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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Monday, August 02, 2010

10 questions for Tim Pawlenty's imagination

Take a look at these 10 questions for Gov. Tim Pawlenty.


What is your take on the country’s mood and what are voters looking for?


“They’re frustrated and worried about whether they’re going to have jobs. And they’re really worried about government overreach and government spending. There are a lot of folks who are independents or Democrats – maybe conservative Democrats – who voted for President Obama and thought he might be more pragmatic or centrist than he’s turned out to be. They feel that he’s conducted a bait-and-switch operation on them, and now they’re going to fix it by voting Republican come November.”

Question 2.

Has President Obama lost these voters forever or can he win them back?


“He’s certainly lost them, or a big chunk of them. Whether he can get them back or not remains to be seen. A few years is a long time in politics.”

See the problem there? Pawlenty characterizes the voters in a way that seems entirely self-serving and also without much merit. You don't see many polls where voters seem to say that in a recession, their major concern is an active government. He also makes an assumption about why people voted for Obama - that they thought he would be a centrist.

In fact, Obama has been remarkably centrist, which has caused him headaches with his base. Pawlenty here describes the voters in a way that is easy to challenge. Now, it's his job to make assertions like these - he's going to run against Obama.

Jeff Zeleny, though, is a reporter. Instead of asking Pawlenty to provide examples of a bait-and-switch, or to justify this characterization, he asks him: "Has the President lost these voters forever or can he win them back?"

The question accepts that the last answer has merit. It acknowledges the existence of these mythical disgruntled disappointed "conservative Democrats" that want Obama to reduce the deficit and be more moderate. He simply serves as a facilitator for Pawlenty to continue to make a case predicated on Pawlenty's imagination.

And this, of course, is the New York Times. The Poster Child for the Liberal Media.

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