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Pawlenty's defense of Palin
The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | January 7, 2010 | Aaron Blake

Posted on 01/07/2011 1:39:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Tim Pawlenty takes aim at critics of Sarah Palin in his new book, which is set to released Tuesday and a copy of which was obtained by the Fix.

And in doing so, the former Minnesota governor seems to be saying something about his own blue-collar appeal as he weighs a run -- perhaps against the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee -- for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The book, called "Courage to Stand," represents the latest in a series of steps Pawlenty has taken to emerge on the national stage in advance of his near-certain presidential bid in 2012.

And the book is particularly kind to Palin, devoting several pages to her pick as vice president in 2008 (Pawlenty was on the short list for the spot). Pawlenty, who often plays up his everyman image and calls himself a "Sam's Club Republican," commiserates with another candidate from a less traditional background. The governor says Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a "courageous" pick with Palin, but that the senator was doomed regardless of his running mate.

Here's a sampling of the pro-Palin comments in the Pawlenty book:

* "Those who blame the loss that November, even in part, on [McCain's] choice of Sarah Palin as running mate lose sight of the big picture. In truth, it didn't matter whom he would have picked. Once the economy collapsed, Barack Obama was going to win that election."

* On his conversation with McCain after the pick was announced: "I told him it was a gutsy pick. A good pick."

* "On the basis of executive leadership experience alone, [Palin] had many times the experience of McCain's opponent."(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Minnesota; Campaign News; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2012; freepressforpalin; palin; pawlenty; sarahpalin
Comments?
1 posted on 01/07/2011 1:39:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pissy, Pissy come out WHEREVER you are...!


2 posted on 01/07/2011 1:43:43 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is smart on his part. He knows that she doesn’t have the slightest chance of being president and would struggle in a primary so this is a way to get in good with some of her primary supporters and have that carry over to enthusiasm for him in a general election. Not that he is likely to get that far but this isn’t a bad move.


3 posted on 01/07/2011 1:44:00 PM PST by DemonDeac
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To: DemonDeac

huh? IMHO NO Way is Pawlenty going to even win a primary, not a one.


4 posted on 01/07/2011 1:47:04 PM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: DemonDeac
"...He knows that she doesn’t have the slightest chance of being president and would struggle in a primary so this is a way to get in good with some of her primary supporters and have that carry over to enthusiasm for him in a general election..."

Yeah, just like that washed-up B Movie actor who graduated from some no-name college. What was his name again? The one that was way down in the polls against President Carter. What ever happened to him?

5 posted on 01/07/2011 1:49:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Seriously, who are you talking about?

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;) Kidding, of course.

6 posted on 01/07/2011 1:53:28 PM PST by Celtic Cross (FREEPING ONE YEAR +2!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If you can't beat 'em. Join 'em.


7 posted on 01/07/2011 1:55:59 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

shoulda titled his book “Courage to Mandate More Ethanol”.


8 posted on 01/07/2011 1:56:34 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; FlashBack; athelass; Tina Grazier; acapesket; exit82; backwoods-engineer; ...
"On the basis of executive leadership experience alone, [Palin] had many times the experience of McCain's opponent."
-Governor Tim Pawlenty

"May we always be happy and our enemies know it!"


SARAH PALIN'S PING LIST!


9 posted on 01/07/2011 2:00:40 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...as he weighs a run — perhaps against the former Alaska governor ...”

... or a wish to run WITH her ....


10 posted on 01/07/2011 2:04:08 PM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve never understood the desire to read these political books. Just not appealing to me, even if I agree with them politically.


11 posted on 01/07/2011 2:05:21 PM PST by Cpl. Dwayne Hicks (Somebody wake me up!)
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To: US Navy Vet; pissant

“Pissy, Pissy come out WHEREVER you are...!”

I saw him a minute ago ... he had a rope and a six pack of beer and was heading into the bushes ... said something about pissing up that rope just didn’t seem to make sense, but he’d give it a try ...


12 posted on 01/07/2011 2:06:51 PM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: GoCards
huh? IMHO NO Way is Pawlenty going to even win a primary, not a one.

He could be vying for the v.p. pick.

13 posted on 01/07/2011 2:07:02 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Once the economy collapsed, Barack Obama was going to win that election.”

Completely false. Had Mccain told them to pound sand on the bailouts, they might have won.


14 posted on 01/07/2011 2:08:48 PM PST by jessduntno ("'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." - Adolph Hitler)
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To: GoCards

To me, he seems like a decent man and more or less conservative; but from what I’ve seen, he has less charisma than Alfred E. Newman. IMHO


15 posted on 01/07/2011 2:17:08 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: upsdriver

Yep.....IMHO that is exactly what Pawlenty is saying: I’ll try but what I’m really looking for is you guys to call me if you need a VP candidate


16 posted on 01/07/2011 2:17:15 PM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s fishing for VP consideration.


