T-Paw goes full hawk


We may have to start calling him “T-Talon.” Our guy Tim Pawlenty is going full-hawk in an attempt to position himself among the GOP’s cast of leprechauns. Writes Jeremy Herb in the Strib: “Appearing at the Council on Foreign Relations, Pawlenty said Obama failed with a ‘timid, slow’ response to the Arab Spring and warned his own party should not be ‘appealing to isolationist sentiments.’ ‘America already has one political party devoted to decline, retrenchment and withdrawal,’ Pawlenty said. ‘It does not need a second one.’ Trailing in the single digits in polls and trying to turn the corner after a subpar debate performance in New Hampshire, Pawlenty is seeking to distance himself from front-runner Mitt Romney and rival Jon Huntsman, both of whom favor a quick drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.”

MPR’s Brett Neely was also on hand. He writes: “In addition the foreign policy speech, Pawlenty’s trip to New York included at least one high-dollar fundraising event hosted by real estate developers and bankers. The fundraiser comes as the June 30 deadline approaches to close the books on this quarter’s fundraising. Pawlenty’s campaign has reportedly struggled to gain traction with donors.” He can always argue that combat is good business for big banks.

The Power Line boys, who deeply admire Pawlenty, especially in Full Talon mode, ate it up. John Hinderaker writes: “Barack Obama is more distrustful of American power than any president since Jimmy Carter. At the same time, weariness with foreign policy has infected many Republicans, too. Ron Paul is only the most extreme (and consistent) example. Today Tim Pawlenty delivered a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in which he attempted to stake out a position as the inheritor of Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy mantle. It was a good speech that grappled honestly with difficult issues.” What are the chances T-Talon would invade Grenada? Or maybe Turks and Caicos?

Dennis Anderson, the Strib’s outdoors guru, says fishing licenses are flying off the shelves in advance of The Shutdown: “Last week, the DNR said that sales of fishing and similar licenses won’t occur during a state shutdown and advised anglers worried about the possibility of a shutdown to buy licenses by the end of business Thursday. Since that announcement, fishing license sales have outpaced those from a year ago during the same period. Example: On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, license sales were almost exactly what they were a year ago on the same two days. On Friday, sales jumped significantly, from about 6,000 in 2010 to about 11,000. The increased pace continued Saturday, from about 9,000 license sales to 13,000, and on Sunday-Monday, when sales rose from 9,000 to 16,000.” To paraphrase Mr. T, “I pity the fish.”
A post by the Association of Collection and Credit Professionals says: “If a shutdown takes place, collection agencies will not be able to obtain, renew, or update a collection agency license and agencies will not be able to register collectors with the state of Minnesota.” In other words if you’re six months behind on the payments on your truck but really need a new ATV for bear huntin’ season, bust your move on Saturday.

As far as The Shutdown itself, Don Davis of the Forum papers is saying: “Most Capitol observers other than top budget negotiators, who have taken a pledge not to talk about negotiations, appear to expect a shutdown. Negotiators have looked gloomy when leaving talks the past few days. Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said they think if an agreement is reached today, Dayton can call a special legislative session for Thursday, when many of the remaining budget bills can be passed. However, Koch said, ‘you may have to do some temporary funding’ in the more complex areas, such as a bill funding things like health-care programs for the poor, elderly and disabled. Dayton, the only person who can call legislators back to work, said he would call a special session only if there is an overall budget agreement, not to pass bills funding just parts of state government.”

Briana Bierschbach at Politics in Minnesota writes: “There will be no shortage of protests at the state Capitol in the coming days, as GOP legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton remain at an impasse on the $5 billion budget deficit and face an end-of-the week government shutdown deadline. Mostly union and left-leaning groups are lining up rally and parade permits that will likely span late into the evening on Thursday, as they try to put pressure on both sides to make a deal. Mental health advocates will kick off activities Tuesday evening on the Capitol steps, where they will sport glow sticks and signs to urge the governor and legislators to support mental health funding. Progressive group Take Action Minnesota will be collecting petitions calling for more revenue, and plan to deliver them to legislators on Wednesday. Most of the action will happen on Thursday in St. Paul, a day before state government could shut down absent a budget deal. … A new group, US Uncut Minnesota, is also planning an afternoon parade starting on Kellogg Boulevard and Wabasha Street that will eventually lead to the Capitol lawn and join other shutdown rallies. The group also plans to ‘deliver hundreds of pink slips to GOP legislators who are still collecting pay for not doing their jobs, which is to provide health and safety for all Minnesotans.’ ”

KSTP’s Tom Hauser blogs on Tuesday’s lack of progress: “[W]hile a budget deal is unlikely Wednesday, you’ll want to keep your eye on Ramsey County Court. Judge Kathleen Gearin is likely to issue a ruling soon that will clarify who will make decisions about which critical government services will continue to operate if there’s a shutdown. Last week she criticized both sides for engaging in a ‘game of chicken’ over the budget. She might be the one left to pick up the pieces after the two sides collide in a shutdown Thursday night at midnight.”

Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s choking Justice story is proving to have real legs. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story by Patrick Marley and Emma Roller says: “Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley asked Justice David Prosser to seek therapy to manage his anger two days after she says he put his hands around her neck, but he declined to do so, according to sources familiar with the situation. The request came June 15, when all the justices met with Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs to discuss the June 13 altercation between Prosser and Bradley. At least some of Prosser’s fellow conservatives on the court said it would be ridiculous for him to take such courses, the sources said. … James Sample, a professor at Hofstra Law School in New York who has been monitoring Wisconsin’s Supreme Court in recent years as special-interest money has intensified in high-court races, said violence among judges is rare, especially for state high courts. ‘There have been appellate courts that have been notoriously fractious … but nothing like this,’ Sample said. ‘This is the body that is supposed to resolve disputes like this, not create disputes like this.’ The most recent conflict is a blemish on the court’s normally esteemed reputation, he said. ‘Wisconsin’s Supreme Court for decades has been perceived nationally to be one of the premier state supreme courts in the country,’ Sample said. ‘Wisconsin’s court has gone from being this national model to a national punch line.’ “

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 06/29/2011 - 07:47 am.

    …Pawlenty’s campaign has reportedly struggled to gain traction with donors…

    Countering that with a speech designed to raise money from defense contractors and pro-Israel groups.

  2. Submitted by Jeff Wilfahrt on 06/29/2011 - 08:50 am.

    I endorse Neal Rovick’s comment.

    Jeff Wilfahrt, Rosemount, MN

  3. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 06/29/2011 - 10:38 am.

    As we come into the upcoming protracted government shutdown, our Republican friends need to realize that it will not be the protests surrounding the capital that they will need to worry about,…

    nor should they allow the fact that the tight little circle of friends who are patting them on the back in the psychological echo chamber into which they’ve locked themselves as they walk through the world convince them that what they’re doing is good, or right, or fair, or “has to be done.”

    The REAL protest comes in fall 2012, when the citizens of the state of Minnesota, each and every one of whom will have been inconvenienced if not seriously damaged by this “protect the rich” shutdown,

    or who will know someone else who has been seriously inconvenienced if not damaged will take their revenge on those who cast aside and, thereby, rendered to be “pants on fire” lies their election promises to,…

    “focus like a laser on the economy” and create “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!”

    in order to pursue their pet social causes and protect the richest of the rich from sacrificing from their obscene levels of plenty,…

    in order to get the state past this rough patch sufficiently intact to allow us to recover as the national economy recovers.

    But alas, the “conservatives” who are currently in charge of the Republican party are SO dysfonic as to be unable to comprehend the possibility that they might pursue some other course of action.

    When Ms. Koch said “We CAN’T raise taxes,” she was making her and her colleagues dysfunctions clear. They simply cannot allow to enter their awareness the fact that a tax increase is currently necessary and completely justified for the sake of fairness and justice.

    These people cannot be informed around or educated past their dysfunctions. Countervailing information is simply not allowed to enter their awareness.

    They can only be removed from power in the next elections and, hopefully, marginalized by the takeover of their party by it’s more psychologically healthy, moderate wing.

    Lacking some visible sign that this has taken place, the Republican party is casting itself into the political “outer darkness” for at least the next two to three decades.

    Grover Norquist and his acolytes will never succeed in shrinking government enough to “drown it in a bathtub,” but he certainly seems likely to completely discredit and successfully destroy the Republican Party.

    The damage Mr. Norquist is doing to Republicans, nationwide, is so severe, in fact, that I can’t help but wonder if he’s secretly an undercover spy for the Democrats, planted to bring the Republican Party down.

    I’ve never been quite sure what it is that Mr. Norquist promises his most faithful acolytes as he leads them deeper and deeper into the darkness, but it’s already become abundantly clear to those outside the echo chamber that what they’re eventually going to get is a “Cask of Amontillado.”

  4. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/29/2011 - 02:49 pm.

    “Pawlenty’s campaign has reportedly struggled to gain traction with donors.”

    Why is that? Could it be because he was, at best, a mediocre Governor of a midwestern state? Could it be because he has been unable to articulate any good reason why he should be President instead of anyone else? Could it be that he doesn’t know how to mount an effective run for office, given that his very close plurality victories were made possible by dint of opponents who were even worse at campaigning than he was?

    I always thought he was in over his head as Governor. Thank heaven we won’t have to learn what he would be like as President.

  5. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 06/29/2011 - 02:54 pm.

    Re: Power Line. “…weariness with foreign policy has affected many Republicans, too. Ron Paul is only the most extreme (and consistent) example.”

    Ron Paul has some less than sensible ideas about taxation, but he is extremely consistent in his opposition to entering into yet more wars that we don’t seem to be able to leave.

    He even favors reducing military spending and our worldwide military presence and signed a letter asking that the president make those changes. Including Paul, three Rs and three Ds signed the letter.

    If he were president, we liberals might see a lot of changes we have hoped for in vain for years.

  6. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 06/29/2011 - 04:11 pm.

    Re: Prosser, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice who tried to choke his fellow justice.

    Prosser is the judge who had apparently lost the election last year until the county election official (the one who puts all info into her personal laptop) found 14,000 votes for him that had somehow not been counted. The Democrats checked and could not see that anything crooked had gone on, but I still can’t help but wonder. And suspect.

    He has, of course, voted to support Wisconsin’s governor and Republican legislature in their every outrageous attack upon democracy.

  7. Submitted by will lynott on 06/29/2011 - 08:06 pm.

    TP doesn’t need to worry about putting space between himself and the Romneys of the world–he’s already far behind them.

    As a veteran, I find my self rather sobered by his apparent belief that we should not hesitate to send in the troops if anyone pisses us off. We already have three hideously expensive wars, and he wants more?

    Not full hawk–full chickenhawk. This is a toughie who never wore the uniform and never had a fight when he was playing JV hockey. He fits right in with his hero, Saint Reagan, and Bachmann’s hero, the Duke, both outspoken hawks who fought their WWII in Hollywood.

    Water seeks its own level.

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