago

Absolutely agree with Sam - his obvious posturing in the past few years as governor was very annoying. It was clear that we weren't getting real governing from a governor, it was more like he viewed Minnesota as a stage to demonstrate how amazingly fiscally responsible he is (which is a joke, of course).

barf

about 11 years ago

Time for truth ... like how he declared he never raise taxes a cent, but then raised every possible fee he could. But wait, a tax is not a fee! Right. I believe this type of truth is called "truthiness."

barf

about 11 years ago

**in MN** I should have added.

edgeways

about 11 years ago

Um yeah, T-Paw's got a looming controversy that may knock him out PDQ:

Here

and 

Here

and I thought Newt had issues.

radarski

about 11 years ago

Oh Tim's got Pawlenty of nothin', and nothin's Pawlenty for Tim. His HS year book listed him as the "Most Likely to Need a Nametag at the Reunion." Pawlenty is about as exciting as a church basement bingo game or watching old people getting out of cars. 

Arne Carlson had this to say about T-Paw: "Under Tim Pawlenty, it became deficit heaven... All the things we did were undone. Now, what bothers me is you get these holier-than-thou attitudes. Oh, we're all to blame. But that's just not true. There's one person who has the power to insist on a balanced budget. That's the chief executive officer, the governor."

TimK

about 11 years ago

Pawlenty's "success" at holding the state of MN hostage was the precursor to the emergence of the wonderful things happening in Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan. It's like the Repubs can't decide if they want to force us to live under Jesus or Ayn Rand...

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Gov. Arne Carlson reiterated his thoughts on Pawlenty in detail today.

The Presidency: A Bit Short is Pawlenty

edgeways

about 11 years ago

Heh, it's no wonder the Republicans kicked Arne out, he is so off the reservation.

Lojasmo

about 11 years ago

If T-paw gets the nod, the baggers will run somebody like Bachmann.  Even if not, the man has zero gravitas.  Obama wins in a walk.

Rougement

about 11 years ago

All discussion of records, policies, etc aside, the man has the charisma of a wet paper towel and this alone makes his run DOA.

Beverly

about 11 years ago

Udarnik, I did a little research, and the answer is: white ones and blue ones.

And btw, nothing makes me want a cupcake like telling me you're not giving me a cupcake. Thanks a lot, T-Paw.

Terry G.

about 11 years ago

Why does it always seem like he's trying sooooo hard to impress that he's not a bland privileged white boy? His lack of authenticity bugs the hell out of me.

Spy1

about 11 years ago

I like how he takes a shot at people reading speeches and obviously reads his lines in his own ad. Watch his eyes. He didn't have time to memorize?

Carl Miller

about 11 years ago

Finally! Now it's time for a Brazilian wax.

Gerraldinho

about 11 years ago

I actually suspect that he may nab the nomination simply because the other candidates are lunatics that moderates dislike (maybe not a problem in the primary though?) or Romney whom nobody trusts.

Indiana Gov. has similar stance, but I don't know much about him.

Timk

about 11 years ago

Indiana gov. Mitch Daniels was budget director under Bush Jr.

zra

about 11 years ago

I'd be willing to lay even money on Romney or Gingrich getting the nod before Tpaw...Romney's got fundage.

lojasmo

about 11 years ago

Nobody currently on the radar will grab the nom.  All too unwilling to go completely bat guano crazy.  If anybody currently running gets it, some teatard like Bachmann will run and split the vote.

TimK

about 11 years ago

I think we may be over-estimating the GOP. George W. Bush was considered too fucking stupid by the party machine in the early primary challenges, and yet he managed to lose to Gore and win the office...

Ruthie

about 11 years ago

A big boooooooo.

Scott

about 11 years ago

"Do you wanna hear an interesting story about Tim Pawlenty?  So would he." - Bill Maher

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

The scintillating barrage of videos continues ...

Mildred

about 11 years ago

His soothing music has hypnotized me. 

He has SOLUTIONS. From experience I can only gather that means budget grandstanding.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago



Apparently, "markets work." They just work.

Tom

about 11 years ago

Audience members are nodding their heads!  Therefore, we must elect Tim Pawlenty!

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Here's Pawlenty on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, who does a decent job of keeping the presidential hopeful on the ropes.

in.dog.neato

about 11 years ago

Chris Matthews asks a question, Tpaw sidesteps answering by attacking Obama's policies.

Stay classy, Tpaw.

Paul Lundgren

about 11 years ago

Here's the first "Tim Pawlenty for President" TV ad, which will run in Iowa.

emmadogs

about 11 years ago

How can anyone watch this and not want to throw their computer through the window?  I remember being so proud when I moved to MN a quarter century ago, living in a state where a rock hard Dem like me could, and did, vote for a common sense Republican, Arne Carlson, and trust that the state would be run fairly.  Pawlenty is so full of shit and his policies have ruined the state.  Too bad he didn't care about that, he just cared about setting the stage for his presidential run.

Claire

about 11 years ago

It indeed is more than aggravating that T-Paw would smirk as he brags about trashing our state, and talks about how he'd like to do to the entire country what he's done to Minnsota. If his campaign goes anywhere -- and he, as I predict, becomes Romney's VP pick, we Minnesotans who know what T-Paw is really about, have to speak up. We have to tell the rest of the country before it's too late that T-Paw has nothing to brag about.

Tom

about 11 years ago

I was going to comment, but emmadogs and Claire pretty much took my comments.

