New T-Paw ad. “Hey guys! I’m still here! Guys?”

posted at 4:00 pm on July 21, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Say what you will about Tim Pawlenty, the guy doesn’t give up. Rather than heading off to a vacation in the Greek Isles like some people, or simply teasing the media like others, he’s throwing everything up to and including the kitchen sink at the wall to see what sticks. But despite some possibly encouraging news in the polls this week, it still looks like he’s going to need a lot of help. Now he’s out with yet another ad hoping to win some hearts and minds in Iowa. The Boston Globe seems to think he’s recycling some of Mitt’s 2008 themes, but I’m sensing a different message in the background. More on that shortly, but first let’s take a look at the ad.

From the Globe:

Republican presidential contender Tim Pawlenty is appropriating the Olympic imagery that rival Mitt Romney has tried to make his own as the former Minnesota governor seeks to invigorate a flagging campaign.

In a television ad released yesterday in Iowa, the lead caucus state, Pawlenty casts himself as battle-tested and capable of overcoming doubts as he speaks over videotape of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” US Olympic men’s hockey team. It beat the Russians en route to the gold medal.

As homespun and heart-tugging as the imagery is, it’s curious for a candidate barely out of the starting gate.

Curious is certainly a word I’d use as well. While the ad is very slick and professional with some solid themes, the entire idea of the “Miracle on Ice” always summons up images of a victory by somebody who isn’t really being given any sort of shot at winning. I generally expect to see a bit more projected confidence (genuine or not) from candidates who feel they are in serious contention.

There’s still a long road ahead before the first primary votes are cast, but T-Paw seems to have already begun portraying his own campaign as The Mighty Ducks in this race. Then again, unless he can make a very strong showing in the Ames straw poll, perhaps he’s just being a realist.

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Not sure “nice-guy Republican” is the winning profile this year Tim.

Sorry.

JohnGalt23 on July 21, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Who…?

Seven Percent Solution on July 21, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Huntsman’s campaign director resigned today. She saw the light, early. Must be smart.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

What sport is that?

faraway on July 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

That title is hilarious, Jazz.

MadisonConservative on July 21, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Any candidate that gets that cute J-Lo, Li-Lo, etc. name has no chance. Just a hunch.

carbon_footprint on July 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Recipes anyone?

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Sorry, I’ll take unpredictable Jazz Shaw over Timmy any day.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 4:08 PM

I guess an ad pointing out Obowma’s failed ideology and policies have brought this country to the brink of destruction is asking too much…

Seven Percent Solution on July 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM

“I’m Tim Pawlenty, and I was team manager for a hockey team”.

jake-the-goose on July 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Listen up, T-Paw.
If you trash other ‘Pubbies,
We won’t vote for you.

Haiku Guy on July 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Any candidate that gets that cute J-Lo, Li-Lo, etc. name has no chance. Just a hunch.

carbon_footprint on July 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Jazz, Allah… :)

faraway on July 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Ooooh…the excitement…

kingsjester on July 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I’d vote for T-Paw before Huntsman but the problem is that I’d vote for Paul, Palin, Perry, Romney, and a few others before T-Paw.

taney71 on July 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Maybe he should ask to borrow one of Sarah Palin’s buses.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Cute pun, but I see no evidence that Pawlenty is especially “nice.”

Y-not on July 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Cute pun, but I see no evidence that Pawlenty is especially “nice.”

Y-not on July 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

He has been rather nasty lately, eh?

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I’d vote for T-Paw before Huntsman but the problem is that I’d vote for Paul, Palin, Perry, Romney, and a few others before T-Paw.

taney71 on July 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Perry >>> Romney > Palin > Pawlenty > Huntsman >>>>>> Paul

Y-not on July 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

“DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES……..NO!”

Sorry, T-Paw. I like ya. Not for Prez, though. We have some nice parting gifts for you.

search4truth on July 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

unseen… in case you’re out there, this is the guy that’s going to start wearing glasses, putting his hair in a bun, feigning migraines, and convert to Mormonism.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Maybe he should ask to borrow one of Sarah Palin’s buses.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Don’t make me stop this car!

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 4:17 PM

We have some nice parting gifts for you.

search4truth on July 21, 2011 at 4:16 PM

An Obama DVD collection.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Intrade

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Did he provide a clean Cat Scan?

