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January 31, 2011

Tim Pawlenty: Obama Is "Chicken" On Real Issues

Via Hot Air, he trotted out this line of criticism on Fox & Friends.

He didn't use the c-word I prefer but he's in the ballpark, at least. I think "coward" is a lot more serious and therefore effective a criticism than "chicken," which is boyish in origin and in effect.

But maybe he's preparing the ground for the real c-word.

The only thing is -- I didn't think of this when I suggested the coward attack -- is that the person leveling the charge has to show Obama up by demonstrating what courage consists of in this context. That is, make the case for fiscally imperative but politically perilous entitlement reform. I more imagined someone not running for president would make this charge, like Tom Coburn.

I'm not sure if Tim Pawlenty is the guy to do it, not because I think he's a wimp or anything, but because, as he's running for president, he's likely to not show a great deal of courage on this issue, either. He names the problem, yes, but doesn't say what the required solution is.

I don't know if he can do that and maintain any hope of winning.

I hope others, like Tom Coburn, pick up on the idea and push it harder.



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posted by Ace at 01:29 PM

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