Shadow Lobbying System Exposed

By: Friday February 21, 2014 5:45 am

Corruption is nothing if not resilient. Though official lobbying has faced some token regulation it has been revealed in a must read piece by Lee Fang that there now exists an entire shadow lobbying system that dwarfs the official one. Lobbyists are deregistering but not really stopping their lobbying work. While the number of official [...]

Pawlenty Takes Top Lobby Job at Financial Services Roundtable

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 6:55 am

Tim Pawlenty, whose previous experience with Wall Street consisted mainly of telling them to “get their snouts out of the trough,” has taken a job as the head of the Financial Services Roundtable, one of the main trade groups for Wall Street. The Roundtable is one of a handful of Washington groups, including the American [...]

Pawlenty Quits After Third-Place Straw Poll Finish

By: Sunday August 14, 2011 6:42 am

Tim Pawlenty, the former two-term governor of Minnesota, has ended his campaign for President after a disappointing third-place finish at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. Pawlenty wound up a distant third behind the winner, Michele Bachmann, and Ron Paul. Pawlenty’s candidacy was very much predicated on winning Iowa, a neighboring state to Minnesota. He [...]

Bachmann Uses Big Government Health Care to Cope with Migraines

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 2:47 pm

I think it’s pretty clear that someone played a dirty trick on Michele Bachmann (probably Tim Pawlenty’s campaign) by planting a story in The Daily Caller about her frequent migraine headaches. The DC article hinted at salacious allegations of pill popping and headaches that leave Bachmann incapacitated for days. ABC News piled on with similar [...]

Republican Presidential Debate In New Hampshire: Let the Disappointed Shrugs Begin!

By: Monday June 13, 2011 4:38 pm

Tonight at 8pm ET, seven Republican Presidential aspirants will debate at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, New Hampshire. CNN will carry the debate live. The seven participants include everyone who is currently announced as a candidate for President, as well as a couple others who have not formally announced. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, [...]

Pawlenty Hammered on Unrealistic Economic Plan – on Fox News

By: Monday June 13, 2011 11:05 am

Not a good sign for Tim Pawlenty that he got a hostile reception for his unicorn and pony economic plan from Chris Wallace, of all people. Wallace rightly said that both of Pawlenty’s weak examples of sustained 5% growth, which were neither 5% nor sustained for the 10 years that Pawlenty needs to make his [...]

Pawlenty’s Unicorn and Pony Economic Plan

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 1:35 pm

Just to further cement the ridiculousness of Republicans, trying to reconcile their favored policies of privatization, deregulation and transferring wealth upward with the realities of the recession, take a look at Tim Pawlenty’s crazy economic speech today. This is someone who many observers view as one of the more viable candidates for the Republican nomination. [...]

Pawlenty: Sure, I’d End Medicare

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 11:41 am

Yesterday, Tim Pawlenty, one of the two likely nominees for President on the Republican side, gave a speech in Washington where he appeared to break with Republicans, however gently, on the subject of Medicare. He said he would offer his own plan shortly, and emphasized health care delivery and payment to providers, a hallmark of [...]

Republicans Still Pushing Medicare Phase-Out Plan Despite Debacle in NY-26

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 8:35 am

Democrats may or may not learn a lesson from last night’s victory in NY-26. This tweet from Dan Pfeiffer has me a bit more hopeful on that front, but only a bit. But Republicans almost certainly haven’t learned any lesson. Here’s Paul Ryan, the Bill Buckner of the Republican Party, actually tryingto restart his Medicare [...]

Minor League Debate in South Carolina Kicks Off Republican Presidential Primary Season

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 5:45 pm

Watch the latest video at Tonight in Greenville, South Carolina, five rivals for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination meet in the first debate of the campaign. I use the term “rivals” fairly loosely – I think the Matt Taibbi description of “Loony-ass Insurgents vs. Waffling Bores” applies a bit better. Most of the candidates [...]

Haley Barbour Decides Not to Lose in a Run for President

By: Monday April 25, 2011 1:36 pm

Haley Barbour, the former lobbyist and deep-south Governor of Mississippi, whose major contribution to the 2012 Presidential race thus far had been a series of tortured statements about race relations in Yazoo City, has decided not to lose a race for President next year. He characterized this intention not to lose as a difficult, personal [...]

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