Video: Pawlenty offers Obama a lesson in Minnesota lingo

posted at 8:04 am on October 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Yah, you betcha we talk a little funny up here in Minnesota, where Barack Obama will travel today to campaign for Tarryl Clark in Michele Bachmann’s district [see update]. Last we saw of Clark, she was nine points behind in a district Bachmann won by almost four in a Democratic landslide — more on that in a moment — so Obama may wind up with some time on his hands while in our state. Tim Pawlenty offers to help Obama understand the lingo in this video welcome, via Breitbart TV. And yah, you betcha, Pawlenty even manages to find ways to work Minnesota-ese into sentences about politics. Yikes!

On a more serious note, several people have asked why Obama is campaigning in Minnesota’s 6th CD [again, see update below]. Bachmann has outraised Clark by millions — in fact, she has outraised just about every House candidate around the country — and MN-06 isn’t going to flip Democrat in this cycle. So why bother? A few reasons. Minnesota may be one of the few states where Obama’s presence doesn’t actively harm Democrats, although that may really only be true in the Metro area districts of the 4th and 5th CD.

More to the point, though, Obama wants to force Bachmann to campaign at home rather than helping other Republicans and leading Tea Party rallies, and he wants to also put media focus on Bachmann as some sort of argument about supposed “extremism” in the Republican Party.  It’s the same reason he campaigned for Chris Coons in Delaware against Christine O’Donnell.  The President gets tons of media attention, and he’s using it to push the Democratic Party narrative in the safest environs he can find.

Will it work?  Eh … not so much.

Update: My good friend Scott Johnson at Power Line notes that Obama is making a campaign stop today at the U for Dayton, and that Bill Clinton will be campaigning for Tarryl Clark in the 6th CD.  A couple of weeks ago, I was told that Obama would hit both, but after Scott’s e-mail, I can’t recall for certain what the source of that information was.  I could be wrong about that.  An Obama appearance at the University of Minnesota for Mark Dayton does make good political sense for both men, since Obama still is popular in Minneapolis and Dayton won’t get hurt by linking to him with those voters.  I’m not sure it helps Dayton elsewhere in the state, but it’s not necessarily going to hurt, either, since Obama’s approval ratings are more or less even in Minnesota.

Update II: Glenn Reynolds has a lengthy interview with Pawlenty that is definitely worth watching.


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Running for president? Of course not, why would you ask?

amerpundit on October 23, 2010 at 8:06 AM

Uff Da!

So that’s what a “Minnesota Nice” shiv to the ribs looks like, eh?

JeffWeimer on October 23, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Is he taking on Bachmann? Is he that foolish?

promachus on October 23, 2010 at 8:12 AM

More to the point, though, Obama wants to force Bachmann to campaign at home rather than helping other Republicans and leading Tea Party rallies, and he wants to also put media focus on Bachmann as some sort of argument about supposed “extremism” in the Republican Party.

Insightful analysis Ed. How much has Bachmann been on the road campaigning for others anyway? She’s so good at “messaging” that she can use Obama’s visit to her district to tie her opponent to Obama’s agenda. It may be safe in Obama’s eyes, but how successful is this strategy?

conservative pilgrim on October 23, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Lutefisking??

Oh my, you and AllahP are just too danged funny!

Elizabetty on October 23, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Wait til November 2. Yikes!!!

DrStock on October 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM

wants to also put media focus on Bachmann as some sort of argument about supposed “extremism” in the Republican Party.

In the spirit of “eh, not so much” fudging emphasis, I’ll phrase it like this.

Granted, there is an extreme dichotomy between the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Michele Bachmann.

Take your pick, Minnesota, who you choose to rule your own personal budget now. The lady who presumes to own you and all you have, or the lady who refuses to steal from you in the fraudulent name of an authoritarian nanny state.

maverick muse on October 23, 2010 at 8:20 AM

LOL. You Yankees want nefarious and nice?

Try:

Bless his/her heart.

Nothing else comes close.

Rightwingguy on October 23, 2010 at 8:22 AM

“Uff da”?

What do you think will come of that?
I don’t like the look of it.

maverick muse on October 23, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Eh … not so much.

“Eh..not so much” in Southern is “stuck on stupid”.

Rightwingguy on October 23, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Minnesota has some real proving to do, and some real messes to clean up. Here in Montana we know how that feels; with Tester and Baucus voting lock step with Pelosi and Obama, we’re pretty damn embarrassed here in big sky country. We’ll clean up our mess Minnesota, you must do the same.

Keemo on October 23, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Contrast what Obama supporters make of “Uff da” economy.

…like they knew it was going to happen.

maverick muse on October 23, 2010 at 8:28 AM

I might add this; Tester is just a typical brain dead Liberal, but Baucus is much worse… Baucus is a criminal, a thug, a gangster… We will be demanding the investigation and prosecution of Max Baucus for his crimes against the people. State by state, these criminals must be held accountable. Franken stealing that election in Minnesota should be investigated and prosecuted also.

