Tim Pawlenty thinks he's a Southern preacher [UPDATE]

Lost in translation?
Lost in translation?

Tim Pawlenty appears to have lost his compass bearings while he gears up for an announcement about his White House dreams in a few weeks.

As he dashes around the country courting the GOP base, he's drawling more and more like Jimmy Swaggart, not the son of a St. Paul truck driver.

The Washington Post's Dana Milbank picked up on T-Paw's southern-ese at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition gathering last weekend.

Pawlenty's "campaigning as if he's some sort of Southern preacher," Milbank says.

"This ain't about easy; this is about rolling up our sleeves and plowing ahead and getting the job done," he said, pronouncing "getting" as "git-ing." "We, the people of the United States, will rise up again." "United" became "yew-nah-ted" and "again" became "a-gin." Perhaps he thought he was in South Carolina (Pawlenty pronounced it "care-lahna") as he spoke about the other "kinds (kahns) of things" he's done.

And this was in Iowa. By the time T-Paw gets to Florida he could well be unintelligible.

Update: Maybe the drawling paid off. T-Paw has just signed Eric Woolson to his team. Woolson was top aide to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- another Southern preacher -- in the 2008 Iowa caucuses.

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