I’ve been tough (I think) in challenging former Minnesota Gov. (and now presidential candidate) Tim Pawlentyâ€‹ about his past support for cap-and-trade and policies to constrain carbon dioxide emissions. In December 2009, when he first started visiting New Hampshire, he was still talking like CO2 was pollution, and still failed to remove his state from the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord.
Now he’s pretty much completed a 180-degree turnaround on the whole issue – even questioning the science of human-caused global warming, as revealed in a Miami Herald interview with him this week…
I don’t know what his real views are. BUT, what a great political answer. It is almos as if he was given a chance to review the questions in advance of the interview… Wink Wink.
Agree with what he now says, however, that said I hope he begins to be himself. See to much of “The politician” coming out. Mannerisms, stiff stance, etc. in the first debate. That was not him. Simply wish he would be who he once was in the past. A normal guy that told it the way he saw it, right or wrong. As of today, I don’t see that personna I saw in the past forgeting climate change. He was once very humble to achive what he did. Hope that he finally looks in the mirror and says “Is that really me?” and then gets down to real life and business as in the past. If so, I will back him 100%. If not, no.
If you listen to the interview he still refers to CO2 as pollution. That is enough for me to give a thumbs down.
Neil, we simple beg to disagree. Tim is a fine gentleman. Just caught up in the political atmosphere as they all are. It will never change. Darn, wish they would simply state what their true beliefs are wouldn’t you agree? By the way, Neil, what isn’t a pollutant according to the Sierra Club? Damn, I can’t even break a light bulb without the government breaking down my door! It is political speak. Sad, but true and I agree with you, I hate it as well as all other americans that are tired of the old platitudes. Give us factual reasons!! Very simple but so complex in a politicians mind.
This point is now moot.
T-Paw will come back in four years. Trust me. As If I have any say. Competitive people like T-Paw hate to lose especially when they have a message to give. Unfortunately, he never articulated his message to “The people,” he pointed fingers at his opponent in his own party, (big mistake) and the voters took notice. As stated before, he was the “plastic man” in the equation. Damn, just be yourself. Never saw so many fake, posed hand/body jestures from him. In my opinion, That buried him. Trying to be like a ” Typical politican” and it cost him dearly. Recommend to Tim. “Simply be who you are, not what you think the people want to hear.” Suggest that you listen to your constituents for once instead of the high powered lawyers, advisors. May help you in the furure?
If some damn fool policy stays in effect year after year, despite ironclad proof of its failure to achieve its stated goals, you can bet it is benefiting some part (or all) of the ruling elite. We are witnessing professional wrestling and the fix is in. For example: Obama could have made every lost battle of his presidency come out differently, but that would have annoyed too many huge corporations. He likes these “defeats” just fine. Both parties do.
Question. Why don’t you run for office? I would love to see your dedication, 100+ hour weeks, no vacation, limited income, fund raising, lack of capital, kissing duppa’s, et al. Talk from you is cheap. Anyone can be a Monday morning Quarterback but never deliver on the field because you have never been there nor will you. You talk the talk but won’t walk the walk. Typical voter. Dem or Rep! I can hear it now, ” I have children, have three jobs, time is precious, too busy, why me, their all corrupt et al. Are you? Cheap excuses for someone never committed that loves to criticize. Critics like you will never change.