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If Tim Pawlenty was trying to position himself as the dude who wasn’t Mitt Romney, well that was not a great night for Tim. T-Paw’s refusal to mix it up, or lock eyes with Old Mitt is discussed. Michelle did very well… but which of the GOP hopefuls didn’t? And what does it all mean?! Listen below…

As Pelosi, Reid, and Obama brace for the defeat that is rapidly approaching in the November mid-terms, minds can’t help but stray a bit further down the road. Conservatives will make many gains in less than 2 months – barring an epic national mood swing – but what are their odds of wresting away the Oval Office from the Libs in ’12? There’s no question that a whole lot depends on who they put forward to oppose the bringer of hope and change. And who will that creature be??? As of today, here are the top 5 prospects…

#5 – “Fig Newton” Gingrich

All good lists need 5 people, so Newt gets to hang out. The former speaker of the house and architect of the 1994 Republican revival has long been making the rounds as a political prognosticator, speaker, and author. But his comments recently that he’s again considering a Presidential run have garnered the obligatory buzz about his chances.

His public statements have recently been taking on more of a barbed nature. He opined that the President has a “Kenyan, Anti-Colonialist” view on life! Epic! I actually think that’s a perspective with no small amount of merit, but an interesting one coming from Gingrich – who at times tries to be the public face of calm moderation in the GOP.

There’s a tremendous amount of good will for what the man has accomplished and the good ideas he continues to have, but for Gingrich to gain the nod would require epic stumbles from the frontrunners in the opinion of this fowl.

#4 – “The Huckster” Huckabee

The Huck has continued to steadily make more Americans aware of his folksy existence since his loss in 2008. Along with his weekend variety show on FoxNews, he’s also taken up Paul Harvey’s old radio musing slot. Not only that, he’s now doing another weekday tv variety show that the Fox parent network is testing in select markets.

While Huckabee continues to enjoy enormous goodwill in much of the party, there’s a good bit of suspicion that he’s happy with his budding media career and won’t make a run. If he does decide to wade into the grandeur of the contest, he would have a strong base in Iowa after his 1st place finish last time. However, a Palin run would prove the most prickly for the Huck. The Social Conservatives in the GOP are the strongest base of both their support – and if each ran the resulting split may just make things much easier for Mittens or the Mittens-alternative.

#3 – “T-Paw” Pawlenty

The Minnesota Governor still isn’t well known outside of the Great White North, but he’s been by far the most relentless in festooning his person upon the early voters in Iowa in New Hampshire. He’s aggressively endorsing statewide candidates across the fruited plain, and has a pretty swell web presence after the hope & change model.

Pawlenty has an interesting personal story – something about being lifted from poverty by the great game of hockey, Sam’s Club, and a pseudo-Mullet. He’s also gaining some important friends in high places within the party. He’s also done a bang-up job as his state’s chief executive – compiling a very nice record on budget battles and social issues. If enough Republican big-whigs come to the belief that Romney should not be the man – Pawlenty may well be positioned to become what ParaSalin would call ‘The Establishment’s’ choice.

#2 – “ParaSalin” Palin

Mom to the newest cast member of Dancing with The Stars – ParaSalin remains the most talked about woman in the Western World. Her recent exploits include a spat with the Governator, the creation of Christine O’Donnell, and lots and lots of endorsements and FoxNews appearances.

She continues to display the innate ability to galvanize a large segment of the Right in a way that no one else on this list can. We simply identify with her apparently. She can draw a crowd like no other, and she can certainly stick to her message. But her judgment, her perceived lack of policy know-how, and her circus-like personal life haven’t changed a smidgen.

The woman is like a carnival ride at the fair. You have absolutely no idea where you’re going or if you’ll survive, but the experience is unforgettable. She’ll never be President, but that may not stop her supporters from seeing her nominated.

#1 – “Mittens” Romney

The Rom-Bot has an enormous early (insanely early, to be sure) lead in New Hampshire polling, and has been spending an awful lot of time there of late. He’s steadily at or near the top of opinion polling nationally on who the GOP wants in 2012. Lately, he’s running around to 25 states in a matter of weeks to endorse everyone within site.

Romney has emerged as the sensible choice – with his economic background seemingly a perfect fit to the times. But will a ‘sensible’ choice be able to garner enough support in a party where seemingly every conventional wisdom on who should win and who should lose has been turned on its head? Will Tea Party activists be able to reconcile a vote for Romney with his healthcare plan and his Mormon faith?

He’s got challenges aplenty, but Mittens still has the most plausible path to being the top dog in 2012.

