Posts tagged Tim Pawlenty
In an effort to mask their fiscal irresponsibility (or perhaps to highlight it), the Republican National Convention has, not one, but two “debt clocks” on display. One of them shows the current national debt, ticking ever upward. The other shows the amount of debt incurred since the time the Convention was first gavelled to order on Monday afternoon.
Of course, neither of these “clocks” are accurate (nor are they “clocks”, since they don’t tell time). They don’t show the actual expenditure of dollars (i.e., when some agency of the federal government cuts a check, when the Pentagon awards a contract, when oil companies get a kickback, none of this causes these “clocks” to tick up). They only show a sort of average per-second amount calculated by taking the year’s projected deficit and dividing it by something like 31,536,000 (the number of seconds in a 365-day year; but this is a leap year, so perhaps they used 31,622,400).
Highlighting the deficit and the debt is, one might think, a dangerous thing for Republicans to do, since the debt is almost entirely due to the actions of Republican administrations. (more…)
The Elephants are back, smaller than ever.
Former Massachusetts Governor Willard “Mitt” Romney, the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, is widely expected to announce his pick for Vice President in the next five weeks, well before the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, August 27–30.
Just as we’ve covered the Stampeding Elephants in the past, let’s take a few moments to run down the potential running mates (elephant calves?) based on their Intrade percentages. Since there are 11 candidates that are judged by Intraders to stand a better than one percent chance of securing the VP nomination, I won’t give a biography on each one, but I will tell you something about the top five, with a few comments about those ranked six to 11. (more…)
My Day at the Iowa Straw Poll—Getting There
The morning is brisk for August in Iowa, with hints of rain adding an edge to the cool breeze, but that hasn’t dampened anyone’s spirits in Ames. The bright mood is set by candidate signs that line the road all the way from Exit 146 to the parking lots at Iowa State University. Eschewing free bus rides offered by the candidates, I drove myself to avoid unwanted bias. As I exit my car in a distant lot on the far side of the football stadium, I can hear the jumbled sounds of music, speeches, and cheers drawing me towards the fair, er…convention, er…I mean, Straw Poll event. The day is just getting started. Voting won’t open until 10:00, but the most devoted supporters arrived at 9:00, and those who (like me) arrive after 9:30 find themselves parking a long ways away. To ensure that no voter arrives with sore feet, several of the campaigns provide golf carts to run circuits between the farthest lots and the candidates’ tents. Having wisely worn comfortable shoes, I choose to walk. (more…)
Tonight is next in the series of scheduled debates for Republican primary Presidential candidates. This one is particularly significant because it traditionally marks the unofficial beginning of the real campaign. Also it is held in conjunction with the quadrennial Ames straw poll which, though not usually a clear indication of the final standings, does give both press and pundits (as well as combatants) an early peek at the organizational strength of the various campaigns. But mclever already told you about that on Monday, and we will have more on the straw poll later in the week, so for now, back to the debate…
Fox News is cosponsoring this event with the Iowa GOP and the Washington Examiner. The debate begins at 8:00 PM CDT tonight at Iowa State University in Ames, two days before the straw poll. You should bear in mind that it will be broadcast live on Fox News in all time zones. (more…)
On July 7, Vin Weber, campaign adviser to Tim Pawlenty, was forced to apologize for listing “sex appeal” among Michele Bachmann’s positive attributes. Now, I am as opposed to gender bias in politics as anybody, but I really think this is ridiculous. Nobody suggested apologies should be in order when Chris Christie was described as “macho,” or jokes were made about Scott Brown’s centerfold. Are women such delicate blossoms that any reference to their femininity or appearance is somehow off-limits?
I do believe there are subtle boundaries that should not be crossed, like the suggestion in 2008 that Hillary Clinton deliberately wore a low-cut blouse to draw attention to her cleavage. The difference there was not only referring to her gender, but a suggestion that she was using gender to her own advantage — an accusation that was entirely untrue.
On issues that are true, I think women who want to run with the boys need to man up…so to speak.
UPDATE: Bachmann gives a classy response to Vin Weber.
- Pawlenty co-chair apologizes for saying Bachmann has ‘sex appeal’ (dailykos.com)
- Michelle Bachmann and the Sexism Factor (swampland.time.com)
- Michele Bachmann’s 2012 Chances Are Not About ‘Sex Appeal’ (usnews.com)
This is the third in a series of articles we publish at least once every month between now and the general election. As we get closer to November, 2012, the frequency will almost certainly increase.
Each time, we take a look at the various factors that typically influence election outcomes, and compare them to the previous month.
Let’s look at how things are shaking out this month.