The Contempt of Our Friends
The great Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry tries to explain to liberals that, among Republicans, moderate does not mean smart and conservative does not mean dumb. Fair enough, but our bigger problem is not that liberal buy into that dichotomy. It is that …
Has Romney Decided? Watch the Campaign Plane.
Matt Drudge is a master of finding the intriguing comment buried in an article and . . . extrapolating big things.
The New York Times, in a profile of former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, wrote: “His fate is in the hands of Mr. …
Jindal and Pawlenty, Bracketing Obama in Ohio and Pennsylvania
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota — two oft-mentioned potential running mates for Mitt Romney — are on a bus tour for the Romney campaign through Ohio and Pennsylvania, “bracketing” events by President Obama. …
Will There Ever Be a Consensus 'Not-Mitt' Candidate?
From the midweek Morning Jolt . . .
The Only Thing That Stopped the Pawlenty Momentum Was Tim Pawlenty
Poor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty-mania kicks in, roughly two months after he leaves the race.
First, from Jonah: “Looking back on the events of 2011, …
Who's Competing Hard, and Who's Not, in Ames
In the unlikely chance you’re around Ames, Iowa, today, the Ames Tribune lists the candidate schedules:
9:30 a.m., Thaddeus McCotter, meet-and-greet at the Iowa Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines.
10 a.m., Herman Cain, “Common Sense …
Obama Keeps Making Raw Material for Pawlenty Ads
Tim Pawlenty gives the recent stock market tumbles and troubles of President Obama the Bruckheimer movie trailer treatment:
I watch that and think it’s the second-best trailer of the summer, next to The Avengers. I can’t wait to …
Two Minnesota Republicans Enter Iowa, One Republican Leaves
The first Morning Jolt of the week begins with a look at MSNBC’s recent programming decisions, the mainstream media/ suddenly recognizing that Obama is willing to practice the dreaded “politics of fear,” and Iowa suddenly turning into the Thunderdome …
Pawlenty Picks Up DeEndorsement of DeWine
For those of you who have been waiting, on the edge of your seats, to see who former senator Mike DeWine of Ohio would endorse for president in 2012, wait no longer.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced his endorsement …
Pawlenty Radio Ad: 'Minnesota: Not Exactly a Conservative Place.'
Tim Pawlenty is taking to the radio airwaves in Iowa. From his campaign this morning:
Pawlenty for President has launched the first Iowa radio advertisement of its 2012 campaign. “Results Not Rhetoric” highlights Gov. Pawlenty’s record of conservative change …
What's Realistic? Pawlenty's 5% Aspiration or Obama's 4.1% Projection?
During the opening minutes of this week’s debate, a great deal of the early questioning surrounded Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s economic plan that contended that a large part of the nation’s debt and job creation problems could be …
Do We Await Portman-ia? The Ryan Commotion? The Palwenty Frenzy?
Veepstakes mania leads off the Tuesday Morning Jolt…
Will Romney Pick His Veep Now? … How About Now? … How About… Now?
With Romney back from his overseas trip, and the Olympics ending this weekend, the veepstakes talk is …
Why Would Romney's Veep Pick Come Soon?
In the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt, a look at a surprising rebuke to President Obama from a news anchor, a poll of the most memorable moments in television history, and then this bit of political buzz . . .
And the …
Pawlenty's Weakness in Iowa Was Not Unfamiliarity
Over in the Corner, Jonah continues to wonder if Pawlenty could have caught on by simply hanging around and waiting for his general, boring acceptability to catch on amidst a weak GOP field.
Far be it from me to scoff …
Pawlenty Endorses Mitt Romney
A bit of a shocker over in the Corner: former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty endorses Mitt Romney.
Take a guess on which issue does not get mentioned in Pawlenty’s endorsement. Hint: It rhymes with “Obamneycare.”
As hard as Pawlenty …
Something For Everyone to Love and Hate Last Night
A whole smorgasbord of debate reactions in today’s Morning Jolt, the last for a week:
Chuck Todd said the “cheap cliché” will be that “Rick Perry won the debate.” Stephen Hayes retorted, “Sometimes cliché…
Pawlenty Campaign: Everyone Remembers We're the Underdog, Right?
Department of Expectations Management: Tim Pawlenty’s campaign sends along this article in the St. Petersburg Times, making sure everyone sees the phrase “Underdog Tim Pawlenty” in the headline:
The vast majority of Floridians couldn’t pick Tim Pawlenty out …
Do You Believe in Fair-Use Miracles? Yes!
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
Do You Believe in Copyright Infringement?
Among sportscasters, there is a joke that if you listen carefully to Al Michaels’s famous call in the 1980 Olympic Hockey Championship, “DO YOU …
Pawlenty Slams Obama's 'Engagement' Approach to Iran, Syria
Tim Pawlenty gives a speech this morning at Council of Foreign Relations in New York City.
Very early this morning, Katrina Trinko posted some excerpts in the Corner. I think there are some other interesting bits, just released:
No one …
Glitter-Hurling Code Pink, Now Just Protesting Any Old Issue
Out in San Francisco, a Code Pink protester — you know, the fuschia folks who strangely lost interest in protesting against military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, or even Libya, once Barack Obama became commander-in-chief — threw a pink “glitter …
Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.) Backs Tim Pawlenty
Nice, big, early pickup of a key supporter for Tim Pawlenty this morning: Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina.
From the Pawlenty release:
Congressman Wilson has been a strong conservative voice for the people of South Carolina over the past …