Pawlenty: Obama is “chicken” on real issues

posted at 12:55 pm on January 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Minnesota’s former governor appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to call out Barack Obama for his lack of intestinal fortitude in the State of the Union speech. Tim Pawlenty got even more blunt than that, at one point calling Obama “chicken” for hiding behind “soaring rhetoric” while offering no solutions to the massive crises in entitlements and for barely even acknowledging the problem. “Most Americans understand we’ve got a problem,” Pawlenty says, but they need leadership around which to rally for common-sense solutions to them. Obama failed to provide it, Pawlenty says, thanks to a lack of political courage:


Gretchen Carlson asks Pawlenty why he’s taking a tougher tone with Obama, and Pawlenty warns her not to confuse Minnesota Nice with being weak. That’s going to be what Pawlenty has to sell if he wants to push himself into the top tier of Republicans seeking the presidential nomination in 2012.


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Yes. More of this from T-Paw.

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM

***Newsflash*** Obama hasn’t taken a stance on almost anything for his entire career. But at least that fact is getting some play, 2 years later.

search4truth on January 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I agree, but… “chicken”?

DaveS on January 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM

T-Paw, obama isn’t a chicken… he just doesn’t have a clue. There is a big difference and something you obviously should have pointed out, instead of saying “chicken”.
*sighs*

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Yes. More of this from T-Paw.

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM

No, this was a freaking slap with a white glove and not a white boxing glove.

If T-Paw wants to get in there with the “big guys” he is going to have to stop being so blah, and more pepper.

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Chicken is not the word that comes to mind when defining Obama, but I do admire Tim’s courage here.

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Chicken.

Hmm. . . I like it.

RedNewEnglander on January 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Pot…kettle…$6.2 billion deficit…

This is why an actual Chris Christie (despite some of his other things) RECORD is important.

MNHawk on January 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Needless to say, if Palin had said this the internets would be erupting with leftists spittle and screens would be covered with the blood shooting from the eyes of countless leftists drones.

darwin on January 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

to confuse Minnesota Nice with being weak.

definitely have to work on it..

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Er, Pawlenty, you’re chicken for not cutting the budget as gov. In fact, you grew it from 25 billion to 35 billion in just eight years, and I got a property tax increase to boot. Go away!

IR-MN on January 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Upinak: Perhaps it’s a clever double-bind, where he hopes to draw out Obama so that he shows himself to be clueless.

… hey, it’s a nice theory… can’t we at least pretend that it’s true? ;)

Scott H on January 31, 2011 at 1:05 PM

T-Paw, buddy, I like your moxy, but if you really want to lock in my vote, endorse Paul Ryan’s roadmap.

Caiwyn on January 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM

This is sad when we are excited that our leaders were brave enough to use the word “chicken”.

faraway on January 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Oh, so now Pawlenty’s all about political courage. Too bad he didn’t show some regarding his fellow Republican Sarah P. during the Tucson fallout.

And calling Obama “chicken?” That’s blunt? How about calling Obama “weak,” “cowardly,” or fundamentally dishonest?” This ain’t a playground.

DaydreamBeliever on January 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Between this and the action-adventure campaign video, T-Paw is trying to brand himself as the “first choice as second choice” candidate for GOP primary voters leaning towards other candidates who may or may not run.

What he’s got to be careful about is trying to toughen up his image to the point that it’s obvious that certain actions and statements crafted to brush up that image don’t match with what he says and does in unscripted moments (i.e. — you can’t go on “Fox and Friends” with a tough-guy talking point line against Obama and then when caught off guard on a situation like the Tucson shooting, say you wouldn’t have used the same sort of images/words as Sarah Palin. Trying to build an image at odds with his actual personna will only turn Pawlenty into Mitt-lite, without the self-financing to keep his campaign going).

jon1979 on January 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Adding more linebackers, reducing number of defensive backs, eight men on the line. Blitz on every play. Will he be able to confuse the quarterback and cause him to make a critical mistake? That will be hard to measure based on present quality of QB play.

a capella on January 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

No, no. We’re the chicken.