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Intrade

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Better news

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Maybe he should ask to borrow one of Sarah Palin’s buses.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

that was pretty funny, brava.

IR-MN on July 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Did he provide a clean Cat Scan?

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

No, but he’s offering to give free colonoscopies for all other Republican candidates.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Who believes this b/s?

Q: Lara Moritz: “Who do you think in the Republican field can beat you?”

A: President Obama: “Well I have to tell you I’m so occupied right now with doing the people’s business that I’m just not spending a lot of time right now worrying about the Republican field

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I’m so occupied right now with doing the people’s business that I’m just not spending a lot of time right now worrying about the Republican field

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Timmy’s doing Obama’s dirty work. No need to take the gloves off.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Laughable. Not unlike his “I have thick skin” comment.

carbon_footprint on July 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Did he provide a clean Cat Scan?

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM
No, but he’s offering to give free colonoscopies for all other Republican candidates.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM

See, count that as another thing I would prefer Bachman to do…

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

See, count that as another thing I would prefer Bachman to do…

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I’d rather not go there… BUT, I do suppose a mother would be more gentle – bleh bleh bleh

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:26 PM

See, count that as another thing I would prefer Bachman to do…

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Actually, I’d prefer Ron Paul. At least he’d know what he was doing, I suppose.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM

See, count that as another thing I would prefer Bachman to do…

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM
Actually, I’d prefer Ron Paul. At least he’d know what he was doing, I suppose.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Oh come on, live a little ;)

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

SQUUUUUIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHH!!!

birdhurd on July 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Can never get enough of that gawd-awful, too loud cheezy synth music in any Pawlenty video. I suspect when this thing totally falls through he’ll be releasing his own line of relaxation music with his voice-over. (cue New Age synth…”breathe deep”….”relax”…”be at one with the universe”….)

whatcat on July 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I don’t think T-Paw will make it past the first few primaries.

Neither will Gingrich, Cain or Santorum.

Conservative Samizdat on July 21, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Oh come on, live a little ;)

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

bleh

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Can never get enough of that gawd-awful, too loud cheezy synth music in any Pawlenty video. I suspect when this thing totally falls through he’ll be releasing his own line of relaxation music with his voice-over. (cue New Age synth…”breathe deep”….”relax”…”be at one with the universe”….)

whatcat on July 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Relaxation music? Are you kidding? He wants to go on tour with Lady Gaga.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:31 PM

bleh

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I’ll take the unknown with a she, then the known with a he… thats just me.

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I don’t think T-Paw will make it past the first few primaries.

Neither will Gingrich, Cain or Santorum.

Conservative Samizdat on July 21, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I don’t think any of those guys will be around by the time the primaries get here.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Can never get enough of that gawd-awful, too loud cheezy synth music in any Pawlenty video. I suspect when this thing totally falls through he’ll be releasing his own line of relaxation music with his voice-over. (cue New Age synth…”breathe deep”….”relax”…”be at one with the universe”….)

whatcat on July 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

T-Pawsak!

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I’ll take the unknown with a she, then the known with a he… thats just me.

Odie1941 on July 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM

I think we need to get a robot into this discussion… it would still be more charismatic than Tpaw

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Intrade

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Awriiiiight!

petefrt on July 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Let’s put it this way…even trolls aren’t interested enough in T-Paw to generate more much more than 30 hits on a thread in which he is criticizing Bachmann.

’nuff said.

DrAllecon on July 21, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Relaxation music? Are you kidding? He wants to go on tour with Lady Gaga.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Nawwww. Tell me that if you mixed in few snippets of Pawlenty’s soothing monotone into this that you wouldn’t have a typical ad:
Relaxing music video (YouTube)

whatcat on July 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I don’t think any of those guys will be around by the time the primaries get here.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Really? You think they’ll fade that fast? That would be more impressive that Rudy’s epic fail in 2008.

Conservative Samizdat on July 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

whatcat on July 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Maybe, but he says he’s a big Gaga fan.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:43 PM

heh. Krauthammer on the migraine thing (as reported by NRO Corner):

“If the migraines are so injurious to her performance, how come this hasn’t been an issue up to now? …

What I’ve seen is several incidents over the last five years reported in which she was incapacitated. Is there anyone among us who over the last five years hasn’t been knocked out by some medical condition?

The Pawlenty attack I thought was a cheap shot.”