Pawlenty seems to be taking an asinine amount of pride in turning the great state of Minnesota into a crappy conservative state.  Excuse me, but that's supposed to be a good thing?  And how much was the state deficit you left us with, Mr. Pawlenty?

Not only that, but this seems like a terrible marketing campaign, and he keeps going back to it.  By sheer number of people, I'm guessing there's probably more Democratic-leaning people than Republican-leaning people in Iowa.  So all he's doing is appealing to the diehard conservatives.  He offers absolutely no reason from any left-leaning or independent/undecided voters to vote for him.

Claire

about 11 years ago

It'll be interesting to see how he does in Iowa, our neighbor to the south. I'd imagine many Iowans would be able to see past the arrogant smirk and have a good idea of what T-Paw's policies have done to Minnesota's standing.

Jim

about 11 years ago

Yee-haw it's T-Paw! He did move us toward a more logical, conservative state. The northern libs are slowly becoming nothing more than a shrill voice in a sea of common sense conservatives. Just look at what happened to the gold old boy Jimmy O. It's about freakin' time.

Tom

about 11 years ago

Jim, "good old boy Jimmy O" held his seat for 36 years, ran a terrible campaign, got verbally angry in and insulted members of the audience in the debate, and continually denied poll numbers.  All of this at a time which conservatives refer to as a "shellacking" of Democratic members of Congress in a turbulent economy.  It's not exactly like conservatives conquered a giant and converted Minnesota into a red state.

Claire

about 11 years ago

What Tom said -- And the visuals at the debate helped... JO looked old and cranky, and CC looked hale and hearty in comparison. That debate turned the election, I think JO would have won if he hadn't been ambushed and responded to the heckling the way he did.

jim

about 11 years ago

Again tom, agree to disagree. I would classify Jimmy as a giant in the DFL. The fact that Chip "David" Cravaack took him down with a few stones is more than just a subtle victory, and a definate harbinger of things to come.

And Claire, I agree that the visual of an angry Jimmy didn't do anything to help your cause. The debate may have helped Chip, but I think the writing was on the wall. Chip led in the polls at that point, and Jimmy's base was already crumbling. When you have union folks on the range stating that they are switching parties, you definately have a problem. That's not an ambush. That's a reality that Minnesota's base is switching.

Claire

about 11 years ago

Jim, if you think you can generalize from one election with some unusual circumstances, you are sadly mistaken.

Jim

about 11 years ago

The proof will be in the puddin Claire. We'll see...

Will E. Coyote

about 11 years ago

He looks so presidential, earnest, hard working, that all knowing smirk of self satisfaction, why, he wouldn't let another bridge down when he's ruler of the known universe! BTW, does anyone know how to fool a smarmy presidential hopeful into snorting a line of fire ants?

zra

about 11 years ago

TPaw's latest ad in Iowa, co-opting Herb Brooks and the 1980 Olympic hockey team.

Tom

about 11 years ago

Is this primary election going to be a competition to see who is the most hardcore, farthest right wing candidate?  All of T-Paw's ads so far do nothing but tout his right wing record.  If he were to secure the nomination for president, it would be interesting to see if he keeps these types of ads up.  I'm guessing that he would win about 1% of the independent vote.

Also, I love how he says he'll talk to us straight without the typical political rhetoric -- and then tells us he defeated unions (umm ... you did?), shut down the government and won (despite being a staunch tax hater, he gave in and raised taxes on cigarettes to end the shutdown he claimed he started), and turned a liberal state conservative (in addition to his successor being a Democrat, Minnesota still has Democrats serving as both U.S. Senators and 4 out of 8 U.S. Representatives).

Lojasmo

about 11 years ago

Polling below Ron Paul.  Says a lot.

Lojasmo

about 11 years ago

Oh.  Anybody beats kraaavaaaaack.

Tom

about 11 years ago

Violating copyrights seems to be a frequent trend for Republicans around the country.  The State Fair told Michele Bachmann to stop using its logo last year.  And, in recent years, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, and David Byrne have told George W. Bush, Michele Bachmann, John McCain, California senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore, and Florida governor Charlie Crist to stop using their songs without authorization.

zra

about 11 years ago

Still polling below Newt, last I heard. Pathetic.

zra

about 11 years ago

@ tom: it's really too bad Woodie Guthrie wasn't alive to smack Dumbyah with a C&D order to quit using "This Land Is My Land."

Tom

about 10 years ago

Well, it looks like  T-Paw has given up his pipe dream for 2012.  I never thought I'd say this after having him as governor for 8 years, but that's too bad.  He seemed to be one of the LEAST crazy candidates the Republicans have managed to produce for the 2012 primaries.

Tom

about 10 years ago

I guess I'll have to support this guy now.

TimK

about 10 years ago

Pawlenty being the least-crazy of the lot really begs the question as to the whole of them.- He was the absolute worst governor the state of MN ever had!

Lojasmo

about 10 years ago

Who ya gonna lickspittle now, Jim?

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

Here's Stephen Colbert's wrap up on the Ames Straw Poll, featuring Tim Pawlenty's exit video.

Paul Lundgren

about 10 years ago

Pawlenty may be out of the race for president, but the hilarious videos continue. Producer Lucas Baiano is working for Rick Perry now.

brian

about 10 years ago

Wow, that makes it look like America's a scary and apocalyptic place no matter who's in charge. Is that music supposed to inspire?

zra

about 10 years ago

The ad is meant to scare the shit out of people and get them to vote for the "good" guy.

"Tim Pawlenty endorsing Mitt Romney is like Miracle Whip endorsing mayonnaise." ~Paul Constant, The Stranger.

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