Tim Pawlenty is National Review's cover boy

Categories: Notable MN, T-Paw

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National Review, the gold standard of conservative opinion magazines, features Tim Pawlenty on its March 7 cover -- in skates and a green T-Paw jersey.

"Pawlenty's Shot: The former Minnesota governor is a strong contender" the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, NR declares.

But in an excerpt posted online, senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru hardly offers a ringing endorsement. He makes it sound as though Pawlenty's chief asset is that he isn't Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin:

"As Pawlenty prepares to run for the Republican nomination for president, his main problem is simple: Most Americans have never heard of him. Republicans tend to prefer known commodities: Every winner of the Republican nomination in the last 70 years had a national reputation a year before the primaries. The Courage to Stand is not selling well. Yet Pawlenty may just be the Republicans' strongest presidential candidate for 2012. Compared with his competitors, he is either more conservative, more electable, or both."

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The "more conservative" tag ought to bring a smile to Pawlenty's face. He's been hawking his book hard at conservative Christian bookstores, advocating that gays go back in the closet, and demands that Congress not raise the national debt ceiling. He's even been invited to keynote a Tea Party Patriots summit in Arizona next week. Maybe his base strategy is working.

On the other hand, he got shellacked at CPAC.

Then there's the question of whether this love from National Review even matters. NR endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008, so while the T-Paw cover story is great publicity for Pawlenty -- and god knows he needs it -- it hardly assures success.

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5 comments
Lorie
Lorie

Well you don't understand when you stare at Tim. He cares more about poor people. Tim is the poor person's candidate.

Mtnestr
Mtnestr

Isn't this the guy that the legislature had to over-ride so that we could get the roads and bridges repaired? I then recall him taking federal funds for one particular bridge but he sure seems to have an issue with accepting money for health care.

vitajex
vitajex

"Tim Pawlenty is National Review's cover boy"

That's all fine and good but everybody knows the real prestige comes from being the centerfold.

green23
green23

It's pretty obvious that the Tim Pawlenty of today would never have been elected Governor. Timmeh's conversion to full wingnut coincided with his decision not to run for Governor again. Unfortunately for him, even the wingnuts aren't buying the sincerity of his convenient conversion.

brad_dfl
brad_dfl

He loves his tax cuts for the rich.

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