Posted: 04/28/07 23:55
by Dave Mindeman
The Weekly Standard has apparently officially join the ranks of Republican sympathizers getting goo goo eyes for Pawlenty. The Sam's Club Republican? Yea... I bet all those Sam's Club shoppers are real happy with Pawlenty's policies.
Apparently, Pawlenty's "populist" ideas are so radical to the Weekly Standard that they assume the good governor has discovered some new political philosophy. Well, I think that may be a little far fetched.... and the first clue is to list Norm Coleman as your mentoring example for this radical new way.
Pawlenty's list of ground breaking Republican achievements are embodied in (1) His Canadien prescription drug program. He even brings up his old favorite slogan..."show me the dead Canadiens". What he doesn't talk about is the bureaucratic nightmare he had with the FDA; how the only seniors that could benefit had to be computer savvy; and that Medicare Part D essentially killed the program before it could even be fully implemented. Now if he came out for competitive pricing with the drug companies.... well, then we got a populist message. (2) He can take some actual credit for some of the ethanol requirements and alternative energy emphasis... however, he is still not looking forward enough.... studies showing the real energy savings will have to come from prairie grasses and we still need tougher conservation methods. Not enough movement there-- at least not the populist kind. But he did manage to peak some conservative interest when he talked about how the US is funding both sides of the war on terror -- our side (for sure) and theirs by buying oil. Great talk until you have to take on the oil lobby for real.... got any influence for McCain on that one, Tim?
To me, if the good Governor wants to be known as a conservative "populist" (now that little description makes compassionate conservatism look like a William Buckley hard right catch phrase)... then he can "show us the money" when the Democrats send up their tax bills. Will Tim Pawlenty stand with the "Sam's Club" consituents and shift the financial burden away from property taxes to the wealthiest in the state? Will our "populist" governor fund the roads in a fiscally responsible "pay as you go" method? Will he get serious about full health insurance coverage ?.... or stand with his token programs which fix the little cuts but let the "flesh wounds" bleed?
Yessir, Governor Pawlenty is getting noticed. His rhetoric may look revolutionary to a party that is desperate for new thoughts. But to those Sam's Club Republicans and Costco Democrats, you have to get off the stump...... you've got to chop the wood.
Do something really radical Governor. Sign those tax bills and get this state moving again.