Wall Street Journal disses Tim Pawlenty

The Wall Street Journal

's editorial page is among the most influential media outlets on the right. So it can't help Governor Tim Pawlenty's VP chances that the paper just printed


column by 100.3 KTLK-FM yakker Jason Lewis. Lewis comes not to praise Pawlenty as a conservative, but to bury him as a liberal, which should be obvious from the quote that leads the piece:

"The era of small government is over . . . government has to be more proactive, more aggressive." -- Tim Pawlenty, 2006.

Lewis goes on to point out the many ways in which Pawlenty is to conservatives as Joe Lieberman is to Democrats. Among T-Paw's sins: -- Supported a 75 cents per pack cigarette tax -- Expanded Minnesota Care to provide healthcare to more children -- Advocated a temporary ban on pharmaceutical ads -- Back-to-back biennial budget increases of 12.4% and 9.8% -- Cozied up to the teachers' union -- And perhaps worst of all ...

In April, Mr. Pawlenty delivered the remarks that probably best reveal his views on the environment. "It looks like we should have listened to President Carter," he told the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group.

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