February 19th, 2010
11:48 AM ET
4 years ago

Pawlenty: Make like Tiger's wife and 'smash the window'

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokingly told conservative activists Friday that they can learn a few things from Tiger Woods' wife.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokingly told conservative activists Friday that they can learn a few things from Tiger Woods' wife.

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jokingly told conservative activists Friday that they can learn a few things from Tiger Woods' wife.

"At this very hour or very shortly this morning a big event is happening in the United States of America," Pawlenty said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Tiger Woods is holding his press conference at 11 o'clock eastern."

"Now, I think we can learn a lot about that situation," he said. "Not from Tiger but from his wife.  She said, 'I've had enough.' She said, 'No more.'  I think we should take a page out of her playbook and take a nine-iron and smash the window out of big government in this country. We've had enough."

The eyebrow-raising quip was a highlight in an otherwise low-key, morning talk delivered by the potential 2012 presidential candidate. Unlike former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who delivered a polished, rousing speech to the conservative audience on Thursday, Pawlenty opted to speak without a teleprompter and riff off his notes.

Having drawn an early time slot for his speech, Pawlenty spoke to a relatively low-energy crowd with in a ballroom with scores of empty seats. Though his speech likely won't draw rave reviews, the governor – who more often excels working small rooms - is maneuvering behind-the-scenes to endear himself to Republican staffers and activists at the conference.

Pawlenty stayed up late Thursday night at the Marriott Wardman Park at a cocktail reception meeting young Republicans and posing for pictures. And on Friday, his political action committee, Freedom First PAC, is holding a Georgetown fundraiser where the VIP guest will be Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a new star in GOP circles.


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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Mickey

    Ahhhh those Conservatives...classy as usual.

    Suddenly they don't like "big government"? That is, until THEY get in to office.

    The current Republican/Conservative Movement: The newest domestic terrorist group to surface in the U.S.

    February 19, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. PEACE ON EARTH

    Beautiful, YET ANOTHER Politician insighting violence.

    Didn't Michelle Bachmann do enough of that.

    THE RIGHT-wing neanderthals are getting out of hand.

    STOP THE VIOLENCE

    February 19, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. david, CA

    Was Pawlenty behind yesterday's tragic domestic terrorist act that his reckless rhetoric so clearly reflects? "I think we should... smash the window out of big government in this country. We've had enough."

    February 19, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Brad - Ohio

    Mr. Pawlenty, would you have given the same advice to the countless former wives of Rudy Giuliani, or the two mistresses who serviced Newt Gingrich as he led the impeachment against Bill Clinton? Based on the latest GOP straw poll, God forgives adulterous Republicans - but not the Dems. Stuff it, Tim!

    February 19, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. TomInRochNY

    He didn't use a teleprompter because he's afraid of Sarah.

    February 19, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. ART

    Its amazing that all these idiots have so much to say now, where were they when Bush and the DEVIL (Chaney) were trying to put this country 6 feet under? Now they talk about big government, just shut up you xenaphobe hypocrites

    February 19, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Brilliant you idiot. You have a fringe base that "attended college" but never graduated, a bunch pf racist loons without sheets that go around yelling and carying guns at their "marches", and you're advocating VIOLENCE???!!!

    February 19, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Bob C

    Great. Another call to violence. Why not just crash a plane into the IRS?

    February 19, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    I always thought this dodo(sorry extinct bird) had a better chance than the quitter for mccain. Now . . . . . NEXT!!! :)
    Do these people think before they speak. He is just as brainless as the rest of the repugs.

    February 19, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    As has been so often said, "The Republican Party (OF NO) claims to say that big government is bad, then they get elected and prove it."

    February 19, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Arun

    We don't need to smash the government, we just need to smash the party of NO!! These guy's are a bunch of hipocritcs who couldn't solve anything!!

    February 19, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Indy

    Americans already have said "no more" when they made sure a republican was not elected as President. They said eight years of Cheney/Bush terrorism and getting rich from starting wars and torture was enough ,so a little too late for Pawlenty to use this sickening statement.Tigers personal problems have nothing to do with the destruction the republicans brought with their eight years of hell.

    February 19, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Danny

    What an idiotic thing to say. I know he was just trying to score points with the crowd but advocating violence against the government, even sarcasticly, is not a wise thing to do in these politically charged times. I'm sure the guy who flew his plane into the IRS building felt the same way. Why don't we just take nine-irons to people who make stupid statements like this instead???

    February 19, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Pathetic team this one. They bash the president for use of teleprompter yet its same thing they use. They want small government. Fine but what are they going to cut? Social security,medicare or what is the agenda? These guys should be clear and precise. We are fed up listening to fools out of touch with reality.

    February 19, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. PJ

    Apparently the liberla double standard rule will apply here. You can joke sarcastically about any conservative you want to. When the conservative gets offended the libs say " Well, it was just a joke. He/she should get a sense of humor!" If a conservative makes a joke the liberals suddenly lose their sense of humor. Hmmmm.... Oh, well. Come next election cycle, I'm pretty sure the joke will be on the liberals.

