Good news: Pawlenty rounding up McCain strategists for 2012 run

posted at 9:34 pm on October 12, 2009 by Allahpundit

An all-star list of GOP strategists for his PAC’s first fundraiser. Hey — I thought Mitt was supposed to be the RINO candidate this time!

Among those interested in getting to know Pawlenty are Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Randy Scheunemann, two top policy advisers from the McCain presidential campaign who have joined the Minnesota governor’s host committee…

While Romney has a team of tested veterans to rely on if he runs again, Pawlenty is using his PAC to show off some who might come to his aid if he enters the race. Other McCain veterans teaming up with Pawlenty’s PAC are political strategists Bo Harmon, Jon Seaton and Terry Nelson, all of whom played roles in the 2008 campaign…

Earlier this month, Pawlenty rolled out a list of political and Web strategists who would serve as top advisers to his PAC — and, presumably, his eventual presidential campaign.

That list included Phil Musser, the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association; Nelson, a veteran of the Iowa caucuses who briefly served as Sen. McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign manager; Sara Taylor, President George W. Bush’s former political director; and Conant, a former press secretary at the Republican National Committee. The Web team includes Patrick Hynes, Liz Mair, Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini, all campaign veterans.

Randy Scheunemann? The same Randy Scheunemann who was Sarahcuda’s most loyal defender inside the McCain/Palin campaign? The same Randy Scheunemann who advised her on her Hong Kong speech? That Randy Scheunemann is hanging around with Tim Pawlenty now? At the very least, this means even her close advisors don’t know yet if she’s running. (Further proof that she’s not serious about politics?) At most, it means she’s decided against it and Scheunemann’s looking to latch onto someone else. Hmmmm.

Exit question: Seriously, why isn’t Mitt snapping these people up? He’s got the cash and much more name recognition than Pawlenty. Is his own campaign outfit already so well staffed that he doesn’t need any free agents?


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dthorny on October 13, 2009 at 11:50 AM

There is not doubt that what ghoul said was racist. Absolutely sickening.

terryannonline on October 12, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Umm, yeah there is alot of doubt. Referencing Kenya or any birther thing IS NOT INHERENTLY RACIST. I would submit that YOU have issues if you are so easily upset.
Pointing out that someone is black is not racist. Systematically oppressing someone is. I don’t think Ghoul did anything of the sort.

He’s right, get that stick out..

ExTex on October 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Pawlenty is a regionally-popular Republican insider and judging from some of the policies implemented in his state, may have some RINO qualities. I don’t think he’s as Moderate as McCain, but if he hooks up with these strategists, he will be.

kingsjester on October 13, 2009 at 12:06 PM

ExTex on October 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM
Great. it looks like we have our very own Sharmuta here, a la LGF, waving around the banhammer.
Kiss this blog goodbye…

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Last fall, I swore that I would never support or vote for a candidate who hired those back stabbing weasels to run their campaign and I mean to keep it.

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Gosh, is there anyone more exciting than Tim YawnPlenty?
stenwin77 on October 13, 2009 at 11:47 AM
And he likes Cap n’ Trade, n’est pas?
He’s right to hook up with the cretins who managed McCain’s criminally stupid campaign. Why doesn’t he also pile his life savings into Bernie Madoff’s fund while he’s at it?
Why are RINOs so stupid?
I guess I answered my own question…

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Pawlenty hiring McCain staffers is a ‘smart’ (small s) move. He is serious about his bid and wants people working for him that delivered a successful campaign to another candidate. The problem is that the McCain team was one of the most dysfunctional bunch of mercenaries ever to grace a campaign. If he can reign them in, great, if not, then it will be a very amusing campaign.

As for Palin, I still believe something ugly in her closet pushed her out the door. She is not running. She’s trading on her personality / good will and cashing in with her book and speaking gigs. Even her ‘son in law’ Levi Johnston is cashing in.

If there was even the faintest glimmer of her running for Prez, Levi would have smiled, wore his suit and followed orders, The fact that he’s willing to pose nude in Playgirls shows that Palin has absolutely no juice, not even in her own family.

brooklynlou on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

So is saying that Obama should go back to Kenya where he belongs is racist and a bannable offense? Is that what happened?

