Tim Pawlenty is "Sarah Palin in a suit"

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This is either Tim Pawlenty or Sarah Palin. Hard to tell.
Paul Krugman doesn't think much of Tim Pawlenty, and let everyone know yesterday in a piece that compared T-Paw to a certain former mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

The New York Times columnist is amazed that media coverage of Pawlenty has at least taken him seriously as a politician with conservative credentials and a reputation for "getting it." Hogwash, Krugman says: This man should be either belittled or ignored.

In a short, brutal piece, Krugman was utterly dismissive of Pawlenty's economic credentials, writing that he's pretty much wrong on everything, all the time.

And then, the final insult:

"I mean," Krugman wrote, "as far as I can tell he's Sarah Palin in a suit."

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Paul Krugman is really smart... not always nice though.
The premier economics writer in America thinks so little of Pawlenty that he  thought about him only long enough to dash out a single damning paragraph on his "Conscience of a Liberal" blog. 

I have to say that there is a mystery associated with Pawlenty -- but not about the candidate. Instead, the question is why pundits continue to represent him as a smart, qualified guy. On economics, he has been awesomely clueless -- making gross factual errors, demonstrating on repeated occasions that he doesn't understand anything about monetary economics...Maybe there are some subjects on which he isn't an embarrassing ignoramus, but I've yet to see them.
It seems like we've identified that bizarre, motionless, and nearly hairless roadkill found near Alexandria: It's Tim Pawlenty. The driver has been identified as one Paul Krugman, resident of Princeton, New Jersey, who was just passing through.

The impetus for Krugman's insult was a blog post by Matt Yglesias of Think Progress, who posted a video of Pawlenty speaking -- for just over a minute! -- which he says includes "a number of blundering errors." It seems that in trying to boil down the U.S. financial system for Iowa's Joe Six Pack, T-Paw boiled a bit too much and was left with a burnt-up pot.

Pawlenty tries to compare running the country's finances to running a household budget. Explaining why the U.S. has no position to call China on its unfair trade practices, Pawlenty blames the fact that China owns U.S. debt, asking, "You ever told off your banker?"

No, Tim. But we've also never had a machine that makes dollar bills, or a fleet of nuclear submarines, and if we did, we'd probably feel a bit better about telling off our banker. In the future, stick to the stuff you know, like hockey and finishing fifth in the Ames Straw Poll.

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Forwardpride
Forwardpride

Not sure I agree; T-pay is just a shade smarter than Palin.  So is my cat.

Guy
Guy

Does CityPages ever publish articles with their own original opinions and statements? It seems like you could re-name CP as "Things High-Profile Liberals Have Said About Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty Which We Have Reposted Here With a Few Snarky Comments."

Bianca
Bianca

I'm not gonna lie, I clicked on this story JUST to see if Kirk commented on it..

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

He comments on EVERY story. God only knows what he does for a living, unless Citypages pays him to troll their comments section--in which case, you're doing a bang-up job there, Kirk.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Based on how kirk's brain works I've always assumed he worked in a poorly ventilated meth lab as a lab assistant or something.   It's possible he works at Marcus Bachmann's federally funded pray away the gay clinic.   It wouldn't surprise me to find out kirk spends most of his days disciplining gay men.   Finally I have listened to this one homeless guy near my bus stop and he sounds an awful lot like kirk.   Like kirk he blames everything on Obama.  I don't think its kirk because yesterday's rant blaming Obama for the space weasels was a lot more coherent than anything kirk ever says.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Well, how about that?   I happen to agree with Krugman on this.  Tim is a mushy man that goes along to get along.  Unfortunately his credibility equals zip, or he would have said similar about Obama.   The media portrayed Obama as a great "uniter" and a "moderate".  We now all see how that media manipulation turned out.

Oh wait, I agree with one more thing he said, Paul Krugman:  "And over the longer run, I believe that we’ll need modestly higher taxes on the middle class as well as the rich to pay for the kind of society we want."

Yes, I agree.  We would have to tax the middle class if we continue the kind of government liberals want.

Voodooloo
Voodooloo

How about some tax fairness in the system, there are very few breaks for the average working citizen but there are plenty for both small and big business. Also Tim P is a dumbass.

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