Keemo on October 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Which phonetic accentuation will Obama attempt in Minnesota?

maverick muse on October 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM

oh yahhhh. we’re headed up to DC today to hang out with MN friends so we can break into MN speak all night after beers. Running the Army Ten Miler tomorrow, should be beautiful.

ted c on October 23, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Which phonetic accentuation will Obama attempt in Minnesota?

maverick muse on October 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM

mix of the Reverend–lean into the mike and reverb along with a few future OOTD lines that gibbsy will have to walk back on tues or wed.

ted c on October 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Nice vid!
2012…Second look at Pawlenty?

itsnotaboutme on October 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM

They talk funny in Minnesota? Pawlenty needs to come to South Jersey. “Yo! Youse can keep your agenda. We wants no parts of it.”

There must be a golf course in that district that O wants to try.

Beaglemom on October 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Does. O’dumbo qualify as a Meathead? Hah

hawkman on October 23, 2010 at 8:38 AM


“I thought I’d help you with some local phrases you might hear during your visit.”

“Get out” … Means ‘Please go home’.

“Go home” … That means ‘Please get out’.

“Go away” … Means ‘Please relocate’.

Tony737 on October 23, 2010 at 8:40 AM

those popup ads are infuriating.

ted c on October 23, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Off Topic –
Accusation: Steny Hoyer knuckle punched his opponent.

jazzmo on October 23, 2010 at 8:42 AM

The first time I worked a flight into MN, when we landed I got on the mic and said “Welcome to Minnesota, yah fer sure don’t ya know?” Everybody bust out laughing … ONE idiot wrote a complaint letter and said it was the same as racism!

Tony737 on October 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM

They talk funny in Minnesota? Pawlenty needs to come to South Jersey. – Beagle Mom

YO! You gotta problem wit dat?!

Oh, sorry, had a flashback! :-)

Tony737 on October 23, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Intimidation — The way of thugs worldwide.

tarpon on October 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Tony737 on October 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM

My favorite flight-announcement story was from a few years ago. I was flying back into Minneapolis, and the pilot said as we taxied to the gate, “Thank you for flying Northwest Airlines. We know you have a wide selection of bankrupt airlines to choose from, and we’re happy you chose ours.”

Ed Morrissey on October 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM

He’s no Sarahcuda.

IronDioPriest on October 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

In addition to his over-used by sell date car in a ditch analogy, ObaMao has been touting that the Republicans are “selling snake oil” to the voters. Does this clown, the master snake oil salesman himself, not recognize the irony in his baseless charge?

onlineanalyst on October 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

And no Governor “Aw-Shucks”, we’re NOT glad Hussein Obama came to Minnesota.

IronDioPriest on October 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM

We saw it against Hillary. Then against Sarah. Now he is targeting Michelle and Christine. It’s simple. Obama doesn’t like women.

pearson on October 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Here’s another thought…

Have you noticed that he’s beating up on the women. He helps Coons, by trashing O’Donnel, He helps Reid by trashing Angle, and now he’s going to trash Bachmann.

I see a theme here.

His goal seems to be to paint Conservative women as crazy and not authentic.

MagicalPat on October 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

onlineanalyst on October 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

It is amazing to watch… They have one play book; it’s all they know.

Keemo on October 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

The Dems have had defeating Michele Bachman in their sights for years. They really fear her common sense philosophy of government’s limited role. The attacks have been nasty because the Dems fear Bachman’s persuasive power.

Interestingly enough re DE, Peter DuPont has a commentary at the WSJ weighing the senate candidates based on their platforms, and O’Donnell is the clear winner if the state is to prosper. DuPont carefully measures and weighs the differences between Coons and O’Donnell and finds Christine the better choice.

onlineanalyst on October 23, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Interestingly enough re DE, Peter DuPont has a commentary at the WSJ weighing the senate candidates based on their platforms, and O’Donnell is the clear winner if the state is to prosper. DuPont carefully measures and weighs the differences between Coons and O’Donnell and finds Christine the better choice.

onlineanalyst on October 23, 2010 at 9:01 AM

And yet the GOP establishment is obviously working against her. Amazing to watch, and will require clean-up on our part next cycle.

Keemo on October 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM

How do you say Slurpee in Norwegian?

TugboatPhil on October 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Lutefisking.

HA! 2nd only to “Hold me closer, tiny dancer” in recent memory.

Abby Adams on October 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM

mix of the Reverend–lean into the mike and reverb along with a few future OOTD lines that gibbsy will have to walk back on tues or wed.

ted c on October 23, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Yes on the Gibbsy clean-up, but no way on the Reverend-lean into the mike reverb. That doesn’t play well with the stoic Scandinavians of Minn-e-SO-tah. If he does that, they’ll *know* he’s a fraud. IOW-please, please do it!

conservative pilgrim on October 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Running the Army Ten Miler tomorrow, should be beautiful.

ted c on October 23, 2010 at 8:32 AM

AWESOME! That will be a fun run. Great temps too for a ten-miler! We’re a running family; I’d love to hear how the race goes for you.

conservative pilgrim on October 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I love Pawlenty’s tongue-in-cheek understated delivery accompanied with the eye twinkle. Ouch, those facts have to hurt O’s inflated sense of importance and campaign platitudes.

onlineanalyst on October 23, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Is he taking on Bachmann? Is he that foolish?

promachus on October 23, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Yes, he is a foolish man in general!

bluemarlin on October 23, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Obama doesn’t like women.

pearson on October 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

His goal seems to be to paint Conservative women as crazy and not authentic.