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:07 PM

I think you should reread my post. I was defending the right to make comments, not recommending the ‘ban hammer’.

ExTex on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Ban terryannonline and her LGF tactics!

Ban terryannonline NOW!

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Yup. I read it as a joke.

ExTex on October 13, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Romney/Palin 12

ginaswo on October 12, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Never happen. I’d rather see that Romney/Pawlenty juggernaut roll to a 40-state defeat. Yeah!

ddrintn on October 12, 2009 at 9:45 PM

I’m fine with a Romney/Palin ticket or a Romney/Pawlenty ticket. But what about a Romney/Petraeus ticket?

Conservative Samizdat on October 13, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Naw. Ghoul Aid’s still here. Terryonline, a.k.a. Larryonline, the Moderate Princess, etc) called for his banning last night because of the comment, calling him a racist. She probably e-mailed Ed and AP, too. She’s done it in the past.

kingsjester on October 13, 2009 at 12:18 PM

terryannonline is one of the most intolerant people here.

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:20 PM

ExTex on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM
Jeez, I was agreeing with you.

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM

kingsjester on October 13, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Thanks! To me she will now forever be known as Snitch.

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM

i have now joined the “obama is the anti-christ” movement. seems more fitting after each passing day!

Ghoul aid on October 13, 2009 at 11:00 AM

I second that.

moonsbreath on October 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM

There is not doubt that what ghoul said was racist. Absolutely sickening.
terryannonline on October 12, 2009 at 10:25 PM
Three words for you:
Pock
Eee
Ston

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Rounding up McCain strategists?!?!?!

What — is Susan Estrich not available?

DOOF on October 13, 2009 at 12:28 PM

terryannonline is one of the most intolerant people here.

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Yup.

Geochelone on October 13, 2009 at 12:29 PM

brooklynlou on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Shhh, She might not be running but the rest of what you said was crap. You don’t have any idea what you are talking about.

TimeTraveler on October 13, 2009 at 12:30 PM

I think conservatives would also like to round up McCain strategists.

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Word in the Mormom community is that Romney and Co don’t think he can overcome the religion thing.

I’m disappointed because I like him; If we can elect a Muslim, how come we can’t elect a Mormon?

tee-hee

anniekc on October 12, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Some circles of the LDS community believe that Romney cannot win due to the fact that he is LDS.

I am one of those people who think Mitt can win. Mitt had the endorsement of lot of high profile Christian leaders during the primaries. These leaders declared that they had doctrinal issues with Mitt’s faith but they were supporting him due to his positions and experience.

Well….he wears magic underwear…

paulsur on October 12, 2009 at 10:39 PM

What’s your point!?!?

Who cares if a politician wears a cross, a Kippah, turban, or any other religious clothing.

Wearing such clothing is a sign of deep religious commitment and devotion to the LDS faith as much as wearing a kippah is a sign of commitment to the Jewish faith or wearing the Cross is a sign of commitment to the Christian faith.

As a Mormon, I’m offended by that comment. Its disrespectful and rude and such comments should not be tolerated on these boards.

Mocking how others display their devotion to their faith shouldn’t be tolerated on these boards.

Conservative Samizdat on October 13, 2009 at 12:37 PM

brooklynlou on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

The words “smart” and “McCain” are incompatible in the same sentence.
He handed Obama the Presidency and is still too stupid and arrogant to realize what a pathetically miserable failure he has always been.

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Conservative Samizdat on October 13, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Sorry, Mitt Romney is a racist and we don’t vote for those kind of folks around here.

TimeTraveler on October 13, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Sorry, Mitt Romney is a racist and we don’t vote for those kind of folks around here.

TimeTraveler on October 13, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Calling someone a racist is so common these days that its lost all of its meaning. People throw it around all the time now days.

Please Back up your claim that Mitt’s a racist. I’d like to see what you can cough up.

Conservative Samizdat on October 13, 2009 at 12:42 PM

…..The definition of insanity….doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.
…..The definition of stupid…..voting for Tim Pawlenty.