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Japanese Lessons Part 1

Elizabeth OBrien —  September 7, 2010

I feel illiterate. I AM illiterate. I can’t read street signs, I can’t order from a menu without pointing to a picture, I can’t go grocery shopping without one mystery item winding up in my cart, and I can’t read from the hymnal at church.

I’m also deaf and mute. I can’t ask for directions to go somewhere, I can’t tell someone I’m looking for Ibuprofen, and I can only smile and nod when the cashier explains the point card reward system to me then asks me to fill out a form.

I’m an English-speaker living in Japan.

Thankfully, I have many bilingual friends who translate for me, read to me, order for me, and teach me important words and phrases. Additionally, some important landmarks and tourist spots have signs in English and Japanese, and most official documents are also bilingual. And so I stumble and survive and LEARN.

I don’t expect Japan to be bilingual, and I certainly don’t expect to see English in common places like the drugstore or restaurants. It’s an entirely pleasant surprise to find a cashier who can tell me to fill out my birthday on the point card form, or the barista who understands I’m looking for decaf. I am a foreigner living in a land with an established language and culture—I AM the stranger here. English is a luxury, not a right.

News today is not limited by oceans; because of Facebook, I’m keeping a bit informed about the goings on in the U.S. of A, and so I’ve learned about the recent controversy surrounding the issue of Spanish language and English language in Minnesota (debate).

Now granted, Japan was not settled by immigrants of various nationalities and languages only a few hundred years ago. Here the parallel breaks down. Japanese is an OLD language and Japan has a very OLD culture. Foreigners make up 1.5 % of the population as opposed to America’s entire population (save Native Americans/First Nation peoples) is immigrants. The U.S. does not have an official language, so there is room for debate. Also, I do have many non-English friends who live in America as I do in Japan—fumbling. Fumbling and learning. There’s the key: learning, never settling for playing the victim or expecting to be special but learning to fit in and thrive. Japan is an extremely united country. The literacy rate here is 99% and Japanese have a strong sense of being Japanese, of being part of something greater—the community of Japan. America’s greatest treasure, her New Brunswick stew of ethnicities is also her greatest weakness. Why not unite under one common language? Why not acknowledge that we all came to America as immigrants seeking something better? Why not now decide that we speak, read, and write one official language, and that is English? Maybe we would find out what it means to be togetherly American.
And that’s my two yen’s worth.

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Just in case there was any question, Minnesota’s soon to be former governor intends to seek the GOP nod for President in 2012. This first campaign commercial of our next soiree into the Presidential selection festival was put forward by Tim Pawlenty’s camp this week…

Although Pawlenty’s PAC, Freedom First, is theoretically in existence to help advance the causes of GOP hopefuls in 2010 races – one can’t help but notice this collection of moving pictures focuses almost entirely on the merits of Tim Pawlenty. The message of a candidate Pawlenty seems to be that the governor is a humble everyman who can carry the banner of Conservatism to the regular folks.

It’s hard to dislike the guy. Word is that he once sported a mullet. In this sort of phony war between the potential GOP Presidential candidates, T-Paw is emerging as my leading 2nd choice. If I can’t have Mitt, I’d definitely take T-Paw.

TWG Podcast Volume 36

carrie_prejean dove awardsWhat’s the lesson that Carrie Prejean’s recent exploits can teach us in the Christian right? And what do Carrie & Alex Rodriguez have in common?

Should Ashton Kutcher’s tweets be treated as a source of political wisdom?

Where do Palin, the Huck, and T-Paw stand as we look toward 2012?

Are the Yankees bad for baseball?

All these questions are answered by ‘The Angry Journalist’ David Gregory as he joins Goose on the 36th weekly edition of the TWG Podcast.

The Great State Debate

David Gregory —  September 11, 2009 — 6 Comments

Cold, harsh winters, agricultural summers, and overalls. Lots of overalls.

The midwestern portion of the United States of America is known from sea to sea as a unit, “Middle America” to the coastal extremists. In both good and bad instances, the “Heartland” is seemingly conjoined to much of the populace. It is a singular identity. That ends now.

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Governor Mark Sanford’s South American enterprise to see his mistress this week was the most unbelievably foolish stunt we’ve seen a politician undertake for the sake of adultery in recent memory… wait… that just really isn’t the case. Oh well – it was still incredibly ill advised. Anyway, before Argentina happened, Governor Sanford was being highly touted as a potential presidential candidate three years hence. Now, that isn’t going to happen. This situation reminds us that there are different standards for Democrat and Republican candidates. Put a different way, there are standards for Republican candidates and no standards for Democrat candidates (see W.J. Clinton, Teddy Kennedy). So who’s left on the Republican chief executive smorgasbord? And what will push each of them toward and hold them back from the right to challenge the venerable and serene President Barack Obama?

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