In an interview Wednesday, Pawlenty was more direct and pointed about his fellow Minnesotan, suggesting that Republicans would be irresponsible to make Bachmann the nominee.
“Certainly the party, for the good, has become more conservative — but it hasn’t become reckless,” he said when asked whether the GOP has become so radicalized in response to Obama they they’d nominate an insurgent like Bachmann.
Yet even as he confidently predicts that she’ll fade, it’s plain to see that Pawlenty is frustrated over her rise and the hardening conventional wisdom that she has him on the ropes. The former governor evinces an aura similar to the classic Saturday Night Live sketch where Jon Lovitz as Michael Dukakis turns to the camera and, after Dana Carvey as George H.W. Bush has just babbled through a debate answer, said: “I can’t believe I’m losing to this guy.”
Pawlenty friends say he’s privately exasperated that, after rising from campaign driver to prosecutor to state House leader to governor, his presidential ambitions could be snuffed out by somebody who attained national stature without ever paying similar dues.
Welcome to the Modern GOP, son. If you can't bring the wingnuttery, the base won't want you. My advice: Dust off the Obamneycare line and start taking shots at Willard and the death of Freedom. Why not call Mitt Romney the Father of Death Panels? Give them red meat.
You are from Minnesota, start talking about Border Control and the Canadian Menace. There could be terrorist training camps up there or worse, United Nations Military Bases. Make some shit up, it doesn't matter what - but just do it fast.