Tim Pawlenty, The Reasonable Republican
We have a rule about these things: You only get a mention if your demagoguery is above and beyond other demagoguery, and so moves the demagoguery forward. Granted, Newt already won the Godwin’s Cup for being the first to invoke Hitler, but you also get a mention if your demagoguery is a personal best:
Add Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) to the list politicians with selective memory about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s global outreach on behalf of the United States.
Pawlenty, a presidential hopeful for 2012, appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” last night to decry Obama’s support for the Islamic cultural center proposed by Rauf’s Cordoba House at a site two blocks from Ground Zero. He also criticized the State Department for sending Rauf on a diplomatic mission to the Middle East, saying that was “disgusting” and “dangerous.”
“To have him be the leader not just of this mosque but to hire him through the State Department and send him around the world on our behalf is ridiculous,” Pawlenty told Sean Hannity. “It is quite quite dangerous, quite concerning.”
Pawlenty isn’t the first to bring up the Sinister Background of the Ground Zero Imam, nor is he the first to forget that the Ground Zero Imam also conducted Disgusting and Dangerous diplomatic forays for the Bush Administration.
But Pawlenty’s brazen efforts to become the Non-Polygamous Mitt Romney show a newfound spunk that we have no choice but to applaud. He’ll make a worthy veep on the Palin 2012 ticket.