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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Minnesota's Governor: Tim "Howard Dean" Pawlenty

Does anybody else find it a bit ironic that all of a sudden, Governor Pawlenty has come out for a program to provide universal health care coverage to all Minnesota children, a program that was a centerpiece of former governor Howard Dean's political career? Can a leopard change his spots that quickly?

Make no mistake: I think any program that provides health insurance to more people is a good one (pending details). Universal coverage of children is a step on the way to universal coverage for everybody, something that I think is long overdue.

But can we please stop with all of the talk about Pawlenty having a shot at higher office? You don't get the Republican nomination by taking after the much-vilified (on the right) chair of the DNC. Pawlenty has as much chance for higher office on the Republican ticket as pro-gun control, pro-gay, pro-choice Rudy Giuliani. Which is zero, for those wondering.


At 6:37 PM, November 15, 2006, Anonymous Sundog said...

Agreed. I honestly don't think he wants it at this point. I think he just wants to be Governor.

At 9:25 AM, November 16, 2006, Anonymous Reggie said...

Pawlenty hinted at support for this kind of plan months ago - right after MA governor (and fellow Presidential hopeful) Mitt Romney engineered the "universal" health care plan in Massachusetts. Pawlenty went on record saying he thought it was a good idea. Mitt and Tim are following the same play book, looking to get moderates, but losing sight of actually getting the nomination.

At 1:17 PM, November 16, 2006, Blogger Tony said...

I think Pawlenty's real chance to higher office hinges on regaining the trust of his base. He can only do this if he vetoes practically everything sent to him next session. Even though he likely will be overriddent often, I think it will win back his base...and that will grow nationally.

Any other tactic this session will have the whispers continue to grow but he will have a tough road trying to get the conservative support back.

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