Bachmann turns the tables on Pawlenty

posted at 11:20 am on July 25, 2011 by Tina Korbe

After weeks on the receiving end of a fellow candidate’s criticisms, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) yesterday turned the tables with the release of an e-mail comparing former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s record to that of President Barack Obama.

Bachmann’s press secretary yesterday evening sent out the following statement by e-mail blast:

Governor Pawlenty would have us believe that there is ‘very little difference’ between his positions and those of Michele Bachmann.

But in fact, there is very little difference between Governor Pawlenty’s past positions and Barack Obama’s positions on several critical issues facing Americans. On issues such as unconstitutional healthcare mandates, climate change regulations, and Wall Street bailouts, there’s very little daylight, indeed, between Governor Pawlenty’s record and the Obama administration’s policies.

And of course, President Obama would surely applaud Governor Pawlenty’s 2006 statement that the ‘era of small government is over,’ and that the government will have to be ‘more proactive and more aggressive.’

Governor Pawlenty has changed his positions in recent years, but he can’t run from his big government record as governor of Minnesota that left the state’s budget in a multi-billion dollar mess. That’s not executive experience we need.

As Michele Bachmann said earlier today, she ‘has a lifetime record of success and action in the real world. Real-world actions speak louder than his words as a career politician.’ And so the more Republican voters examine Michele Bachmann’s record and Governor Pawlenty’s record, the more they will see that there is a world of difference between the two.

Pawlenty spent the last week traveling through Iowa, attempting to make the case that Bachmann’s lack of executive experience resembles the record Obama brought to the presidency. His campaign chief Nick Ayers summed up the Pawlenty line of attack in an e-mail yesterday, writing:

I spent the week on the road with the Governor and Mrs. Pawlenty. We traveled nearly 700 miles through Iowa, stopped in 18 counties, slept in five different hotels, visited four Subway sandwich shops, and ended the week with one game of pick-up hockey in Des Moines (T.Paw even scored!). No matter where we went, Iowans were interested to learn about Governor Pawlenty’s values, experience, and vision for our country. It was clear his authenticity resonated with them. He successfully made the case, that in 2008, voters elected a member of Congress with no executive experience. We can’t afford the cost of inexperience any longer, and Iowans get are getting that.

But when Bachmann first fought back on the experience issue, the Pawlenty campaign responded by arguing no difference exists between Bachmann’s opinions and Pawlenty’s. On the surface, the strategy to isolate experience as the only difference between them was sound — but Bachmann refused to cooperate. The statement she released today should give Pawlenty pause. Does he really still want to fight this fight?

None of this helps the GOP, in general. It just makes both Bachmann and Pawlenty look petty and, should either of them end up the GOP nominee (admittedly, an unlikely proposition), gives the Obama campaign ammunition against them (“Why not pick the real deal? I’m not just like me … I am me.”). Most importantly, it distracts from the issues. Bachmann’s response outshines Pawlenty’s attack for the simple reason that it does bring the squabbling back to more solid footing. Where do the candidates stand with respect to unconstitutional health care mandates, climate change regulations and Wall Street bailouts? The candidates need to keep hammering the issues home.

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Getting real ugly early on.
Just wait until winter…

OmahaConservative on July 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Anyone else out there thinking that this Bachmann/Pawlenty thing has now gotten beyond ridiculous and is fast approaching annoying?

If these two don’t knock it off, they are going to blow both their campaigns out of the water, with no one to blame but themselves!

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Sorry, but these two are “back benchers” as Levin would say.

KickandSwimMom on July 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

We already have a petulant child in the White House. I won’t vote for a squabbler.

scalleywag on July 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Wasting a lot of energy here for nothing. The real nominee hasn’t announced yet. I wish she’d hurry up, though!

SouthernGent on July 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

At least MB and Tpaw are both running; basically they are wiping the floor with Palin.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

I see the GOP is still using its standard circular firing ‘line’…

Scott H on July 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The article in brief.

Pawlenty is a pee-pee head. Michele Bachmann is a hero for bravely defending her nonexistent record.

KingGold on July 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Wasting a lot of energy here for nothing. The real nominee hasn’t announced yet. I wish she’d hurry up, though!

SouthernGent on July 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Nikki Haley ain’t running. This time. ;-)

Abby Adams on July 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Where do the candidates stand with respect to unconstitutional health care mandates, climate change regulations and Wall Street bailouts? The candidates need to keep hammering the issues home.

