Posted by Brad @ 1:51 pm on December 22nd 2009

P is for Pandering

Newsweek has an interview with Tim Pawlenty, who you may have heard is auditioning for the job of GOP Presidential nominee, and it’s a bit…depressing. He’s fine when the conversation is about budgets and stuff, save this great exchange:

Q: As you say, Republicans need to reestablish credibility for being “fiscally disciplined.” Well, here in Minnesota there is a big budget shortfall. Would you consider raising taxes here to close the gap?

A. I’m not going to start raising taxes now. During these tight economic times, government has to tighten its belt just like average families do.

Q: But is a no-new-taxes pledge still possible in times of massive budget deficits?

A. Yes. We’ve showed it’s possible in Minnesota, where we have balanced the budget every year without raising taxes despite the projected shortfalls.

Heh. Those two things seem mutually exclusive to me.

But where he gets bad is once he starts cravenly playing up to what he perceives as the base. Even the Newsweek guy asking the questions gets a bit snarky with him at times.

Q. So you want to protect kids against cross-dressing elementary-school teachers. Do you have any in Minnesota?

A. Probably. We’ve had a few instances, not exactly like that, but similar.

Q: OK, glad we settled that.

/golf clap

Andrew Sullivan reacts here, and Charles Johnson reacts even more here.

1 Comment »

  1. T-Paw kept his “no new taxes” pledge simply by calling them fees instead of taxes.

    Comment by Dingle — 12/23/2009 @ 2:55 am

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