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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pawlenty is playing his cards at the RGA....

Tim Pawlenty is making the most of his time at the Republican Governors' Association meeting. Yesterday, he laid down the most compelling case for a more inclusive (read larger) Republican party.

Today, he extended those remarks, seeming to try and cast himself as the vision of a New Republican party.

Interesting. Especially the effort to move the GOP past Reagan. That's either heresy or brilliant. We'll see how it's received.

Also note the way he's setting himself up as "new ideas" and vision in juxtaposition to Palin's talking points. At an event of this level, I think that's a good play.

(I guess when he cut the mullet we should have seen the coming ambition.)


  • Pawlenty has got to be the most vacuous and harmless of all the potentially-emerging Republican leaders. He has been "successful" in Minnesota not because of any "new ideas" or "vision", but because he is un-objectionable.

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale , at 3:20 PM  

  • Not to be too rude, but isn't un-objectionable what Minnesota is?

    (Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry. I couldn't help myself.)

    Well, the three of them Palin, PAwlenty, and Jindal are fighting for that young turk mantle.

    Interestingly, the older, but also young Charlie Crist is battling with them for the new face prize.

    Jindal's really good, really smart etc, but he's got a little crazy Christian in his background and he's so young. (Plus, I find it impossible that you succeed in Louisiana without some dirt on you.)

    I've always liked Crist, but I think the rumors about him might cause so much trouble.

    And I really don't know much about Pawlenty.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:31 PM  

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