Pawlenty distances GOP from tea party?

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Scranton, PA

#1 Oct 18, 2013
Tim Pawlenty, who still has apparent dreams of running for president again, says the tea party movement is just like the Occupy Wall Street movement. I don't think he understands either one:

As to the Tea Party, keep in mind, you know, itís one slice of a broader coalition. They overplayed their hand here. One of the attitudes you gotta keep in mind when you negotiate: The person with the leverage wins. They didnít have the leverage here.

But you know, thereís an analog in the Democratic Party to the Tea Party. When you look at groups like Occupy, when you look at groups that want to just recklessly defund the Department of Defense, they donít represent the whole Democratic Party. And the Tea Party represents only one slice of the Republican Party.

Aravosis points out the primary flaw with the (at this point very old and tired) argument, which is that the "tea party" is in large part in control of the Republican Party. The movement may have ended up spectacularly unpopular, but no matterótheir congressional advocates were still able to shutter government even at the expense of the party, and considerable corporate and media (i.e. Fox News) backing over these last years has allowed them the ability mount fearsome primary challenges to Republicans who don't toe their line. Setting ideologies aside, the Occupy movement was unquestionably an unfunded, grassroots, even impetuous effort; comparing that to an anti-tax agenda mounted by Dick Armey and other top-tier conservative lobbyists and sold via the auspices of Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and whoever else could be wheeled out to those first "tea party" events.

Edgerton, WI

#2 Oct 19, 2013
You Minnesotans have some remarkably two-faced politicians!

Chicago, IL

#3 Oct 20, 2013
I seldom agree with Pawlenty, but the tea party really is that proverbial one hit wonder - they will be forgotten except by a few extremists by next year.

East Hanover, NJ

#4 Oct 21, 2013
Timmy makes such a good target. He's about as interesting as watching paint dry.
Awful Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Oct 22, 2013
Timmy should take a creative speaking course from Bachmann.
Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#6 Oct 24, 2013
Is Pawlenty still in politics?

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