Gov. Pawlenty chats with Greta on Fox about ‘bro-mance,’ Brett and the health care battle

In a chatty night-time interview on Fox News TV with Greta Van Sustern (video below), Gov. Tim Pawlenty dishes on several subjects, including his comment about Chris Matthews’ man-crush on President Obama:

PAWLENTY: “Well, I jokingly said that the only thing rising faster than the debt and deficit of the government is Chris Matthews’s man crush on Barack Obama. I was going to use the term, Greta, ‘bro-mance,’ but I thought that was a little too nuanced.”

On Brett Favre:

PAWLENTY: Well, there was a little news out of, I think, the today that says that there’s still a little activity there, so keep an eye on it.

VAN SUSTEREN: I will keep an eye on it. He’ll be maybe wearing a purple 4. Thank you, Governor.

But most importantly on how the health care debate is boosting Republicans:

PAWLENTY: Well, I think it’s fair to say that this is a grass roots groundswell of people who are ticked off, concerned. They have questions and they’re expressing themselves, and that’s why we have a democracy. So I’m not sure it’s so much as part of a grand strategy as an awakening or a reawakening of the country and people saying, Enough is enough with the federal government trying to take everything to Washington, D.C.

We know the president was a former community organizer, but our definition of a community isn’t the federal government in Washington, D.C. We have other notions about free enterprise, individual responsibility, freedom, liberty, and the like, and he’s headed in a very different direction.

VAN SUSTEREN: I suppose, Governor, right now, being in charge of Democrats is a little bit like herding cats they’ve got — you know, they’ve got the conservative Democrats and they’ve got the more liberal ones. But as a practical matter, the president and Speaker Pelosi and the Senate majority leader, they don’t even need a Republican vote to get this passed. So why don’t they just go ahead, they get their own Democrats, and forget about you Republicans and pass it? Then what?

PAWLENTY: Well, they have the votes to do that, but I think they’ve figured out that they would be ticking off the country. And so you have a situation where President Obama ran as a — at least in his words, in many cases, as somebody who was trying to present himself as a centrist. He’s now leading the nation as a left — a hard-left leader. And this is another example of that. And I think they could do it. They have the power to do it. But I think they’ve taken pause and put the clutch in because they realize the country is in revolt over it.

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  1. Submitted by dan buechler on 08/18/2009 - 09:47 am.

    Note candidate Pawlenty using religious language like awakening or reawakening. As to one quite steeped in such linguistics I am not sure what it has to do about defending the old broken status quo. Also it should be noted that armed citizens are now walking around the perimeter of Presidential speeches which is requiring more and more manpower in protection. Is Governor Pawlenty for that too?? One could do a google search /tracking/cache.

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