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The Old T-Paw Reappears

Category: Tim Pawlenty
Posted: 04/30/14 12:17

by Dave Mindeman

Former Governor Tim Pawlenty is back out there expounding on his political views. He made an appearance on Morning Joe and seemed to be the old Pawlenty - the pre-presidential candidate Pawlenty.

Pawlenty, a Republican, said he supported "rational and comprehensive immigration reform." However, he predicted lawmakers aren't "going to get it done this year."

Now Pawlenty the Presidential candidate would never have said that. He didn't even challenge the Romney "self deportation" disaster. Observers should take note that establishment candidates can't take rational positions in a Republican primary.

Another rational position....

As for the economy, if Republicans wanted to show they embrace middle-class issues, Pawlenty suggested they "support reasonable increases in the minimum wage. If you're going to talk the talk about being for the middle class and the working person, if we have a minimum wage, it should be reasonably adjusted from time to time," he said.

Pawlenty seems oddly logical...but then he doesn't have to please the Tea Party anymore. I think that this is the "real" Pawlenty.

T-Paw is showing us how far to the right that Republican politics have drifted. Pawlenty is out of that fish bowl and is able to say some things that have practical good sense behind them.

When he ran for President, he left the good sense in the closet.
comments (3) permalink
05/01/14 13:15
Finally took the time to watch the clip, and the way that Pawlenty moved from immigration to minimum wage was noteworthy because it was not in response to a question.
It made me think of Joe Biden ... leading Obama to take make a change in his stance on gay marriage.

Sorta makes you wonder if Pawlenty was taunting the House to do something.

And, in case you missed it, Majority Leader stated today that there will not be a vote on immigration reform because they do not trust the White House ... since the Presidency will not change this year, the only way to get immigration reform is to change the House.
04/30/14 18:58

It seems to me that if the House Republicans are smart, they will pass an immigration reform bill that will never go anywhere in the Senate but would show that they have a plan. Thus far, they appear to being held for ransom by Steve King and Rush Limbough.

That said, immigration reform and minimum wage do not appear to be at the top of the voters issue list.
04/30/14 14:24
Pawlenty only carried a third of the MN vote. The Independent party split the Democratic vote. Truth be told Pawlenty couldn't carry his home state. Independents didn't run a candidate which is why Dayton got in. The Independents made the sacrifice to allow us to get rid of people who didn't have the best interest of our state.


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