The Perfect VP for Romney: Tim Pawlenty, Friendly Creationist Loon

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In a way, Tim Pawlenty is the perfect running mate for Mitt Romney; he’s a fundamentalist Christian, a creationist, and a climate change denier, but he somehow manages to project a bland non-threatening persona.

In other words, a reactionary nut who doesn’t look like a reactionary nut. Perfect.

It was four years ago this summer, when Tim Pawlenty ranked high on the list of John McCain’s potential running mates, and Mr. Pawlenty and his wife, Mary, were plowing through a voluminous questionnaire probing deep into their finances and almost every other aspect of their lives.

“I remember the two of us joking one night at some inhumane hour, ‘No way is Mitt Romney doing this by himself!’�” Mr. Pawlenty later wrote in his book. “We had a good laugh over that.”

After a short-lived presidential bid of his own last year, Mr. Pawlenty is again being considered for the Republican ticket. His fate is in the hands of Mr. Romney, a rival-turned-friend, who is on the cusp of announcing his vice-presidential selection. Mr. Romney has reached a decision, his friends believe, and he may disclose it as soon as this week.

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1 Dancing along the light of day  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:24:51pm

Or Pat Robertson!

2 Kragar (Antichrist )  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:25:32pm

a bland non-threatening persona

Key trait of a closet psycho.
/

3 jaunte  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:26:43pm

The coiner of “Obamneycare” on the ticket? Amazing.

4 Mich-again  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:28:20pm

There’s Pawlenty to like..

5 Kragar (Antichrist )  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:30:33pm

re: #4 Mich-again

There’s Pawlenty to like..

There is Pawlenty not to…

6 freetoken  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:31:25pm

We love milk toast.

7 jaunte  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:32:22pm

Bland on Bland.

8 Mich-again  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:32:55pm

re: #5 Kragar

There is Pawlenty not to…

I’m just trying to preempt the stupid catch phrases.. There’s gonna be pawlenty of them.

9 Targetpractice  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:33:47pm

re: #7 jaunte

Bland on Bland.

Bland/Bland ‘12: We’ll Believe Whatever You Pay Us To.

10 Kragar (Antichrist )  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:34:03pm

re: #8 Mich-again

I’m just trying to preempt the stupid catch phrases.. There’s gonna be pawlenty of them.

Mitt/Tim

Mitttim

MITTTIM!

11 Mich-again  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:35:24pm

There sure were pawlenty of good seats still available at Ford Field when Mitt came here last February..

12 jaunte  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:36:36pm
13 freetoken  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:37:11pm

The thing about Pawlenty and his creationism is that, despite all the whining by Republican operatives over how the MSM tries to damage GOP candidates with questions over creationism, the truth is the religious right loves to talk about it as it is one of their litmus test essentials. E.g., check out the Klinghoffer article over at American Spectator early in this campaign, about Williams querying Pawlenty, and all the comments generated.

14 palomino  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:37:57pm

We were already bored to death by Pawlenty once. Mitt’s only rationale could be putting someone on the ticket who couldn’t conceivably take the spotlight away from him. In short, Pawlenty’s no game changer and he doesn’t have the attack dog instincts Romney needs in a running mate. If he announces Pawlenty this week, everyone will snooze. And it won’t provide the Romney camp’s desired distraction from Bain. Bet on Rubio—he’s young, Hispanic, from FL, and at least has a pulse compared to the other names being thrown around.

OK, Christie also has a pulse…but it races, and makes him red, sweaty, and irrational. I don’t think having a confrontational controversial blowhard helps much. Mitt’s team would spend half its time cleaning up Christie’s latest insult/tirade.

15 Targetpractice  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:38:35pm

re: #12 jaunte

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DISCLOSE failed because it seems 51 votes no longer constitutes a majority vote in the US Senate anymore.

16 Kragar (Antichrist )  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:39:20pm

I’m watching a Scottish detective show and I know they’re supposedly speaking English, but I’ll be damned if I can make out half of it.

17 Gus  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:40:24pm

New, manly poetry.

18 jaunte  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:41:12pm

re: #13 freetoken

That article also mentions Christie, who flubbed the question:

At another recent press conference, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, dream candidate for many conservatives, fielded a question about whether he believes in evolution. He responded indignantly — “That’s none of your business!” — as if someone had inquired about his intimate relations with Mrs. Christie.

He tried to clarify, saying that “evolution is required teaching. If there’s a certain school district that also wants to teach creationism, that’s not something we should decide in Trenton.”

The problem is that the Supreme Court has declared (Edwards v. Aguillard) that teaching creationism in public school runs afoul of the First Amendment’s establishment clause. So Christie failed to avoid the trap even while refusing to answer.

19 Targetpractice  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:41:22pm

Every word I’ve seen from inside the campaign seems to indicate they’re looking for one of two possibilities: A) A very bland white male who can’t outshine Romney or B) A woman who they hope will somehow help them make up lost ground in that demographic.

20 Gus  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:41:28pm

Laymen prey town.

21 freetoken  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:43:26pm

re: #19 Targetpractice

If only Pawlenty would undergo gender realignment surgery then they’d have their perfect candidate, no?

22 SpaceJesus  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:43:40pm

really really want to see romney do that same questionnaire

23 goddamnedfrank  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:45:46pm

Mitt Romney / Tim Pawlenty is an anagram for Impotently Witty Merman.

Just sayin’.

24 jaunte  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:46:54pm

re: #23 goddamnedfrank

It’s just a fluke!