    February 19, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. joe

    looks like someone was listening in austin

    February 19, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Total BS

    All I can say is ......WOW !!!

    February 19, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    More lies from the GOP! People please do not let them say "small government" and turn around and do the opposite again!
    I'm sure we'll hear an awful lot about "limited government" from the mouths of CPAC politicians over the next few days. If I had a nickel every time a conservative said "limited government" and didn't mean it, I'd be a very rich man.

    Unlike libertarians, most conservatives simply don't want small government. They want their own version of big government. Of course, they have done a pretty good job of fooling American voters for decades by repeating the phrases "limited government" and "small government" like a hypnotic chant.

    It's interesting that conservatives only notice "big government" when it's something their political enemies want. When conservatives want it, apparently it doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants a trillion-dollar foreign war, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants a 700-billion-dollar bank bailout, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants to spend billions fighting a needless and destructive War on Drugs, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants to spend billions building border fences, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants to "protect" the huge, unjust, and terribly inefficient Social Security and Medicare programs, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants billions in farm subsidies, that doesn't count.

    It's truly amazing how many things "don't count."

    Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh can't ever be satisfied with enough military spending and foreign wars.

    Conservatives like Mitt Romney want to force everyone to buy health insurance.

    Conservatives like George W. Bush - well, his list of supporting big-government programs is almost endless.

    Ronald Reagan, often praised as an icon of conservatism, signed massive spending bills that made his the biggest-spending administration (as a percentage of GDP) since World War II.

    Some people claim that these big-government supporters aren't "true conservatives." Well, if a person opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, opposes the War on Drugs, opposes border fences, and opposes mandatory Social Security and Medicare, it's hard to believe that anyone would describe that person as a conservative at all. Most people would say that person is a libertarian (or maybe even a liberal).

    Obviously, most liberals don't want limited government either. It's just that their support for big government leans toward massive handout and redistribution programs.

    The fact is, liberals and conservatives both want gigantic government. Their visions sometimes look different from each other, but both are huge. The only Americans who truly want small government are libertarians.
    An article posted at CNS News, linked prominently from the Drudge Report, noted that the Obama administration is on track to beat the Franklin Roosevelt administration in terms of average federal spending as a percentage of GDP. However, the article failed to note that the Reagan Administration already beat the Franklin Roosevelt administration easily. Roosevelt's average was 19.4 percent of GDP, while Reagan's average was 22.3 percent of GDP. (Source: White House OMB data)

    February 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Yeah, just keep telling yourselves that government is the cause of all of your ills while ignoring the fact that raging global capitalism is a much bigger part of the problem. Now bend over for your corporate overlords, consumerbots. The "real Americans" are so freaking gullible. Have a nice day!

    February 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. kmp

    Enougrh is Enough Pawlenty. Now you are advocating direct violence. What will you do if something terrible happens? You and your fellow GOP conservatives are not doing anything to help this country except spew mistruths and spread anger.

    I cannot help but wonder where was this indignation when Bush and the Republican Congress were spending and spending and spending to create this mess to begin with. Never mind that the Federal Government grew faster under him that it has under any President in recent history. So my question is where was this anger then?

    February 19, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Simbha

    So, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is advocating a violent solution to the nation's problems? If Obama is the driver, what's the car? I can only infer that it's the country itself. I, for one, think there are better solutions than assaulting the country or its citizens. Then again, I'm not a governor so what do I know?

    February 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Reny

    When the Republicans return to power they will go back to helping the rich and ignoring all the poor idiot tea baggers who put them back into power. Of course these kool aid drinking sheep will put away their signs and protests once a rich white republican is in office.

    February 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Voice of Reason

    So what are you saying Gov. Pawlenty? Are you telling people that they should 'rise up' ? Are you calling them out to join 'the revolution'?

    I hear all this rhetoric from the right about how taxes are out of control, and we need to 'take our country back' – and it is nothing but empty, idle talk... It's just hot air.

    90% of the statements of 'outrage' that i hear from the right are based on something someone on the right said, not on real facts. They have created this 'folk devil' out of the left, then purveyed it to the ignorant and fearful.

    Wake up People, you are being lied to!

    February 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. The Other Michael in Houston

    Nice of you Pawlenty to use a domestic violence issue and compare it to your agenda, you moron. We us Americans had enough of is people like yourself, grandstanding. Did you have enough when G.W. Bush was spending our money like it grew on tree's for 8 years, expanding government for 8 years, stripping away our rights for 8 years or you just decided you had enough once a black man became President of the United States?

    February 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. John N Florida

    So, more of the same. If, and that's a big IF, the conservatives increase their numbers in Congress, what makes them think the liberals are going to embrace THEIR agenda.
    The Golden Rule applies and the Republicants have laid out the road map.
    You get what you give: NO!

    February 19, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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