How Pawlenty did at last night's Republican debate

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Pawlenty had a chance to face down Romney on Obamneycare, and he turned away.
Tim Pawlenty showed everyone Monday night during the Republican debate on CNN why Bill O'Reilly pegged him as a vanilla ice cream salesman.

Instead of getting in Mitt Romney's face and smacking him around with the memorable "Obamneycare" neologism he coined over the weekend, Pawlenty wimped out.

"Why Obamneycare?" CNN host John King kept asking, over and over, as Pawlenty retreated to one rhetorical corner or another, trying to change the subject and duck the fight.

It was like watching one of those Law & Order assistant DAs break down a witness on the stand. Finally, as Romney patiently smiled, King targeted his prey, and told Pawlenty it was time to admit what everyone else in the room already knew.

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Romney smiled while Pawlenty squirmed.
KING: You chose those words. And so one of my questions is, why would you chose those -- choose those words maybe in the comfort of a Sunday show studio? Your rival is standing right there. If it was Obamneycare on "Fox News Sunday," why is it not Obamneycare standing here with the governor right there?

PAWLENTY: It -- President Obama is -- is the person who I quoted in saying he looked to Massachusetts for designing his program. He's the one who said it's a blueprint and that he merged the two programs. And so using the term "Obamneycare" was a reflection of the president's comments that he designed Obamacare on the Massachusetts health care plan.

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Pawlenty's dogged determination to avoid a fight with Romney was emblematic of the "debate" in general: There was no debate. CNN offered the seven Republicans two hours of fact-check-free sound bites, which they all used in concert to trash Barack Obama, a guy who wasn't around to actually debate and defend the positions they were all attacking.

Like Michele Bachmann, Pawlenty did try to make some news. But while she briefly sucked all the oxygen out of the room with her official presidential intentions, his gambit was to talk about ending Medicare as we know it -- and he barely left a ripple in the room.

Because let's face it, when you share a stage with people who declare they would have stood by while the nation's banks and financial markets collapsed, and the Big Three automakers went belly up, it's hardly notable that you'd cast oldsters at the feet of the insurance industry.

But for the rest of the night, T-Paw was lost in the right wing talking points: God is great and mandatory, taxes are bad, gays should be in the closet, and Barack Obama is a defeatist declinist namby pamby.

He did warn us not to expect much, though. As long as he remembered to "stand up straight, and don't drool," he'd consider the night a win.

Mission accomplished.

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Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Hart: FORD never took obama money, never needed obama money. The big 2 (GM - government motors screwed all the pensioners that had bonds and Obama sold Chrysler to the French. Bankruptcy would have made FORD stronger and wiped away the $hit at GM & Chrysler. Now Obama has loaned GM and Chrsyler money in order for the big 2 to pay the government back. Meanwhile: Obama laughs now as he realizes that there were never any "shovel ready jobs" that he had promised. Obama the fucking liar, thief and worst crony capitalist since taminy hall in NY.  

JonnyBgood2me
JonnyBgood2me

I am just curious if you really know how the world works.  The whole corporate bailout was contrived by the power players, the lobbyists etc.  Why are you blaming Obama?  If anything turn your hatred to the lobbying power that corporations have and the government servants that are funded by such.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

If you had to ballpark it, how many times during your tenure at MIT (stop laughing everyone) *ahem* at MIT, would you say your lectures included the word "fuck"?

Feel free to put it in terms of a whole number or a percentage...fucking liar.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

CNN was just making up for the trashing they gave the Repubs in 2008 while never asking Obama one damm good question. Turn about is fair play suckers.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

That's why Republicans always look so stupid, all the gotcha questions.   The lamestream media would never ask such gotcha questions to Obama like "what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read?"   That question is so hard.  I bet none of you lame-o liberals could answer that. 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Once again this just shows what a liar Tim Pawlenty is.    How many beer drinking hockey players do you know that are afraid to fight?   What a phony.  I bet Tim Pawlenty drinks O'Doul's.    That's why I should be the front runner for the Republican nomination.  I'm not a phony like the rest.  One thing even liberals will admit is that I'm as mentally ill in public as I am in private.   Gotta run, Jesus is talking to me. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

You're an idiot! "I'm not a phony like the rest"Excuse me, but we still don't know what you really are phony michelle.  (with 2 L's)man/ woman/ it ?Do you just put on a dress?Or do you have to tuck it in before you put on that dress?I think you misspelled the name of your God.Isn't you God's name spelled "Jebus", which you pay tribute to by drinking urine and eating dried baby fetus?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

What does Saul Alinsky say about not even addressing the topic kirk? 

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