HornetSting on October 13, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Mocking how others display their devotion to their faith shouldn’t be tolerated on these boards.
Conservative Samizdat on October 13, 2009 at 12:37 PM
These boards should be free speech. As a fellow religious minority, I don’t take it personally.
However, I intensely dislike Huckabee for his disgusting indirect attacks on the LDS community. What a scumbag.

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:44 PM

terryannonline is one of the most intolerant idiotic people here.

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:20 PM

FIFY.

HornetSting on October 13, 2009 at 12:46 PM

McCain. Strategists.

Doomed

faraway on October 13, 2009 at 12:46 PM

what’s that about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

DanaSmiles on October 13, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I guess Bob Dole’s strategists were unavailable.

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:47 PM

what’s that about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

DanaSmiles on October 13, 2009 at 12:47 PM

…..The definition of insanity….doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.
…..The definition of stupid…..voting for Tim Pawlenty.

HornetSting on October 13, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Great minds, dana. Great minds.

HornetSting on October 13, 2009 at 12:49 PM

TexasJew

The words “smart” and “McCain” are incompatible in the same sentence. He handed Obama the Presidency and is still too stupid and arrogant to realize what a pathetically miserable failure he has always been.

I never said smart=McCain. I said Pawlenty using McCain experienced people to run a campaign is vaguely ‘smart’. Its also vaguely stupid as well considering what a mercenary bunch they are.

brooklynlou on October 13, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Exit question: Seriously, why isn’t Mitt snapping these people up?

Even Mitt isn’t dumb enough to deal with Steve Schmidt and his backstabbing band of aides.

upinak on October 13, 2009 at 12:53 PM

brooklynlou on October 13, 2009 at 12:49 PM
I vote for “stupid” over “mercenary”.
If they were more “mercenary” they would have actually wanted him to win and then get great jobs in his administration and later, get million-dollar book deals.
“Stupid” is when you have to go back to consulting morons like Charlie Crist in Fort Lauderdale in July.

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Mocking how others display their devotion to their faith shouldn’t be tolerated on these boards.

Conservative Samizdat on October 13, 2009 at 12:37 PM

You shouldn’t expect that something as basic as not mocking how people display their devotion to their faith on a board where mocking faith in general is okay. Only ethniticy slurs about the Obamas are verbotten here.

katiejane on October 13, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Speaking of RINOS, Flood Olympia Snowe’s phones and remind her she is not a democrat! Bi partisan.

HornetSting on October 13, 2009 at 1:02 PM

So, I guess that making fun of Kenyan Mormons is OK here?

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Yea, just what we need! A conservative in the genre of Sen. Olympia Snowe running for 2012! We’ll be ASSURED NOTHING will change! Thanks for nothing!

Sultry Beauty on October 13, 2009 at 1:07 PM

I don’t have a problem with Mitt running and would vote for him.

I am ok with Pawlenty but would probably vote for Mitt if my choice were between the two.

crosspatch on October 13, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Who? Why would you want his strategists? LOL*

That’s a nutty decision.

AnninCA on October 13, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Pawlenty is white rice without any seasoning. Boring guy.

AnninCA on October 13, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Three words for you:
Pock
Eee
Ston

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Right there! I think that is the key to Obama. Why did he feel the need and what did he do in the early 80s when he stayed at least three weeks in Pakistan. Was it really just visiting friends, and what do we know about his friends? He wrote multiple memiores before he accomplished anything, but he didn’t mention that trip in any of them. We will know much more about Obama when those details come to light, if they ever do.

DFCtomm on October 13, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Why would anyone want to use McCain’s strategists? Isn’t that like buying a ticket to a Detroit Lions game? You already know what the outcome of THAT is gonna be, so why bother?

Spiritk9 on October 13, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Pawlenty hiring McCain staffers is a ’smart’ (small s) move. He is serious about his bid and wants people working for him that delivered a successful campaign to another candidate. The problem is that the McCain team was one of the most dysfunctional bunch of mercenaries ever to grace a campaign. If he can reign them in, great, if not, then it will be a very amusing campaign.

As for Palin, I still believe something ugly in her closet pushed her out the door. She is not running. She’s trading on her personality / good will and cashing in with her book and speaking gigs. Even her ’son in law’ Levi Johnston is cashing in.