Unless you are getting very nervous and a little desperate because you’ve been running for two years and can’t break out of single digits.

I think T-Paw is going to be toast, sooner than later.

He just ain’t go it.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Fight,fight,fight…

vcferlita on July 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

It does not matter if they attack each other because Rick Perry will still be our nominee next Feb.

BroncosRock on July 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

At least MB and Tpaw are both running; basically they are wiping the floor with Palin.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Hahahahaha.

That’s funny.

I guess they are wiping the floor with Perry, too.

Funny you didn’t mention him.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I’m all for it. Pawlenty started the fire, now we’ll see who is left when it burns down. IIRC, he also got tough with Mitt,…. until he had to face him eye to eye on stage. I really hate passive aggressives; we’ve already got one in the WH.

a capella on July 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I love girl-fights.

aquaviva on July 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Pawlenty should focus on the administration, they will elect or reject him on his policies, not on how is is like or dislike Michelle.
She is responding to his barbs, and she has a right to do it…he is foolish for taking this tact.
The economy, unemployment, energy, budgets, so much to talk about besides another Republican…

right2bright on July 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Here we go. Stop fighting eachother!

Remember Reagan’s 11th Commandment!!11!!

Drama Queens!

Pick your battles!

The enemy is Obama, not eachother!!

portlandon on July 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Somebody, please, give these two children a time out and stand them in the corner . . . they’re both a waste of time and resources.

rplat on July 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM

portlandon on July 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Hey, get out of my head…it hurts!

right2bright on July 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Nikki Haley ain’t running. This time. ;-)

Abby Adams on July 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Hah! Funny you should mention her. She just announced more jobs in SC. The Associated Press had the NERVE to question her about her “jobs created” number. I don’t recall them ever doing that to Barry.

SouthernGent on July 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Bachmann should learn to ignore her critics. Pawlenty should be attacking Obama.

portlandon on July 25, 2011 at 11:33 AM

KickandSwimMom on July 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

beat me to it …. Yes, it’s the “Battle of the Back Benchers”

Jerome Horwitz on July 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Once Perry gets into the race Bachmann and Paw will fight to win 2nd place in Iowa.

BroncosRock on July 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Didn’t Obama claim to have become more “moderate” during his campaign, after a history of being a big-government Marxist? Do we have any proof that T-Paw has actually changed, or is this just a “conversion of convenience,” ready to be dropped if he is elected?

rmgraha on July 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Brought to you by: Blue Fox #4 spinner on an Ugly Stik using a Quantum PTI reel and 6 pound test.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Wasting a lot of energy here for nothing. The real nominee hasn’t announced yet. I wish she’d he’d hurry up, though!

SouthernGent on July 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

FIFY.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Seriously Tina….Bachmann’s squabbling “outshines” T-Paw’s?..that’s a ridiculous statement.

You’re right though, there’s nothing wrong with going after someone’s record…that’s the way it’s supposed to be, so Bachmann going after T-Paw’s record is a good thing.
The problem is, is that Bachmann has no record “to go after”…only her “real life experiences”.
And according to MB, “her lifetime record in the real world” is fair game….

As Michele Bachmann said earlier today, she ‘has a lifetime record of success and action in the real world. Real-world actions speak louder than his words as a career politician.’ And so the more Republican voters examine Michele Bachmann’s record and Governor Pawlenty’s record, the more they will see that there is a world of difference between the two.

Tina…you can’t have it both ways.

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Anyone else out there thinking that this Bachmann/Pawlenty thing has now gotten beyond ridiculous and is fast approaching annoying?
pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Uh, hell yeah. Who cares about this? It’s only being blown out of proportion by bloggers and pundits.

Dongemaharu on July 25, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Once Perry Palin gets into the race Bachmann and Paw will fight to win 2nd place in Iowa.

BroncosRock on July 25, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Muuuch better. :)

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Brought to you by: Blue Fox #4 spinner on an Ugly Stik using a Quantum PTI reel and 6 pound test.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Congratulate yourself.

What a thrilling life you must have to consider that an accomplishment.

Geez.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

“Mrs. Baaaaaakeeeeer, Michelle slapped Timmy by the monkey baaaaaaaaaars!”

Akzed on July 25, 2011 at 11:43 AM

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Can we put the rulers away for a moment, please, folks?

KingGold on July 25, 2011 at 11:43 AM

so all those saying timmy was wrong for going after Bachmann will now say Bachmann is wrong for going after timmy.

right? right?

unseen on July 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Even with Lassie at his side, Little Timmy P. will never be President.

meci on July 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Can’t get too worked up over a fight between two candidates who will never get the nomination.

