New Pawlenty ad smacks Obama hard

And it stings so bad because it’s true and uses the President’s and his advisers’ own words to make Governor Pawlenty‘s case:

It’s a shame Pawlenty’s never caught on; aside from early stumbles over global warming and a flirtation with the individual mandate, he has a very creditable record as a conservative governor in a liberal state. I think he has a lot to offer… but I also think he’s done after Iowa.

Great ad, though.

via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

One Response to New Pawlenty ad smacks Obama hard

  1. Shortly after reading Mark Twain’s recently published autobiography; I came to the realization that the situation he faced, and wrote about in his autobiography, in the late 1880s through 1912 is the same one we face today. We are surrounded by hyper-partisanship; the two prime political parties are more divided than ever, to not be one-hundred percent in agreement with the dogma of a party is to be branded a DINO or RINO, damned for your own thoughts.

    Twain faced the same issues with the presidential election of 1884 and the contest between James G. Blaine the republican candidate and Grover Cleveland, the democrat. Blaine was well known for his corruption. Blaine was one of the dominant Republican leaders of the late 19th century, and champion of the “Half-Breed” faction of the GOP. Nicknamed “The Continental Liar from the State of Maine,” “Slippery Jim,” and “The Magnetic Man,” he was a magnetic speaker in an era that prized oratory, and a man of charisma.

    Twain and a number of other prominent men of the era, could no longer stomach the partisanship nor could they support a person whom they considered untrustworthy and fraudulent. Further they determined that what was needed was for these men of influence to publically make a show of voting for the best candidate or policy regardless of the party.

    Twain and these others became known as Mugwumps. It was said by their detractors they had their mug on one side of the fence and their wump on the other. History has portrayed Mugwumps as traitors to the cause. Finally, Twains autobiography, written contemporaneously sheds a different view from the men that were the Mugwumps of their day.

    Twain said, “ “We, the Mugwumps, a little company made up of the unenslaved of both parties, the very best men to be found in the two great parties – that was our idea of it… Our principles were high, and very definite. We were not a party; we had no candidates; we had no axes to grind. Our vote laid upon the man we cast it for no obligation of any kind. By our rule, we could not ask for office; we could not accept office. When voting it was our duty to vote for the best man, regardless of party name. We had no other creed. Vote for the best man-that was creed enough!”

    This concept has resonated with me as what is necessary today. We all need to start to vote for the best person, the best idea, the best policy. We are a nation founded “of the people, by the people and for the people” yet we have allowed our political psyche to be coopted and captured by collectivist views. We are often damned if we dare to disagree with even the most minor points. Today we need to again become Mugwumps. There is a good site (yes this is CO not COM). You can find out more.

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