January 31, 2011

Tim Pawlenty: Obama Is "Chicken" On Real Issues
— Ace

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.


Posted by: Ace at 08:29 AM | Comments (73)
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1 AoSHQ:  wordsmith to the stars.

Posted by: ersta mahnn at January 31, 2011 08:30 AM (GTbGH)

2 I meant Obama is the Chicken on the issues.

Posted by: Tim Paw at January 31, 2011 08:31 AM (FcR7P)

3 I was thinking of a totally different "c-word" that would not necessarily be anatomically correct, but otherwise perfect. Oh, well.

Posted by: AngelEm at January 31, 2011 08:32 AM (18RR9)

4 ....this admistration has been all over the board on every crisis....and they never get it right the first time.....

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 31, 2011 08:32 AM (Cm66w)

5 Present!

Posted by: Preznit Obumbles at January 31, 2011 08:32 AM (pUO5u)

6 What's he doing to that chicken?

Posted by: Quilly Mammoth at January 31, 2011 08:32 AM (Eqd2L)

7 obama...chicken over seas.......

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 31, 2011 08:32 AM (Cm66w)

8 Ahh, tpaw... you're so tough

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at January 31, 2011 08:34 AM (c5RQr)

9 I was thinking of a totally different "c-word" that would not necessarily be anatomically correct, but otherwise perfect.

Also a 10-letter c-word which is definitely accurate, and in more ways than one if the Hillbuzz types are to be believed.


Posted by: Waterhouse at January 31, 2011 08:34 AM (3YYhR)

10 Chicken shit is more like it. And good for Pawlenty.

Posted by: nevergiveup at January 31, 2011 08:35 AM (0GFWk)

11

serious and therefore effective a criticism than "chicken," which is boyish in origin and in effect.

Hate-merchant!

Posted by: Maureen Dowdd at January 31, 2011 08:35 AM (K2FtY)

12 Hey O'Bama.  Do me a solid and take your turn at the glory hole.  I'm getting so sore I can't even sit down.

Posted by: THE chicken at January 31, 2011 08:35 AM (wOGfT)

13 Our C-words have come home to roooooooost!

Posted by: Bambi's favorite rev. at January 31, 2011 08:35 AM (RD7QR)

Posted by: curious at January 31, 2011 08:36 AM (p302b)

15 "Coward" is so controversial "Chicken" reminds one of comfort food!!

Posted by: Hrothgar at January 31, 2011 08:36 AM (alr7n)

16 But, but...high-speed rail!

Posted by: Barry O at January 31, 2011 08:36 AM (FcR7P)

17 Pawlenty is a poopy-head.

Posted by: texette at January 31, 2011 08:36 AM (BIdl+)

18 I'm rubber and you're glue, Pawlenty!

Posted by: President Petulant at January 31, 2011 08:37 AM (3YYhR)

19 "Also a 10-letter c-word which is definitely accurate, and in more ways than one if the Hillbuzz types are to be believed." But communist only has nine letters... Ohhhh, that 10-letter c-word.

Posted by: AngelEm at January 31, 2011 08:37 AM (18RR9)

20 'Pansy' and 'pussy' are out?

Posted by: Dick Cheney at January 31, 2011 08:37 AM (FcR7P)

21 17 Pawlenty is a poopy-head. Posted by: texette at January 31, 2011 01:36 PM (BIdl+) Am not!

Posted by: Little Timmy at January 31, 2011 08:37 AM (RD7QR)

22 T-Paw was in my hood last Sat. morning at some pancake breakfast thing. I was curious to hear what he had to say. But I'm not in the know with the Hamilton Counter Geezers Republicans so I wasn't welcome.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at January 31, 2011 08:38 AM (pLTLS)

23 That's racist.

Posted by: Al Sharpton at January 31, 2011 08:38 AM (MadRw)

24

COCK SURE

Posted by: Obama Critiques in 2 x 4 at January 31, 2011 08:38 AM (K2FtY)

25 If you didn't think its possible for Obama to suck more cock today than he did yesterday you would be wrong.

Posted by: Mr Pink at January 31, 2011 08:38 AM (/OTDU)

26 "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."