Rational Thought on July 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

You mock. The man is an artist.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

These two can’t even resolve their own differences between each other and they want us to believe either of them is going to be able to work with the Congress and the rest of the world? Give me a break!

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

You mock. The man is an artist.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

You think that’s “art”?

I would rather have a conversation.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Alternate title: The battle for fourth place in the GOP primary heats up.

Vashta.Nerada on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Getting real ugly early on.
Just wait until winter…

OmahaConservative on July 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Makes Palin and Perry look like political geniuses don’t it?

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

All in fun, my friend, all in fun, don’t take it personally.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Alternate title: The battle for fourth place in the GOP primary heats up.

Vashta.Nerada on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

:)

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Brought to you by: Blue Fox #4 spinner on an Ugly Stik using a Quantum PTI reel and 6 pound test.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Ya know, you are acting no better than the resident trolls here … just trying to stir up sh!t for your personal pleasure, and from reading your past posts you seem to be better than that.

Lemme gusss what’s coming next …. “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to be here, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out”.

Jerome Horwitz on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Lemme gusss what’s coming next …. “If you don’t like it, you don’t have to be here, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out”.

Jerome Horwitz on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Even if that sentiment is one hundred percent accurate?

KingGold on July 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Fighting midgets…..

idesign on July 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Man, you came clear up out of the water to lunge at that one. Shake your head hard and spit that nasty hook out.

a capella on July 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Maybe this is just a childish tactic to keep themselves in the news. After all, it’s not like the media are pounding doors to get their comments on the issues so they must think negative attention is better than no attention at all.

Dumb and dumber.

scalleywag on July 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

It’s not “artistic.” It’s dishonest and annoying. Wow, like baiting people is super creative.

Dongemaharu on July 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

She shouldn’t be “punching down” at Pawlenty. Isn’t he getting about 5% in polls?

forest on July 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Dongemaharu on July 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Lighten up, Frances.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Man, you came clear up out of the water to lunge at that one. Shake your head hard and spit that nasty hook out.

a capella on July 25, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Ok, I’ve learned my lesson.

No more responding to comments, or I may be part of some idiotic gamesmanship rather than a semi-intelligent conversation.

My mistake.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

forest on July 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM

I agree, ignore him.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM

That’s the bad thing about fishing, sometimes the lakeshore homeowners get indignant about the motor noise.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Alternate title: The battle for fourth place in the GOP primary heats up.

Vashta.Nerada on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Zing! Hell we may have 4 or 5 more enter the race so where does that put them then? On the squabblers bench?

scalleywag on July 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

But it was Bishop!

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I don’t like either of these candidates anyway so let them squabble away.

scalleywag on July 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Are there ANY politicians that behave as adults?

bridgetown on July 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Before me and my Bicycle O’Doom’ head out into the beautiful West Texas drought for some errands…I want to wish you a lovely day…and hope it’s a lovely as you are.
*grins*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Nothing wrong with comment responses, but come on. Bishop’s comment was the lowest-hanging fruit out there. It had to have been a trap.

KingGold on July 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Jerome Horwitz on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 AM

From past observations, there are many hungry fish of a certain subspecies, crowding into the HA pond just for the opportunity to feed, even if the bait offered is meager or nonexistent.

a capella on July 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Hmm… not a real classy response by Bachmann. You know, when Bachmann’s campaign manager, Rollins, went after Palin, her response was to go after Rollins, not Bachmann.

In response to Rollins’ attack, Palin spokesman Michael Glassner said, “Beltway political strategist Ed Rollins has a long, long track record of taking high profile jobs and promptly sticking his foot in his mouth.”

I think Michelle would have done well to emulate Sarah here.

beatcanvas on July 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Take it in stride, dude, everyone gets hooked sooner or later, even the hyper intelligent people like crr6 and growfins.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Have good day. I have no idea what it’s like outside just that it poured last night. We are probably in sauna mode.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM

At least MB and Tpaw are both running; basically they are wiping the floor with Palin.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

No, I think they are just disqualifying each other. This intrastate war is Pawlenty’s responsibility … apparently his minor league campaign decided that the only way to look good was to make his fellow Minnesotan look bad.

I don’t blame her at all for taking him out (and let me be clear — she just took him out), but this diminishes her campaign as well in some way. Shame on Pawlenty for deciding to fight Bachmann instead of Obama.

