Tar-Babies, The GOP, and Tim Pawlenty

MeQ: What’s wrong with being a Republican?

A: When your worst polling cadidate says stupid stuff like “tar baby“while you’re in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Read on:

The Republican presidential candidate responded, “I’m sorry to disappoint you, I am not going to overturn divorce court decisions. That’s why we have courts and that’s why people go to court and get a divorce. If I as President of the United States said this decision has to be overturned without the proper appeals process then I would be disturbing our entire system of government… For me to stand here before all these people and say that I’m going declare divorces invalid because someone feels that they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a, uh, uh, tar baby of enormous proportions.”

The underline was all me. Could you tell? There’s even a video of him using the “mecaca” term if you have the time.

Tim PawlentyTim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota, is currently in Iowa stumping for John McCain. No worries though: He isn’t paying any attention to any of us up here in Minnesota anyway.

Browns Valley, MN is a tiny town in the South Dakota border and it was flooded last Tuesday and Wednesday. By Thursday, our Republican Governor was still in Iowa stumping for the “tar-baby” candidate Sen John McCain. Pawlenty was good though! I mean, he did take the time out to call into our CBS affiliate WCCO to let all of us here in Minnesota know that he could handle the multi-tasking very well.

Pawlenty was in Iowa Thursday campaigning for GOP presidential candidate John McCain, but he told Minnesota Public Radio that he was in contact with Browns Valley officials and planned his trip according to the community’s needs.

nelson muntzThe right-wingers though, are pissed off that the DFL would even criticize Pawlenty for his negligence.

Michael Brodkorb finishes his blog entry by saying:

“The Minnesota DFL should be ashamed. “

The “Amazing FruitFly” says: “Yo, dude.. if your boyee is putting his political aspirations above the rest of us here in Minnesota, he’s going to get yelled at by the DFL. Convince me you wouldn’t be screaming the same story if Mike Hatch was in Iowa stumping for a Democrat while Minnesotans were loosing their homes to flooding and an entire village was wiped out!”

Stewpid hypocrite.

Pawlenty is also useless on the Federal level. Minnesota Public Radio pointed out that Pawlenty has his doubts that the residents of the town would qualify for any federal aide for rebuilding their homes. He has to think about it and then complained about how many old people lived in the town.

Pawlenty says the state may be able to offer local residents low interest loans to fix up their flooded homes. But but because of the large number of elderly residents in the small town, Pawlenty says the state may need to offer some residents emergency housing or grants to repair their homes.

And we’ve got this guy for how many years now?! Maybe we should all hope McCain will kidnap Pawlenty and we’ll all rest easier.

Homosexuality and Immorality: The Big Backpeddaling

MeI complained earlier about Hillary’s ambivalent answer to the question about homosexuality being immoral as Gen Peter Pace brought up. Well, today Hillary backtracked her answer and spit up this:

“Well I’ve heard from a number of my friends and I’ve certainly clarified with them any misunderstanding that anyone had, because I disagree with General Pace completely. I do not think homosexuality is immoral. But the point I was trying to make is that this policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is not working.

Well now, isn’t that nice? She goes on and on about it – but so what and who cares?

Barak Obama, after I published yesterday’s piece, I discovered that he sidestepped the entire issue and pulled a “Hillary”:

On Wednesday, Newsday repeatedly asked Obama if same-sex relationships were immoral.

“I think traditionally the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman has restricted his public comments to military matters,” said Obama, leaving Capitol Hill. “That’s probably a good tradition to follow.”

He turned the conversation to opposition to the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy: “I think the question here is whether somebody is willing to sacrifice for their country.”

Later, an Obama spokesman said the senator, in fact, disagrees with Pace.

And I had to think to myself: “Okay, if you’re going to say that you won’t support Hillary for President, are you going to change your mind about Obama too?”

Well, now Obama has “come out” clarifiying his position by saying:

“As the New York Times reported today, I do not agree with General Pace that homosexuality is immoral. Attempts to divide people like this have consumed too much of our politics over the past six years.”

I did hear that a number of GLBT groups were quick to run both Clinton and Obama down and wag their fingers in their noses yesterday as well as they should. And I’m happy both of these front-running Democratic candidates have backpeddled on their views towards GLBT.

However, I’m not that happy with either of them that HRC or any GLBT group should even had to have bothered. I can understand the sense of insecurity in supporting social wedge issues such as gay rights, but it’s 2007 – will the National Democratic leadership ever open their arms and receive the GLBT as family once and all? Doubt it anytime soon.