Tim Pawlenty, Conservative for 2012? RINO: Here's Why

by the Left Coast Rebel

Just get ready for it folks. The beltway buzz is all 'atwitter about Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's possible run for the GOP Presidential nominee-nod in 2012. I believe and know Pawlenty to be in the big-spending GOP camp. He would be a terrible choice. Albeit he would predictably start to strut around his conservative ideals only to govern like another quasi-RINO in sheep's clothing.

Cato lists plenty of Pawlentie's big-government spending track record. He was a big runner-up for VP under McCain.

Some of the things listed at the Cato Institute that Tim Pawlenty stood by in Minnesota -

  • Supports Massachusetts-style health care reform, including a “health care exchange” and an individual mandate;
  • Has called for banning all prescription drug advertizing, and seeks government imposed price controls for drugs offered through Medicare;
  • Proposed a $4000 per child preschool program for low-income children;
  • Pushed a statewide smoking ban smoking ban in workplaces, restaurants and bars;
  • Increased the state’s minimum wage;
  • Imposed some of the most aggressive and expensive renewable energy mandates in the country;
  • Was an ardent supporter of the farm bill;
  • Received only a “C” ranking on Cato’s 2006 Governor’s Report Card, finishing below such Democrats as Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and tied with Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.

How about the 2007 CPAC speech that he gave? How about points from this writeup from liberal Continetti in the Weekly Standard? In the 2007 speech he argued for -

  • Increased government subsidies for alternative energy;
  • More health insurance coverage;
  • For using government to cater to the needs of down-scale voters.

Liberal Continetti then writes (emphasis mine):

A little something new. . . . It was back in 2002 that Pawlenty first said the GOP needed "to be the party of Sam's Club, not just the country club." Back then his embrace of his state and regional populist tradition was a curiosity, a political epiphenomenon lost in a national sea of regnant Bush Republicanism. Today Bush Republicanism is on its way out. The most successful GOP governors--Arnold Schwarzenegger in California, Rick Perry in Texas, Charlie Crist in Florida, and former governor Mitt Romney in Massachusetts--like their conservatism à la carte......

I wonder what the GOP talking heads will be saying about Pawlenty? Hannity, Krystol, Gergen, et. al? True-conservatives please stand up. Party activists please stand up. Reaganite conservative limited government believers please stand up. If this guy is the nominee, I am vying for a third party.

UPDATE: CNN just put up an article pointing to Pawlentie's first fundraising event to take place on October 22, at a lobbyist's home - John Milne. Isn't that just lovely? This RINO will host his first-ever fundraiser at a lobbyist's home. Does anyone else have a problem with that? From CNN via Memeorandum -

The invite to the Washington dinner asks guests to contribute or raise $5,000
to be named a "Leadership Team Member" for Pawlenty's "Freedom First" PAC, his newly-created political organization awash with veteran GOP operatives who are advising the governor as he eyes a presidential bid in 2012.


  1. As usual you did you homework LCR! You covered all of Pawlenty'sins. I am going to link back to you.

  2. @ Cliff - Indeed, it is up to us activists to prevent a RINO from entering the fray in 2012, ensuring a certain and deserved defeat. Man oh man, I can't believe the power-structure is already doing this.

  3. Before I read this post I commented to the Humble Libertarian this:

    Will the real leader for 2012 please stand up?

  4. Pawlenty was one of the first GOP hacks I noticed that endorsed McCain. That was the probably the second red flag. The first was that he got elected to state-wide office in Minnesota, a state that sent a Muslim and Al Franken to Washington.

    A general rule that I observe is if a Republican is praised by the liberal media, then they are someone I avoid: McCain, Pawlenty, Romney for the most part, Specter when he was a RINO, Orrin Hatch, Collins and Snowe. Also, if the people you mentioned (Hannity, Kristol, or just about anyone else on TV posing as a conservative) likes somebody, I automatically dislike them.

    Great research for this one, LCR. As we get closer to 2012 and more phonies start reading their lines, too many people will be suckered into believing them. Keep up the good work.

  5. Yeah, good job jumping on this. Because even a little bit of poison is too much poison (imho).

  6. I have yet to see a candidate that I like more than Sarah Palin. Period.

  7. The media has been writing glowing stories on Pawlenty. That is the ultimate RED FLAG. The media only write positive stories about RINO Republicans like McCain and Powell. They trash truly conservative Republicans. I believe the media is going to try and play the same card they did last year. The media promoted John McCain as the best candidate that could win the election during the primaries. They did that knowing full well that conservatives weren't going to embrace McCain. The media and liberal pundits never counted on McCain chosen Sarah Palin. If the media continues to write positive stories on Pawlenty, conservatives need to be on guard and spread the news that the media's gop useful idiot for 2012 is known. Pawlenty can't be allowed to gain traction.

  8. @ Rotti - Great minds think alike, nice to sse you here.

    @ Carl - As we get closer to that date, drop me a line to keep me in line here.

    @ the CL - RINO is as RINO does.

    @ Vegas Art Guy - I agree, end of discussion :).

    @ Conservative Brother - Just like Carl above you are so right. It starts and ends with the media.

  9. Despite being a conservative, I haven't voted Republican in the past two presidential elections. Looks like I probably won't in the next one, either. In recent years, I've voted for Constitution Party candidates. Establishment Republican Party hacks have taken us for granted for 20 years, and what has it won us? NOTHING!

    The only truly LOST vote is one cast against one's principles because those we give our vote to, won't support our principles when they win. Now THAT'S a wasted vote!! Vote PRINCIPLE, not POWER!

    Who are the true conservatives that we could vote for without compromising our principles? Jindal perhaps? Palin? Who else? I really don't know!

  10. S Benard, I couldn't agree more. I wrote in my blog last year that I was voting third party because voting for someone like McCain was a truly wasted vote since he and I shared little if anything in principles. I voted Constitution Party myself last year. I was proud to "waste" my vote on Chuck Baldwin.

  11. Glad to see somebody else sees the so-called Republican Establishment endorsed RINO Tim Pawlenty for what he is...

    Moreover, what a disappointment that Scott Brown, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio turned out to be RINOS... I for one had such high hopes for them...

    Current 2012 hopefuls I like for either side of the ticket are:
    Sarah Palin
    Michele Bachmann
    Jim DeMint
    Alan Keyes
    Alan West
    Mike Huckabee

    The one I most despise and fear he may win the nomination is republican establishment endorsed gun-banning RINO Slick-Williard-Mitt Romney...
    The same guy whom ran to the left of Ted Kennedy when they were running for a Massachusetts U.S. Senate Seat...


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