The Mega Independent on January 31, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Give me more , T-Paw…

mjbrooks3 on January 31, 2011 at 1:10 PM

“Americaaaaan’s chicken has come hoooome to roost.” – Some Reverend

Electrongod on January 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

He spent most of his political career voting “present” and now, with much of the world in turmoil, he wants to consider his options and not take a stand…except to spout off stupidly about his black friends being arrested, etc.
So, yeah, Chicken seems kinda appropriate. The only problem is that it’s not a stand-alone. He’s a POS on several fronts.

SKYFOX on January 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Wrong accusation, a cop-out. Indeed, Pawlenty’s the chicken. He can’t call out Obama for what he is, a leftist. None of them can. Obama isn’t a chicken — he’s doing what he’s doing and he’s not doing what he’s not doing because he’s an audacious, covert, deeply committed Leftist.

rrpjr on January 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Opposing is easy. Governing, not quite so much.

gryphon202 on January 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM

As much of Washington kept its gaze on protests in Egpyt on Monday, President Obama’s Cabinet sought to turn attention to “Startup America,” the administration’s new campaign designed to put the focus on jobs and inspiring Americans to think like entrepreneurs.

via politico….new day, new campaign slogan

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM

T-Paw is a really weak player. I want to like the guy, and probably would, as a guy, but as a leader, can’t do it. He’s not one and will never be one.

gary4205 on January 31, 2011 at 1:16 PM

T-Paw could maybe take Amy Klobuchar in a 3-way a Senate race in 2012.

Maybe.

Bruno Strozek on January 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Wrong accusation, a cop-out. Indeed, Pawlenty’s the chicken. He can’t call out Obama for what he is, a leftist. None of them can. Obama isn’t a chicken — he’s doing what he’s doing and he’s not doing what he’s not doing because he’s an audacious, covert, deeply committed Leftist.

rrpjr on January 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Thread winner!

gary4205 on January 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

No, this was a freaking slap with a white glove and not a white boxing glove.

If T-Paw wants to get in there with the “big guys” he is going to have to stop being so blah, and more pepper.

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 1:01 PM

It’s more than what Mitt Romney, the “Front runner” of the GOP nomination has said in over a year.

Mitt Loved the bailout. Mitt loved the GM bailout especially.

Atleast TPaw is fighting (Be it a little weak) it is still fighting.

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Obama is chicken? isn’t that racist?

ted c on January 31, 2011 at 1:19 PM

“Americaaaaan’s chicken has come hoooome to roost.” – Some Reverend

Electrongod on January 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

winner 2.0

ted c on January 31, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Bruno Strozek on January 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Unfortunately, she’ll be Senator for life in this dumb state. He’d have a good shot against Franken, or Eric Paulsen might be a good choice.

IR-MN on January 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

As much of Washington kept its gaze on protests in Egpyt on Monday, President Obama’s Cabinet sought to turn attention to “Startup America,” the administration’s new campaign designed to put the focus on jobs and inspiring Americans to think like entrepreneurs.

via politico….new day, new campaign slogan

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM

WTF happened to WTF?

Kafir on January 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Uh, duh

Zaggs on January 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

WTF? who don’t like chicken?

ted c on January 31, 2011 at 1:24 PM

WTF happened to WTF?

Kafir on January 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

must be a sub line to WTF…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Bwak Obama?

Dash on January 31, 2011 at 1:32 PM

One Beta Male calling another Beta Male “chicken”.

Great.

SlaveDog on January 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM

“Nobody calls me chicken.” – Marty McFly

Doughboy on January 31, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Atleast TPaw is fighting (Be it a little weak) it is still fighting.

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 1:19 PM

fighting weak is not fighting at all. it is just defending ones self hoping you don’t come out to bloody.

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Such rhetoric! Easy there TPaw, you’re going to blow a gasket. How about just an old fashion Marxist?

d1carter on January 31, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Hmmm… better than past performances, but I’m definitely not ready to support him.

MeatHeadinCA on January 31, 2011 at 1:49 PM

This from a guy who all but pisses his pants at the mention of Sarah Palin.