I hope he is successful in his new career as a spokesman on farm products commercials.

Jaibones on July 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Most importantly, it distracts from the issues. Bachmann’s response outshines Pawlenty’s attack for the simple reason that it does bring the squabbling back to more solid footing.

As a GOP primary voter, to me, your cheerleading for Rep. Bachmann is, frankly, annoying (and you have ensured that I will vote for anyone but Bachmann—if Pawlenty stands no chance by the time my state’s primary rolls around, and if Perry hasn’t tossed his hat in the ring, I’d rather vote for Romney now than Bachmann).

I’ll just point you to Jim Geraghty’s better reasoned argument why Bachmann has issues with consistency when claiming that she and Pawlenty do not have substantially same position on issues, but I have no illusions that you will be persuaded by reason.

novakyu on July 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM

It’s rained maybe 5 minutes in the almost 4 months we’ve been here. *sigh*
I mostly miss Chi’s food and weather-high humidity excluded. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM

None of this helps the GOP, in general.

This is sandbox play…just wait until the field is finally set and the primary season really gets going.

There will be blood.

RepubChica on July 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Reagan said it best.
“The Eleventh Commandment”
T-Paw should take note.

Haiku Guy on July 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM

<3 Bishop, H8 real Trollz.

/Tweet and feel young!

All kidding aside, we need to thin the troll herd. It is getting annoying. Bishop is just highlighting the need while having a bit of fun.

Irritable Pundit on July 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Irritable Pundit on July 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM

More accurately, IMO, Bishop is trying to train people not to respond. At least he doesn’t go “obsessively”.

gh on July 25, 2011 at 12:09 PM

ack, ‘go on

gh on July 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM

It’s hard to imagine now, but later in the year you will appreciate not being up your hindquarters in snow with wind so cold and sharp that you can barely breath. That’s what I remember in January in Florida. And I didn’t come from Chicago. As for the food, that is a tough one.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Jaibones on July 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I hear ya but I’ve never really understood the reasoning that this sort of thing between campaigns is bad, this is the sort of thing that really gets the candidates moving.

I prefer it to the polite “Whats-his-face is a really nice person, we just disagree” garbage that makes politicians so bland and dull, we never get to see them as people.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Tina…you can’t have it both ways.

tencole on July 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM

That’s what she said…

the_nile on July 25, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Anyone else out there thinking that this Bachmann/Pawlenty thing has now gotten beyond ridiculous and is fast approaching annoying?

pilamaye on July 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

The way I understand it, TPaw started it. So a double pox on his house. But I’m disappointed that MB allowed herself to be sucked into it.

petefrt on July 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I guess they are wiping the floor with Perry, too.

Funny you didn’t mention him.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I could live with Perry as the nominee.

Haiku Guy on July 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM

But I’m disappointed that MB allowed herself to be sucked into it.

petefrt on July 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Seeing your comment I re-read the quotes of MB in the post. Looks like a fair response to me. I’d much rather not have another McCain as the GOP nominee.

gh on July 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM

I’ve been warned that while Lubbock doesn’t get much snow-it gets icy. It’s kind of hard to do a speed walk when you’re worried about hitting black ice.
Luckily I’m prepared:I have some kick-azz ice spikes.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Neither of these will come anywhere near the nomination, so pfffft.

ddrintn on July 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

There are so many lies in that Bachmann email; it tells me exactly what type of person she is.

IR-MN on July 25, 2011 at 12:21 PM

petefrt on July 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM

MB was defending herself, as is appropriate. Her comments on T-Paw were dead right on.

Really Right on July 25, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Heh, fighting over the deck chairs.

marge on July 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

IR-MN on July 25, 2011 at 12:21 PM

T-Paw is running for POTUS and is attacking MB? What kind of person is he?

Really Right on July 25, 2011 at 12:25 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

I’ll have to look up the weather there, while the chance to wear anything “kick azz” is always a plus, I hope the ice is limited.

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Black ice is nothing, NOTHING, compared to Texas Black Spiders; known to kill and cocoon a human adult in less than a minute.

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Bishop on July 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM

We found a Brown Recluse in our living room a few weeks back. No biggie.
If it had bitten my tabby cat that was starting to poke at it-well THAT would have been a problem.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Cindy Munford on July 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Ok, I’ll lighten up.

….Nope, it’s still lame and boring. Oh well. I tried.