If there was even the faintest glimmer of her running for Prez, Levi would have smiled, wore his suit and followed orders, The fact that he’s willing to pose nude in Playgirls shows that Palin has absolutely no juice, not even in her own family.

brooklynlou on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Stupidity squared.

There is NOTHING in Sarah’s “closet.” coming down the pike. Absolutely no one in history has had a flashlight shined so far up their rectum looking for crap, only to find nothing there.

Thinking people know why Sarah stepped down. They know what Obama’s thugs were up to, and they know the millions of tax payer dollars it cost Alaska, plus what it was costing her, personally.

As for Levi, he’s an extra strength assclown. Stupid kid who never wanted kids, and said so, so he bailed. He’s not smart enough to be a hanger-on.

But if you want to base your opinion on what the next big gay porn star thinks, well, then go right ahead.

gary4205 on October 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM

ExTex on October 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM
Jeez, I was agreeing with you.

TexasJew on October 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Oops, sorry.

ExTex on October 13, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Interesting. Just wonder how they worked out for McCain. Oh, that’s right he lost an election that was winnable.

chemman on October 13, 2009 at 3:17 PM

This is late, but the title of this post is wrong. It should be:

Good news? Pawlenty rounding up McCain strategists for 2012 run

davod on October 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM

If Pawlenty has all the McCain folks, then we know who th biggest RINO is.

And if a supposed Sarahcuda fan is willing to work with those McCain pinheads, then she can do with him.

We need Cheney/Palin. Wouldn’t that make liberals heads explode like the aliens in “Mars Attacks”?

We definitely need a GOP combo that enfuriates the libs. Another half-assed RINO like McCain and the country is done for.

Spartacus on October 13, 2009 at 3:36 PM

I meant “without” him

Spartacus on October 13, 2009 at 3:36 PM

gary4205 on October 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM

+1

Geochelone on October 13, 2009 at 4:01 PM

terryannonline is one of the most intolerant people here.

Blake on October 13, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Definition of libereal tolerance:

Do as I say, not as I do…repeatedly.

Get back to our conservative roots, lower taxes, less government intrusion, NO government healthcare, allow healthcare across state lines; REAL COMPETITION, tax breaks for small business, get out of the private sectors way and let the good times roll with conservative victories for years.

dthorny on October 13, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Stupidity squared.

There is NOTHING in Sarah’s “closet.” coming down the pike. Absolutely no one in history has had a flashlight shined so far up their rectum looking for crap, only to find nothing there.

Thinking people know why Sarah stepped down. They know what Obama’s thugs were up to, and they know the millions of tax payer dollars it cost Alaska, plus what it was costing her, personally.

As for Levi, he’s an extra strength assclown. Stupid kid who never wanted kids, and said so, so he bailed. He’s not smart enough to be a hanger-on.

But if you want to base your opinion on what the next big gay porn star thinks, well, then go right ahead.

gary4205 on October 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM

:O

LOL.

dthorny on October 13, 2009 at 6:38 PM

dthorny on October 13, 2009 at 6:38 PM

You forget at the age of the age 10 Sarah may have spoken in class without permission and at age 15 may have used a swear word and at age 20 learned how to read (just joking).

technopeasant on October 13, 2009 at 8:12 PM

McCain. Strategists.

Doomed

faraway on October 13, 2009 at 12:46 PM

“Hi. This is Gov Pawlenty. I need to book a first class cabin on the Titanic. Yes, I’ll hold…”

Khun Joe on October 13, 2009 at 8:56 PM

http://www.veteranoutrage.com

I DONT CARE
I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANOTHER PARTY HACK

I am preparing to DEFEND my family
From both the republicans and the TREASONIST DEMOCRATS.

NONE are worthy to even walk our hallowed halls..

veteranoutrage on October 13, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Didn’t anybody tell Pawlenty that McCain lost?

Why on earth would he want strategists that lose elections?

LewWaters on October 14, 2009 at 1:46 AM

Dammit…

Not again… Not the same lame-a$$ey sorry loser campaign staff.

We need a win in 2012, not another “maverick”.

I would almost rather move to another country that have to deal with Obama until 2017.

JohnBG on October 14, 2009 at 12:41 PM

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