MagicalPat on October 23, 2010 at 9:00 AM

This is what liberals do – attack conservative women and
minorities. It’s a warning to any others against straying off the reservation. They can handle losing white men but if more women and minorities start finding the conservative message attractive, they’re in trouble.

PatMac on October 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM

It speaks to how liberal parts of MN are when a man called one of the 5 worst Senators by Time and an admitted alcoholic can be neck and neck in the race for Gov.

gitarfan on October 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Barack Obama will travel today to campaign for Tarryl Clark.

Down here we would refer to Tarryl Clark as “ALL HAT NO CATTLE”

Dr Evil on October 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

They picked a bad time for the Dayton rally. There is a football game at the same time and parking at the U is at a premimum on a good day.

This should piss some people off.

gophergirl on October 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM

LOL he pretty much nailed it and Uff Da I say all those phrases on a daily basis.

gophergirl on October 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM

I never thought I would, but I actually miss Lutefisk. Very hard to find here in Colorado. At least the local grocery store carries Lefse.

Norwegian on October 23, 2010 at 10:22 AM

… if more women and minorities start finding the conservative message attractive, they’re in trouble. – Pat

Or even worse, MINORITY WOMEN! Gasp! That’s why they hate Condi so much.

Tony737 on October 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM

How do you say “Slurpee” in Minnesotan..?

ujorge on October 23, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Barack Obama will travel today to campaign for Tarryl Clark.

Down here we would refer to Tarryl Clark as “ALL HAT NO CATTLE”

Dr Evil on October 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I’ve heard Clark speak ( too many times) and would describe here as “all hair and no brains.”

Cute as a button, though…

Bruno Strozek on October 23, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Gotta give it to Tim… he can say “US Senator Al franken” without throwing up in his mouth.

More than I can do.

JohnGalt23 on October 23, 2010 at 11:40 AM

TPaw is still a milquetoast McCain/Grahmnesty RINO.

Western_Civ on October 23, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Pawlenty is a good man; probably better than a state that would also elect Al Franken deserves.

Extrafishy on October 23, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Uff-Da!

darkpixel on October 23, 2010 at 12:12 PM

— and MN-06 isn’t going to flip Democrat in this cycle. So why bother? A few reasons. Minnesota may be one of the few states where Obama’s presence doesn’t actively harm Democrats,

Eh, not so much.

unclesmrgol on October 23, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I realize elections are important, but shouldn’t Obama be campaigning for an economics team to replace the ones who quit? It’s difficult to pull the car out of a ditch if there isn’t anyone actually working. Democrats spent $800 BILLION on Stimulus mops to “clean up the mess”; I’ve yet to see any Democrat roll up his/her sleeves and start cleaning…

P.S. Where the hell are the JOBS????

TN Mom on October 23, 2010 at 12:31 PM

How do you say Slurpee in Norwegian?

TugboatPhil on October 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM

In the case of Mr. Obama, “fy da”. Same for latte’s.

unclesmrgol on October 23, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Everybody should bake bisquits and start lobbing them at Clinton, Carter, and Obama.

Blake on October 23, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Go Michele Go..

mmcnamer1 on October 23, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I had a family of rats living under my house, so I put out some lutefisk to get rid of them. It worked, but now I’ve got a family of Norwegians living under my house!

csdeven on October 23, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I never thought I would, but I actually miss Lutefisk. Very hard to find here in Colorado. At least the local grocery store carries Lefse.

Norwegian on October 23, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I don’t miss eating lutefisk but Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the stench of lutefisk in the house for three weeks.

The ultimate Minnesota put-down is, “Your lutefisk wasn’t as flakey this year as it’s been in the past.”

And then there is the common mixed-marriage dinner table argument: butter or white sauce?

lonesomecharlie on October 23, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Yumpin Yiminey!

Ralph64 on October 23, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Flying around campaigning at the taxpayers’ expense is not only out-of-touch, but in this economy it’s frankly offensive.

Republican Governors are fighting back.

This is Pawlenty “fighting back” … eh, not so much.

maverick muse on October 24, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Everybody should bake bisquits and start lobbing them at Clinton, Carter, and Obama.

‘Nam Grunt! Bacon and cathead biscuits for breakfast?

/Blake, your spelling spilled a brand. I’d eat Pioneer Baking Mix that beats the over-salted heavy Bisquick I’d lob.

maverick muse on October 24, 2010 at 7:18 AM