Nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism. Supported by readers.


Gen. TPaw’s farewell to the troops

Gov. Tim Pawlenty
MinnPost photo by Terry Gydesen
Gov. Pawlenty: “Wall Street gets a bailout. The poor, understandably, get a handout. The rest of us get our wallets out.”

Gov. Pawlenty’s speech to the Repub convention didn’t exactly rock the hall, but it was solid Pawlentyism and appropriate to the occasion.

He spent enough time on national issues — I would say roughly half national, half Minnesota — to make clear what he’s thinking about. He ran through the litany of alleged new taxes and expansions of government authority under Obama, ending each with the refrain “Have You Had Enough.” In each case, the delegates said yes they had.

He also made clear that Republicans will run hard this year against the idea of a state-based single-payer health care bill. He brought it up twice, noting that DFL endorsee Margaret Anderson Kelliher favored single payer and that some of her endorsement rivals, when they threw support to her, said it was because she was more enthusaistic about the single-payer plan than her chief opponent, R.T. Rybak.

Here are the laughlines from the speech:

We meet here a short time after April 15, which most Americans call “Tax Day.” Or, “as Democrats like to call it, Christmas.”

A mock Mastercard ad: “Wall Street bailout: $800 billion. Stimulus: $750 billion. ObamaCare: $2.6 trillion. Cap and Trade: $2,600 per family. Republicans getting elected this November: Priceless.”

More people died from the Hiawatha Light Rail line than from concealed carry in Minnesota.”

“Wall Street gets a bailout. The poor, understandably, get a handout. The rest of us get our wallets out.” (Note that “understandably.”)

During his first term, he was in church on his birthday, and the pastor, in his honor, preached from First Timothy. During his second term,the preacher preached from Second Timothy. But the pastor made sure to note “there is no Third Timothy.”

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Kimbers Cadieux on 04/30/2010 - 01:24 pm.

    “More people died from the Hiawatha Light Rail line than from concealed carry in Minnesota.”

    This line is a really good example of what’s wrong with Pawlenty.

    Hopefully, none of the loved ones of the deceased are delegates.

    I’m sorry, but what a self serving jerk he is.

  2. Submitted by John E Iacono on 04/30/2010 - 01:27 pm.

    Considering the audience, the comments seem quite moderate.

    Not the “fire” of a Sarah Palin.

  3. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 04/30/2010 - 02:57 pm.

    The governor is an articulate politician who has demonstrated an ability to win in a DFL state. Whether one agrees with his policies or not, he deserves credit for his political acumen.

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 04/30/2010 - 04:03 pm.

    T-Paw ‘won’ with a plurality of votes; not a majority (much less the 60% that Republicans seem to favor).
    Hardly impressive.
    Never has so much been undone with so little political support.

  5. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 04/30/2010 - 04:23 pm.

    I remember the disappointment I felt after the 2002 convention as an enthusiastic Brian Sullivan delegate. We were sure that T-Paw would be Arne Jr.

    Turns out that Tim did pretty well. Sure there were some disappointments, but taken as a whole, the Pawlenty administration will be remembered (by all but the fringe left)as a good steward of the people’s trust.

    That being said, I do hope Tim realizes that this was his swan song. A President he is not.

    Now on to the Emmer era!

  6. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 04/30/2010 - 05:09 pm.

    Paul, with all due respect. I believe the operative words in your comment would be “T-paw won”.

    I could argue that Hatch beat himself and not Pawlenty, but what would be the point. One could also argue the Ind. vote plays a role in the outcome. A stronger DFL candidate would solve that issue. Ideology aside, the governor has good political skills.

    The real test of Pawlenty will be whether his ideology and policies will be validated in the fall with the voters electing Mr. Emmer.

  7. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 05/02/2010 - 11:21 am.

    Us Paul’s gotta stick together. I have to agree that T-Paw, and Bush, both owe their victories to lame and disorganized opposition rather than political acumen. Pawlenty also owes a debt of gratitude to the timidity of the local media who christened him a “likable” guy and allowed him to portray himself as a moderate for most of his two terms. You can give someone credit for just being there if you want, but you’re celebrating mediocrity, and Pawlenty is nothing if not the champion of mediocrity. His two big accomplishments over the course of 8 years have to been to nearly cripple the state government, and create a welfare program for baseball.

Leave a Reply