Iowa Needs to Get Over Itself

Well, it seems that Michele Bachmann has added another flub to her long list of flubs.  What did she do, you ask, that so irked Iowa voters?  Did she say that gay persons were dropped on their heads as babies?  Did she admit that President Obama is a Christian?  Did she cast aspersions on Jonnie Marbles’s aim?

No, she did something far more egregious: Michele Bachmann ate breakfast at the wrong diner!

Joe Kimball reports at MinnPost that Bachmann spurned a long-standing tradition tradition when, instead of breaking her fast at the Hamburg Inn, she chose to eat at the Bluebird Diner in Iowa City.

Shocking, I know!

You see, every presidential candidate eats at the Hamburg — that’s just how it goes. Reagan did, Clinton did, and dozens of others have as well.

The Bluebird Diner in Iowa City (MinnPost photo by Joe Kmball)

To add to Iowans’ horror, the Hamburg Inn is an old-school, wood-paneled greasy spoon that serves up good ol’ eggs and hasbrowns — I presume it gets its foodstuffs from the back of a Sysco truck.  Whereas the Bluebird Diner is, wait for it, a hipster joint that advertises it’s locally-sourced food.

Kimball reports,

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Is Jesus Your “Political Hero”?

Echoing W, who famously called Jesus his favorite philosopher, Tim Pawlenty yesterday called Jesus his favorite political hero.  Jon Ward of HuffPo was there:

On Thursday, the former Minnesota governor listed Jesus Christ as one of his “political heroes” in response to a question from an Iowa voter about influential figures in his life.

There can be no doubt that Jesus was a political figure.  But his politics was one of usurpation and insurrection, hardly characteristics that one associates with the former governor of Minnesota.

There are so many things wrong with an American politician, especially one of Pawlenty’s disposition, calling our apocalyptic-Messiah-martyr-deity his political hero, that I don’t even know where to begin.

UPDATE: T-Paw is also in trouble today with ABC/ESPN for using the Miracle on Ice footage to promote his candidacy.

Will Rick Run?

My fellow Minnesotans, Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Bachmann, are keenly interested in the question about whether Rick Perry will throw his hair hat in the ring.  So, it seems, are evangelical voters.

“And while Bachmann has been on a hot streak since the first candidate’s debate, Christian Right leaders continue to be far less willing to embrace her (or Sarah Palin, for that matter) than the rank-and-file or more secular politicos. Is that sexism at work? Possibly. Maybe even probably. But geography is an important factor as well. Many Christian Right leaders think the GOP primary schedule favors a Southern candidate. And southern Minnesota does not count.” [READ THE REST]


UPDATE: God Urges Rick Perry Not To Run

"The Pawlenty Is Boring" Meme

I seem to inhabit the territory of presidential also-rans.

When I arrived at Dartmouth, I was informed that the College had never turned out a president.  Plenty of presidents were alumni of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, but Dartmouth had only come as close as perennial candidate Daniel Webster and Paul Tsongas.

And my home state is known not only for the Vikings going 0-4 in the Super Bowl, but for presidential also-rans Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale, and Eugene McCarthy.

Tim Pawlenty (Associated Press)

It looks like we’re going to continue that tradition with Tim Pawlenty.

I used to be pretty fond of Pawlenty, and I voted for him.  He seemed to me a centrist Republican.  He governed our largely liberal state and worked with a Democratically-controlled state legislature.  He’s a life-long politician, so he avoided the demagoguery that second-career politicians (Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, Michelle Bachmann) seem to bring to the job.

Honestly, he seemed not unlike Barack Obama — a commonsense, centrist politician, one whose religion was understated, albeit important.  He was not an ideologue.

But all that has changed.

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