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Tim Pawlenty romances the Tea Party

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    Tim Pawlenty was one of the keynote speakers at the Tea Party Patriots in Phoenix this past weekend.  Here are extracts from Pawlenty's speech to the Tea Party patriots, courtesy of the LA Times.

    "Thank you for standing up to the “ruling class.” Thank you for standing up to the liberal power brokers, guardians of the status quo, and the royal triangle of greed: big government, big unions and big bailed out businesses."

    "...join me in applauding Governor Walker for standing strong against overreaching unions."

    "Now, I’m not one who questions the existence of the President’s birth certificate.  But, when you listen to his policies, don’t you at least wonder what planet he’s from?"

    "Had the first government shutdown in Minnesota’s history. "

    "We should not raise the debt ceiling!"

    "We should pass a constitutional amendment to balance the budget!"

    "We should appoint judges who will not legislate from the bench. "

    "We must repeal Obamacare!"

    "... we must throw the ridiculous federal tax code overboard!"

    "Americans need jobs, not more government-forced anything."

    "The private sector, not government, is the answer to job creation."

    "We shouldn’t ask Washington D.C. how to create jobs. We should ask the people who actually provide the jobs!"

    Yes, Tim Pawlenty is romancing the Tea Party.

    In February 2010 in an interview with Esquire Magazine he said, "I did not support the car-company bailout, either. They should have been allowed to go bankrupt..."

    With GM and Chrysler now doing much better financially, he seems to have dropped his stand on the auto bailout from his rhetoric.

    Perhaps what is most distrubing is that like so many in the Tea Party he embraces and even relishes a government shutdown.  He did it in Minnesota and brags about it.  What would he do as President?  And not raising the debt ceiling?  That makes absolutely no sense...but it plays well in the halls of the Tea Party Patriots.

    And judges that don't legislate from the bench?  What did he think the Citizens United ruling was?

    His rhetoric seems to mimic that of many Tea Party candidates in the 2010 elections.  The Republican Party is the party of greed, of power brokers and the status quo...remember take our country back? So they twist the message and accuse the Democrats of being what they are...what they represent.