The I-35W Bridge, 5 Years On: The Whitewash Continues

Aug 01

The I-35W Bridge, 5 Years On: The Whitewash Continues

(Originally published Nov. 19, 2010. Re-posted on the 5th anniversary of the collapse and cover-up). Somehow, I missed the publication last week of a major new book on the 2007 collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, which killed 13, injured more than 100 and kicked the Pawlenty Administration into a high-gear CYA operation. The book by Barry LePatner,...

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TPAW is Back. So is The Truth About TPAW. Right Here.

Jun 21

TPAW is Back. So is The Truth About TPAW. Right Here.

Tim Pawlenty was the worst governor Minnesota has had since the days when any moron from a wealthy lumber, mining or milling family could buy the job. In many ways, he was worse: You can’t just be ANY moron to be governor these days. You have to be a special kind of moron. I retired this archive of TPAW Truth-Telling last August, after TPAW’s loony campaign...

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Tim Pawlenty, GOP Deadbeat

Oct 16

Tim Pawlenty, GOP Deadbeat

I have been accused of hating Tim Pawlenty, but it’s not true. He is a personable guy, a good dad (we’ve introduced our kids to each other while in line at Wuollett’s Bakery on Grand Avenue) and a pleasant conversationalist. There are just two things I dislike about the man: 1) He is the kind of puck-hogging, self-centered hockey player who stands...

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TOP Seven TPAW Portraits

Sep 26

TOP Seven TPAW Portraits

  With the unveiling of Tim Pawlenty’s official state portrait set for Oct. 11, it is a good time to review some of my favorite TPAW portraits from the past: Herewith, The Top Seven, in ascending order…   No. 7   No. 6     No. 5       No. 4     No. 3     No. 2       and… The...

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Portrait of a Nowhere Man

Sep 26

Portrait of a Nowhere Man

  Updated: Monday, Oct. 11… I take back everything I said in my original post (below)… This putrid portrait of Tim Pawlenty, unveiled this evening, is perfect: It is just as undistinguished as the man…   Undistinguished   Tim Pawlenty may be gone from the GOP beauty-stakes but he doesn’t want to be forgotten. Two...

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Dumpster Diving for Jesus

Jul 13

Dumpster Diving for Jesus

The Daily Beast, betraying a lack of familiarity with the real Tim Pawlenty, posted a piece July 12 (picked up by MinnPost) suggesting that Pawlenty isn’t enough of a fervent evangelical Christian to do well in Iowa…Well, TPAW may not do well in the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, but it won’t be for lack of trying to make it clear to religious voters that...

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Tim Pawlenty is A WUSS.

May 23

Tim Pawlenty is A WUSS.

Tim Pawlenty finally made it official Monday, but it was a bit of an anti-climax, to say the least. So ho-hum, in fact, that his hometown newspaper, the St Paul Pioneer Press, played the story on its Obituary Page. Where campaigns go to die. But his announcement that he is a candidate for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination is not making us sleepy; it’s making...

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Taking on T-PAW: (Don’t Worry; He Can’t Hurt You Now!)

Apr 15

Taking on T-PAW: (Don’t Worry; He Can’t Hurt You Now!)

Have you noticed many Minnesota politicians and journalists suddenly have mustered the courage to criticize Tim Pawlenty now that he has LEFT the Minnesota governor’s office?  I have, too. Many of the voices that were conveniently quiet while TPAW was driving the state into a ditch finally are speaking out. Better late than never, I suppose. But Elvis left the...

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A Fox Smells His Own Hole First: TPAW and the 35W Bridge

Jan 19

A Fox Smells His Own Hole First: TPAW and the 35W Bridge

Tim Pawlenty’s new auto-puff book, “Courage to Stand,” claims that an unidentified DFL legislator called him the night of the I-35W bridge collapse (Aug. 1, 2007) and threatened to use the tragedy (13 dead, 100-plus injured) to attack the governor politically. Within an hour of the collapse, Pawlenty’s book alleges, the unnamed Democrat told...

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Pawlenty Presidential Watch

Jan 07

Pawlenty Presidential Watch

The Tim Pawlenty Minnesotans know is NOT the same person who Tim Pawlenty is presenting to the rest of the country as he aims at running for president in 2012 (he is expected to announce his decision to run in March). I followed Pawlenty  — from his first Inauguration haircut to his last hurrah at the inauguration of his successor, Mark Dayton, eight years...

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