Tim Pawlenty is a Knob

South St. Paul Union Stockyards

I don’t know why I do it…but I went back and watched Tim’s melodramatic and misleading video presenting his presidential exploratory committee.  Facts don’t get in the way of Tim’s ambitions.

He makes an issue of the meat packing plants closing in South St. Paul in the 1970s and 1980s.  He says he therefore knows what hardship is all about.  (Then, as I point out in an earlier post, he insults his home town.)  But does he really?

There isn’t much depth to conservative thought or what passes for reasoning on the right.

The conditions that caused the meat packing plants in South St. Paul to close were very different from the economic collapse causing businesses to close in recent years.  Drawing any parallel is a mistake.  What caused the meat packing businesses that Tim thinks he knew was consolidation taking advantage of profitable economies of scale.

Conservatives don’t understand macroeconomics.

Where once there were hundreds of meat packing plants across the country, there are now today only a couple dozen.  Good thing?  Bad thing?  That’s another debate.

If anything, the pro-business (so-called) and anti-regulation platform of Republican politics had more to do with closing the meat packing plants in South St. Paul than any bad economic policy position.  So here again is an example of something that conservative politics would support being turned into something that has a bad side that conservatives can exploit.

In this case, Tim is trying to build his credentials with an irrelevant issue — which is typical — and if it is relevant it is so in a way where he is on the wrong side of the issue, not the right.   Not the right stuff, indeed.

Save your country.   Don’t vote Republican.

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