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No surprise: Republicans liked Pawlenty message to RNC, Dems rip it

Republicans apparently sort of liked Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s message to the RNC Thursday — the Star Tribune reports he “received mild applause from the crowd and a polite standing ovation afterward” — but Democrats were quick to rip the Minnesotan with national ambitions.

Pawlenty’s rap sounded smooth: “In the eyes of many, President Obama is cool, cool, cool. But the American people are figuring out that he is wrong, wrong, wrong.”

Responded the Democratic National Committee in a statement:

“Tim Pawlenty is a perfect example of why Republicans are no longer relevant as a Party.  Instead of offering solutions to the problems they themselves made, Republicans like Pawlenty spend all of their time trying to appeal to the worst instincts of the far right wing by chastising Democrats who are making real and substantive progress on behalf of the American people.

“Whether it was his naked partisan delay in seating Senator Franken, his draconian cuts to funding Minnesota’s schools and health care system or his willingness today to toss out patently false partisan bombs at a party convention, Tim Pawlenty is proving himself to be nothing more than the far right wing ideologue Rush Limbaugh and the party elders hoped he would be.”

Minnesota DFLers added:

“Governor Pawlenty has no room to criticize President Obama or any other Democratic leaders since, under his watch, fewer Minnesotans are employed, including 112,000 who have lost jobs since June 2008; Minnesota is facing a projected deficit of over $6 billion for the next budget cycle; and more Minnesotans are fighting to stay afloat while the Governor kicks more than 35,000 people out of the state health-care programs.”

“Governor Pawlenty has done little in his administration other than side with big business, look out for big insurance, and leave Minnesotans in the dust as he makes his way toward Washington.”

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Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/31/2009 - 08:40 am.

    I know the Democrat Party wouldn’t intentionally put out a misleading statement, so they probably just didn’t know that the Governor didn’t cut funding to Minnesota’s schools at all.

    Maybe MinnPost can enlighten Tim Kaine…why not “tweet” him right now?

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/31/2009 - 08:44 am.

    Oh, and while you’re at it, maybe you can tip Kaine off to the fact that Pawlenty didn’t delay Farnken’s seating for as much as a minute.

    We wouldn’t want the honest Democrat Party to inadvertently toss out any patently false partisan bombs, would we?

  3. Submitted by Burton'Jon Blackwell on 07/31/2009 - 09:10 am.

    Our Governor’s political career here in Minnesota is over. He failed to respond when directed to assist in shuting down K-Designers, Integrity Plus, and Custom Remodelers, for thefts by coversion. Goodby Pawlenty!…go flock with the birds of your very same feather!

    By: Inkpahduhtah

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 07/31/2009 - 09:11 am.

    Yawn… T.S. master of the lie by half (or less than half) truth. Perhaps you might want to defend the things that Tim said?

    Or are they so false as to be indefensible?

  5. Submitted by Charles Turpin on 07/31/2009 - 09:51 am.

    Look carefully at the tenure of Mr. Pawlenty and you will see that he has been a disaster for the people of the state of Minnesota. This is not a better place to live because he has served as Governor. It is our “commons” that makes this a great place to live. He has added nothing to our commons and has actually harmed it. He claims to have held the line on taxes; actually he just switched the way they are paid. Look at your real estate tax bill!
    Mr. Pawlenty is a one trick pony. No New Taxes.
    Sounds great, tastes awful. Taxes are not money down a rat hole – they are the price we pay for a good place to live.

  6. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 07/31/2009 - 10:05 am.

    “T.S. master of the lie by half”

    Tell you what, slick; I pointed out two statements in the press release that are undeniably untrue.

    Maybe you can point out one of those lies you claim *I* made; or do us all a favor and put your head back down on the desk and go back to sleep.

  7. Submitted by Mike Wyatt on 07/31/2009 - 02:27 pm.

    If anyone still thinks either side of the current two party melodrama is looking out for anyone but their own political coffers, you apparently haven’t been awake for years. As soon as people figure out that all this finger pointing is just an elaborate game, the better off we’ll be. Spending is a problem. Neglect of needed services is a problem. Neither of the broken parties have a solution, so stop the blame game already. Look toward third party candidates that may actually be outside of the grips of special interests and vote for true change. If either party wanted to help Americans and not pad their political pockets, single payer would at least be included in these discussions. It is not, and the politicos show their true colors as a result.

  8. Submitted by Mike Wyatt on 07/31/2009 - 02:31 pm.

    Oh, by the way- T-paw’s “message” yesterday was an absolute ironic joke. They guy does nothing but toe the line for the right wing and exclude anyone that does not agree. The exact opposite of his “message” yesterday. I’m just surprised anyone that labels themselves as a “conservative” takes any time to defend Pawlenty. Spending went up on his watch. Passing the buck at the expense of Minnesotans is not leadership. That he tries to even suggest he includes persons outside of the far right in his “message” is laughable. I’m moderate, and T-Paw has NOT grabbed my ear one iota. Far-right is too far out for most people, and that’s where T-Paw makes his bed.

  9. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 07/31/2009 - 10:12 pm.

    Come on boys it only politics…. Pawlenty does a good job at speaking to the center right Republican. The governor could very well be the person to harness the next generation republican.

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