The charge of cowardice is only effective when it's made by someone obviously willing to take the risk his opponent won't take.

As for Pawlenty's (or anyone's) hopes of winning: Fortune favors the bold, and in general, so do American voters.

Posted by: stuiec at January 31, 2011 08:39 AM (Di3Im)

27 T-Paw was in my hood last Sat. morning at some pancake breakfast thing. I was curious to hear what he had to say. But I'm not in the know with the Hamilton Counter Geezers Republicans so I wasn't welcome.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at January 31, 2011 01:38 PM (pLTLS)

You have to be in the know?  I thought for these things it was usually sufficient to fork over a double sawbuck for a ticket.

Posted by: stuiec at January 31, 2011 08:40 AM (Di3Im)

28 Hmm... C-Words...

Scrunt? 

Posted by: The Chewbacca Defense at January 31, 2011 08:40 AM (GGEUV)

29 Hey, I only sextupled the deficit. You'd think you people would be thanking me.

Posted by: Barack Obama at January 31, 2011 08:41 AM (7BU4a)

30 T-Paw was in my hood last Sat. morning at some pancake breakfast thing.

Check the margarine.

Posted by: St. Alphonzo at January 31, 2011 08:41 AM (GTbGH)

31 So can't they find him with google earth?


Posted by: curious at January 31, 2011 08:41 AM (p302b)

32 'Pansy' and 'pussy' are out?

Posted by: Dick Cheney at January 31, 2011 01:37 PM (FcR7P)

'Pansy' and 'pussy' are out?  'Pansy' and 'pussy' are OUT?!?!?

Posted by: Tony Harris at January 31, 2011 08:41 AM (Di3Im)

33 Hey, I only sextupled the deficit. You'd think you people would be thanking me.

Posted by: Barack Obama at January 31, 2011 01:41 PM (7BU4a)

Why you not kiss me before you do sextuple to me?

Posted by: Deficit, channeling SNL spoofing Hu Jintao at January 31, 2011 08:43 AM (Di3Im)

34

I want a t-shirt:

YOU may be BIG in JAPAN
but
I'M HU JINTAO

Posted by: stuiec at January 31, 2011 08:44 AM (Di3Im)

35 It's looking more and more like we should go 'president free' for awhile.  Nothing but 'lesser of 2 evils' running every time.  It's starting to suck.

Posted by: Sponge at January 31, 2011 08:44 AM (UK9cE)

36 There's a problem?

Posted by: Barry, The Sore Oralator at January 31, 2011 08:44 AM (FcR7P)

37

I don't think Obama wants to cut any entitlement spending or solve any entitlement deficits with any real reform.  He wants to add entitlements, not do away with them. Any talk of such is a lie on his part. 

He and the dems want more Obamacare type government intrusions into our lives.  Obama isn’t a coward, he’s a liar.

 

Posted by: Lemon Kitten at January 31, 2011 08:45 AM (0fzsA)

38 Ahh, tpaw... you're so tough
Posted by: Flapjackmaka at January 31, 2011 01:34 PM

And newsworthy! He called Obama "chicken"!

Posted by: arhooley, conflicted Californian at January 31, 2011 08:45 AM (fVwV8)

39 Speaking of cowardice...

With a $1.5T deficit Obama is talking about giving *more* money to his friends. And the those dangerous, anarchistic Republicans are proposing a "dire" cut of $100B.

Hell, Rand Paul is considered beyond the pale for cutting a mere third of the deficit in spending.

This is by any measure cowardice...on the Republicans...and treason on the part of the Democrats.

If your house is on fire, do you throw more gasoline on it? One bucket of water? Or break out the firehouse and do what needs to be done?

Posted by: 18-1 at January 31, 2011 08:45 AM (7BU4a)

40 Obama says "we must cut spending" and then out of the other side of his mouth he says we must "invest in new socialism". I don't know if he is chicken or chicken shit but he definitely is something.

He even had Greta laughing at him this morning. When you've lost Greta you've lost it all.

As for T-Paw, we'll have to see. I am holding out for May and the first debate.

