Memo to Minnesota Republican Candidates

He spooned with John McCain in 2008, and promised that Minnesota was a purple state that a Republican could win with the help of his considerable home state clout. McCain lost Minnesota by 10 points.

Then, the celebrated Minnesota pol endorsed Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, and Emmer used that golden endorsement to become one of the few Republicans to lose, to a decidedly non-charismatic DFL opponent, amidst a tidal wave of 2010 GOP victories.

He ran for President in 2011. Polls showed Minnesota’s favorite son getting beat in his home state by President Obama, despite the fact that the incumbent President was politically weakened by a sluggish economy.

After abandoning his somnolent presidential run polling in single digits, he next laid his North Star scepter on the favorite in the race, Mitt Romney. In Minnesota last night, Romney lost, by 28 points. The well-funded frontrunner ran against a perennial bottom feeder running on a platform of legalizing meth and hookers, in a Republican caucus process dominated by social conservatives. And with Tim Pawlenty leading the way, Romney got pasted.

Minnesota Republicans, trust me on this. If former Governor Tim Pawlenty comes offering to endorse you for anything in Minnesota – dog catcher, class president, Water Buffalo Lodge President, Klondike Kate contest — run. Run very fast.

- Loveland

12 Responses

  1. I was glad to see the results of last night caucus’s here. I did not and would not vote for Mitt Romney. He lied in the CNN’s National Debate a couple of weeks ago. He has Progressive Views….that is why there is Romney Care. He can not beat Obama………there is NO way he can defend Romney Care when trying to beat Obama down on Obama Care. I would like to see Sen. Amy Klobuchar go in November too.

    • You make a good point about Governor Romney having no credibility criticizing President Obama on an insurance mandate, since he, along with many other Republicans, pioneered the idea. How do you feel about Senator Santorum’s record of seeking boatloads of congressional earmarks, often called “pork barrel spending” by conservatives? Does that make it more difficult for him to have credibility criticizing President Obama on spending issues?

      • Santorum has offered a fairly candid explanation for his participation in the earmark process. I can’t quote it verbatim, but in terms of hypocrisies its less absurd than say President Obama’s explanations for why he declined public funding or decided to embrace Super PACs.

        You are right, Pawlenty is an unremarkable state pol with no legacy.

      • He was Governor for 8 years, and a legislative leader before that. I’m pretty surprised he doesn’t have more relationships and chits from those years he can bring to bear for his endorsees.

  2. I personally don’t like it…….to be truthful. I knew about this before I commented. I do check on all Politican’s records. Come on now…lets be fair. Almost every Washington Politican no matter what seat in government takes earmarks. Robert Byrd was the biggest one for that. But, the West Virginians voted him in year after year. It is up to Congress to vote for a law to stop earmarks of anykind. So, now we all know where government went wrong…….with us voters…lets change it !!!

  3. I agree that other members of Congress pork barrel. I’m not playing gotcha with you. I’m just trying to understand why a health insurance mandate is considered a disqualifier for Romney, but pork bareling is not considered a disqualifier for Santorum.

  4. Pork barrelling is spending money foolishly as far as I am concerned. I feel that if some politican wants favorites for their home state or their personal issues……….may be classified as greedy. But to mandate to anyone, on anything, is SOCIALISM. Myself….I would like to stay with the DEMOCRACY that we have.
    THE SOCIALISM IS THE DISQUALIFIER….AND HE STATED…HE HAD …PROGRESSIVE VIEWS (SOCIALISM).

  5. You guys sure can pick-em! Maine R’s are caucusing over an entire week (which I think is weird), starting last Saturday. Romney plans a visit here on Friday. Most towns will have completed their caucuses by then, so I can’t quite figure out why he’s wasting time here.
    I would suggest to Lizzygram, that taxes are a mandate, and if she wishes to abstain, she might want to consider staying off of our socialist roads.

  6. MRS FAY, I AM ORIGINALLY FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE….SO, I AM VERY WELL KNOW THE IGNORANCE THERE IN THE NORTH EAST. TAXES ARE NOT SOCIALISM. THEY WERE HANDED DOWN TO HELP THE GOVERNMENT PAY THEIR BILLS. THEY HAVE BECOME SOCIALISM…..FOR THEY IN WASHINGTON….THINK THEY CAN KEEP RAISING THEM TO PAY THEIR AGENDA.

  7. Daily Beast says:

    Despite being the designated Romney attack dog, the former Massachusetts governor suffered a crushing defeat in Pawlenty’s home state. This will likely squelch any vice-presidential ambitions Pawlenty had and force him to channel any ambitions in a future Romney administration toward one of the less glamorous cabinet posts. Like 2008’s stillborn presidential contender Tom Vilsack, he could end up falling into the abyss of the Department of Agriculture.

    Slate reports on a University of Kansas professor’s tweets about Pawlenty’s remarks to his class today:

    “23 minutes later and I have no idea what he’s talking about,” tweeted Ray. “Freedom, drugs, a kickass pool, meatpacking, MLK.”

    Slate then called the professor to ask what he said about the Santorum pasting in Minnesota.

    “He referred to Minnesota as one of the smaller states, in terms of political power.”

    Did he say what he’d do next?

    “He joked he was going to start a margarita bar in Florida.”

  8. Believe me Joe, Pawlenty’s is not favored at all here in Minnesota. Despite his claims..he is. It would be a blessing to keep him out of any seat within our governments.

  9. Dear Governor Romney:

    I’ve been rethinking my position on this post.

    On second thought, please, please, please choose Tim Pawlenty as your Veep. He is guaranteed to put MN in your win column in November.

    Trust me on this. I want only the best for you.

    Your pal,

    Joe

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