Skip to comments.Can Pawlenty Win Evangelicals and Moderates (Unlike Palin and Huckabee)?
Posted on 07/31/2009 12:45:39 PM PDT by steve-b
It's striking that today's Associated Press profile of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate, excludes mention of his evangelical faith and strong ties to the evangelical world. I was struck by the same absence in a recent New York Times Pawlenty profile.
How solid are Pawlently's evangelical bona fides? The pastor of his home church is president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the nation's largest evangelical interest. Last year, as John McCain struggled to win over evangelical leaders, Pawlently quietly tried to arrange a meeting between the Republican presidential nominee and National Association of Evangelical bigs, but to no avail....
Unlike prospective Republican White House contenders like Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, Pawlenty doesn't talk like a culture warrior, which helps explain why Pawlenty coverage in the national media ignores his faith-based side. But can his less strident tone help him win independents in a way that Huckabee and Palin have failed to, while his evangelical side makes him a hit with the GOP's social conservative base?
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He’s not going to win anybody, Steve.
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I am not interested in Pawlenty. The only decent thing out of Minnesota is Bachmann.
Huckabee didn’t have too much trouble with moderates. He struggled with talk radio listeners.
But the real question is can he win the base of the party, the conservatives.
If he keeps up with the “Big Tent” crap, codeword for we need to lower our standards and principles, he’s dead on arrival.
As the governor of Minnesota, whose senators are Klobuchar and Franken, Pawlenty is, IMO, a nonstarter. His campaign will be over before it starts.
Too many of us will want to know how he oversaw a corrupt election that ended with Franken being declared the winner? That’s NOT the type of individual I want in the WH!!
Why post crap from a left-wing site such as US News and World report?
Nothing out of that rag can be trusted and nothing is objective.
he should run for Senate, take a leading position in Senate Centrist Coalition (”advocating bipartisan solutions”) and pushing some liberal dream bill with McCain and Feinstein. That would get him declared The Conservative Messiah here in fr..
it worked before..
Gilgoff seems to have a big thing for the National Association of Evangelicals, gay drug addict Ted Haggard’s group. The NAE vice president Richard Cizik also supported Barack Obama last year.
I totally agree with you. Senator Franken is Exhibit A in the case against Pawlenty for President.
My fear is that the GOP after what I am almost postive will be a great turn-arond in 2010 will pull a “1996” in 2012 and nominate a ‘Bob Dole’(i.e. Pawlenty, Romney) as our candidate and then watch the Obama Machine roll right over him. And after 8 years of Obama what will be left and what will it matter who runs in 2016, more than likely by then they will have trashed the constitution to the point where Obama will become the Sultan of America!
More muddying the water nonsense from the media druids. They are pimping this guy because they know they can destroy him in a flash and keep their power. Even if he won by some accident, he stands for nothing and could be quickly marginalized. Same old stuff.
this just makes him the least influential "most influential" nonentity in the country, because probably 3% of evangelical church goers even know whether they're members. Pawlenty and Sanford have the same problem, they look like dull, scared twits on TV.
Your 100 percent right. Which is exactly why I believe that Sarah Palin will wait til 2016 to run. She knows with this media, she has NO chance. The GOP unfortunately has their heads so far up their asses they will nominate Mitt Romney who will lose in a landslide. It will be a choice of the lesser of two evils, and they are both evil so I don’t want either one. The GOP hasn’t learned their damn lesson and they might not for a very long time until people knock some sense into their heads.
steve-b - proudly trolling FR since 1998.
The media tends to, every 8 years, change. I’m not saying wait eight years, but just watch, the GOP is already starting it, they want Romney as their guy and they will fail miserably because of it. The media will say what a great guy Romney is and then once he gets that nomination BANG, the media will sworn in and bring up RomneyCare and every other thing he has ever done in his life that will make him look bad. You really think the media wants Obama to lose in 2012, they are already working on his campaign
I’ve paid a fair amount of attention to Pawlenty, trying to get a fix on him. And I mean from watching him interviewed or giving a speech, not from the bad political outcomes in MN. Not saying they aren’t important...they are.
Hate to say it but gotta...after searching and searching for who or what Pawlenty reminds me of in his persona...general appearance, voice, mannerisms and manner, features, etc., I’ve come up with what he reminds me of.
A cute mouse, such as they are drawn in cartoons, storybooks etc. Not a real mouse because they aren’t cute...
I can’t get past that, but even if I could get past it, I’ve got some other bones to pick with the MN Governor.