Team Pawlenty fires shot at "pain in the ass" Bachmann

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The joking around is over.
Up until now, Minnesota's two presidential wannabes, Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, have been pretty firm adherents to Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.

But it sounds like the gloves may be coming off.

In a long Time profile of Pawlenty, and his tightrope walk trying to please teabaggers and mainstream Republicans alike, his friend and former chief of staff called Bachmann "a pain the ass."

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The headline's wrong. It should read, "No more Mr. Nice Guy."
Pawlenty may be spooked in part by a fellow Minnesotan: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, whose fiery brand of conservatism could steal the show in Iowa, where Pawlenty needs a strong showing to catapult him into subsequent primary states. "Bachmann's going to be a pain in the ass in Iowa," says Pawlenty's friend and former chief of staff Charlie Weaver.

Let the food fight begin.

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