Former Minnesota governor and failed GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty has been at his new "career" for some time now.
Seeking his party's nomination last year, Pawlenty tried to shed a competent-but-bland conservative profile. He engaged in Tea Party-lite attacks on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. He opposed raising the national debt ceiling, even if that meant a government default and possible economic calamity. And he went on CNN (TWX), CNBC, and Fox (NWSA) to deliver "a truth message" to Wall Street: "Get your snout out of the trough."
Today that's a tad awkward. As chief executive officer of the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), he now works on behalf of JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), and the 96 other members of the Roundtable, which has 50 employees and spent $7.7 million on lobbying in 2011, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. A look of annoyance briefly clouds Pawlenty's placid face when this is noted. No, he says, he sees no inconsistency.
As a matter of fact, I don't see any inconsistency, either, though not of course in the same way that TBag perceives it. It's a sick, corrupt system that we have, and Timmy is certainly psychologically suited to thrive within it. He's been a sorry little suck-up to the rich and powerful throughout his adult life. His new gig isn't even challenging; the foundation for what he's working toward - continued economic rule by the loathsome parasites of the financial industry - is already in place. All he has to do is go out every day and lay the right mix of flattery and threat on craven elected officials. Takes one to know one. And Minnesotans are still paying the price, and will be for a while longer, for the kind of "one" that he is.