Maybe he'd be better suited to selling vanilla ice cream?
"You got to get a little Trump in him," O'Reilly said last week. "Look, Haagen-Dazs can put his picture on vanilla. Do we get that? Are we all hearing that? The guy is invisible."[jump]
WALLACE: Vanilla, invisible -- how do play it, Governor?
PAWLENTY: Did, Chris -- did Bill O'Reilly use the word vanilla?
WALLACE: He did.
PAWLENTY: Is he playing the race card on me?
WALLACE: I don't think so, sir. I think he was talking about the taste, not the color.
PAWLENTY: All right. Well, look, I'm not running for comedian-in-chief, or entertainer-in-chief. If people want that, they should go to the ball park or Broadway play or a Las Vegas show. [TRANSCRIPT]
That's right. Pawlenty needs to be more like a TV talk show host if he wants to get anywhere in presidential politics. Maybe launch a little food fight now and then.
It could have been worse, though. O'Reilly could slapped him with a little White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, or Bananas Foster. Or maybe Rocky Road would have been a better metaphor.
And Pawlenty played along. "Race card?" That's a knee slapper.
Which is sort of the point: Pawlenty's already tried the Entertainer in Chief role, with all those ridiculous videos that cast him as the star in a Jerry Bruckheimer flick. It just doesn't sell.
You want entertainment? That's what Michele Bachmann's for.
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