Dongemaharu on July 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

None of this helps the GOP, in general. It just makes both Bachmann and Pawlenty look petty… Most importantly, it distracts from the issues.

This is petty? These are issues everyone should be focused on.

But in fact, there is very little difference between Governor Pawlenty’s past positions and Barack Obama’s positions on several critical issues facing Americans. On issues such as unconstitutional healthcare mandates, climate change regulations, and Wall Street bailouts, there’s very little daylight, indeed, between Governor Pawlenty’s record and the Obama administration’s policies.

And of course, President Obama would surely applaud Governor Pawlenty’s 2006 statement that the ‘era of small government is over,’ and that the government will have to be ‘more proactive and more aggressive.’

Michelle is right to bring it up now. If not now, when? Halfway thru the primaries? I don’t think so. Mittens and Huntsman are rightly critiqued now and if TPaw has latent big govt love, that needs to be brought out and debated.

AH_C on July 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Those two can fight however they think fit.

Yet from the obvious lie that one of Bachmann’s responses to bring up TPaw’s ‘era of small government is over’ as if it is TPaw’s position opens up the door for voters to her own questionable tactics. It had been refuted over and over.

This looks like smear for those who are not in position of facts. So dumb on so many levels.

Sir Napsalot on July 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM

(and you have ensured that I will vote for anyone but Bachmann—if Pawlenty stands no chance by the time my state’s primary rolls around, and if Perry hasn’t tossed his hat in the ring, I’d rather vote for Romney now than Bachmann).

novakyu on July 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Whoa, whoa, whoa! I hope no one will choose their candidate by how they feel (positively or negatively) about that candidate’s supporters. I’ve seen folks here say they’ll never vote for Palin because they find her supporters obnoxious, and that’s every bit as fallacious and sad.

We’re not voting for a blog commenter, we’re voting for President of the United States. If I like a candidate because of that candidate’s view, what difference does it make to me who else likes or dislikes that same candidate, or why? The phrase “a man is known by the company he keeps” only applies to that person’s actual companions, not to long-distance fans or foes.

It’s human nature to say, “Yuk, I don’t want to be associated with *those* folks”, but “those folks” aren’t going to Washington.

Mary in LA on July 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM

On issues such as unconstitutional healthcare mandates, climate change regulations, and Wall Street bailouts

the ‘era of small government is over,’ and that the government will have to be ‘more proactive and more aggressive.’

Now that there are some questions to be brought up to those two at the next debate.

AH_C on July 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM

very thin skin here on Mb’s part.

unseen on July 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Bachmann is the only hardass fiscal conservative in the race

Pawlenty is a joke

TexasJew on July 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

wasn’t that “era of small government” quote debunked. I seem to recall it was agreed that the quote was taking out of context or something when Palin supporters brought it up. In fact all the antipalin people agreeed that the quote was taken oout of context and that it didn’t really mean what we all thought it meant. further I remember the antipalin people accusing the Palin supporters of a “smer” campaign against Timmy by using that quote. therefore I am awaiting the rightous fury of the Bachmann supports calling out bachmann for a smear campign and taking timmy’s quote out of context.

I’ll wait..

unseen on July 25, 2011 at 12:59 PM

While Bachmann and Pawlenty fight like little children, Mitt Romney continues to go after Obama.

Who is the adult among the GOP 2012 candidates? Hmmm….

Conservative Samizdat on July 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

There are so many lies in that Bachmann email; it tells me exactly what type of person she is.

IR-MN on July 25, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I would bet it was written by rollins. The longer MB keeps him on her staff the more her reputation will be hamred…

unseen on July 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Who is the adult among the GOP 2012 candidates? Hmmm….

Conservative Samizdat on July 25, 2011 at 1:02 PM

mitt is hiding from the debt debate like a child hides from the boogy monster.

the only adult I see taking on every issue on her terms is Palin.

unseen on July 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM

It’s human nature to say, “Yuk, I don’t want to be associated with *those* folks”, but “those folks” aren’t going to Washington.

Mary in LA on July 25, 2011 at 12:48 PM

not so much “human nature” but more a lack of self confidence.

unseen on July 25, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Really, in my opinion, this all makes Pawlenty look like the petty one, and a wimpy loser to boot. He made remarks about Romney and then couldn’t stare him in the face and repeat it (limp noodle), then he starts hitting Bachmann when he comes out on the bottom of the Iowa polls. Romney won’t get my vote, and now neither will Pawlenty.

Geministorm on July 25, 2011 at 1:10 PM

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