17 posted on 01/07/2011 2:27:31 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
I’ve never understood the desire to read these political books. Just not appealing to me, even if I agree with them politically.

That certainly doesn't surprise me. It takes a modicum of intellectual curiosity and a desire for knowledge and understanding, something you've yet to demonstrate in any of your postings I've read.

And you're so obtuse you proudly announce it to the world, as if you are prideful of your ignorance.

Maybe someday someone will come out with one in comic book form for you. Until then you can revel in your shallow puddle of ignorance.

18 posted on 01/07/2011 2:32:00 PM PST by t-dude (Sarah causes banal and vituperous evil snarks to shriek in horror!)
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To: DemonDeac

“He knows that she doesn’t have the slightest chance of being president and would struggle in a primary”

The Daily Kos is thataway.


19 posted on 01/07/2011 2:34:06 PM PST by devere
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As far as I can tell Pawlenty is ok aside from being a full-fledged ethanol backer. How can we get rid of that corrupt excuse for fuel?


20 posted on 01/07/2011 2:36:20 PM PST by devere
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To: t-dude
Little Dude, look up the definition of "appealing" and you'll understand. No wait, you won't. You'll have to know how to use a dictionary. I suggest you wait until Big Bird talks about appealing on Sesame Street. If you haven't used up your TV time for the day , maybe your wife will give you permission to watch it.

This does raise another question. If Palin took a sh%t in the woods, would you eat it? What is sad is that you probably had to pause before answering in your mind. So sad, Little Dude, so sad.
21 posted on 01/07/2011 2:40:19 PM PST by Cpl. Dwayne Hicks (Somebody wake me up!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

That was very nice of Palin to loan him her shirt.


22 posted on 01/07/2011 2:44:26 PM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Ha!


23 posted on 01/07/2011 2:49:48 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is Pawlenty indicating he’s open to being her VP. Thune, on the other hand, said that “if she were to get into the race, it would clearly change the equation for a lot of people,” he said.


24 posted on 01/07/2011 2:53:23 PM PST by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This one is easy.

Palin is already as good as nominated, and has a national following of tens of millions, so he correctly avoids offending any of them.

Where he loses lots of points is when he asserts that the economy collapsed, when what we all know is that the economy was deliberately taken down by the powerful democrats that controlled all but one of the major financial institutions. He must know that too, so why the gaffe?
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25 posted on 01/07/2011 3:00:28 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: DemonDeac

Palin will win Minnesota easily; Pawlenty looks silly even trying to run.
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26 posted on 01/07/2011 3:02:25 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

After all the damage he has done, Paws had to have lottsa courage to have that phony book written for him.


27 posted on 01/07/2011 3:04:49 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: jessduntno

>> “... or a wish to run WITH her ....” <<

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He stands no chance. Palin will beat him in his own state, and he would be of no help anywhere else.
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28 posted on 01/07/2011 3:07:03 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: t-dude

>> “Maybe someday someone will come out with one in comic book form for you.” <<

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Glen Beck already did... “Arguing like an Idiot” or something like that.


29 posted on 01/07/2011 3:10:40 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Cpl. Dwayne Hicks

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30 posted on 01/07/2011 3:12:17 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: editor-surveyor
You're on a roll! Keep 'em coming! I agree, the collapse was targeted (surprise) and had the added effect of allowing the articulate (and might I add- unique) brown candidate to blame any solution taken or not, on Bush.

If I recall, everything was Bush's fault and wrapped around McCain's neck, from the economy, unemployment (whopping 5.5%), inner-city schools, two wars, deficits (one third the current incompetent's budgets), and the heartbreak of psoriasis.

31 posted on 01/07/2011 4:30:34 PM PST by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: t-dude
Just because you enjoy reading political books doesn't mean your more informed or more intelligent that those that think political books are boring and have nothing new to say that hasn't already been said, by them or the many other politicians that have written books or given speeches....

I read books for pleasure and entertainment. If I want to know what a politician really is I look at their history, what they have said and what they have actually done. Won't pay 25 dollars to read someone else's opinion on life..

I do like Sarah, I liked Reagan, didn't feel the need to read everything they wrote.. Actions speak louder than words. You do sound a bit arrogant..

Of course you can usually buy the same books at a garage sale for 50 cents...Thats how I bought Nancy Reagans book My Turn. It was interesting but not all that political. Her experiences in the W. H. and she elbowed a few of her critic's really good..

32 posted on 01/07/2011 4:48:23 PM PST by goat granny
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To: jessduntno
What cost us the election IMHO, was McCain staggering and stumbling around debate stages while yelling at his supporters.

Also should have gone full tilt about Rev Wright. We can, Sarah can still do that in 2012! She just has to point out that he lied when he said he did not share Rev Wright`s views.

Obama completely shares Rev Wright`s views

33 posted on 01/07/2011 6:44:17 PM PST by Friendofgeorge (SARAH 2012 OR BUST)
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