He’s trying to pretend to be something he’s not..it feels so manufactured.

Agree or disagree with Palin, (even as a non Palin fan) she comes off as real in her comments, who she really is..not him.

This has the feel of a guy who sold 7 books and raised $16.00 in his PAC last quarter and is looking for some “air”

NextGen on January 31, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Kinda ironic to hear a guy who looks like a birdy call someone a chicken.

IronDioPriest on January 31, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I’m sure T-Paw is a nice guy. However, he reminds me more of a high school science geek than a national leader.

Superficial, I know. If he gets the nomination, I’ll of course vote for him. I would not be on the edge of my seat as he debated Obama, however.

cs89 on January 31, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Still not voting for you.

spec_ops_mateo on January 31, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Who’s the Minnesota Guv that the bitter clingers luv?

T-PAW!

Damn right.

Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when danger’s all about?

T-PAW!

Can ya dig it?

They say this cat T-PAW’s a bad mother…

SHUT YO MOUTH!

I’m talkin’ bout T-PAW!

Mr. Wednesday Night on January 31, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Hows the Paw PAC doin? Can he raise money?

james23 on January 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Whassa matter Col. Sanders……CHICKEN?????

search4truth on January 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM

IR-MN on January 31, 2011 at 1:23 PM

No, T-Paw has a shot (long), especially if there is a strong 3rd party to siphon off 5% of the vote. There will be amendments on the ballot regarding voter ID and gay marriage that will bring conservatives out to the polls.

T-Paw wins by 5K votes in that scenario.

Bachmann stomps Stuart Smalley in 2014.

Bruno Strozek on January 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM

T-Paw could maybe take Amy Klobuchar in a 3-way a Senate race in 2012.

Maybe.

Bruno Strozek on January 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Cash on hand $155K spent 3M last cycle while taking in 2.8M

Last 6 weeks of 2010 not too strong, 48k total via
C4P

NextGen on January 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM

T-Paw, obama isn’t a chicken… he just doesn’t have a clue. There is a big difference and something you obviously should have pointed out, instead of saying “chicken”.
*sighs*

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Maybe he should have said, “Like a chicken with its head cut off”

Much more accurate to how the WH is responding to every crisis that comes up (the ones they let go to waste anyway)

DrAllecon on January 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM

This is sad when we are excited that our leaders were brave enough to use the word “chicken”.

faraway on January 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Hey its about the new tone. Now if some crazy tee party guy covers “the one” in batter and deep fries him. Who going to get the blame?

Greed on January 31, 2011 at 2:16 PM

There will be amendments on the ballot regarding voter ID and gay marriage that will bring conservatives out to the polls.

Bruno Strozek on January 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM

What kind of conservative needs gay marriage or voter ID to get them to the polls when we have Obama as president – also says something about T-Paw if that’s what he needs to “win”

MeatHeadinCA on January 31, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Dan Pet on January 31, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

Cylor on January 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Obama cries Fowl at TPaws statement !

Sandybourne on January 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

This is leadership? Seriously? The more people like Pawlenty,
Romney and Huckabee speak the more impressive Palin looks.

P. Monk on January 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Obama cries Fowl at TPaws statement !

Sandybourne on January 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

LOL I spit my coffee.

P. Monk on January 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

“Obama is ‘chicken’…”

Really? Did he say “neener, neener” as well?

ffs.

Midas on January 31, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Soaring rhetoric and no action.

I’m confused, Ed: was that line meant to describe Obama or Pawlenty?

steebo77 on January 31, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Needless to say, if Palin had said this the internets would be erupting with leftists spittle and screens would be covered with the blood shooting from the eyes of countless leftists drones.

darwin on January 31, 2011 at 1:04 PM

….. which tells me they are not too intimidated by him.

….which makes me question how serious he is!

cableguy615 on January 31, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Obama is chicken? isn’t that racist?

ted c on January 31, 2011 at 1:19 PM

LOL. It’s gotten to the point that in order to save myself some time, I just look for posts from “ted c”.
Good one!

skeedro on January 31, 2011 at 11:41 PM