Sunday, July 31, 2005

Novak on Pawlenty

Conservative pundit Robert Novak discuses Gov. Pawlenty’s prospects for 2006 and beyond:

Conservative Republican interest in Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as a dark horse 2008 presidential candidate, rising since his election in 2002, has dropped sharply because he accepted a tax increase as part of the state’s budget.

Pawlenty, who had signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against new taxes, signed into law a 75-cent cigarette tax. Trying to sell this to conservatives, Pawlenty attached the tax increase to a bill containing an anti-abortion provision.

A footnote: Although Pawlenty faces a 2006 reelection challenge in a state that is difficult for Republicans, his potential presidential candidacy has been quietly discussed among some key New Hampshire Republicans.
(Source: “Bush lobbies CAFTA; Black GOP Senate Candidate,” New Hampshire
Union Leader, July 30, 2005)

Novak did call the cigarette fee a “tax,” but I’ll let him by with it since he is getting up in his years and not as sharp as he used to be. I’ll be the first to say that Pawlenty is, and has always been, more concerned with 2006 than 2008, but it’s great to know that there are some Republicans out there that aren’t as narrow minded as Phil Krinkie and David Strom.

Another interesting point brought up by Novak is that Minnesota is a difficult place for Republicans to get elected. So, instead of all the conservative and Republican bloggers attacking Pawlenty, how about we focus our effort on reelecting Pawlenty and electing Mark Kennedy to the Senate. I would hate to think what life would be like with Amy Klobuchar and Mike “F-ing” Hatch elected to higher office.


At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You hypocrite, you preach tolerance and acceptance except those who disagree with that moderate Pawlenty. Krinkie is a man of character

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You hypocrite, you preach tolerance and acceptance except those who disagree with that moderate Pawlenty. Krinkie is a man of character

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Where to start? Hmmmm, first off, you can't even post a comment without it showing up twice. Second of all, I didn't know taking money from gaming interests in exchange for nixing the Racino was "character."

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous chester.a.cheeta said...

Rep. Krinkie is the hypocrite. He's "against gambling" yet he takes his money from the casino lobbying groups that opposed the Racino. What a moral objection.

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Krinkie has always opposed gambling, so nothing has changed in his 14-15 years there. At least he is a man of principle who doesn't flip flop. What has changed is Pawlenty who when running was against Northstar and now is for it. Was against raising taxes and now is for it. Was against public funding of stadiums and now is talking about a special session just for the stadium issue. Pawlenty said what people wanted to hear to get the endorsement. Sullivan for Governor 2006!!!

At 6:52 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Sullivan 2006?! I yawn just thinking about it.

At 9:30 AM, Blogger R-Five said...

On what basis can you assure me that Pawlenty will do "x" or "y" in the future when he has reversed himself on issue after issue, including the big one - taxes? Further, he's becoming increasingly defensive and arrogant in interviews.

It's an unfortunate but necessary burden that the GOP hold its leaders to a higher standard than the DFL holds theirs. Otherwise, there's no difference at all.

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

See, the fundamental flaw in your argument is that you say Pawlenty raised taxes. I was with you right up to there.

It has been my opinion that Pawlenty has always been 100% focused on his reelection. In politics, when you think that far ahead, you can easily stumble in front of you. Pawlenty is one of the best politicians we've ever seen in Minnesota and knows that if he wanted to run for President, he would need to be reelected Governor first.

I see your point with holding leaders to a higher standard. I think that goes for the activists as well. We're not the DFL, so let's stop eating our young. This sort of infighting will invariably lead to a total party meltdown, then electoral failurew.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger lloydletta said...

Give me a break, that cigarette tax is a tax. The taxpayer's league didn't force Pawlenty to take that Pledge.

Krinkie has always opposed gambling. Pawlenty has flip flopped on that issue.


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