Posted by: Vic at January 31, 2011 08:46 AM (M9Ie6)

41 The question is moot.

Posted by: mayan calendar at January 31, 2011 08:46 AM (GTbGH)

42 "Chicken" is the best this wienie could come up with? LOL

Tim Pawlenty, showing once again why he isn't qualified to be president of the local PTA much less of the United States.

Posted by: davidinvirginia at January 31, 2011 08:47 AM (02KaY)

43

As for Pawlenty's (or anyone's) hopes of winning: Fortune favors the bold, and in general, so do American voters.

Posted by: stuiec at January 31, 2011 01:39 PM (Di3Im)

I don't now about that. In 2008 they voted for the guy who promised them they could eat as much cheesecake as they wanted and lose weight by thinking happy thoughts.

Posted by: 18-1 at January 31, 2011 08:48 AM (7BU4a)

44 Is calling Obama a chicken more or less boyish and immature than Obama saying people were "wee wee'd up"? Someone needs to crack open their word-of-the-day calendar.

Posted by: AngelEm at January 31, 2011 08:49 AM (18RR9)

45

Anyway - the democrat's only answer to budget deficits, crippling debt, and crippling additional government control over our lives is.. wait for it...

....TAX INCREASES.  40% ye'all. 

 

/I don't make anywhere near 200K - but I do understand that when that income tax kicks back to near 40% in 2 years - private industry and small businesses will be crushed under its weight.  The dems really believe that they are better stewards of OUR money. 

 

Posted by: Lemon Kitten at January 31, 2011 08:49 AM (0fzsA)

46 If your house is on fire, do you throw more gasoline on it? One bucket of water? Or break out the firehouse and do what needs to be done?

You know what I would do?

Posted by: Dick Cheney at January 31, 2011 08:49 AM (wOGfT)

47 Creed is my favorite band.

Posted by: Obama at January 31, 2011 08:50 AM (/OTDU)

48 Obama isn’t a coward, he’s a liar. Well, he's probably both, but obviously he's a liar. The brilliance, though, of ace's idea is in pretending he's NOT a liar. Tougher to call you a racist. You're agreeing with all the hope and change bullshit and asking where it is.

Posted by: t-bird at January 31, 2011 08:51 AM (FcR7P)

49 Tastes like... present.

Posted by: The Mega Indepedent at January 31, 2011 08:51 AM (4jFix)

50 I think it's about time for Republicans stop being PC and worrying about hurting someone's feelings.  This is getting ridiculous and the TRUTH needs to come out.  All you have to do is play their words back at them to show what absolute hypocritical HACKS they are.

Posted by: Sponge at January 31, 2011 08:51 AM (UK9cE)

51 It's not chicken, it Paristrokya.

Posted by: Barry O, Outreach-Organizer-in-Chief at January 31, 2011 08:52 AM (Lz//J)

52 T-Paw is trying to butch up here.

His Tea Party credibility took a beating when he didn't defend Palin with sufficient vigor during the Tucson aftermath, and so now he's got to get out in front with some manly-man dick-wagging.

Not, that he's wrong. Barry O *is* a chickshit coward, it's just that both the timing and the messenger's motives are suspect.

Posted by: DelD at January 31, 2011 08:52 AM (oAZ1S)

53 Don't hate me cause I'm beautiful.

Posted by: Obama at January 31, 2011 08:52 AM (/OTDU)

54

One thing the Repubs could use to attack the O... is that every time somthing happens, they have to "study" it before making a decision.  Some Panel is brought in to give Bambi cover.

Uh... don't we already HAVE Paid Professionals who are constantly supposed to be studying this stuff?

Like... MONTHS to reinforce Afganistan... TWO "reviews" later... when you HAVE an entire staff that should be up to the minute on what happening there.

Or MONTHS to decide on "safe" drilling techniques... and STILL they are dragging their heals on any new drilling...

Now DAYS when our citizens were in danger in Egypt.... and we are finally doing somthing to get them out, DAYS after other coutries have already taken action...

This is NOT the guy you want in charge during a Crises... and Repubs should point out his record...

Posted by: Romeo13 at January 31, 2011 08:54 AM (AdK6a)

55 He's pretty bright and articulate for a chicken.

Posted by: Joe Bidumb at January 31, 2011 08:54 AM (4jFix)

56 If your house is on fire, do you throw more gasoline on it? One bucket of water? Or break out the firehouse and do what needs to be done?

