Ten Reasons to Elect Tim Pawlenty President of the United States of America
|In Tim We Trust.|
He's signed innumerable copies of a book that hardly anyone's actually read. He's ground through countless speeches and hobnobbing sessions in New Hampshire, Iowa, and anywhere else teabaggers will have him. He's worked overtime to please every right-wing radio and cable news host in the nation.
Soon, Pawlenty will tell Americans whether or not he's going to run for the presidency. Herewith, we offer 10 reasons why he should be the next occupant of the White House.
|Pawlenty Family Values|
Pawlenty has the conservative social mores angle locked down. How family-values is this guy? Well, in 2008 he voted to pardon convicted sex offender Jeremy Giefer because, he explained, Giefer had done the right thing and married the 14-year-old he was convicted of statutorily raping. True, the wisdom of the gesture was called into question last year when Giefer was charged with serially raping the underage daughter he had with his first victim, but the important thing is that Pawlenty recognizes the sacred relationship between a predator and his child-bride.
|The Courage to Barf.|
In a Facebook era when over-sharing is the rule, not the exception, Tim Pawlenty will make an excellent Commander in Chief. Here's a guy who has the courage to emote about blowing chow as he cleans rotten-meat hooks out of some trailers behind a warehouse for part-time scrip. And he's not afraid to hire a real writer to churn out some purple prose to jazz up this and other assorted family tales in order to try to move product. He's truly a TMI stud for our times.
|T-Paw: Action Hero|
The man understands what in political circles is called "optics." Al Gore may have invented the internet, but Tim Pawlenty has perfected it with his use of YouTube-enabled propaganda reels. T-Paw's ongoing series of wide-screen Hollywood self-promotional videos make Leni Riefenstahl look like an amateur. Loving shots of eugenically apple-cheeked heartland kids, the indomitable power of the American Luftwaffe, the searing Two Minutes of Hate for union workers and other enemies within--Pawlenty's message machine is pitch-perfect on every count. Americans love movie stars. If we can't have Reagan back, at least we can elect a viral-video celebrity.
|Dreaming of Convictions.|
Pawlenty has the courage of his convictions, and he's not afraid to man up and admit when he's changed those convictions for political expediency either, especially if it means putting a smile on the collective faces of his party's new climate change-denying base. Cast your mind back to 2005: He drove an E85-friendly SUV. In 2007, he was as close to being a tree-hugger as Republicans would tolerate. He signed a bill to cut Minnesota greenhouse gas emissions mid-century by 75 percent. He supported cap-and-trade legislation. But it turns out he was full of hot air then. Or maybe it's now. We're not sure. His convictions keep changing. These days, he calls his diligent work on climate change issues "a mistake," with a hand out looking for tea party votes.
|Smart Enough For Jon Stewart.|
Pawlenty has the necessary confidence in his own judgement to be a strong leader. When the Legislature didn't balance the budget by its deadline two years ago, he didn't do something rash like call a special session. Instead, T-Paw just went through the whole thing himself and crossed out a bunch of stuff he didn't like. Okay, so maybe this did turn out to be unconstitutional, but you've got to give the guy credit for knowing he's smarter than every state legislator combined.