Pawlenty banks on voters forgetting the Obamneycare wimp-out

Team Pawlenty says we'll all forget why Mitt Romney was smiling Monday night.
Team Pawlenty says we'll all forget why Mitt Romney was smiling Monday night.

Tim Pawlenty branded his presidential campaign, "Tell The Truth." He titled his book, "Courage To Stand." And then he wimped out in the Republican debate when offered a chance to confront Mitt Romney about "Obamneycare."

No worries, though. Team Pawlenty figures we're a nation of stoners suffering from short-term memory loss. No one's going to remember T-Paw's nationally televised act of submission, says Alex Conant, the campaign's spokesman.

"Presidential campaigns are marathons. They are not won or lost in a night or a week or a month," he told the New York Times. "If you want to be successful, that means taking your case directly to the voters in the early states."

And voters will no doubt get a helping hand from the 24-hour cable news machine the minute a bright shiny object flies by, says Minnesota GOP operative Vin Weber in the same piece.

"The subject will change," he said. "Something will happen. Anthony Weiner will resign. Something will happen."


But if he wants to be the real tough guy portrayed by his ghost writer, video director and PR gurus, sooner or later he's going to have to confront the other kids in the school yard. Otherwise, the Pioneer Press is going to look prescient for putting his presidential race announcement on the obituary page.


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