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.
- 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.