Thursday, August 07, 2008

Pawlenty: Obama's Great; We Suck

On Wednesday, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty called on Republicans to abandon their traditional values:

The party needs to update its message to appeal to voters who want new ideas and government results and to counter the perception that Republicans are "not for the working person."

Anyone familiar with Pawlenty knows his idea of "new ideas" include government subsidy of inefficient types of fuels and public transportation. Making the "working person" buy this crap won't make them believe you are looking out for them. The only government result many "working people" want is to be left alone.

Pawlenty said Republicans should embrace and try to emulate Barak Obama:

Say what you will about Barack Obama, people gravitate when you have something positive to say. People want to follow hopeful, optimistic, civil, decent leaders. They don't want to follow some negative, scornful person.

I wonder who he's referring to as negative and scornful. I don't think George Bush is negative and scornful. John McCain? I thought he was Tim's buddy. Hey Tim, name some names.

Finally, Pawlenty suggested that although Republican stalwart Ronald Reagan was a great leader, his era is now ancient history:

He actually had some ideas... If you're under 40, that was a long time ago, man.

When Pawlenty says stuff like this it drives me crazy. Republican failings in recent years are because they strayed from the ideas that made America and their party great: light tax and regulatory burdens, aggressive foreign policy in pursuit of American interests, and the moral courage and conviction to face down totalitarian regimes with little respect for human rights. Those old ideas beat the crap out of ideas about new light bulbs and e-85 fuel.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

To quote Obama:
“America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”

That's Pawlenty's idea of positive?


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