As Minnesota Independent’s Chris Steller noted over the weekend, a Star Tribune editorial devoted 666 words to criticizing those who politicized President Obama’s schoolkids speech, and not one of those words was “Pawlenty.”
No such problem for New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica, who knows how to pin the tail on the elephant. The column — entitled “Loons should shut up and listen” — is the sort of national press our peripatetic proto-presidential candidate might not appreciate:
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty who thinks he is going to be President someday even as he makes Sarah Palin sound like a Fulbright scholar in comparison, called the Obama speech “disruptive.”
“I don’t think [the President] needs to force [his speech on education] upon the nation’s schoolchildren,” Pawlenty said.
If Pawlenty thinks that, here’s all he really knows about the nation’s schoolchildren: He didn’t hit the books nearly hard enough when he was one.
Pawlenty has thrown in with all those who have decided they have to hate this President on everything, already making his election seem like some kind of accident. …
Maybe the ones who fear Obama the most, the ones who hate him the most, should try doing what a lot of schoolchildren will do tomorrow, as this President tries to inspire them:
As a change of pace, maybe they should stop shouting and listen.
OK, Lupica’s words aren’t exactly temperate, but he didn’t throw the first punch. Sometimes it’s easier to be blunt from a thousand miles away, but that’s pretty sad for locals seeking accountability for the state’s leader.
By the way, the text of Obama’s Tuesday speech is posted here.