February 19th, 2010
11:48 AM ET
5 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. cirticalthinker

    Who consumes Federal govt. money? Ans: the private sector and state governmnets plus municipal governments. So, rather than just knock the Feds, how about Pawlenty demonstrating some ingenuity and knock the greedy private companies that take federal government funds, or the states like his who always have their greedy hands out?

    February 19, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. rs

    I was unaware Republicans were attempting to develop a sense of humor.

    Let's see, they create a giant sinkhole out of the American economy after 8 years of owning the White House and Congress (remember they controlled Congress when they impeached Clinton in the last 2 years of his administration), and they make fun of, allude to violence for, and blame Obama for not fixing all those problems in just one year? Ha! Is this the "bipartisanship" they claim to be seeking? Hypocrits! They say: "it's jobs stupid". They are right, they lost 8 million of them.

    What on God's earth have they done in the last year that anyone thinks earns them the reigns of power again? Anyone who voted for Obama can't see a choice in voting Republican. They have't changed one bit.

    Their idea stink: Privatize Social Security or Medicare? A disaster in the making. No Health Care Reform? Rates are rising double digit as I write. De-regulate everything? We'll be ruled by greedy corporations with no morality. Perhaps another nice un-funded war- maybe Iraq this time. Scrap the Constitution-? They already started on that one. More tax breaks for the super-wealthy? Sure, make the defict even bigger. They HAVE no ideas, and spent the last year proving it..

    Ooooh, I know, they could start a so-called "grass roots" "Tea Party" fully funded entirely by the wealthy big oil and the insurance industry, and promote it on their news channel with psychcotics like Beck. It can whine about the lowest tax rates in the industrialized world. They can preach racism and violence, and anti-American conspiracy.

    Sorry, been there, done that. I'm not buying from that well ever again. Republicans need to act like adults before I'll ever trust them again.

    February 19, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Ann

    Pawlenty you are a moron. Nuff said.

    February 19, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. FL Voter

    The CPAC hatemongering sadly continues, but many of the neo-cons will be sure to use the politically correct page notes for their speech instead of a teleprompter.

    Wouldn't want to disrupt the base, right Gov. Pawlenty? Give me a break.

    February 19, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. ran

    The government is no too big it is filled with too many fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans and It is going to be so much fun after the 2010 election to see just how much they are going to lose.

    Enough is enough of the Republicans/Lieberman/Blue dogs.

    February 19, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. J. Richter

    What class these folks – none of them has ever cheated on thier wives before I suppose. Why not use Mark Sanford, Pager Foley, Widestance Craig, Diaper Vitter, or John Ensign for their depraved jokes? Woods is not even a politician – hopefully this is not because he is biracial – attack by proxy

    February 19, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Little Tim,"the chipmonk"Pawlenty,is low energy.Now hes stirring up more violent people to blow a fuse and do violence against Americans.Lets show poor Timmy the door now.

    February 19, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Is this guy for real?

    February 19, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. El Gordo

    Conservatives are specialists in the "wink-and-nod" style of communication. When they say "States Rights" everyone knows they mean preserving racial segregation. When they say "free market" we know they mean "outsourcing jobs and accepting dominance by global corporations."

    Now they are using a lot of violent metaphors, and it should be clear to all of us that Conservatives do not believe in democracy or majority rule. They believe that they should overthrow any government that they disagree with. There is talk of secession. Images of Obama are hung. Whacko-militias are out in the woods training with assault rifles. There are broad hints of civil war.

    Let us imagine that Democrats increase their majority in 2010 and Obama is re-elected by a landslide in 2012. I believe that many Conservatives will feel justified in trying to overthrow the government.

    Most Americans do not realize how crazy a lot of Conservatives really are.

    February 19, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. seth

    Now why would you want to bring tiger, his wife and kids ind kids into your political squabbles.
    That's just a lack of decency.

    February 19, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Guest

    Really in poor taste. How desperate!

    February 19, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    goodAndPAWlenty is using a bad situation to explain another bad situation....

    Tiger's bad because he cheated on his wife BUT, his wife took him BACK – so the 'clubbing of the car" means NOTHING.

    RepubliCAN'Ts are bad because they are making every effort to CLUB President Obama and his administration by saying NO to everything but little do they know – America would also take him back!!!

    February 19, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Barbara Independent in NY

    This guy is starting to resemble a male version of half governor Palin–a "gift that keeps on giving".

    February 19, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Sad

    Instead of everyone talking about how bad the government is and quitting...Why can't they find a way to make it work for the people...Oh, I forgot...They are not for the people...Both Dem and Rep are a bunch of selfish, self righteous people with very little answers on how to re-build the country...They only know how to destroy it by their nasty words towards each other and people in general.

    February 19, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. c spurgeon

    Pawlenty is a pig using other peoples troubles for political gain with a bunch of right wing wackos. He will never make President. . He is just a wimpy pig.who will say or do anything to score.

    February 19, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Mike H

    I think some guy from texas did exactly that yesterday! Well more like a few hundred windows lol

    February 19, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    There will be many sounds of breaking glass in our political landscape this year because of the President's attempt to move the country rapidly to his vision of a socialistic dream world where the productive and those who produce too little or nothing happily share their money without rancor.

    February 19, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. NELLIE BLY

    Two things my Governor Pawlenty should leave to the professionals - humor and governing. Pawlenty's record is one of many ideas for the PR but little results. As a "Sam's Club" Republican, he doesn't raise taxes but adds or increases fees. He's also being sued for abusing his authority of unallotments in order to balance the budget. And what did he do today to his fellow Minnesotans?

    Pawlenty Vetos Bill To Extend Expiring Health PlanST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) ― Gov. Tim Pawlenty quickly vetoed a bill Thursday that would have kept alive an expiring state health care plan for more than 30,000 low-income adults.

    Maybe they can get their healthcare in those Sam's Clubs Governor Pawlenty loves so much.

    February 19, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. HypocriCNN=B.S.

    The Last Time I Checked, When Did Tim Pawlenty R-Minnesota Know Who Elin Woods As A Person? Talk About Inapproriate Comments In Public Venues, But Then Again, Republicans Aren't Known For Having Any Class Either.

    February 19, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Pat

    Inciting people to violence against the government, that's borderline treason dude...

    February 19, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. PO RAY

    The more we hear from those people the more I believe in the need for "Death Panels”.

    February 19, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. James, Houston,TX

    It appears Tim Pawlenty and Joseph Stack belong to the same faternity !

    February 19, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  23. Carl from MI

    Once again... more violence as a solution from the Republican Party and Conservatives. If you don't get your way... break something, hurt someone, shoot somone, kill someone... that is the new Republican way and the new American way for them.

    They want our nation to be ruled by thugs... to live in fear... to be ruled by mobs. Maybe we should return to the days when it was OK to lynch people? Maybe we should return to the days when you didn't have the right to a fair trial and could be executed by those in power for whatever reason they choose?

    This is what Republicans are encouraging, and refuse to speak out against. Of course, if they ever return to power again.... THEN it will be treason!!! Why would anyone want to vote for a Republican in the next election? Wake up, America!!

    February 19, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Sean

    Does he mean "smash the windows of big government" just like when the crazy guy in Austin smashed through the windows of a big government building? Inappropriate.

    February 19, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. srini

    Where is this IDIOT when GW started IRAQI adventure. I never heard from any of these Republican idiots about the cost of that adventure and they never apologised to this nation.
    It is absolutely wrong to mention Tiger's wife when nobody knows exactly what happened.

    February 19, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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