Pawlenty preening himself for the throne


If there was any doubt that Tim Pawlenty was preening for a run at the Republican presidential nomination, it has been answered by his behavior this past week.

First, T-Paw claimed that he was going to use the 10th Amendment to prevent Obamacare, a bizarre invocation of states' rights that would have been one step away from secession (he later wised up and backed off the comments).

Then the lame-duck governor mounted his high horse to proclaim he would stop all state funding of ACORN, since a few of its minimum-wage workers in other cities were too stupid to recognize a prostitution sting operation.

Just one problem: Minnesota doesn't give a cent to ACORN.

Free advice to T-Paw: Pick better battles. Cutting off nonexistent funding wouldn't fly at Sam's Club.

We weren't the only ones who noticed. The Fix, the Washington Post's influential tracker of national politics, now ranks T-Paw at No. 2 on its list of 10 most influential Republicans, right below potential presidential rival Mitt Romney. It's on.

"Give T-Paw credit—he recognized that he had to quickly get moving if he wanted to emerge as a national leader, and he has done just that," the Fix writes. "Pawlenty has been somewhere close to ever-present on cable chat shows and has generally weighed in on national issues with gravity and smarts." —Kevin Hoffman

The Obama diet

It wouldn't be a good day if Rep. Michele Bachmann didn't have something compelling to say. And since there aren't more important things to talk about (two wars, horrid economy, health care reform) it's time to play the "what if" game with President Obama's words. It's a great one!

Bachmann cited a comment by Obama during his campaign: "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times...and then just expect that other countries are going to say, 'Okay.'"

We'd hope that any normal person would understand that we over-consume and really piss off the world by doing so. And seriously, we're fat. We could use a wake-up call to stop eating so much for no reason.

But no, Bachmann took this to a whole new level. Now she is doing some really awesome fear-mongering by claiming that Obama might someday control how many calories you consume. Yes, your diet will be rationed by the president. Totally logical.

Is this what our tax money goes to? Seriously? Unfortunately, this idea isn't exactly hers to begin with. She's pretty good at using stale concepts and making them important again. —Emily Kaiser

Most Favred jersey

We were convinced that only Minnesotans would be bored enough to allow themselves to titter like schoolgirls over Brett Favre signing with the Minnesota Vikings. Apparently everyone in the whole country has completely lost their minds.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Favre's jersey was the No. 1 selling NFL jersey in 19 states between April and the preseason. Nineteen states! There were only seven other players in the NFL who had top-selling jerseys in more than one state, and none of them came close to Favre.

So what other states have just as many crazies as Minnesota? Favre had the top-selling NFL jersey in Minnesota, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Rhode Island. —Emily Kaiser