You know what I would do?

Posted by: Dick Cheney at January 31, 2011 01:49 PM (wOGfT)

Whip your mighty warcock over your head like a lasso until it created a vortex that denied the fire oxygen, of course.

Posted by: stuiec at January 31, 2011 08:54 AM (Di3Im)

57 Just wait guys, I'm about to start that national conversation on race any minute.

Posted by: Obama at January 31, 2011 08:56 AM (/OTDU)

58 Call him a "wimp" and remind everybody that that was the moniker hung around the neck of George HW Bush.

Posted by: AmishDude at January 31, 2011 08:57 AM (T0NGe)

59

I think it's about time for Republicans stop being PC and worrying about hurting someone's feelings.  This is getting ridiculous and the TRUTH needs to come out.  All you have to do is play their words back at them to show what absolute hypocritical HACKS they are.

It's not a question of being too PC, it's a matter of avoiding attacks that would turn off the independents as being too aggressively personal.

As much as it might meet with approval by the Republican base to hear a candidate call Obama a "incompetant Marxist coward and liar", that sort of thing just doesn't play with the electorate at large.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at January 31, 2011 08:57 AM (SY2Kh)

60

I don't now about that. In 2008 they voted for the guy who promised them they could eat as much cheesecake as they wanted and lose weight by thinking happy thoughts.

Posted by: 18-1 at January 31, 2011 01:48 PM (7BU4a)

And you're going to tell me that the Republican nominee was actually the bolder of the two?  His claim to boldness was based on an earlier episode in his life when he was, in fact, bold and courageous, but it didn't escape the voters' notice that his Senate career was anything but an epic tale of boldness.  It's telling that the boldest thing he did in his entire campaign was nominate Sarah Palin.

Posted by: stuiec at January 31, 2011 08:57 AM (Di3Im)

61 Ahh, tpaw... you're so tough

Posted by: Flapjackmaka at January 31, 2011 01:34 PM (c5RQr)

Blondie flashback!

Posted by: stuiec at January 31, 2011 09:00 AM (Di3Im)

62

Hey Obama, see you next Tuesday.

Posted by: America - October 27, 2012 at January 31, 2011 09:01 AM (YsFN3)

63 Presnit Poultry, AKA Big Bird.

Posted by: maddogg at January 31, 2011 09:02 AM (OlN4e)

64 Creed is my favorite band.

Posted by: Obama at January 31, 2011 01:50 PM (/OTDU)


So, why didn't you have THEM into the situation room instead of Jay-Z and Beyonce?

Posted by: Sponge at January 31, 2011 09:02 AM (UK9cE)

65 MOOT SUIT

Posted by: Obama Critiques in 2 x 4 at January 31, 2011 09:06 AM (K2FtY)

66 Pawlenty makes soggy toast seem dangerous by comparison...

Posted by: Shoey at January 31, 2011 09:14 AM (3yT2W)

67 But maybe he's preparing the ground for the real c-word.
Yes! Yes! Please start doing zombie Noel Coward instead of me! Please!

Posted by: *that* chicken at January 31, 2011 09:20 AM (2rOwc)

68 Like all true liberals obama is afraid of the truth becuase it will ruin their sinister plans

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at January 31, 2011 09:21 AM (vA9ld)

69 Kroika!

Posted by: T-Paw at January 31, 2011 09:24 AM (2rOwc)

70 Obama the passive-aggressive coward.  You penned it, Ace, and let's see which one of these "contenders" can step up to the plate and speak it first.

Posted by: Heather Radish's Stepdad at January 31, 2011 09:56 AM (4sQwu)

71 Look, hard problems are well...hard and might require heavy lifting to solve.  Obama don't do hard, and he certainly don't do any heavy lifting.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 31, 2011 12:34 PM (DX+LK)

72 T-Paw is my favorite as this point; he's not a retread from the dismal 2008 campaign, he performed well in 2 terms as governor of a liberal state, and best of all, democrats repeatedly sued him trying to get him to let them spend more $$$ and raise taxes.  Hopefully he's done with the global warming garbage.  He just needs to get out of single digits in these polls.

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