Go ahead Republicans. Make Obama's day. Nominate Tim Pawlenty as your candidate to oppose Obama in 2012- just see what will happen. Have you learned nothing from 2008 and 2006?
The news cycle today is abuzz with the story that the "sole viable alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney" is Governor Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota.
A look at Tim Pawlenty's On The Issues page, turns up some scant results, but luckily my friend over at Left Coast Rebel was able to round up some excellent Cato information on the Tim Pawlenty budget and administration in Minnesota.
For instance, Pawlenty supports government subsidized health care for all children, and sees it as a first step toward universal health insurance. He also supports Massachusetts-style health care reform, including a "health care exchange" and individual mandate (how is he any different from Mitt Romney again?).
He believes in all manner of price fixing from the market for drugs to the labor market (increasing his state's minimum wage as governor for instance).
He is also a typical nanny-statist, imposing as governor, "some of the most aggressive and expensive renewable energy mandates in the country," pushing for a statewide smoking ban, and calling for a ban of all prescription drug advertisements (which means that he needs to dust off his Constitution and have a look at Amendment I).
Tim Pawlenty is not a true conservative. He's not a true libertarian. He does not believe in conserving and preserving the principles of Jeffersonian republican government, nor in the timeless ideals of liberty.
He has far too many strikes against him to lay claim to any of those principles that matter most to the resurgent liberty movement in America, which will play a major role in the 2010 and 2012 elections, and determine the success or defeat of the Republican Party.
Want to keep losing elections, Republicans? Buy into the buzz. Get excited by all the hype. Nominate Tim Pawlenty in 2012. As for me- the only difference I see between Tim Pawlenty and "Socialized-Medicine" Mitt Romney, is that Mitt Romney has much better hair!
UPDATE (May 30): I've noticed a lot of visits from search engines to this page from people searching for "Tim Pawlenty on the issues." Welcome! I just wanted to share with you a more recent video I've made regarding Tim Pawlenty:
(Text version here).