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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.
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TPaw - The Transition From Populist To $1.8 Million Capitalist

Category: Tim Pawlenty
Posted: 12/30/13 00:22

by Dave Mindeman

Maybe you are asking the question (although I doubt it), whatever happened to Tim Pawlenty?????

Well,here you go....

As an ambitious politician with eyes on the White House, Tim Pawlenty cast himself as the everyman -- the working-class son of a truck driver, a practical Midwesterner, a "Sam's Club Republican."

But when those ambitions were dashed, the former Minnesota governor found a new role that takes him a long way from Sam's Club: being the voice of big banks and other financial companies in Washington -- some of the same institutions the prairie populist once criticized on the stump.

Yes, he is a lobbyist - CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable. The land of big money.

And you know what? He's pretty good at it.

That good old Sam's Club Republican has made the shift to the wine and cheese Republican crowd in the blink of an eye. It is worth wondering if this is where Tim Pawlenty was meant to end up all along.

So far, Pawlenty's restructuring of the group has earned him some praise from its members. Several industry sources who work at companies the Roundtable represents or have clients that belong to the organization spoke favorably of Pawlenty's goal of focusing the Roundtable's resources on a more limited set of issues.

All that populist talk about the working-class son of a truck driver, a practical Midwesterner, a "Sam's Club Republican."....well, that was just talk. He was never really comfortable there - he could talk the talk, but his walk was more of a saunter over to J.P. Morgan Chase.

Yes, Pawlenty has joined the "it" crowd...

Pawlenty was hired at an annual salary of $1.8 million, a person with knowledge of the contract said when he joined the group.

Bet you don't see TPaw at Sam's Club much anymore.
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So Long Tim Pawlenty - Wish We Could Say It Was Enjoyable

Category: Tim Pawlenty
Posted: 09/20/12 13:26

by Dave Mindeman

The Tim Pawlenty sell out is complete and his Minnesota career in politics is probably over.

Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been named the head of the Financial Services Roundtable, one of the top bank lobbying groups in Washington, which represents the nation's top 100 financial institutions.

This private sector lobbying gig is lucrative - the previous head was making $2 million a year -but it also has to "appear" non-partisan. Thus the Pawlenty resignation from the Romney campaign. This isn't a "rats fleeing the sinking ship" scenario....Pawlenty probably has had this in the works for awhile, but Pawlenty's recent anti-Midas touch in politics continues.

Pawlenty also indicated that he will not be a candidate for any office in 2014. The speculation was that he would oppose either Franken in the Senate or maybe try for another term as Governor in a contest against Dayton. But, it would seem, he has ruled all of that out.

Since 2016 has no major state wide race and Pawlenty has shown no interest in a Congressional seat, Pawlenty is done till at least 2018. And that kind of dormancy is fatal in politics.

Pawlenty, in the end, sold out for the money. He will go on to become a very wealthy man and leave in his wake, a Minnesota that struggles to regain its footing from structural deficits that Pawlenty engineered, education debt as far as the eye can see, and a horrific back slide on environmental policy.

He also leaves a state party in complete disarray. As the political head of that party, he left party leaders in charge that have destroyed the financial backbone of the party and during his tenure, an ideological split blossomed into a divided party with an ever weakening array of potential candidates.

Although a tenuous majority holds onto legislative control, leadership seems to vacillate and confidence in a repeat of that control is disipating.

How Tim Pawlenty will be viewed from a future perspective is hard to judge. In the end, I suppose, it will depend on who gets to right the book.
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