25 Gus  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:49:16pm

re: #23 goddamnedfrank

Mitt Romney / Tim Pawlenty is an anagram for Impotently Witty Merman.

Just sayin’.

Impotent Law Entity Mr My

26 Blizard  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:49:46pm
27 Skeetghazi  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:51:20pm

re: #18 jaunte

That article also mentions Christie, who flubbed the question:

Supposedly smart peeps sell out.

28 freetoken  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:51:43pm

Oh gee…

Romney Says GOP’s Not ‘Party of the Rich,’ But ‘of Those Who Want to Be Rich’

At a fundraiser at a country club in Mississippi this evening that was expected to raise a record-breaking $1.7 million, Mitt Romney defended the Republican Party against its reputation as the “party of the rich” explaining that really, it is a party focused on helping the poor.

“We’re accused, by the way — in our party — of being the party of the rich,” Romney said. “And it’s an awful moniker, because that’s just not true. We’re the party of people who want to get rich. And we’re also the party of people who want to care to help people from getting poor. We want to help the poor.

“We also want to make sure people don’t have to become poor,” Romney said. “And we know what it takes to keep people from becoming poor.”

[…]

Wannabes. The GOP is the party of wannabes?

I can’t even think of the appropriate words to address Romney’s claims about the poor.

29 Kragar (Antichrist )  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:52:19pm

Romney Camp Decries ‘Crony Capitalism,’ Can’t Name Single Ethics Reform To Stop It

Cuccinelli repeatedly attacked Obama for appointing “bundlers,” or top campaign fundraisers, to his administration, but offered no assurance at all that Romney would institute a policy restricting their appointments. Even if Romney did insist on keeping bundlers out of his administration, it would be impossible to tell. Romney, unlike Obama, John McCain and President George W. Bush, won’t release a list of his bundlers, according to campaign finance advocates. The only ones publicly disclosed so far are bundlers who are also registered lobbyists, since they’re governed by disclosure requirements. Obama, by contrast, does not allow lobbyists to raise money for his campaign.

A spokeswoman for the Romney campaign did not immediately respond to requests for further details on ethics reforms the Republican nominee would implement to keep donors from affecting policy. Romney has not pledged to maintain new standards instituted by Obama, including a restriction on appointing lobbyists to Cabinet positions.

30 Targetpractice  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:53:35pm

re: #28 freetoken

Oh gee…

Romney Says GOP’s Not ‘Party of the Rich,’ But ‘of Those Who Want to Be Rich’

Wannabes. The GOP is the party of wannabes?

I can’t even think of the appropriate words to address Romney’s claims about the poor.

“Yes, you too can be rich, by getting your parents to loan you $20,000 to start a business!”

31 jaunte  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:53:56pm

re: #28 freetoken

“And we know what it takes to keep people from becoming poor.”

“The poor can keep from being poor if they just study finance in college and work hard, plus get a little help from their parents and their friends.”

32 freetoken  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:55:45pm

The ideal Republican, according to Mitt Romney:

33 steve_davis  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:55:49pm

re: #14 palomino

We were already bored to death by Pawlenty once. Mitt’s only rationale could be putting someone on the ticket who couldn’t conceivably take the spotlight away from him. In short, Pawlenty’s no game changer and he doesn’t have the attack dog instincts Romney needs in a running mate. If he announces Pawlenty this week, everyone will snooze. And it won’t provide the Romney camp’s desired distraction from Bain. Bet on Rubio—he’s young, Hispanic, from FL, and at least has a pulse compared to the other names being thrown around.

OK, Christie also has a pulse…but it races, and makes him red, sweaty, and irrational. I don’t think having a confrontational controversial blowhard helps much. Mitt’s team would spend half its time cleaning up Christie’s latest insult/tirade.

Rubio has almost zero experience at the national level. Putting Rubio on the ticket means taking away any attacks on Obama over experience (which is silly anyway because the man’s now been doing the gig for four years). People want a steady hand at the helm. When Mitt finally has to be put to sleep for humanitarian reasons, people want to know that the v.p. doesn’t look like he’s wandering in for his first interview with a banking firm for an entry-level management position.

34 rwmofo  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:56:24pm

It doesn’t really matter who represents the Republican party for VP. We’ll suddenly have a reminder of who the current VP is and the debate will resume with everyone making their case for Biden or Gore being the dumbest VP to ever hold the office.

Then we’ll reflect on who was the dumbest US Senator, but conveniently Biden and Gore are the finalists for that prize as well.

35 Targetpractice  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 6:58:07pm

Seriously, before I believed Willard telling me anything about the poor, I’d first like him to define what makes one poor in modern America. Because I’m pretty convinced that, to him, $250k/yr is “poor.”

36 Cap'n Magic  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 7:04:51pm

The only reason why TPaw is being floated is because he isn’t a Catholic.

37 CuriousLurker  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 7:06:52pm

I hereby nominate rwmofo as the dumbest commenter/troll at LGF.

38 Mich-again  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 7:17:01pm

re: #28 freetoken

Romney Says GOP’s Not ‘Party of the Rich,’ But ‘of Those Who Want to Be Rich’

Did he mention that only 1% of them actually get rich.

39 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Mon, Jul 16, 2012 7:30:26pm

re: #2 Kragar

a bland non-threatening persona

Key trait of a closet psycho.
/

“He seemed so normal.”
— Every serial killer’s neighbor ever

40 TrapGun  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 4:17:28am

I didn’t leave the Republican party. The Republican party left me.


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