Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty Has Become a Tenther

Minnesota Governor (and Tenther) Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota Governor (and Tenther) Tim Pawlenty

Posted by Audiegrl

Doesn’t the idea that Republican Governors can block health care reform in their state, sound really familiar? Oh, yes, they were going to block Stimulus money coming to their states too. That is, they wanted to ‘say they werent’t taking it’, but they really didn’t mind handing out those big ole checks.
Yes, I’m talking to you Governor Jindal.

Bobby Jindal holds a "check" sending stimulus dollars to Vernon Parrish in Louisiana.

This just illustrates what crazy-ass-backward times we are living in. When I was growing up, the politicians who got good things for their constituents were the politicians who stayed in office longest. Now with Republicans, the more their Governors turn down things (that are undoubtedly helpful to the voters), the more the base loves them. Its a very confusing time in politics, so I will defer to Amanda Terkel’s expertise in explaining this matter.

Amanda Terkel/ThinkProgress—Yesterday in a conference call with right-wing activists, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) joined the tenther movement by questioning whether federal health care reform is constitutional. When a caller asked, “I want to know if any of the governors are willing to invoke the 10th Amendment if the health care bill is passed,”

Pawlenty replied:

“Depending on what the federal government comes out with here, asserting the 10th Amendment might be viable option, but we don’t know the details. As one of the other callers said, we can’t really even get the president to outline what he does or doesn’t support in any detail. So we’ll have to see. I’d say that’s a possibility.

You’re starting to see more governors, including me, and specifically Gov. Perry from Texas, and most Republican governors express concern around these issues and get more aggressive about asserting and bringing up the 10th Amendment. So I think we could see hopefully a resurgence of those claims and maybe even lawsuits if need be.”

This tenther argument is increasingly gaining steam with the far right. State lawmakers in both Florida and Georgia have brought up legislation that would allow their states to opt-out of any federal health care system. Even federal lawmakers like Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) are saying that health care reform may be unconstitutional.


Whenever I hear Republican’s talk about what is and what is not in the Constitution, and how we should use it to literally guide our nation’s policy. I always have to smile. If we went strictly by what was written by the Founders in 1776, as a woman, I would not be able to vote, but that point is moot, because my whole family would still be slaves.

So come on guys, lets all just admit that although the Founders gave us brilliant documents as a guideline, there are many things we are confronting in the 21st Century, that they could not even imagine.

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