mind your business

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tim Pawlenty 2012 Presidential Bid?

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).


  1. Wes - I'm glad that you found my round up of Pawlenty, I agree with everything you say here. If Pawlenty is the GOP nominee, then I think I will ammend my comment re: your 3rd party post.....

  2. Good article by Left Coast Rebel too, but regarding his exhortation for Reaganites to stand up, Reagan did some great things, but he also increased federal spending, ran big deficits, and piled on more than $2 trillion of debt.

  3. I am not sure who it needs to be...but it ain't this guy.

    I have had him figured out for a while now.

  4. Personally, I think the GOP isn't going to go for Mitt Rommney. From my perspective, I see a Rick Perry / Sarah Palin ticket as their blokes of choice. Kinda dumb, and exceedingly scary from my POV, but nevertheless that's what I'm predicting.

  5. Yes- we need someone even better than Ron Reagan, Mr. (or Ms. ?) Anonymous. Ron Paul might be up to the job...

    KOOK- Yup!

    Norm- I so hope you're wrong! Then again, I don't know who I hope it would be.

  6. Pawlenty supports public works subsidized health care for all children, and sees it as a first step toward universal health insurance.

  7. Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul
    Your barking up the wrong tree..............

  8. Ron Paul is the only guy with half a chance to beat Obama in the general election. He can pull a lot of voters away from Obama, especially the young vote. Ron Paul is certainly fringe but lately people are seeing him a lot more mainstream.

    Ron Paul electrifies audiences like no other candidate does and it's not because he's a great orator, Lord knows that's not the case at all. It's because people get the feeling that he's actually telling the truth and will do what he says.

    If the Republican party wants to hand over four more years to Obama, they will continue to shun Ron Paul. And you know what? If they do it again, like they did in 08 I'm not completely convinced that isn't what they intended all along.

  9. I am not worried about any of these flakes! Tim Pawlenty, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich none of them. They're all working for the Koch Brother's as libertarians. The Libertarian got smart (so they thought) and starting running as GOP conservatives in order to get in public office. If Tim Pawlenty feels so harsh about government why is he a political hack that's been in government and has never had a "regular" job. Why, because he is useless and not smart. And short. He is of the "Ron Paul's" that are nothing but Libertarianism at its best. I can't wait until President Obama debates these dumb a** white guys. Over the years they've all gotten earmarks and money under the table that they save up for their campaigns. Pawlenty is against gay marriage and will not say that he is against gays as we know it. Same thing with Michele Bachmann. I'm listening to this nut on CNN being interviewed by Candy Crowley (who is not a good journalist) anyway. The Republicans are going to lose the race as they continue to demonize people. They are intolerant of gays and gay marriage. They (GOP) are not with the times. Same sex couples are going to get married and discriminating people like Pawlenty will not win an election with this type of bias. No way.

    Ron Paul----really! Lol