Pawlenty’s gambit has back-fired.

Good.

Y-not on July 21, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Timmy’s doing Obama’s dirty work. No need to take the gloves off.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:23 PM

So when he’s not being too nice he’s being too mean.

MJBrutus on July 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Recipes anyone?

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Thank you.

RushBaby on July 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Really? You think they’ll fade that fast? That would be more impressive that Rudy’s epic fail in 2008.

Conservative Samizdat on July 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Who’s going to finance them for the next 6 months? Once Perry jumps in those dudes fade to black.

Knucklehead on July 21, 2011 at 4:49 PM

He’s a weak concern-troll and I hoe he goes away.

Weak because of his cowardice to Mitt Romney’s face and a concern-troll for what he said yesterday regarding Bachmann’s migraines.

I used to hold out hope for him and he was my fourth choice. Not anymore.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 21, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Miracle on Ice? More like Campaign on Ice.

Emperor Norton on July 21, 2011 at 4:52 PM

So when he’s not being too nice he’s being too mean.

MJBrutus on July 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Yeah, sounds like he has issues.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

So when he’s not being too nice he’s being too mean.

MJBrutus on July 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Yup.

He should find a middle ground. Like maybe concentrating on Obama’s faults. Or telling us about why he would be a good choice, not why others would be a bad one.

All candidates should give us reasons to vote for them. Let’s face it, there are too many possible candidates to just go around trying to knock everyone else out. Every candidate should explain, in detail, why they are the one who can beat Obama, and what they’d do in the WH once they’ve won.

Anything else this early is only likely to be ignored, or flat-out backfire.

DrAllecon on July 21, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Pawlenty is trying to gain traction, as Zz-Paw, he just wasn’t getting any respect or attention. What’s he going to do, release a rap video as “Smack Daddy Timmeh”? Go for it Tim, politics CAN be funny.

bigmike on July 21, 2011 at 4:54 PM

What’s he going to do
bigmike on July 21, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Move to Alaska and wear a cowboy hat.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Miracle on Ice? More like Campaign on Ice.

Emperor Norton on July 21, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Eldrige already got “Soul On Ice” (and, later, “Fire” too). But, yup, Timmy’s got first dibs on “Campaign”.

whatcat on July 21, 2011 at 4:57 PM

“Nice guys finish last.”
–Leo Durocher

Emperor Norton on July 21, 2011 at 4:59 PM

What’s he going to do
bigmike on July 21, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Move to Alaska and wear a cowboy hat.

MeatHeadinCA

Naw, throwing in some mean Fogerty licks would go a long way to liven up the ads though – I’d recommend to Timmy a tall drink from Green River for that.

whatcat on July 21, 2011 at 5:03 PM

No offense to Jazz Shaw; but this is Allahpundit territory. What have you done to Allahpundit?

Jens on July 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Maybe he should ask to borrow one of Sarah Palin’s buses.

He did:

“Road to Results.” Gak.

Ozwitch on July 21, 2011 at 5:50 PM

“I’m Tim Pawlenty, and I was team manager for a hockey team”.

jake-the-goose on July 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Oh come on. Your being harsh.

He played a full season of JV hockey! Really!

/

AUH2O on July 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

No offense to Jazz Shaw; but this is Allahpundit territory. What have you done to Allahpundit?

Jens on July 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM

He’s still in the ancient well in the basement of my mansion. Why do you ask? Make it quick because I need to go lower the bottle of lotion down to him in the basket…

Jazz Shaw on July 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Jazz Shaw on July 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

<chuckle> okay, I’m missing him a little less now.

Jens on July 21, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Make it quick because I need to go lower the bottle of lotion down to him in the basket…
Jazz Shaw on July 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I smelt trouble right off having internet access in that basement, what with the Meghan McCain site’s pics page and all…….

whatcat on July 21, 2011 at 6:57 PM

He’s still in the ancient well in the basement of my mansion. Why do you ask? Make it quick because I need to go lower the bottle of lotion down to him in the basket…

Jazz Shaw on July 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Sounds just right given what he did to the kittehs.

MeatHeadinCA on July 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Zzzzzzzzzzz…. Huh? Tim, what? Who. Wake me when Perry announces.

PA Guy on July 21, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Not you.. sry

amend2 on July 21, 2011 at 9:59 PM